Samsung Pay adds support for membership, loyalty cards in US

Users can now add membership and loyalty cards to the mobile payment system in the US.

Samsung Pay adds support for membership, loyalty cards in US

Samsung Pay, a mobile wallet service from Samsung Electronics, has said that its users can now add membership and loyalty cards to the mobile payment system in the US.

The average American household carries almost 30 loyalty cards. Samsung said that the new feature will enable users to slim down their wallets by accessing their gym, drugstore, supermarket programmes through the Samsung Pay app.

Users will also be able to store insurance and personal identification cards alongside their credit cards, the company added.

To use membership or loyalty cards, users simply have to launch the Samsung Pay app, select the appropriate card, hold their Samsung Galaxy smartphone screen up to the merchant’s scanner, and let the card’s barcode be scanned at the register.

Samsung Electronics America VP of strategy and operations Nana Murugesan said: “With this new feature, Samsung Pay is giving users quick access to their favorite membership and loyalty programs and making shopping even easier.

“Right now, shoppers have several things — credit and debit cards, membership cards, coupons, gift cards — they need to take out of their wallets and scan at the register. Samsung is simplifying the check out experience by bringing those items to your phone, representing our next step toward a world without physical wallets.”

Samsung Pay’s rivals Android Pay and Apple Pay have been supporting loyalty cards for some time now.