What is Apple Pay and can I participate as an American Express® Card Member?
U.S. American Express Card Members can now use an eligible American Express Card with Apple Pay to pay on the go at merchants who accept American Express contactless payments, in participating merchant apps, and on the web wherever American Express Cards are accepted. As an American Express Card Member, you can also get these features in Apple Pay:
Which Cards and devices are eligible for Apple Pay?
Eligible American Express Cards that can be used with Apple Pay include U.S. Consumer or Small Business Credit or Charge Cards that are not cancelled and are issued by a U.S. banking subsidiary of American Express. The following American Express Corporate Cards issued by American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. to an employee of a commercial Card customer working in the United States are also eligible:
The following American Express branded and third party branded prepaid cards issued by American Express are also eligible Cards:
If you have a valid American Express Card issued by a licensed third-party financial institution, please check with your issuer if you are eligible to participate by calling the number on the back of your Card.
To use Apple Pay in-store, you must have an iPhone 6 or later or an Apple® Watch that is paired with an iPhone 5 or later. To use Apple Pay for in-app payments, you must have an Apple Watch, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or later, or iPad Pro®, iPad Air® 2 or iPad mini® 3 or later. You can also use Apple Pay on the web on supported iPhones, iPads or Macs. Please visit apple.com/apple-pay for a complete list of Apple devices that are compatible with Apple Pay.
Where can I use Apple Pay?
You can use Apple Pay to make payments in stores with supported devices wherever American Express contactless payments are accepted. Just look for the contactless and/or Apple Pay symbol at checkout.
You can also use Apple Pay in participating merchant apps and on the web with supported devices. Look for the “Buy with Apple Pay” or “Apple Pay” button at checkout within the apps. Visit apple.com/apple-pay/where-to-use-apple-pay/ for a list of merchants where in-store and in-app payments are accepted.
Is my Card account number or other information being shared with Apple?
To deliver the best Apple Pay experience, we will display certain account information on your device, such as data for your recent purchases, for each Card you selected to use with Apple Pay, but not your full account information. At any time, you can turn off the display of transaction data manually within Apple Pay by adjusting the “Card Notifications” for each Card. We will never share your plastic Card number with Apple. If you have any additional questions about your device’s security features, please contact Apple directly.
How secure is an Apple Pay transaction?
Your Card in Apple Pay is protected by “Touch ID,” “Face ID,” and/or your device “Passcode.” For your security, when you make a purchase using Apple Pay, you must either use “Touch ID,” “Face ID,” or the “Passcode” for your device. All of your payment account information will be encrypted and protected within Apple's secure environment.
Is the American Express Card in Apple Pay different than the American Express Pass?
Yes. The American Express Card in Apple Pay enables you to make purchases with your device. The American Express Pass allows Card Members to receive automatic purchase notifications, account balance and customer service information. It is not a virtual Card and you cannot make purchases with it.
If you have both an active American Express Pass and your American Express Card in Apple Pay, you may receive duplicate push notifications for purchases you make. You can turn off your Pass notifications by adjusting your “Automatic Updates” settings on the back of your American Express Pass at any time.
How can I add my Card to Apple Pay?
What is a Security Code? Why is it required?
For security reasons, you will be required to enter your Security Code when adding your Card to Apple Pay. The Security Code for your American Express Card (Card ID or CID) is the 4 digit, non-embossed number printed above your Card account number on the front of your physical Card.
I was prompted to receive a one-time Verification Code. What is this and why is it required?
For security purposes, we may ask you to enter a one-time Verification Code to confirm your identity. This code is a unique series of numbers and/or letters that you can choose to receive via email or text. If prompted, please select how you wish to receive the one-time Verification Code and then enter that code into the appropriate field. For Apple Watch, you will need to enter the Verification Code for the Card you are adding by going to "Wallet & Apple Pay" in the Apple Watch app on your supported device. Please note that you will need a working Internet or data connection to receive a one-time Verification Code.
Your one-time Verification Code may expire if you aren’t able to enter it within 10 minutes. You can request another code by selecting your preferred verification option again. If you are unable to get a one-time Verification Code, please contact American Express Customer Care by calling the number on the back of your Card.
Can I add multiple Cards to my device?
Yes. At this time, Apple allows up to 8 Cards on a device.
Can I add my Card to multiple devices?
Yes, you can add your Card on up to 10 devices. Please note that your Card must be added to each device separately.
Can I have more than one Apple Watch?
Yes, with the latest watchOS, your iPhone can be paired with up to 5 Apple Watches, but each Watch can only be paired with one iPhone.
What is a Device Account Number and how is it different from my Card account number?
For your security, when you add your American Express Card to Apple Pay, a Device Account Number is created for that Card on that device. It is separate and unique to your device and different from your plastic Card number. Your Device Account Number is used to make purchases with your Card using Apple Pay.
How will an Apple Pay transaction appear on my American Express statement?
All transactions completed with Apple Pay will appear with “AplPay” on your American Express billing statement.
How do I get a refund for something I purchased with Apple Pay?
If you need to make a return for a purchase made with Apple Pay you can receive refunds to your account. The key difference is that you may be asked to provide to the cashier the last four digits of your Device Account Number instead of the last few digits of your Card number. To find the last four digits of your Device Account Number for your Card, visit the “Wallet & Apple Pay” section of your device “Settings” or on the back of your Card in the Wallet app.
Do I still get rewards (for example, Membership Rewards points) when I use Apple Pay?
Yes, you receive all of the same rewards, security and benefits of your American Express Card when you use it with Apple Pay. Please visit your Card account on americanexpress.com or in the Amex App to see your individual Card benefits.
Can I take advantage of Amex Offers using Apple Pay?
Yes. If you enroll your American Express U.S. Consumer or Small Business Credit or Charge Card in Amex Offers at merchants that accept American Express contactless payments, you can make qualifying purchases using Apple Pay that will be eligible for the offers. Amex Offers is not available for American Express Corporate Cards. To learn more about enrolling in eligible offers, please visit AmexOffers.com.
I’m having a problem with my device’s software or hardware. What should I do?
What is Apple Pay Cash and can I participate as an American Express Card Member?
What is Express Transit and can I participate as an American Express Card Member?
Express Transit is an Apple Pay feature that allows you to select a default Card in Apple Pay to tap and pay without authentication at certain transit terminals. To use your Card with Express Transit, add your Card to Apple Pay and choose it to be your Express Transit card in Apple Pay. To learn more about this feature and how to use Express Transit with Apple Pay, such as managing your Card and participating transit systems, please contact Apple or visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209495.
Where can I view and manage my Card(s) in Apple Pay?
For iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or later, or iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Pro or later, you can view and manage your Card(s) added to Apple Pay by going to “Settings” and selecting “Wallet & Apple Pay.” By tapping on an individual Card, you can view the “Transactions” and manage the settings associated with that Card in Apple Pay.
For iPhone 6 or later, you can also view and manage your Card(s) in the Wallet app. When you select an individual Card, you can tap the “i” to get to the back of the Card, where you can view the “Transactions” and manage the settings associated with that Card in Apple Pay.
For Apple Watch, you can view and manage your Card(s) added to Apple Pay on Apple Watch within the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Simply tap on an individual Card to manage the settings associated with that Card in Apple Pay. The Apple Watch app will not display transaction detail or transaction history.
To view and manage your Card(s) added to Apple Pay on americanexpress.com, follow these steps:
1. Log into americanexpress.com with your User ID and Password
2. Select your eligible Card
3. Tap or click “Account Services,” then “Card Management,” and finally, “Manage Digital Wallets”
4. Locate the device and select:
Please know that if you have added an American Express Card in your Apple Pay Wallet to iTunes, and subsequently remove that Card from Apple Pay, the Card can still be used to make purchases in iTunes if your Card account is in good standing.
I’m getting notifications for my Card in Apple Pay on my device. What are these notifications and how can I turn them on/off?
After you have added your Card to Apple Pay, you will receive “Card Notifications” for your American Express Cards in Apple Pay on iPhone and iPad letting you know about purchases made with your plastic Card and purchases made in Apple Pay. You can turn your notifications on or off by adjusting the “Card Notifications” settings for each Card within the “Wallet & Apple Pay” section of your device “Settings.” Please keep in mind that by turning off your “Card Notifications,” you will no longer receive transaction notifications or other special messages from American Express. Your transaction history will also not appear in Apple Pay.
You will not receive specific "Card Notifications" for Cards added to Apple Pay for your Apple Watch. You may receive notifications on your Apple Watch if you have a Card added to Apple Pay on your paired iPhone and have push notifications enabled. If you do not want to receive these notifications on your Apple Watch, visit the notifications section under "General Settings" in the Apple Watch app on your supported device and unselect "Wallet & Apple Pay."
Please know that you will also not receive “Card Notifications” if you “Suspend” your Card (see FAQ above, “Where can I view and manage my Card(s) added to Apple Pay?” on how to suspend your Card). When you “Resume” your Card, you may see “Card Notifications” again if they were turned on prior to suspending your Card.
What are the transactions listed with my Card in Apple Pay?
American Express has enabled Card Members to see their last 10 purchases in the “Transactions” display of their Card in Apple Pay on iPhone or iPad. The “Transactions” display will show the last 10 purchases you’ve made with both your physical Card and Card using Apple Pay. You can turn “Transactions” off when you turn off your “Card Notifications” in the “Wallet & Apple Pay” section of your device “Settings.”
If you “Suspend” your Card (see FAQ above, “Where can I view and manage my Card(s) added to Apple Pay?” on how to suspend your Card), you will not be able to view transactions made with that Card during the suspension period. You will continue to be able to view transactions made prior to the suspension period. You may view transactions made with that Card again after you “Resume” your Card.
Why is the information shown in Apple Pay different from my American Express Online Statement?
Apple Pay will only include your last 10 purchases. Please note that some of the listed transactions may be pending charges, which are temporary and are subject to change (for instance, pre-authorizations at restaurants and hotels). For all official statement information, please refer to your Card account information either on americanexpress.com or in the Amex App. If you suspect that there has been fraudulent activity on your account, please contact American Express Customer Care at the number on the back of your Card.
If I receive a replacement Card, do I need to update my Card information with Apple Pay?
No. Your device account number is connected to your new Card number automatically. You can use your Card in Apple Pay to make transactions before receiving your new plastic Card. If you do not want American Express to share this updated information, please call the number on the back of your Card.
If I have replaced my American Express Gift Card or my American Express Serve Card, do I need to update the Card information?
Yes. If you have replaced your American Express Gift Card or your American Express Serve Card, once you receive your replacement plastic Card in the mail, you will need to update the Card information in Apple Pay.
My device is lost or was stolen and I want to delete my Card. What should I do?
If you believe your device or Apple Pay Card information has been lost, stolen or compromised in any way, call American Express Customer Care immediately at the number on the back of your Card.
For iPhone or iPad, you can go to the Find My iPhone app to temporarily suspend or permanently remove the ability to make payments from your device, even if your device is offline. If you suspend your Card(s) using Find My iPhone, you can reactivate your Card(s) simply by unlocking your device and entering your Apple ID "Passcode" when prompted. For any supported Apple device, you can always go to icloud.com/settings, choose the applicable device and delete your Card(s). You can also go to americanexpress.com to “Suspend” or “Remove” your eligible Card (see FAQ above “Where can I view and manage my Card(s) added to Apple Pay?” on how to suspend or remove your Card).