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Chase and Apple Pay: Will I Be Able to Use My Credit Card?

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Chase and Apple Pay Credit Card

With the flurry of excitement surrounding Apple’s recent announcement of several new products and services, you might be wondering: Chase and Apple Pay — will I be able to use my credit card?

In a word, yes. When the mobile payment system hits the scene in October 2014, you can count on being able to use your Chase credit or debit card to pay with just one touch (if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, of course). Ready to learn more? Let’s take a look at the details.

About Apple Pay

When Apple Pay was announced at the company’s big unveiling event on Sept. 9, 2014, most folks in the technology world reacted with excitement, but not surprise. The mobile payment service was hotly anticipated, and now that it’s finally coming online, many expect it to change the way we pay forever.

If you’re not familiar with how Apple Pay works, it’s fairly straightforward: First, you’ll load your payment and store loyalty cards into the Passbook application. Reportedly, this will simply involve taking a picture of each of your cards and uploading it to the app. If you typically use one card to pay for most of your purchases, you can select it as the default when you put its information into Passbook.

Then, if you’re shopping in a store that supports Apple Pay (see below), you’ll hold your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in close proximity to the payment terminal and make your payment with a tap of your finger. This touch will both verify your identity using Touch ID technology and authorize the card you’ve selected to be charged.

Because Apple Pay works with payment terminals by using near field communication (NFC) technology and comes with several layers of security built into each transaction, most experts expect it to be a safer way to pay than our current swipe-and-sign system.

As of October 2014, Apple Pay will be accepted at over 220,000 brick-and-mortar retailers nationwide, including:

  • Walgreens
  • Whole Foods
  • Macy’s
  • McDonalds
  • Bloomingdales

You’ll also be able to use Apple Pay with some popular apps, including:

  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • OpenTable
  • Groupon
  • Uber

» MORE: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay Offer Speed and Security at Checkout

A few of our favorite credit cards from Chase

Not all credit card issuers are on board with Apple Pay just yet, but if you’re a Chase cardholder, you’re in luck. You’ll be able to use your credit card with the new mobile payment system as soon as it hits the scene, assuming you’ve purchased an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, too.

Remember, you don’t have to worry about missing out on perks or rewards when you use your Chase card with Apple Pay. Every time you authorize a mobile payment, it’s just as if you’d swiped the card. You’ll keep racking up the Ultimate Rewards points every time you touch!

The Nerds weren’t yet able to confirm with Chase if all of their consumer cards will be Apple Pay compatible, so be sure to check with them if you have questions. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite Chase cards:

Chase Freedom®

The Chase Freedom® is one of our favorite cash-back cards on the market, and it’s easy to see why. With it, you’ll earn 5% cash back in rotating quarterly bonus categories, up to $1,500 spent per quarter. You’ll also earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases. All this comes with a $0 annual fee – what’s not to love?

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a great choice for travelers. With it, you’ll earn 2 points per dollar spent on travel and dining in restaurants and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. Ultimate Rewards points are generally worth $.01 apiece, but their value jumps 25% when you redeem for travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal. And remember, with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card you also have the option to transfer your points to a participating frequent traveler program at a 1:1 ratio.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card will get you started with a stellar signup bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. It charges an $0 for the first year, then $95. But if you spend a lot on dining and travel, we think this is a small price to pay.

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