Samsung Pay picks up membership and loyalty card support stateside

It’s like a life-sized game of chess. Apple makes a move, then Google follows suit, and so does Samsung. Sometimes, it’s the other way around. Every once a while, Android Pay or Samsung Pay advance a couple of steps in one go as they play catch up to road-opener Apple Pay.

Today, Samsung Pay gets a massive update essentially equating to taking a rook back from its Cupertino-designed arch-rival. The queen is still in play, as the two digital wallet services contend for China’s spotlight, but we’re nonetheless talking a valuable piece that’s now in the Korean tech giant’s possession.

Yes, it’s US membership and loyalty cards, which you can now virtually store on your high-end Galaxy phone rather than physically carry around with you. According to Samsung, “the average American household carries almost 30 loyalty cards”, which sounds a little high, but we get the point.

There are a lot of these in circulation, occupying precious space in your wallets, and making the accumulation of various rewards and collection of discounts an unnecessarily convoluted process.

Well, Samsung will have none of that now, as membership cards for gyms, drug stores, grocery stores and many different retailers nationwide can be scanned in a jiffy, uploaded and deposited on a Samsung Pay-compatible device, then accessed with ease in need.

Additionally, 38 new banks and credit unions stateside gain entry into the program, including the California Bank & Trust, Credit Union of Texas, First Atlantic, Horizon Bank, National Bank of Arizona, Nevada State Bank, and Utah First Credit Union.

Last but not least, transactions processed via Samsung Pay have reportedly totaled a trillion won ($850 million) in Korea alone since the regional debut of the service roughly nine months ago. Your move, Apple.

Sources: Samsung Newsroom, Android Police, ZD Net

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Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).