⚠️ Story update: Instarem has clarified that Apple Pay support has not been officially launched, and that the feature was mistakenly made available for testing for a brief period today.
Official statement from Instarem:
“As of today, Instarem has not officially launched Apple Pay support. However, we did make the feature briefly available for testing purposes earlier today. We understand that some users were able to add their amaze card to Apple Pay during this testing period.
Unfortunately, we must inform you that moving forward, these users will not be able to use the Apple Pay feature with Instarem. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused. More information on official launch will be shared at a later time.”
While Google Pay added support for the Amaze Card back in November 2021, Apple Pay users have had to twiddle their thumbs in the meantime (or get a real phone).
But no longer. Apple Pay finally supports Amaze, which brings added convenience and opens some workarounds for miles collectors.
Apple Pay adds Amaze support
Effective immediately, Amaze Cards can be added to Apple Pay wallets (even though the official Apple website has not yet been updated to add Nium, the issuer of Amaze).
This not only means one less card to carry in your wallet, but also greater functionality. According to reports, some payment terminals have issues detecting the physical Amaze Card; adding it to Apple Pay should resolve this issue.
On top of this, there’s two more benefits I can think of.
No more waiting for physical Amaze Card
If you haven’t received your physical Amaze Card yet, or have lost your card and need a replacement, Apple Pay support allows you to continue making payments at brick-and-mortar merchants where contactless payments are allowed.
All you need to do is add the virtual Amaze Card to your Apple Pay wallet, and tap your phone to pay.
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However, pairing the Citi Rewards Card with Amaze helps to circumvent this restriction. Simply add your Amaze Card to Apple Pay, and use it to pay for any Kris+ purchases. You’ll earn 4 mpd on all your spending, capped at S$1,000 per statement month.
XNAP is the spiritual successor to LiquidPay, allowing users to earn credit card miles or cashback at merchants that don’t accept cards, such as hawkers, neighbourhood shops and pasar malam stalls.
XNAP only supports Apple Pay or Google Pay, so in other words, those who want to use the Citi Rewards Card face the same issue as with Kris+. Linking Amaze to the Citi Rewards Card will enable them to earn 4 mpd on XNAP transactions, capped at S$1,000 per statement month.
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|💳 tl;dr: Amaze Card
Apple Pay has finally added support for the Amaze Card, which is good news for anyone who doesn’t do Android. Not only will you be able to use the Amaze for in-store transactions before the physical card shows up in the mail, you’ll also be able to circumvent the Citi Rewards Card’s restrictions on in-app mobile payments.
Any other use cases you see for Amaze on Apple Pay?