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Discover cards come to Garmin Pay

Source: Discover

Discover and Garmin International, Inc., today announced that Discover cardmembers can now make payments using Garmin PayTM, a contactless payment solution for people on the move.

Garmin Pay, which is powered by FitPay®, is available on Garmin’s latest active lifestyle smartwatches, the vívoactive® 3 series, and new GPS running watches, the Forerunner® 645, Forerunner 645 Music and fēnix® 5 Plus series, as well as the D2™ Delta aviator watch series. Those who add their Discover card to Garmin’s virtual wallet can make quick and easy purchases using just their watch.

“Consumers are constantly on the go and our goal is to make it as simple and seamless as possible for our cardmembers to pay with their Discover card, including on IoT and wearable devices,” said Shaida Lynch, vice president of e-business at Discover. “Now someone can be out on a jog or running errands and the ability to pay with Discover from their Garmin watch is just a quick tap away.”

“We are excited to provide our customers and Discover cardmembers with another way to pay while they are on the go,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Having the ability to easily pay for purchases, without the need for a phone or wallet, is a feature that we are happy to bring to users who live an active lifestyle.”

Discover cardmembers can use Garmin Pay at any merchant retail location that accepts both Discover and contactless Near Field Communication (NFC) transactions. Once a payment card is added to Garmin’s virtual wallet—which can be done through the Garmin Connect™ Mobile App—users can tap and pay with just a few quick touches.

“We are very pleased to have partnered with Discover and Garmin to bring additional payment capabilities to Discover cardholders,” said Michael Orlando, chief operating officer of NXT-ID and president of Fit Pay, Inc. “Discover cardholders will now be able to experience a truly frictionless payment experience through Garmin’s amazing line-up of smartwatches.”

Discover cardmembers who use Garmin Pay to make purchases will continue to receive all the convenience and benefits of their Discover card, including rewards, fraud protection and U.S.-based customer service. 

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