JetBlue to begin accepting Apple Pay for in-flight payments next week

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in iPad edited February 2015
Some frequent flyers will soon be able to use Apple Pay to order drinks or upgrade their seat for extra legroom, as U.S. airline JetBlue announced on Tuesday that it would start accepting Apple's mobile payment service on select flights next week.




The first Apple Pay-equipped flights will be transcontinental affairs between New York and California, with all flights ready to go by June, according to USA Today. The new functionality comes as part of a wider rollout of iPad mini tablets to JetBlue cabin staff, after pilots were given iPads in 2013.

The crew cabin tablets, with credit card readers integrated into a protective case, will e-mail receipts to customers rather than generating a printed copy. Customized software on the tablets will also allow crew members to identify frequent fliers or passengers traveling on their birthday, and the airline hopes to soon gain FAA certification to eschew paper copies of its hefty flight attendant manual in favor of digital versions loaded onto the iPads.



JetBlue executive Rachel McCarthy said that Apple Pay would be the only mobile wallet accepted at this time. Consumers using Google Wallet or other competing services could take advantage of mobile payment convenience "down the road."

"Somebody else doing it always puts pressure on the other guy," said Apple software and services chief Eddy Cue, discussing the possibility of Apple Pay being rolled out to more airlines. Cue also noted that Apple Pay will eventually be adopted by other transit operators, like municipal rail systems, but that those deals "tend to move slower than you and I would like" thanks to regulation and funding.

"In our world, we really do want to replace the wallet at some point in time, and Apple Pay is the start of that," Cue added.
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  • Reply 1 of 83
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    I can't help but rant how I wish Apple hit the auto market with CarPlay as hard as hey hit the card market with ?Pay.
  • Reply 2 of 83
    cali wrote: »
    I can't help but rant how I wish Apple hit the auto market with CarPlay as hard as hey hit the card market with ?Pay.

    It's such an easy no-brainer for the credit card companies with Apple Pay. You're seeing the same slow rollout with merchants on Apple Pay as you are with car makers and Car Play. It's an issue of cost to integrat. For the CC companies it was next to nothing and the risk reduction more than covers the cost.
  • Reply 3 of 83
    arlorarlor Posts: 528member

    I guess if I'm going to get nickel-and-dimed, it might as well be with an Apple product.

  • Reply 4 of 83
    For ApplePay to work you must have WiFi, does JetBlue provide free WiFi?
  • Reply 5 of 83
    Folks, lets all remember that--according to the pundits, bloggers, and even some analaysts--ApplePay will not take off. I repeat...ApplePay will not take off.
  • Reply 6 of 83
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    Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post



    For ApplePay to work you must have WiFi, does JetBlue provide free WiFi?



    ApplePay uses NFC technology for the transaction and does not require cell or wifi to be on. 

     

    http://www.reddit.com/r/iphone/comments/2k52qi/does_apple_pay_require_internet/

     

    http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/152037/does-apple-pay-require-internet-connection

  • Reply 7 of 83
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    So how does the technology work that Jet Blue can support ?Pay but not other forms of contactless payments? If that's possible could other retailers choose to be ?Pay only? That's huge iPhone lock-in if Apple gets exclusivity.

    What seems really odd though is why Apple didn't include NFC antennas on the newest iPads so those could be used as POS terminals for ?Pay. Seems like a no brainer.
  • Reply 8 of 83
    Welcome to the year of Apple Pay. Apple is getting a lot of free ad with Apple Pay. Just watched a very good one by American Express over at ************.
  • Reply 9 of 83
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member

    Doesn't the vendor need an internet connection? How does the payment get approved?
  • Reply 10 of 83
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,381member
    arlor wrote: »
    I guess if I'm going to get nickel-and-dimed, it might as well be with an Apple product.

    I'll miss all those flights where they could not get their card readers working and said 'They'll be on the house, we can't take cash.' regarding the cost of a couple of Scotches. :\
  • Reply 11 of 83
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I love ?Pay and am glad to see it taking off like it is. But one of the things I like about it is no proprietary technology. Apple made sure to point that out when announcing the service. So I would hate to see them start going down the exclusivity route. The fact is they don't need to. ?Pay is getting plenty of free advertising from banks and credit card companies. There's no need for Apple to do deals with companies to lock out the competition. That's what's so crappy about CurrentC and why it's doomed to fail.
  • Reply 12 of 83
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,227member
    I wonder when that feature will start outside of the US. We still dont have itunes radio in Canada.
  • Reply 13 of 83
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by stargazerCT View Post

     



    ApplePay uses NFC technology for the transaction and does not require cell or wifi to be on. 

     

    http://www.reddit.com/r/iphone/comments/2k52qi/does_apple_pay_require_internet/

     

    http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/152037/does-apple-pay-require-internet-connection




    How dare you know the facts before you type.

  • Reply 14 of 83
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    Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post



    ... does JetBlue provide free WiFi?

     

    Yes, as well as free live TV and XM satellite radio, but Wi-Fi is not required for ?Pay.

     

    Those systems only work over the continental US. Many of their flights go to the Caribbean and Latin America / South America. When live TV is not available, movies are free.

     

    JetBlue already accepted credit and debit cards using handheld devices. The card information was stored locally until it could be uploaded. ?Pay is no different.

  • Reply 15 of 83
    For ApplePay to work you must have WiFi, does JetBlue provide free WiFi?

    Apple Pay does NOT require any kind of Internet connection...
  • Reply 16 of 83
    rogifan wrote: »
    I love ?Pay and am glad to see it taking off like it is. But one of the things I like about it is no proprietary technology. Apple made sure to point that out when announcing the service. So I would hate to see them start going down the exclusivity route. The fact is they don't need to. ?Pay is getting plenty of free advertising from banks and credit card companies. There's no need for Apple to do deals with companies to lock out the competition. That's what's so crappy about CurrentC and why it's doomed to fail.

    Apple isn't enforcing exclusivity. In order to use Google Wallet you have to have an Internet connection (at least once per day)... that's pretty inconvenient on an airplane...
  • Reply 17 of 83
    Woo hoo! Jet Blue accepts Apple Pay for its BEST CUSTOMERS.
  • Reply 18 of 83

    This kind of application is probably the biggest boon to credit card security that Apple Pay provides. I really think that wait staff/servers who personally handle our credit cards are a huge risk to our security. Granted, NFC payment protects from major data breaches from retailers too, and that's a significant threat.

     

    Another note is that it's pretty funny seeing it typed as Light Gray Square Pay on my machines :P

     

  • Reply 19 of 83
    xixoxixo Posts: 430member
    I'd just be happy if the airlines would give us some space between seats that is wider than [URL=https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/87/4f/a2/874fa29fc5bede90465f65af7aaf395c.jpg]Miley Cyrus's thigh gap[/URL]*.

    Maybe there's an app for [I]that[/I].

    *(warning gratuitous link)
  • Reply 20 of 83
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    friedmud wrote: »
    Apple isn't enforcing exclusivity. In order to use Google Wallet you have to have an Internet connection (at least once per day)... that's pretty inconvenient on an airplane...

    I thought once you set your pin to never expire you didn't need an internet connection?
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