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Monday, 23 September 2019 10:33

American Express expands card use on Sydney contactless payments system


American Express cards are now useable on Sydney’s contactless payments system which is being rolled out by Transport NSW.

The use of American Express cards across the Transport NSW contactless payments system has now been expanded for use across the Sydney, Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Central Coast and Hunter Regions of the State.

American Express card members can now pay for their travel using an American Express card, mobile wallet or wearable device on bus, train, ferry or light rail services.

And American Express says contactless payment journeys are at parity pricing with Adult Opal Card journeys, allowing passengers to still benefit from Opal weekly discounts and fare reductions.

According to American Express the demand for contactless payments on devices in Australia continues to grow, and in August this year, 85% of all in-person transactions in Australia on the American Express network were made using a contactless device or card, reflecting a “significant shift in how consumers are making payments”.

Additionally, over the last three years, American Express says mobile wallet transactions have increased 10-fold, ‘further demonstrating greater engagement from Australians with new technology and changing payment trends”.

Adam Roberts, Vice President, Digital, Data and Payments Innovation American Express said: “Commuters with American Express cards can now enjoy the convenience and flexibility of using their American Express card, mobile wallet or wearable to tap on and tap off at the Opal reader – providing them with the fastest and simplest way to get around.

“Our ongoing investment in digital capabilities and growth of the number of businesses accepting our cards is enabling card members to easily use their Amex card or mobile wallet in more places than ever before.”

To mark the launch of American Express card use on NSW transport services the company says it will be running an Amex offer for eligible card members, available through the Amex app and their online account.

American Express says previous Amex Offers with Transport for NSW capped out within 24 hours, with card members enrolled in the offer redeeming the discount for at least one journey.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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