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Can I add my USAA credit card to Apple Pay?

Pay in-store with your iPhone or Apple Watch.

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If you own an Apple device, you can easily add your USAA credit card to Apple Pay and make purchases in-store by tapping your iPhone or Apple Watch on the payment terminal.

How to set up USAA credit card for Apple Pay

There are two ways to set up your USAA credit card for Apple Pay — with the USAA mobile app or with your Apple device. Here’s how:

  1. Open your USAA mobile app.
  2. In the menu, select Account details.
  3. Select Add to Apple Pay.

As an alternative:

  1. Open Wallet and Apple Pay on your Apple device.
  2. Select Add Credit or Debit Card.
  3. Follow the instructions.

How does my USAA credit card work with Apple Pay?

As soon as you add your USAA credit card to Apple Pay, it will be stored as a virtual credit card on your device. This is a security feature to keep your credit card information hidden from merchants. At checkout, unlock your iOS device and bring it closer to the point-of-sale (POS) terminal.

Benefits of using your USAA credit card for Apple Pay

Using Apple Pay to pay for your transactions comes with the following benefits:

  • Make purchases with your Apple device. You don’t have to carry your credit card with you — simply use your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch at locations that accept Apple Pay.
  • Send money to contacts. Use the messenger app to send money to your contacts. Tap the Apple Pay icon when chatting and enter the amount you want to send.
  • Purchase apps. Use your USAA credit card to purchase iOS apps from the App Store or make in-app purchases.
  • Increased security. Every time you pay with your Apple device, your credit card information is hidden from the merchants.

Compare USAA credit cards

Add any USAA credit card to Apple Pay. If you don’t have such a card, consider applying for one.

Name Product Filter values Rewards Purchase APR Annual fee
USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card
N/A
6.9% to 23.9% variable
$0
Enjoy USAA's lowest rate card. Pay no annual fee, no penalty APR and no foreign transaction fee.
USAA® Rewards™ Visa Signature® Card
2x points on gas and dining and 1x points on all other purchases
9.9% to 25.9% variable
$0
Get 2,500 bonus points with your first purchase. Pay no annual fee, no penalty APR and no foreign transaction fee.
USAA® Preferred Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Card
1.5% cash back on all purchases
11.9% to 25.9% variable
$0
Earn 1.5% cash back on every purchase with no limits or category restrictions. Pay no annual fee, no penalty APR and no foreign transaction fees.
USAA® Rewards™ American Express® Card
3x points on dining, 2x points on gas and groceries and 1x points for all other purchases
9.9% to 25.9% variable
$0
Earn 3x points on dining, 2x points on gas and groceries and 1x points for all other purchases.
USAA® Cashback Rewards Plus American Express® Card
5% cash back on up to $3,000 in combined annual gas and military base purchases, 2% on up to $3,000 at supermarkets annually and 1% on all other purchases
11.9% to 25.9% variable
$0
Earn 5% cash back on the first $3,000 in gas and military base purchases annually on these categories combined. Earn 2% on the first $3,000 on supermarket purchases per year. Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.
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Bottom line

If you own an iPhone, iPad or an Apple Watch, adding your USAA credit card to Apple Pay can be useful because you can make payments without carrying your physical card. Also, all transactions are encrypted to protect your card from misuse.

But if you don’t find any of USAA’s cards appealing, compare other credit cards and apply for another card that supports Apple Pay.

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