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Mastercard PayPass

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Make fast and secure payments without entering your PIN using Mastercard PayPass.

Contactless payments are incredibly popular, with Australians leading the trend internationally. This technology allows you to tap your card on a contactless payment terminal, rather than inserting or swiping your card and entering a PIN, to complete a purchase. Mastercard PayPass is just one of the contactless payment options available for Aussie cardholders. You can use this guide to compare credit cards that offer Mastercard PayPass functionality, understand how the technology works and have all of your contactless payment security questions answered.

Mastercard PayPass Contactless Credit Cards Comparison

Rates last updated December 10th, 2016.

ANZ Low Rate Platinum Credit Card

A new offer of $250 Back and 0% p.a. for the first 6 months on purchases.

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A new offer of $100 Back and 0% p.a. for the first 6 months on purchases.

October 12th, 2016

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ANZ Low Rate
$100 Back plus 0% p.a. for the first 6 months on purchases from approval.
0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 13.49% p.a.) $58 p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Low Rate Platinum Credit Card
$250 Back plus 0% p.a. for the first 6 months on purchases from approval.
0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 13.49% p.a.) $99 p.a. Go to site More info
Emirates Citi World MasterCard
Receive 40,000 bonus points and enjoy up to 10% off Emirates flights when you meet the spend requirement. Also pay a reduced annual fee for the first year.
20.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 9 months $149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info

How does Mastercard PayPass work?

Mastercard PayPass is a form of contactless payment technology that lets you make in-store purchases faster. When you make a purchase of up to $100 at a merchant that has a Mastercard PayPass contactless terminal, you just need to hold your card within 4cm of the terminal to approve the purchase without entering your PIN. If the purchase is over $100, you can still make a contactless payment but you'll need to enter your PIN.Contactless payment coffee

Contactless payments use an embedded computer chip and radio frequency antenna to communicate with the contactless terminal card reader. Each contactless payment generates a unique code so that you won't be charged twice for contactless payments if you accidentally tap your card on the reader twice. If you have more than one contactless payment-enabled card in your wallet, it's wise to take the specific card out of your wallet and tap it against the reader rather than holding your wallet to the terminal. This will ensure the money is taken from the intended card. Once you see the green light on the terminal and hear a beep, you'll know the purchase has been approved.

To make things even easier, you may also be issued with a Mastercard PayPass key fob or payment tag, which is a special device that you can attach to your keychain to avoid getting your card out altogether. The small plastic fob or tag contains the same contactless computer chip and radio frequency antenna as your regular credit card.

Many credit card issuers in Australia also allow you to make Mastercard PayPass contactless payments using smartphone apps. This means that not only do you not have to enter your PIN, you might not even have to use your card to make purchases. You can compare cards that offer mobile contactless payments with our guide.

Is it safe to use Mastercard PayPass?

Contactless payments are just as safe as any other transaction. The following security procedures and policies are in place to make sure that your PayPass contactless payments are protected:

  • No accidental payments. As you need to hold the card within an inch or so of the terminal, there is little chance that an accidental payment will be made using your card as you walk by a terminal that is enabled to accept contactless payments.
  • Encryption technology. Each purchase generates a unique encryption code which ensures that you'll only be charged once, even if you accidentally tap your card against the terminal twice or if you don't hold your card on the reader long enough and you're asked to tap it again.
  • Mastercard Zero Liability guarantee. If your card has been lost or stolen, you should contact your card issuer immediately to either freeze or cancel the card. If your card has been stolen and used for unauthorised transactions, you'll be protected by Mastercard's Zero Liability guarantee and will be reimbursed for any fraudulent transactions.

Are contactless payments safe?

Mastercard PayPass is a simple, convenient and secure way to make contactless payments using your credit card. All new Mastercard credit cards come equipped with PayPass technology and most merchants accept PayPass in Australia. While using your card for contactless payments is mostly safe, it's important that you use it wisely and store it safely to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. But if it does get lost or stolen, make sure that you report it immediately.

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10 Responses to Mastercard PayPass

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    askaris | January 5, 2015

    when will this be implemented?

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      Elizabeth | January 5, 2015

      Hi Askaris,

      Thanks for your question.

      The PayPass feature has already been implemented on MasterCards. If you’re card has the PayPass symbol you’ll be able to use it to pay for purchases under $100.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    Richard | August 8, 2014

    I have a paypass Frequent flyer mastercard . I have put money into this account but do not know where to look to find my balance. thank you Richard

    • Staff
      Shirley | August 11, 2014

      Hi Richard,

      Please try logging into the online portal provided by the bank that issued the card.

      Once you’ve logged in, you can check your account balances. In some cases, you may need to register to use this service.

      All the best,
      Shirley

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    Leon | August 5, 2013

    What are the details of the travel insurance included with the Bankwest MasterCard Platinum PayPass card?

    • Staff
      Shirley | August 5, 2013

      Hi Leon,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’ve emailed you about your query.

      Hope it helps,
      Shirley

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    Alex | April 11, 2012

    My bad, the Commonwealth Bank MasterCard Paypass does state $100- thanks anyways -A

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    Alex | April 11, 2012

    Is the information about the $35 limit for paypass above Incorrect? I just had a $44 purchase applied to my Commonwealth bank rewards credit card, i wasn’t asked, and by the time he said anything the charge to my card had been applied when he put my card on his reader. I did NOT authorize him to use my CC, i wanted to use another account. So i asked comm bank and they said it will work for transactions up to $100 !! I am so not impressed, and will likely change my provider. Thanks for any info on this. -Alex

    • Staff
      Jacob | April 8, 2013

      Hi Alex. Thanks for your question and apologies about the delay in this response. The PayPass limit is $100, you’re correct – thanks for pointing this out and the page has been amended. Jacob.

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    Marama | November 7, 2011

    Through my choice I have no pin no. I was unable to make a purchase at the local IGA as their machine is pin no. only on credit cards. I have been unable to find locations, on the internet, in Wynnum/Manly that have paypass. Are you able to help

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