MasterCard PayPass credit card

Mastercard PayPass

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 July 21st, 2018
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Bendigo Bank Low Rate Mastercard
11.99% p.a.
$45 p.a.
A no-frills card with a competitive annual fee, a low variable purchase interest rate of 11.99% p.a. and up to 55 interest-free days on purchases.
Qantas Premier Everyday
19.99% p.a.
4.9% p.a. for 24 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of up to 40,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $0 first year annual fee plus complimentary overseas travel insurance.
Bendigo Bank Platinum Rewards Mastercard
19.99% p.a.
$89 p.a.
Earn 75,000 bonus Bendigo Rewards points on eligible spend. Receive complimentary insurance covers, plus, access to Mastercard Priceless Cities.
Bendigo Bank Low Rate Platinum Mastercard
11.99% p.a.
$89 p.a.
Offers premium features such as mobile phone and tablet insurance and purchase protections, plus, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
28 Degrees Platinum Mastercard
21.99% p.a.
4.99% p.a. for 6 months
$0 p.a.
Designed for travel, benefit from 0% foreign transaction fees on purchases, a $0 annual fee for life and a personal concierge service.
Emirates Citi World Mastercard
20.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 9 months
$149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Receive up to 60,000 bonus Skywards Miles, pay half the annual fee for the first year and indulge in curated local and global experiences.
Westpac Altitude Black - Qantas
20.24% p.a.
$250 p.a.
Earn 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases. Plus, 2 yearly Qantas Club lounge invitations.

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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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    askarisJanuary 5, 2015

    when will this be implemented?

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      ElizabethJanuary 5, 2015Staff

      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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    RichardAugust 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

    • finder Customer Care
      ShirleyAugust 11, 2014Staff

      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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    LeonAugust 5, 2013

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

    • finder Customer Care
      ShirleyAugust 5, 2013Staff

      Hi Leon,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’ve emailed you about your query.

      Hope it helps,
      Shirley

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    AlexApril 11, 2012

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

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    AlexApril 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

    • finder Customer Care
      JacobApril 8, 2013Staff

      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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    MaramaNovember 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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