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This week, MasterCard is demoing a new technology that will let you tap to pay with a variety of different devices that you already carry with you. Contactless payments aren’t exactly brand new, but there’s currently a limited number of gadgets that let you tap to checkout in the US, including Apple Pay and Jawbone UP (which is currently limited to American Express).

With MasterCard’s new tech, you’ll be able to pay with “virtually anything” — according to the company’s Chief Emerging Payments Officer (CEPO?), you’ll theoretically be able to pay with “rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”


Apparently Capital One is first to hop on board with MasterCard’s new program, called Digital Enablement Express (or “Express” for short), which should begin to support a variety of payment platforms as soon as next year. Besides Capital One’s cards, such as Venture or Spark Miles, points-earning MasterCards include Citi Prestige, Citi ThankYou Premier and Barclaycard Arrival Plus, among others.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
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Excellent Credit

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