Google Wallet comes to iPhone, and travel companies sign up for mobile payments – Tnooz

mobile paymentTwo announcements today about Google Wallet suggest travelers may soon start paying for things at US destinations with their mobile devices. Google Wallet — an app that lets users send money from anywhere in the US — now comes in a version for iPhones. Until this week, Google Wallet only worked with devices that had near-field communications (NFC) chips — something Apple devices lack. Travel companies sign up In a blog post, Google Wallet also revealed that it has partnerships in the pipeline with several travel companies, including Avis Car Rental, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Marriott. We don’t know yet if these travel companies will be able to offer travelers loyalty points redemptions via barcode scanning and the Google Wallet app. But the app will likely pinpoint on a map offers from participating companies that are near the location of the user’s device. Google Wallet already promotes Alaska Airlines‘s frequent flier program by encouraging users to join it from within the app. Priceline’s Travel app for Android enables Google Wallet users to pay for their hotels with Google Wallet. (Airbnb, Booking.com, Uber and Expedia have also added the purchase-with-Google-Wallet option.) Presumably, that functionality will be added to the iOS version of its app. – See more at: http://www.tnooz.com/article/google-wallet-comes-apple-devices-travel-partnerships-wings/#sthash.swVNFC1g.dpuf

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