If you make a purchase in an Apple retail store in the United States or the United Kingdom, you’ll be asked if you’d like to use Apple Pay to complete your transaction. If you say “no,” and the reason is you don’t have Apple’s payments system set up on your phone, a store employee will happily assist you in the setup so you can make the purchase, and then give you a $5 or 5 iTunes gift card for using Apple Pay.
Sweet scenario, eh? Apple is running a promotion right now to encourage Apple Store customers to setup Apple Pay on their iPhones. Customers get the $5 freebie for making any purchase in the store. If you later return the purchase for whatever reason, you’ll still get to keep the card, just for setting up Apple’s mobile payments solution on your device.
The new promotion comes hot on the heels of news this morning that Apple Pay has expanded to its eighth country, France. This means Apple’s contactless payments solution is now available in the United States, the UK, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, and France. Hong Kong and Spain are next up on the list.
Apple has also announced it will introduce Apple Pay for purchases made on the web, alongside the fall debut of macOS Sierra. Users will be able to use AP to make purchases on the web via their Mac or compatible iOS device.