U.S. Bank and Sport Chalet have enhanced the Sport Chalet Visa rewards program, combining it with Action Pass loyalty program. Sport Chalet customers now have the opportunity to earn more than 6 percent in rewards at Sport Chalet and 2 percent in rewards everywhere else. The rewards program will now have rewards fulfilled through Action Pass, making it easier for cardholders to redeem their points. The Sport Chalet credit card offers comprehensive benefits such as preferred access to entertainment, sporting and dining events, complimentary 24-hour concierge service, and more.
Allpoint Network, of Cardtronics and surcharge-free ATM network, announced American Eagle Federal Credit Union has joined Allpoint Network. This allows American Eagle FCU immediately expands surcharge-free cash access for its members by 50,000 ATMs worldwide. With Allpoint Network offers 38,000 cash machines and save members of American Eagle FCU time as well as ATM fees. Allpoint’s suite of free, on-demand ATM locator tools make Allpoint surcharge-free ATMs easy for American Eagle FCU members to find. Allpoint offers free smartphone apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry operating systems, as well as a mobile browser-friendly ATM locator website.
Fifth Third Bank recently launched Access 360o reloadable prepaid card offering customers financial control, convenience and security. The card is available through any of Fifth Third’s 1,300 banking center locations. There is no charge to load money to the card and customers may do so through deposits at a Fifth Third banking center, direct deposit of paychecks or government benefits, or fund transfers from a Fifth Third Bank checking or savings account. The card can be used anywhere Debit MasterCard® is accepted, and customers may withdraw cash at any banking center or more than 2,400 Fifth Third Bank ATMs.
ReD’s online transaction monitoring and fraud prevention service can now be accessed as part of VeriFone’s PAYware Ocius managed payments solution. VeriFone’s PAYware Ocius provides multi-channel merchants with PCI-compliant hosted card acceptance and supports end-to-end encryption and tokenisation. By providing ReD services integrated into PAYware Ocius, VeriFone is able to deliver a total managed service that covers all merchant security and anti-fraud requirements whatever the channel of delivery – internet, mail order, telephone order and interactive TV. ReD Shield provides detailed transaction monitoring and analytics for real-time fraud screening and provides an even safer environment for all types of CNP commerce.
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Tech startup Glyph released its new iPhone app that provides consumers with valuable information regarding which credit cards offer the most valuable rewards programs. Using the iPhone’s location-based GPS, Glyph recommends the right card to use based on where the user is shopping. The app learns each user’s habits, and suggests which cards would make a perfect portfolio, never allowing the user to miss out on rewards. This makes it easy for the user to know the right cards to carry and to determine which card to use for each purchase.
Wowcards direct mail marketing solutions received patent 8,287,002 by the U.S. Patent Office. Combining the benefits of a gift card and a credit-card-thick postcard, Wowcards enables companies of all sizes to deliver targeted campaigns that can achieve more than 100 times marketing return on investment. Wowcards combines the thickness of a credit card with a pop-out gift card approved by the United States Postal Service. Marketers can easily create “ready-to-redeem” gift cards with special offers and promotions, complete with branding and barcode. A gallery of templates reduces the ordering burden for businesses; they simply have to upload their logo and mailing list. There is no minimum order and pricing starts at 98 cents, which includes the design, printing, postage and fulfillment. Main street retailers, such as auto dealerships and repair shops, jewelry stores, and restaurants have utilized Wowcards to drive sales, attract new customers, or reactivate old ones.
Citi ThankYou® Rewards members now can use their ThankYou Points at Amazon.com to purchase millions of products. ThankYou members with a Citi credit card enrolled in Citi ThankYou Rewards are currently eligible to use their points at Amazon.com. Members can pay for their entire eligible Amazon.com order with ThankYou Points, including tax & shipping and choose to pay for part of their eligible order in ThankYou Points and use an eligible Citi credit card to pay the difference.
Connect.Me P2P reputation and social discovery provider and miiCard online identity verification company have partnered to create a verified social reputation card. miiCard’s Level of Assurance 3 (LOA3) identity verification service can prove a user’s identity to the level of a photo ID completely online and in just minutes, allowing consumers to track, monitor and take complete control of their online identity. This is the first step in building trust online so that individuals and companies can interact safely and securely.
Discover (DFS) announced its comprehensive strategy and roadmap that includes Discover Network, Diners Club International, PULSE and Discover Card. In alignment with U.S. EMV migration timelines, Discover is introducing Fraud Liability Shift for Discover Network (in the U.S., Canada and Mexico) and PULSE (in the U.S.), effective October 1, 2015 at point-of-sale terminals and Oct. 1, 2017 at automated fuel dispensers. This Fraud Liability Shift policy will be a risk-based payments hierarchy that benefits the entity that leverages the highest level of available payments security. As Fraud Liability Shift is already in place for Diners Club International (effective December 31, 2012 for mandated Participants), Discover will have one standard liability shift policy in place across all networks by October 1, 2015. Starting October 2013, Discover will also grant annual PCI audit waivers for merchants that process 75% of Discover Network transactions via terminals supporting both contact and contactless payments.
Inside Secure semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity announced its Mobile MasterCard PayPass M/Chip 4 payment applet has attained MasterCard CAST and Functional certification on the Inside SecuRead NFC module. The INSIDE payment applet can be used by banks, wallet providers, transit operators, mobile network operators, handset and tablet makers and others in SIM, microSD and other form factors to enable MasterCard payments in any NFC mobile device. The INSIDE Mobile MasterCard PayPass M/Chip 4 payment applet is part of the company’s ongoing development effort to offer a comprehensive suite of pre-tested or certified branded payment, access control and banking applets. INSIDE also plans to support the Visa Mobile Payment Applet, First Data CertiFlash Mobile and the SecureKey Authentication Applet.
Paragon Application Systems (Paragon) ePayment simulation and testing solutions has partnered with Trusted Security Solutions (TSS), a leading provider of ATM key management solutions, to add Remote Key Load (RKL) testing to Paragon’s ATM simulation, configuration and testing solutions. TSS is providing the RKL module for Paragon’s ATMulator Plus, FASTest, and FASTress products. RKL provides ATM acquirers and terminal drivers with the ability to deploy the ATM Terminal Master Key from the software host to the EPP (Encrypted Pin Pad) and PED (PIN Entry Device). The ATM Terminal Master key is used to download the PIN encryption key which encrypts the PIN that customers enter to ensure that transactions are secure.