Marriott International will be the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay. This is part of chain’s goal to create a seamless, complete mobile-powered travel experience for guests. The option will be introduced in phases beginning this summer in the U.S., and will include brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, Edition, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Hotels.
Guests will be able to check in at a contactless reader at the front desk using the Apple Pay system on their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and eventually Apple Watches. Payment information will be securely captured, with no need to provide a credit card at check-in.
“Approximately 75 percent of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25-35 year olds—a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years,” said George Corbin, senior vice president, Marriott Digital. “Millions of customers already use Marriott Mobile to quickly book a hotel, check-in or check out. Now, Apple Pay can make it virtually effortless.”
Marriott Rewards members who have the loyalty program’s co-branded credit card can link it Apple Pay and designate it as their primary card, thereby earning Marriott Rewards points each time they use Apple Pay at retailers nationwide.