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If you’re doing some shopping ahead of the holidays, you may want to consider using Apple Card and/or another card through Apple Pay. That’s because of a couple of new Apple Pay-related initiatives that the Cupertino tech giant launched this week. Here’s what you should know.
Nike+ 3% Daily Cash
Just in time for Black Friday and the busy holiday shopping season, Apple Card holders will now be able to get 3 percent Daily Cash Back when they use their card at Nike, TechCrunch reported.
Users will be able to get the cash back at various Nike retail outlets and platforms, including brick-and-mortar locations, Nike.com, SNKRS, Nike Training Club, Nike Running Club and the Nike app.
When Apple Card first launched, Apple said that its 3 percent Daily Cash rate was only offered for purchases made at Apple retail locations and online platforms.
Since then, Apple has steadily partnered with various retailers and businesses to offer the 3 percent cash back. Nike now joins other companies like Uber and Uber Eats, T-Mobile, Walgreens and Duane Reade. Apple says that more Apple Card partners will be added in the months ahead.
Daily Cash is a pretty standard unlimited cash back reward, but it has the benefit of being paid out daily.
It’s worth noting that the 3 percent cash rate is only available for Apple Card purchases made through Apple Pay.
Any purchases made using the physical titanium card will still net the 1 percent rate. Transactions made using Apple Pay but not at qualifying retailers will still earn the 2 percent rate.
Speaking of Apple Pay, the company is also launching a new charitable initiative for transactions made using the payment platform.
Specifically, the company has pledged to donate $1 to (RED) for any and every purchase made using Apple Pay at an Apple Store, through the Apple Store app, or on Apple.com.
The initiative kicked off this week and will last through Dec. 2. It’s also a global initiative, and purchases made at any Apple Store worldwide will count. Apple say it will donate $1 per purchase up to $1 million.
According to Apple, 100 percent of proceeds generated by (RED) and its partners goes toward funding HIV/AIDS programs throughout Africa. That funding is part of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Apple itself has long been a (RED) partner, donating the proceeds from red products and accessories directly to the organization’s effort to fight AIDS and HIV. Since 2006, Apple has raised more than $220 million for (RED).
It’s also likely that physical Apple Stores across the globe will turn its logos red for the first week of December in honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.