StubHub now lets you buy tickets using Apple Pay in your mobile browser


ApplePay users can now pay for StubHub tickets on their mobile browsers.  


Tired of too many apps on your iPhone? Good news: If you ever want to buy concert tickets on StubHub using Apple Pay, you can now just use your mobile browser, the company announced Thursday.

Apple Pay is a digital wallet service that allows users to make payments via their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and even Mac laptop. As of June 2019, Apple Pay was available in 41 countries worldwide using near-field communication technology, which allows you to simply tap your phone to a terminal, completing the transaction. 

The new capability occurs at a time when fans are already using Apple Pay in about “20% of their [StubHub] purchases,” StubHub said. The company believes the feature will increase Apple Pay’s footprint for StubHub users in the US. 

StubHub emphasized its latest move is reflective of its commitment towards consumer privacy. Currently, Apple Pay requires authentication using TouchID fingerprint recognition, FaceID facial recognition or a PIN before a transaction takes place. 

“By expanding the security and convenience of Apple Pay to mobile web browsers, we’re making it even easier for fans to be a part of the live experiences they love,” said Jason Zhang, group product manager at StubHub. 

Competitor payment systems such as Samsung Pay and Google Pay also incorporate fingerprints as authentication features, but boast less of a footprint worldwide. Samsung Pay covers 24 countries worldwide, while Google Pay covers 29. 

“We do anticipate that more fans will use Apple Pay for their ticket purchases, said Brad Glasser, Senior Manager — Global Product & Technology Communications at StubHub in an email statement. “…now that the method is available on more platforms, we’ll see an organic increase in traffic.” 

StubHub did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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Originally published Aug. 1, 3:59 p.m. E.T.
Updates, 4:18 p.m.: Adds comment from Brad Glasser, Senior Manager – Global Product & Technology Communications StubHub

Originally published Aug. 1, 3:59 p.m. E.T.Updates, 4:16 p.m.: Adds comment from Brad Glasser, Senior Manager -- Global Product & Technology Communications