We’ve had a couple of comments from readers that Google Pay is not coding at 3x on the US Bank Altitude Reserve. As you’ll remember, the Altitude Reserve lists mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay as a 3x bonus category. We reported a few months ago that Google was combining Android Pay and Google Wallet to create Google Pay. They have since sunsetted the Android Pay platform, but it seems like US Bank has not caught up.
The Altitude Reserve application page still lists Android Pay as a mobile wallet that earns 3x and has not updated to include Google Pay:
Unfortunately, the commenters who reported that they did not earn 3x also reported contacting US Bank’s customer service and being told that Google Pay does not qualify. See this comment and this one.
If you have recently made Google Pay transactions, feel free to leave your earning data points in the comments. If true, this would certainly be a disappointing development for Android users who were relying on mobile payments as a bonus category. It seems reasonable that US Bank would eventually update to include Google Pay, but for the time being it’s worth being aware that purchases with Google’s mobile wallet may not earn bonus points on the Altitude Reserve.