AMEX partners with McDonald’s on rewards-and-charity scheme

American Express has teamed up with McDonald’s to allow US customers to use their reward points to pay for fast food.

Customers will also be able to pay with their points either by swiping their card or by using AMEX’s mobile app.

As part of the scheme, during the launch period, one dollar from every purchase using AMEX points will also be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which runs a series of programs that aim to improve children’s health and wellbeing.

Having the options to pay as customers choose is a big opportunity we are leveraging,” said Lisa McComb, director of media relations at McDonald’s. “We’re focused on making the experience at McDonald’s easy and convenient, and this additional payment method offers more options for our customers.”

McDonald’s is also preparing to expand its mobile options by integrating Apple Pay as an optional payment method.

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