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Marriott to accept Apple Pay at its hotels starting this summer

Marriott to accept Apple Pay at its hotels starting this summer
The Marriott Courtyard and Marriott Residence Inn on the right stand next to the JW Marriott hotel across from L.A. Live. The Courtyard and Residence Inn will be among the first in the Marriott family to accept Apple Pay. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

On the day Apple rolled out its new Apple Watch, Marriott International made an Apple-worthy announcement of its own Monday: It would be the first global hotel company to accept Apple Pay.

Apple Pay will begin rolling out this summer to 11 hotels, including Courtyard Marriott Los Angeles and Residence Inn Marriott Los Angeles, both located downtown at L.A. Live.

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In the announcement, Marriott says about 75% of its guests travel with at least one mobile device, particularly travelers 25 to 35 years old. And millions already use the mobile app that was rolled out in 2013 to check in and check out.

To use Apple Pay, you of course have to have an Apple device, like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or even the new Apple Watch.

You load a credit or debit card into the digital wallet and you'll never need to flash your plastic again (unless you want to).

To pay for your room, simply bring the device near the contactless reader at the front desk. When your device vibrates a little and beeps, you're done.

Guests also may link up their Apple Pay to a Marriott Rewards credit card to earn reward points too.

Apple Pay also will be rolled out this summer at the Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park; the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C.; JW Marriott Chicago; San Francisco Marriott Marquis and San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront; San Jose Marriott and Edition Miami.

Marriott also will launch an Apple Watch app that guests can use for advance check-in, receive notification when the room is ready and checkout.

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