Mastercard is Offering Free Tube Travel if You Use Android Pay

By Tom Pritchard on at

It looks like Mastercard really wants people to pay for things with their phones. Earlier this year it gave Apple Pay users the chance to use London Public Transport free of charge, and now that same offer will be available to everyone with Android Pay.

So if you have a UK Mastercard loaded into Android Pay, you might want to pencil 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th of October into your diary. The offer covers travel by bus, tube, Overground, DLR, TfL, select National Rail services, and even the Emirates cable car nobody actually uses. All you have to do is clock in and out with your phone, just like you would with an Oyster card.

If that wasn't enough, Mastercard has also teamed up with Café Nero to offer Android Pay customers a free hot drink on the same days. The offer is available at any Café Nero in England, Scotland, and Wales, but only extends to a standard beverage of any size. So speciality drinks and extras like syrup don't count.

You'll have to pay for all of this yourself initially, but Mastercard is letting you claim the money back. Each cardholder can claim back a grand total of £30.50 worth of travel expenses, and you're only allowed one free drink on each day. You should also be aware that refunds could take 28 days to fully process.

But hey. Free travel, and free coffee. [Mastercard via Engadget]