Posted by William Charles on November 9, 2019
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Published on November 9th, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Mastercard Contactless Offering Free MTA Subway Rides In NYC (Fridays Only, June Through December)

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Update 11/9/19: This has been extended through December 27th, 2019. Hat tip to reader TC

The Offer

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  • NYC’s MTA subway system recently rolled out tap and go contactless terminals. Mastercard is offering free rides every Friday through December 27th, 2019

The Fine Print

  • at any station between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center on the 4, 5, or 6 subway lines to pay for a single-fare subway ride, and Mastercard will refund your fare
  • Limit two rides per cardholder per Friday

Our Verdict

Should be useful for NYC readers.



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Darin
Darin

Should be noted that you must use contactless payment, which means you must enter the subway simultaneously with payment. Not possible to buy or add to a subway card and get the credit (could have been useful to max out the two rides or buy for use on a different day/different station without contactless).

On the positive side, while you must enter along the 4,5,6 lines, many stations intersect with other lines and you would be able to get the credit regardless of the line you’re using. At Union Square, for example, you could take the L, N, Q, R, W lines in addition to 4,5,6.

J
J

My understanding is that ANY station with the tap and go contactless terminals would work, given that so far only stations in between Grand Centrala and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center on the 4, 5, or 6 subway lines have the contactless terminals enabled.

Tommy
Tommy

What Darin is saying is that at the Union Sq station is a hub, so you can enter at the tap & go for the 4,5,6 entrance and take any train available at that station

Mimi
Mimi

Can confirm this worked when we rode at the Grand Central station with contactless CC terminals.

Tommy Chen
Tommy Chen

Have you seen a credit back from MC for your fares yet?

chris24618
chris24618

Recv about 9 days afterwards

Rob
Rob

Will this work with the Venmo Debit Mastercard?

James
James

Seems nice unfortunately don’t have a madtercard

Grant
Grant

Would Samsung Pay work?

Vy
Vy

“To redeem this offer, Mastercard cardholders must use their contactless credit or debit Mastercard or their Mastercard credit or debit card through their contactless-enabled device to pay…”

Vy
Vy

Great for tourists traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn on a Friday.

For any NYC residents/employees who already use unlimited-ride Metrocards, any benefits of this promotion are non-existent. Seems to be a pilot to encourage end-user testing with single-ride fares.

Flea
Flea

Some residents take pay-as-you-go because they want flexibility for bus/express bus vs. subway, though. I did when I was temporarily in a walking cast.

ETA: It’s also a pilot program because they want to encourage less folks to get MetroCards, a la London and its Oyster system.

qmc
qmc

On the occasional short work+pleasure trip, I’ve found a 7d unlimited ($33) to end up being more cost effective, even though… $33 is 12 rides in 3 days (no more 5% bonus), even excluding airtrain.

Maybe with careful planning, I’d get some use out of the ‘free’ (N cards) day, but probably not.

Norman !
Norman !

0 concactless / 3 mastercard (Arrival and debit cards from bank of the west and onewest)

SF
SF

Great, this will be nice for my visit end of June. Thanks!

bax
bax

Is any of Citi DoubleCash, Dividend, and Paypal/Sychrony (grits teeth) Cashback MC contactless? What makes a MC contactlesss?

chris24618
chris24618

Can this be used along multiple mastercard cards? i.e., Placing Citi Doublecash via samsung pay wallet and using the Citi Rewards+ card directly for a total of 4 entries/rides.

Tommy Chen
Tommy Chen

I am wondering that too

CJ
CJ

Mastercard (including World/World Elite) is to lose price protection and extended warranty effective 7/1/2019. Does this happen to all mastercard regardless issuer?
https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/consumers/find-card-products/credit-cards/world-elite.html

bax
bax

Does ApplePay count as contactless payment method? It worked in Chicago (CTA), though without promo.

turnstile jumper
turnstile jumper

Great I dont have to jump on the turnstile on a friday until june =)

FREE RIDES!!!!!!!!!!
FREE RIDES!!!!!!!!!!

Worked for me in Chinatown. I used Comenity bank card promotion

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