On Monday (24 October), MasterCard customers with an Android phone that has Android Pay loaded onto it will be able to get a free coffee in a Café Nero throughout Great Britain, and if you’re in London you’ll also get your travel for free too.
What’s the deal?
If you’re in England, Wales or Scotland you can get a free coffee or hot drink in Café Nero, but sadly the offer isn’t available to people in Northern Ireland.
In theory there’s no price cap, but it’s strictly one drink per customer, and you’ll need to present your Mastercard loaded within Android Pay on your mobile when ordering.
You can get an espresso, caffe latte, cappuccino, americano, mocha, flat white, standard tea, or standard hot chocolate. Syrups for people who don’t like the taste of coffee are not included.
Similarly, Transport for London will reimburse (within 28 working days) any travel charges of up to £30.50 made on Monday, providing you pay through a Mastercard-linked Android Pay account.
The free transport isn’t limited to just buses and tubes; it also includes trams, London Overground services, and the Gatwick Express, as well as the Emirates Airline and Clipper Thames river bus services.
Why should I care?
What’s the catch?
You’ll only be able to get it if you have a contactless-enabled Android phone, which rules out all but the most recent devices that have NFC chips installed. In addition, you’ll need to be a Mastercard customer.
What are my other options?
Waitrose’s loyalty scheme offers its customers a free coffee every day and a free paper if they spend over £5.
However, the company is trialling a scheme where users will need to make a purchase to get their free coffee in eight stores, though there’s no minimum spend. From 1 November, customers will also need to spend at least £10 to get their free newspaper too.
Where can I find out more?
Read the full ins and outs on the MasterCard website.