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In a discussion on HfP yesterday about the value of the Fast Track airport security passes that you get at Gatwick when you pre-book the No1 Lounge, reader Keith mentioned that you can get free Fast Track security at selected airports if you have a Mastercard.

This includes London Gatwick and London Luton, plus five other UK airports.

This was news to me, and is probably news to you too.

You need to register here for Mastercard Travel Experiences.

How does Mastercard Travel Experiences work?

It’s very simple:

  • you receive THREE Fast Track airport security passes every 12 months
  • you receive discounts at selected airport restaurants when you show your Mastercard Travel Experiences ‘e-Cert’ or the app

The only catch as far as I can see is that only the named cardholder can use the Fast Track passes. Your family or partner can only accompany you if they register a Mastercard of their own.

Which Mastercard cards are ‘participating’?

It isn’t clear, so you need to use trial and error.

My Curve Card was accepted. Our reader yesterday said that his Barclaycard Avios card was refused, but this was very shortly after launch so the situation may have changed.

If you don’t have a card that works, you can order a free Curve Card here. Curve will even give you £10 for ordering it via our link. It doesn’t show on your credit file as it isn’t a credit product.

Please post your successes or failures in the comments.

(EDIT: Reader feedback below is mixed and confusing. Curve cards seem to work for some people but not others. The same goes for Currensea. Other UK cards seem to fail, but cards issued in the EU seem to be OK. It is all very odd.)

Which airports offer Fast Track security to Mastercard holders?

You cannot see the full list of 177 participating airports on the Mastercard Travel Experiences website. It shows the first 15 alphabetically but you can’t see the rest. The app doesn’t show any of the 177 airports and insists that you plug in random airport names to search.

Mastercard Travel Experiences fast track

However, I tried the major UK airports with manual searches.

You can get free Fast Track security passes for the following airports:

  • Aberdeen
  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool
  • London Gatwick
  • Luton
  • Newcastle
  • Southampton

It doesn’t work for Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Derry, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Humberside, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester, Newquay, Norwich, Southend or Teesside.

What restaurant discounts are available?

The list of airports with restaurant discounts is far bigger than the list of airports which offer Fast Track.

At Heathrow, for example, you have:

  • 10% off at Leon (T2)
  • 15% off at Giraffe (T5)
  • 15% off at The Curator (T3)
  • 15% off at The Prince of Wales (T4)
  • 15% off at Wonder Tree (T2)
  • 15% off at Spuntino (T3)

Remember that, whilst I have focused on UK airports here, you can use it at airports globally.

I haven’t tried it out yet but I can see it being useful for low cost flights from Gatwick and Luton. If you have used Mastercard Travel Experiences, please let us know how it went in the comments.

Comments (230)

  • RJWillz says:

    Currensea basic card worked!

  • Carlos says:

    Worth creating a thread on working mastercard BINS
    Has anyone tried virtual cards from monzo?

  • Martin says:

    I successfully signed up with my free Curve Mastercard – interestingly in my account overview under issuer it states “Test program 7” rather than “Curve”.

  • Thywillbedone says:

    Maybe it didn’t say so earlier, but the registration website clearly states “Before registering, please ensure your Mastercard card issuer has enabled this benefit and that you are eligible for Mastercard Security Fast Track, otherwise your registration may be declined”. Seems pretty obvious this is for certain banks/international audiences. I have HSBC Premier World Elite and like many such cards, the benefits are not hard to find. I’m sure we’d know about this long before today if it was an actual benefit of many of the cards tried by readers today.

    • David says:

      Absolutely. Sometimes though seeing the obvious doesn’t seem to be in the skill set of the Masters of the Points Universe here.

      • David Green says:

        Or they pretend it’s a big mystery, get you here through clickbait, and you just improved their SEO. It’s all a game.

  • NewsKnight says:

    So does MasterCard haeve these Suite of Benefits that the Issuer can take but seems many dont. Guess there is a fee the bank will need to pay for this.

  • David says:

    Tried a stack of credit and debit cards and none work.

    Including Curve Metal, Natwest Black & Premier Debit, Starling, Monzo, Tesco and MBNA.

  • Tom says:

    I’m now getting a connection error 0roblems connection to the server when I try with my curve metal card.

  • Sus says:

    Barclaycard avios, capital one, curve – none worked

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