Transit How are MTA MetroCard bonuses calculated? NYCurious Ever wondered how you ended up with $0.28 on your MetroCard? The MTA gives a 5 percent bonus when you add $5.50 or more to your MetroCard. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By Nicole Brown email@example.com @ncb417 Updated March 28, 2019 1:37 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email This is part of our series NYCurious, where we answer your questions about the city. Tweet or Facebook Message your queries to us at @amNewYork, with #NYCurious. Question: How do I end up with $0.14 on my MetroCard when the price is $2.75? How do they calculate the “bonuses”? The odd amount of money left on your MetroCard because of the MTA’s 5 percent bonus won’t be a concern for much longer, as bonuses are going away on April 21 when the new fares take effect. But if you’re still curious about how you end up with a balance of only a few cents, scroll down to find out more. When you add $5.50 (the price of two rides) or more to your MetroCard, the MTA gives you a 5 percent bonus. The bonuses do not apply to weekly and monthly MetroCards. So if you add $5.50 to a MetroCard that has a balance of $0, with the 5 percent bonus, you will end up with $5.78. After two rides, you’ll be left with just $0.28 on your card. Then, say you add $20 to that card. With the MTA bonus, you will really get $21, and your new balance will be $21.28. After seven rides, each priced at $2.75, you’ll have $2.03 on your card — not enough for a single ride. But as you keep adding money to your MetroCard, the accumulating bonuses will earn you a free trip, or more. All these figures also change if you’re buying a new card, which costs an additional $1. So if you only want to pay $20, $1 would be used for the new card, and your balance would be $19 plus the bonus, which is $19.95. After seven rides, you’ll have $0.70 on your card. To end with a balance of $0, you would have to pay 95 percent of the cost of the number of rides you want, so that with the 5 percent bonus, your balance will be exactly the right amount. For example, if you need four rides ($11), you would add $10.48. With the 5 percent bonus, your balance will be $11. If you need 10 rides ($27.50), you would add $26.19, and your balance will be $27.50. Unless of course you ALSO need a new card — then you’d have to pay $11.48 for four rides or $27.19 for 10 trips. If you’re not sure how much you need to add for a specific number of rides, the MTA has a handy calculator on it’s website. By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic MetroCards are getting more expensive for manyThe base MetroCard fare will remain at $2.75 but monthly and weekly rates are increasing. Limited half-priced MetroCard program launchesA candidate for public advocate interrupted the mayor's news conference on the program. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.