Pick up 80,000 bonus Qantas Points on the Westpac Altitude Black card

By Chris Chamberlin, February 27 2018

Westpac is now tempting shoppers with an offer of 80,000 bonus Qantas Points on a new Westpac Altitude Black World Mastercard – more than enough for a return business class trip between Australia’s east coast and New Zealand, or an upgrade from business class to first class from Sydney or Melbourne to London.

Or, if you’d rather collect points with other airlines, you can choose to earn 80,000 bonus Altitude Rewards points instead: equal to 40,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points or Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles, or 32,000 miles with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles.

Here’s what you need to know.

Westpac Altitude Black: the sign-up offer

Take home 80,000 bonus Qantas Points or 80,000 bonus Altitude points when you apply by June 11 2018 and spend $5,000 on your Westpac Altitude Black card within 90 days of card approval.

With Qantas, those points could be used to book:

  • A return business class trip to New Zealand, such as from Sydney to Auckland, plus a one-way economy flight from Sydney to Melbourne; or
  • A return upgrade from flexible premium economy to business class between Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and Los Angeles, using all of your bonus points plus 1,000 points earned from your everyday purchases; or
  • A one-way business class seat on Qantas’ longer flights to Asia, such as Sydney-Tokyo, plus a one-way economy flight on a short domestic Australian route like Sydney-Melbourne;
  • A staggering eight one-way upgrades from flexible economy to business class on cross-country flights, such as between Perth and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

When opting for Qantas Points, everyday purchases on the card also earn 0.625 Qantas Points per $1 spent, which increases to 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent from April 4 2018.

Or, through Altitude Rewards, here are just some of your other options:

  • Convert your bounty into 40,000 Velocity points and book a return economy flight or a one-way business class flight to Auckland or Perth from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane with points to spare; or
  • Also converting to Velocity, enjoy four one-way upgrades to business class from economy ‘Freedom’ fares on transcontinental flights like Sydney-Perth; or
  • Ship your miles to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles at a 2.5:1 rate (giving you 32,000 miles) and score a one-way upgrade from economy to business class on most flights between Australia and Hong Kong – or, get a return upgrade from premium economy to business class or economy to premium economy for even fewer miles.

By opting for Altitude Rewards, you’ll instead earn 1.25 Altitude points per $1 spent, equal to 0.625 Velocity points or Enrich miles, or 0.5 Asia Miles or KrisFlyer miles, both now and after April 4.

Westpac Altitude Black: the perks

To help bring value from the card’s ongoing annual fee of $250, you’ll receive two complimentary airport lounge visits each year, tailored to your choice of rewards program.

If you’re earning Qantas Points, those will come as two Qantas lounge invitations after your first spend on selected Qantas products and services (such as using your card to book a Qantas flight).

These invitations can be used for access to domestic Qantas Club lounges and international Qantas-operated business class lounges – except in Los Angeles – when travelling onwards on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number.

Cardholders earning Altitude points instead are offered a complimentary Priority Pass membership with two lounge visits included per year, valued at US$163 (A$209), with the opportunity to pay for further visits at a cost of US$27 (A$34.60) each, which may be lower than the walk-in rates charged by some independent lounges to non-members.

As standard of many Black-level credit cards, overseas travel insurance, extended warranty cover and transit accident insurance are all included too, and can be activated by making an eligible purchase on your credit card (check the policy for the full details).

Westpac Altitude Black: how to apply

Unlike some credit cards, Westpac doesn’t have an ‘official’ minimum income restriction to apply.

However, previous advice from the bank is that an income of $75,000 per year is ‘recommended’, to help applicants qualify for a credit limit of at least $15,000 as the card requires.

For more information on the card, its latest sign-up offer or to apply, head to the Westpac website.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

MrBRo

MrBRo

28 Sep 2017

Total posts 7

Westpac are very slow to credit the bonus points. I waited over 5 months for my points to credit after the minimum spend was met. Their t&c state the credit will happen within 12 weeks.

maxo

maxo

25 Jan 2018

Total posts 3

For me, the 80k bonus points came as promised, 3 months after the minimum spend.

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1133

In my experience Amex are much faster in crediting bonus points on cards they issue and service, compared to the banks.

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1133

Selected existing customers holding the Westpac issued and serviced Altitude Platinum American Express Card have also been invited to apply for this card; however, the sign-up bonus is only 15,000 Qantas points upon reaching $3,000 of spend within three months of being approved.

rowwdy

rowwdy

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2013

Total posts 137

Are the older Earth cards excluded from this AMEX offer?

JLKhoo

JLKhoo

03 Feb 2018

Total posts 3

But they (Westpac and only Westpac) make you wait 90-120 days AFTER you've spent the $5000 before you get your 80K qff points where ALL other cards give you the bonus by or before the statement flowing that in which you've spent the requisite minimum (which is anything from $1500 to $3000 so Westpac, with $5K minimum, is BAD twice over). Hate them.

koda

koda

06 Mar 2018

Total posts 1

Any one able to confirm the American Express issued black altitude card exists? I've spent two hours on the phone between Westpac and American Express this morning and Westpac have either denied there's no black card or said there's an eligibility criteria that needs to be met but won't tell me what that is. I currently have black cards and was offered a platinum amex card which I'm not happy about.

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