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
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.
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