Westpac makes it easier to earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points

By Chris Chamberlin, June 15 2018

New Westpac cardholders applying for an American Express Westpac Altitude Black bundle will find it even easier to score up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points – or 120,000 bonus Altitude points, equal to 60,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points – under the bank’s latest card offer.

That’s because the minimum spend requirements to qualify for the full bonus have now been reduced, yet the offer stays strong at up to 120,000 Qantas Points or 120,000 Altitude points: so you don’t need to spend as much to take home that bounty.

Here’s how it works now – apply for the Altitude Black dual card combo by November 27 2018, and spend $3,000 on the Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard (issued and serviced by Westpac) within 90 days of card approval, to earn 80,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude points.

Under the bank’s previous offer, a higher spend of $5,000 was required on this card to earn the same number of bonus points, with the new offer giving you your bonus points even sooner.

Separately, spending $3,000 on the American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card (issued and serviced by American Express) within 90 days of card approval unlocks its own serve of 40,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude points, which is the same as before.

Meet the spending requirements on both cards and that’ll deliver up to 120,000 Qantas points, or 120,000 Altitude points: worth 60,000 Velocity points when converted across at a 2:1 basis.

A full 120,000 Qantas Points is enough to take a return business class trip to parts of Asia: such as from Sydney to Singapore or Hong Kong, flying Qantas business class in both directions.

Choose Altitude Rewards and convert your points to Velocity instead and you'd wind up with 60,000 bonus frequent flyer points: more than enough for a return economy class trip from Sydney or Melbourne to Hong Kong with Virgin Australia, or a one-way business class flight on the same routes.

New American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum bundle offer

The sign-up offer on the Westpac Altitude Platinum two-card bundle has also been extended, with eligible new cardholders able to earn up to 75,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude points, with savings to be had on the annual fee, too.

Apply for the Platinum card combo by November 27 2018 and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases using the Westpac Altitude Platinum Visa (issued and serviced by Westpac) within 90 days of card approval to unlock 60,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude points, to get things started.

Spending an additional $3,000 on the American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Card (issued and serviced by American Express) within 90 days of card approval provides its own serve of 15,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude points, giving you up to 75,000 bonus points at the end of the day.

While not getting you as far as Asia, choose Qantas and you could still take a return business class trip from Australia's east coast to New Zealand – such as flying return to Auckland – or convert your points to Velocity, and you'd have enough for a one-way business class flight with Virgin Australia from Sydney to Perth, including Airbus A330 flights offering The Business:

Normally, this two card package attracts a total annual fee of $199 if earning Altitude points – broken down as $150 for the Visa plus $49 for the AMEX – or $249 if earning Qantas Points, being $199 plus a $50/year “Qantas Rewards Fee” – but in the first year, the standard $199 annual fee is waived.

That means you’ll pay no annual charges in the first year if earning Altitude points (such as for conversion to Velocity), and if you choose to earn Qantas Points, you’ll pay only the $50 Qantas Rewards Fee in year one, but not the $149 and $50 annual card fees.

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!

mspcooper

mspcooper

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09 May 2013

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120,000 points for $50. Deal of the century? Wow, incredible. Thanks for letting us know.

mviy

mviy

05 May 2016

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I believe the annual fee is waved for the Platinum card at the moment not the Black. So that's 75,000 points for $50 + meeting sign-up bonus requirement not 120,000 points.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Mviy is correct - the current annual card fee waivers are on the Altitude Platinum Visa and AMEX, so we've included that change here in this story as 'news'. The card fees on the Altitude Black cards are as normal and aren't waived under this deal.

mspcooper

mspcooper

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09 May 2013

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75000 points for $50 is still an awesome deal though. Thank you for the clarification

mviy

mviy

05 May 2016

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Yes, but with a separate credit check for the Visa and the Amex and the exclusions for this who already have an Amex issued card earning QF points, I think just getting the Visa would be the way to go for me. 60,000 points for $50 is still a great deal.

Damien00

Damien00

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25 Feb 2016

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Wondering if anybody knows... does getting the Westpac companion AMEX (now that its issued by AMEX) trigger the 18 month exclusion for other AMEX offers?

Jedi

Jedi

04 May 2018

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Maybe I am reading this incorrectly. How do you get 120K for $50. Its says there has to be a min. spend of 3K in 90 days.

Bob Burgess

Bob Burgess

13 Sep 2016

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The original comment was with regards to the $50 annual fee, but still, $3,000 is pretty basic and almost anybody here would be able to spend $3,000 on a card in three months.

mviy

mviy

05 May 2016

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But also note as mentioned in comments above the no annual fee is only for the Platinum not the Black so you can't get 120K QFF points for $50. The $50 fee for getting QFF points is not waved.

Jedi

Jedi

04 May 2018

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No problem just the way I read it above "120,000 points for $50. Deal of the century?"

My thinking was different, I was looking at it from the point of the actual cost of the points. Spend of 6K for 120K points.

robbo10

robbo10

15 Jun 2018

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If I have the Visa Black, am I eligible to apply for the AMEX and receive 40,000 points upon spending $3000?

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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That's a question you'd need to ask Westpac.

Harryt

Harryt

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28 Feb 2017

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Yes robbo10, and got the 40k after the spend when I got the AMEX, after Westpac ceased the Amex companion card and in April. Nonetheless, disappointing for those of us missing out on the 80k points who already have the black visa. Is it possible to cease the black visa and reapply to get the 40k points?

hakkinen5

hakkinen5

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20 Aug 2014

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Article doesn't mention earn rates?

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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This is a news article covering only what's newsworthy, being what's changed. Earning rates are unchanged and you can easily find these in our review of these cards, in many of our other stories or on the Westpac website.

Bruce070

Bruce070

30 Mar 2017

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I thought WBC just canned (April) their Black Amex card

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Westpac no longer directly issues American Express cards, and instead has a new partnership where AMEX directly issues cards with a Westpac logo, which we've covered extensively. You can read more in our previous stories on this.

Travels1808

Travels1808

18 Jun 2018

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Heading into the end of financial year, I was thinking of cancelling my existing QFF rewards card and signing up for a new one to take advantage of one of these offers, for all my EOFY business spend.

Anybody know the potential impact of this on my credit rating if any at all? I think as long as the card is paid off etc. there is no issue with applying for a different card, but not sure.

reno

reno

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20 Sep 2013

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Project sunrise.is the jetstaration of Qantas.under AJ the product hard&soft in is crappy,obsolete,f up.

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