What can you do with 126,000 Qantas Points from Westpac?

By Chris Chamberlin, May 21 2019
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With up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points on the table – along with a further 6,750 Qantas Points earned in the process of achieving that bonus – the Westpac Altitude Black credit card bundle could get you flying in no time.

Among your many choices: business class upgrades on Australian domestic flights, a return first class trip with Emirates across the Tasman, business class to Asia, or even working a holiday into an overseas business trip to fly even further using your hard-earned points.

Here’s what you need to know about this two-card combo’s latest sign-up offer, along with some inspiration as to how you could spend that bonus bounty.

Westpac Altitude Black credit card Bundle: the sign-up offer

This two-card combo – pairing an American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card with a Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard – delivers bonus points in two stages, providing up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points between both cards.

First, apply for the two-card Altitude Black Bundle by October 15 2019, opt for ‘Altitude Qantas’ as your rewards option, and spend $4,000 on eligible purchases using the Altitude Black Mastercard within 90 days of approval to unlock 80,000 bonus Qantas Points.

Beyond that, spend a separate $3,000 on eligible purchases using the American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card within the same time period, to earn 40,000 Qantas Points: that’s up to 120,000 Qantas Points by fulfilling the requirements of both cards.

As you can also earn 0.75 Qantas Points per dollar spent on eligible purchases using that Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard, meeting the $4,000 minimum spent requirement on that card adds an extra 3,000 Qantas Points into your balance, beyond the mere sign-up offer.

Similarly, the AMEX Westpac Altitude Black Card offers 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases within Australia: so with a $3,000 spend on this card as part of meeting the sign-up deal, that’s a further 3,750 Qantas Points earned from those transactions.

All up, you’re looking at up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points from the cards’ headline sign-up deals, plus a further 6,750 Qantas Points as part of meeting the offers’ minimum spend requirements, for an all-out bounty of up to 126,750 Qantas Points.

1. Take a return business class trip to Asia with Qantas and its partners

With so many points at your disposal, you could settle into business class on your next trip to South East Asia – flying with Qantas or Emirates, or for added flexibility, could even secure a seat with one of Qantas’ many other partner airlines on one direction of the journey.

For example, passengers bound from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Hong Kong would part with 120,000 Qantas Points for a round-trip Qantas business class ticket – but, let’s say you can only find a Qantas business class seat in one direction, and flying the other way, the best option on your travel dates is a Cathay Pacific flight instead.

Given Cathay Pacific flights require more Qantas Points to book than Qantas flights of the same length, that adds an extra 5,000 points to your travel bill: but with up to 126,000 Qantas Points to spend, that’s no problem!

This applies to other popular routes like Sydney-Singapore as well, where you could fly Qantas one way and British Airways the other for a total of 125,000 Qantas Points – but of course, if you can find Qantas flights in both directions, you can keep those extra points for another day.

2. Fly first class on the Emirates Airbus A380, twice

Fancy not one, but two Airbus A380 first class flights with Emirates? A return first class sojourn from Sydney to Christchurch can be yours for 108,000 Qantas Points, round-trip.

This includes access to the excellent Qantas First Lounge at Sydney Airport, before being whisked across the Tasman in your private first class suite…

… perhaps taking advantage of the A380’s inflight shower spas for first class passengers or the inflight bar and lounge area shared between business and first class.

Then, at the end of your New Zealand adventure, flying back in that same first class comfort, with enough Qantas Points leftover for a one-way Qantas business class flight from Sydney the likes of Melbourne or Brisbane.

3. Fly Qantas or Emirates business class to London

Prefer to spend your points on something longer than a trans-Tasman flight? Make the trek from Australia’s east coast through to London with Qantas or Emirates, and spend 120,000 Qantas Points on a return economy class ticket, or 128,000 Qantas Points on a one-way business class flight.

Assuming you’re starting with an all-in balance of 126,750 Qantas Points, the latter is within easy reach after topping that up with only 1,250 extra Qantas Points: easily gained from a spend of $1,000 using the American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card in Australia, or $1,667 using the Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard for most everyday purchases.

Options for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane flyers include Qantas to London via Singapore or Perth, or Emirates to London via Dubai.

For Perth residents, the cost is slightly lower at 112,000 Qantas Points one-way in business class or 110,000 Qantas Points return in economy, whether taking Qantas’ non-stop Perth-London flight, or jetting from Perth to London via Singapore or Dubai with Qantas and Emirates, respectively.

4. Already in Singapore? Extend that trip to London

If you’ll already be visiting Singapore on an upcoming business trip, take advantage of your location and turn 126,000 Qantas Points into a return premium economy flight to London, costing precisely 63,000 Qantas Points in each direction aboard the Qantas Airbus A380.

Of course, premium economy doesn’t include airport lounge access with the ticket – but, as a Westpac Altitude Black cardholder, you can unlock two complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations every year when you opt-in via Westpac and complete your first card spend on eligible Qantas products and services.

Although the ability to use these passes at the Qantas Singapore Lounge is currently restricted due to capacity constraints, the opening of a new Qantas First Lounge in Singapore in November 2019 is expected to ease the squeeze in the existing lounge and allow the airline to resume accepting these passes at Singapore Airport.

In any case, the Qantas Lounge at London Heathrow awaits prior to your flight home, where there are no problems using these single-entry lounge passes.

5. Upgrade to business class up to 25 times

Spending your points closer to home, you could unlock up to 25 one-way upgrades to business class on short domestic flights like Sydney-Melbourne or Sydney-Brisbane, when travelling on flexible economy airfares.

That’s not only 25 business class flights – yours as an upgrade for just 5,000 Qantas Points per departure – that’s also 25 visits to Qantas’ pre-flight lounges, as well as priority check-in, security screening, boarding and baggage delivery: all perks worth having if your frequent flyer status doesn’t already cover them.

Even when travelling on other economy class tickets such as Red eDeals, the same flights could be upgraded for 10,000 Qantas Points each, giving you up to 12 one-way flight upgrades from the same starting balance.

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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!