Westpac is offering 130,000 Altitude Points plus a discounted annual fee of $49 for the first year for new cardholders of the Westpac Altitude Rewards Platinum Card until 30 November 2021.
New cardholders also have the option to avail of 0% p.a. for 22 months on Balance Transfers. This needs to be requested at the time of application and will incur a 1% balance transfer fee.
The Altitude Platinum is the mid-range card within the Altitude range with an ongoing annual fee of $150 p.a. and is available in both the Altitude Rewards and Qantas variants. This guide specifically looks at the Altitude Rewards variant.
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A minimum spend of $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from approval is required to receive the bonus.
It is worth knowing that Altitude Rewards points are transferable to KrisFlyer, Asia Miles and Enrich on a 3:1 basis. Which means that the current up to 130,000 bonus points are equivalent to 42,900 points when transferred to the aforementioned programs.
How you could use the bonus points from this card
All redemption figures above exclude any accompanying taxes, fees and charges. Points redemption price data is provided by a third-party. For an exact total redemption cost, please consult with the airline directly.
Disclaimer: These are example redemptions only and due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, some of these routes may not be currently available.
Details of the Westpac Altitude Rewards Platinum Credit Card
|Card||Westpac Altitude Platinum|
|Loyalty program||Altitude Rewards|
|Points earned from spend||1 Altitude Points per $ of eligible spend
2 Altitude Points per $ on eligible overseas spend
|Minimum income requirement||$50,000 p.a.|
|Included insurances||Extended Warranty & International Travel Insurance (PDS)|
|Overseas transaction fee||3.0% of the converted amount|
|Mastercard Annual card fee||$150 p.a. ongoing|
Effective Frequent Flyer Program Point Earn Rates
|Frequent Flyer Program||Mastercard|
|Qantas Points*||0.5 point / $|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles||0.33 Mile / $|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||0.33 Mile / $|
|*Points earn rate only if opting for the Altitude Platinum Qantas card|
Altitude Qantas vs Altitude Rewards
The Altitude Card range offers a choice of which points program you want to direct your points into: either Qantas Frequent Flyer or Westpac’s own loyalty program Altitude Rewards.
Note that there is an annual $50 Qantas Rewards fee on top of the card fee on the Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas Mastercard to allow you to earn Qantas Points (rather than Altitude Rewards).
When choosing the Platinum Qantas variant over the Altitude Rewards Platinum, you’ll also need to factor in the different earn rates of each currency and transfer rates to partner programs. Our full guide to Altitude Rewards offers more detail about the program’s benefits.
To sum up, Altitude points can be transferred into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and Malaysia Airlines Enrich at a rate of 3 Altitude Rewards points to 1 frequent flyer program point/mile.
The choice between Altitude Qantas or Altitude Rewards will depend on your personal points-earning preference.
Included insurances and other benefits
The Altitude Rewards Platinum Card comes with a range of insurances, including overseas travel insurance for trips of up to three months, transit accident insurance and extended warranty. You should check the descriptions for each policy if you plan to rely on them. Read the PDS for the Westpac Altitude Platinum here.
This guide references some of the benefits of insurance policies provided with this card. You should read the PDS and obtain independent professional advice before obtaining this product.
Westpac Apple Pay & Google Pay support
Westpac cards support Apple Pay & Google Pay, meaning you can use this card on your smartphone for easier payments. Find out more in our guides for each of the compatible services.
Summing up: the Westpac Altitude Platinum Card
The Westpac Altitude Platinum is a viable mid-range annual fee card for the savvy points collector who wants to have options about which points programs they can earn in or transfer points to. For those looking to earn Qantas Points on spend, then you instead may wish to consider the Qantas variant of this card.
The card has a competitive earn rate compared to similar cards in the market and there is no cap on the number of points that can be earned, which is definitely a perk not seen on most competitor cards.