Westpac is offering 60,000 Qantas Points plus a discounted annual fee for the first year for new Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas cardholders until 30 November 2021.
The Altitude Platinum is the mid-range card within the Altitude range and is available in both the Altitude Rewards and Qantas variants. This guide specifically looks at the Qantas variant.
New cardholders have the option to avail themselves of a 0% p.a. Balance Transfer rate for 18 months. This needs to be requested at the time of application and will incur a 1% balance transfer fee.
In addition, the annual fee for the first year is discounted to $99 plus $50 Qantas Rewards fee. The ongoing annual fee is $150 p.a. thereafter (plus $50 annual Qantas Rewards fee).
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A minimum spend of $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from approval is required to receive the bonus.
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 Platinum Qantas Credit Card
|Card||Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas|
|Loyalty program||Qantas Frequent Flyer|
|Points earned from spend||0.5 Qantas Points|
|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|
Altitude Qantas vs Altitude Rewards
The Altitude Card range offers a choice between earning Qantas Points through Qantas Frequent Flyer or Altitude Rewards Points through Westpac’s own loyalty program Altitude Rewards. The latter allows cardmembers to transfer their Altitude Rewards Points to a number of airline partners but specifically excludes Qantas.
In addition to the ongoing annual fee, there is an annual $50 Qantas Rewards fee on the Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas Mastercard.
When choosing Platinum Qantas over 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.
Altitude Rewards 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 Platinum Qantas Card comes with a range of insurances, including overseas travel insurance for trips up to 3 months in length, transit accident insurance and extended warranty insurance. 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 Qantas Platinum Card is a mid-range card that will suit those looking to earn only Qantas Points. For those looking to have greater flexibility in which program their points are directed to, then you instead may wish to consider the Altitude Rewards 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.