Westpac

Altitude Black (Altitude Rewards)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.49%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$250

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

45

Late Payment Fee

$15

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.49%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$250

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

45

Late Payment Fee

$15

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • 6.99% p.a on balance transfers for 12 months and then 21.49% p.a.
  • Rewards Available through Westpac Altitude Rewards
  • Bonus 150,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • Late payment fee

Features and Fees

Westpac Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Premium

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

45

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $10

Minimum credit limit

$15k

Maximum credit limit

$75k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$250

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$15

Duplicate statement fee

$2

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.49%

Cash advance rate

21.49%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$2.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Westpac Altitude Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$75k

Eligibility conditions

You have a regular, verifiable income

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1.25 points for $1 spentMastercarduncappedeligible domestic and overseas purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available for covers up to $20,000 for loss or damage to personal property, $550 for loss or damage to travel documents and $2.5 million of personal liability cover
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Cover lasts for 120 days per year
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 2 years.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE Covers up to $5500
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Bonus Points Earn 150,000 bonus Altitude Points
    Earn 150,000 bonus Altitude Points when you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of approval. Offer excludes customers who hold/held any Westpac Rewards credit card in the last 12 months. T&Cs apply.

Other Benefits

If you choose Altitude Rewards you can register your Altitude Black Mastercard to receive 2 complimentary lounge visits per year to use at more than 1000 VIP airport lounges worldwide.

Pros and Cons

  • 6.99% p.a on balance transfers for 12 months and then 21.49% p.a.
  • Rewards Available through Westpac Altitude Rewards
  • Bonus 150,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • Late payment fee

Westpac Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Premium

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

45

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $10

Minimum credit limit

$15k

Maximum credit limit

$75k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$250

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$15

Duplicate statement fee

$2

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.49%

Cash advance rate

21.49%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$2.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Westpac Altitude Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$75k

Eligibility conditions

You have a regular, verifiable income

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1.25 points for $1 spentMastercarduncappedeligible domestic and overseas purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available for covers up to $20,000 for loss or damage to personal property, $550 for loss or damage to travel documents and $2.5 million of personal liability cover
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Cover lasts for 120 days per year
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 2 years.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE Covers up to $5500
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Bonus Points Earn 150,000 bonus Altitude Points
    Earn 150,000 bonus Altitude Points when you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of approval. Offer excludes customers who hold/held any Westpac Rewards credit card in the last 12 months. T&Cs apply.

Other Benefits

If you choose Altitude Rewards you can register your Altitude Black Mastercard to receive 2 complimentary lounge visits per year to use at more than 1000 VIP airport lounges worldwide.

FAQs

What does Westpac credit card insurance cover?

If you own a Westpac credit card, one of the perks may be  free travel insurance. If you’re eligible, you may be covered if you get sick while travelling, have lost your luggage, have to cancel a trip or have an accident while you’re on the move.

Besides these standard inclusions, the Westpac credit card insurance policy may also cover you for hospital essentials, emergency dental treatment and alternative transport if your original plans go awry. It may also cover loss of income when you get back home after being sick  overseas and your pets’ boarding costs too.

If you have any queries, the Westpac credit card insurance contact number is 1800 091 710. You can submit a claim online.

 

Can I transfer money from my American Express credit card to my bank account?

If you’re an American Express credit card customer, you may not be able to transfer money from your credit card to your bank account. However, you may be eligible for cash advances, which involves withdrawing money through an ATM. 

To qualify for a cash advance, you’ll likely have to enrol for American Express Membership Rewards. Consider checking your online credit card account to see if you can withdraw a cash advance and, if so, the fees and charges you’ll incur for this transaction. 

You should remember that cash advances are different from balance transfers, which were available with some American Express credit cards earlier. Balance transfers allow customers to consolidate debt from high-interest credit cards to a credit card offering a lower interest rate. If you only recently applied for an American Express credit card, balance transfers may not be available irrespective of the card you own. 

What is the CUA credit card increase limit process?

A credit limit is pre-assigned based on factors like your income, expenses, and debt by the card-issuing company. It varies from time to time based on credit utilisation and changes to your circumstances.

If your income has increased or your liabilities have reduced, you can request for an increase of your CUA credit card limit. You can lodge the request via online banking on the website, or by visiting the closest branch, or by downloading the application form and mailing it. While making the application, you may need to provide information about your income, employment status, desired limit, and the reason for the increase. The card-issuing company will assess your request before approval.

Before you apply for an increase to the credit limit, ensure your bills are paid in full and you aren’t asking for a very steep enhancement.

How to increase my Commonwealth credit card limit?

Commonwealth Bank credit cards are extremely popular in Australia for everyday purchases and big ticket items alikers. A number of the card’s functions can be customised, depending on your needs and desires. If you wish to increase your Commonwealth credit card limit using the CommBank, you can usually do so on the app or via NetBank.

In the CommBank app, tap on the ‘Cards’ icon and choose your credit card. Then, click on ‘Credit Limit’ and select the ‘Increasing your limit’ option. If you don’t have the CommBank app, you can also increase your Commonwealth Bank credit card limit through NetBank. Simply log on and go to Settings, then click on ‘Product Requests’ and then choose ‘Credit Card Limit Changes’. 

Once the bank has received your application, they will review your account and payment history. Based on this assessment, your application will either be approved or denied. If approved, your new limit will be applied to your card instantly. 

While increasing your credit card limit may be an easy process, it’s important to remember that you should only request limits that you can manage. A high limit increases the risk of having a larger debt, even with cards that provide low-interest rate options. So, it’s important to think carefully and seek advice from people you trust before increasing your Commonwealth Bank credit card limit.

How can I increase my credit card limit on my American Express card?

If you want to increase the credit limit on your American Express (AMEX) credit card, you will need to apply through the AMEX Online Services, or by calling the number on the back of your card. You may need to share personal information that the bank can use to assess whether the requested limit is suitable for you and your current financial status. Once your application is approved, your new limit will be ready for use within an hour.

Increase your credit card limit with Westpac

You can apply to increase your Westpac credit card credit limit at any time, and most credit card providers have made it really easy to do so. You can use your online banking portal, the credit card provider’s mobile app, or even the telephone. 

Applying online to increase your credit limit with Westpac is the easiest option if you’ve already activated Westpac Live Online Banking. All you need to do is fill in the required information and then hit ‘submit’ to apply for an increase in your credit card limit.

Most banks will ask for details of your financial situation at the time of applying for a credit increase. This is done to ensure your new limit meets the lender’s criteria. 

You can apply for increasing your credit limit in any of the following ways:

  1. Visiting your nearest Westpac branch
  2. Calling Westpac on 1300 651 089
  3. Logging in on Westpac Live Online Banking

How to increase your Qantas Premier credit card limit

When your income or spending habits change, you might wish to increase your credit card limit. The Qantas Premier credit card allows you to do this over the phone. You can contact Qantas Premier Card Support by calling on 1300 992 700. Unlike some other credit providers, Qantas doesn’t give you the option to increase your limit online.

Qantas will only accept your application if you have a good history of repayment and have not increased your credit or bought another credit product from Qantas in the past six months.

Before approving your Qantas Premier credit card limit increase, Qantas will perform a credit assessment on your current financial circumstances and ask why you would like to increase your credit limit.

To ensure that there are no bumps in your application process, you must provide accurate and recent information about your financial situation. You should also account for any future changes you’re anticipating which could hinder your ability to repay the loan.

Once the assessment is complete, Qantas will either approve or deny your application. If they approve it, you will need to sign a credit limit increase agreement - and you can request a written copy of the credit assessment. However, if your application is rejected, Qantas can opt not to provide a copy of the assessment.

Do I get HSBC credit card insurance on purchases I make?

As an HSBC credit card (HSBC Platinum, HSBC Platinum Qantas and HSBC Premier World) cardholder, you may be entitled to complimentary international and domestic travel insurance. This HSBC credit card insurance covers you for hospital stays and medical expenses, flight cancellations or delays, as well as lost luggage or personal items.

To be eligible for the insurance, you should have paid for at least 90 per cent of your overseas return travel ticket with your HSBC credit card. The cover is automatically activated without a need to contact HSBC. However, it’s always best to let your card issuer know when you travel overseas. If you have pre-existing medical conditions, you’ll need to contact Allianz directly to organise cover for these as they aren’t covered by the insurance. You can call Allianz on 1800 648 093.

The complimentary international travel insurance that comes with your HSBC Platinum credit card is valid for up to four months from the date of your departure from Australia. Your HSBC credit card insurance cover also covers your spouse and dependent children if 90 per cent of their travel ticket is purchased using your HSBC card.

 

What's the best credit card for rewards?

There is no one-size-fits-all best rewards credit card. It's best you research what type of rewards program you'd like, as well as the fees, interest rate and conditions associated with those types of cards before making a choice. 

Rewards credit cards can also come with high annual fees that may end up nullifying the rewards, so think how often you use the card to decide whether the benefits outweigh the extra cost for you. A card with a lower annual fee might require a lot of spending to get any useful rewards, while another card with a higher annual fee might need fewer purchases to get a reward. 

Can a pensioner get a credit card?

It is possible to get a credit card as a pensioner. There are some factors to keep in mind, including:

  • Annual income. Look for credit cards with minimum annual income requirements you can meet. 
  • Annual fees. If high fees are a concern for you, opt for a card with a low or $0 annual fee. 
  • Interest rate. Make sure you won’t have any nasty surprises on your credit card bill. Compare cards with a low interest rates to minimise risk.

Should I get a credit card?

Once you've compared credit card interest rates and deals and found the right card for you, the actual process of getting a credit card is quite straightforward. You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at a bank branch. 

How do you apply for a credit card?

You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at the bank. Once you’ve compared the current credit card offers, the application process is quick and easy. Before you get your application started, you’ll need to gather your personal information like proof of ID, payslips and bank statements, proof of employment and details of your income, assets and liabilities. To be eligible for a credit card, you’ll need to be an Australian citizen over 18 and earn a minimum of $15,000 each year. Once you’ve applied for a credit card, you should get a response fairly instantly. If your credit card application has been approved, you should receive a welcome pack with your new credit card within 10-15 days.

What can I do about my Commonwealth Bank expired credit card?

You’ll typically receive your replacement Commonwealth Bank credit card before your current one expires. 

Once you receive the replacement card, you may need to update the new card with all the direct debits that you had set up on your expired Commonwealth Bank credit card. These could include insurance payments, electricity or gas bills, and monthly entertainment subscriptions.

To see a list of all your regular payments in NetBank, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to NetBank
  2. Click on ‘settings’
  3. Go to ‘product requests’, and select ‘credit card regular payments’. 

If you don’t use NetBank, you can see the list of your regular payments on your most recent credit card statement. Keep in mind, this list may not be complete and you should also check your past statements or your transaction history. 

If you haven’t received your replacement card before your current card expires, call 13 22 21 and the bank will send a new card to you. 

It is important that you safely discard your expired credit card. This often means cutting it up with scissors and throwing it out. 

How to pay a credit card

There are a few ways to pay a credit card bill. These include:

  • BPAY - allows you to safely make credit card payments online.
  • Direct debits - set up an automatic payment from your bank account to pay your credit card bill each month. You can choose how much you want to pay of your credit card bill when you set up the auto payments.
  • In a branch.
  • Via your credit card provider's app.

What should you do when you lose your credit card?

Losing your credit card is a serious situation, and could land you in financial trouble. Here is a simple guide detailing what to do when you lose your credit card.

Lock you card – Contact your provider and inform them about your lost credit card. From here lock, block or cancel your card.

Keep track of transactions – Look out for unauthorised credit card transactions. Most banks protect against fraudulent transactions.

Address recurring charges – If your card is linked to recurring charges (gym membership, rent, utilities), contact those businesses.

Check credit rate – To ensure you’re not the victim of identity theft, check your credit rating a month or two after you lose your credit card.

Which credit card has the highest annual percentage rate?

The credit card market changes all the time, so the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate is also liable to change.

Keep in mind that credit card interest rates are expressed as a yearly rate, or annual percentage rate (APR). A low APR is generally good but also consider:

  • There can be different APR's for each feature of the card (e.g. purchases may have an APR of 14 per cent, while cash advances on same card could have an APR of 17 per cent.
  • Credit cards with a variable rate can change throughout the year, affecting your APR, so check the full details.
  • If you pay your balance in full every month, having the lowest APR is not as important as the other fees associated with the card. However, if you carry a balance from month to month, then you want the lowest APR possible.

How to get a credit card for the first time

A credit card can be a useful financial tool, provided you understand the risks and can meet repayment obligations.

If you’re a credit card first-timer, review your options. Think about what kind of credit card would suit your lifestyle, and compare providers by fees, perks and repayments.

Once you’ve selected a card, it’s time to apply. Credit card applications can generally be completed in store, online or over the phone.

When you apply for a credit card for the first time, you must meet age, residency and income requirements. As proof, you must also provide documentation such as bank account statements.

How do I apply for a BOQ credit card limit increase?

If you’re an existing BOQ customer, you can request a BOQ credit card limit increase over a phone call. However, you should remember that owning and using a credit card is a matter of financial responsibility, so it might be worth thinking this decision through. 

When requesting a credit card limit increase, you’ll need to be just as responsible in terms of how much you earn and can set aside to repay the outstanding card balance. A credit card company may approve a credit limit increase only if you can show that you have either the income or the disposable income, which is the amount you have left after all expenses have been paid out.

For this purpose, you may need to submit your latest income documents and bank statements for an increase. You may want to estimate how much you usually have left after deducting your expenses, and then use this amount to try and convince the credit card company. Also, you may prefer to pay off the card balance in full each month and thus avoid paying interest on the card, helping you back up any claims of financial responsibility, as well. 

Remember that you may not be able to apply for a credit card limit increase beyond any limitations on the type of card you own. For instance, if you own a card whose ceiling is $10,000, and your current limit is $5,000, you won't likely be able to apply for a $10,000 credit card limit increase.

Does ING increase credit card limits?

You may want to increase your credit card limit for many reasons, such as having access to more spending money. However, if you are using the Orange One credit card issued by ING, you may not be able to do so. 

ING customers can choose a credit limit of their preference when applying for the Orange One credit card. Depending on your financial situation, this limit can be anywhere between $1,000 and $30,000. If you qualify for a Rewards Platinum card, the minimum credit card limit will likely be $6,000. 

Ideally, you should set your credit card limit knowing how much you can afford to repay each month and keep your expenses lower than this level. With most credit cards, you should have the option of requesting a credit card limit increase at a later time, although you will need to qualify for any increase. With an ING credit card, limit increases are out of the question (at the time this was published), which means you may want to apply for a higher credit card limit from the beginning. Remember that you have the option of decreasing your ING credit card limit at a later time.

How easy is it to get a credit card?

For most Australians, there are no great barriers to applying for and getting approved for a credit card. Here are some points that a lender will consider when assessing your credit card application.

Credit score: A bad credit score is not the be all and end all of your application, but it may stop you being approved for a higher credit limit. If your credit score is less than perfect, apply for the credit limit that you need, rather than the one you want.

Annual income: Most credit cards have minimum annual income requirements. Make sure you’re applying for a card where you meet the minimum.

Age & residency: You need to be at least 18 years old to apply for a credit card in Australia, and most require that you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident. However, there are some credit cards available to temporary residents.