Altitude Gold and Amex or CBA Platinum | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

Altitude Gold and Amex or CBA Platinum

Status
Not open for further replies.

alien

Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2002
Messages
281
Flights
My Map
Hi All,

I'd like to know from people who switched from Altitude Gold to CBA Platinum and whether or not they believe they made the right decision at the time. Has it been better?

I've been thinking of switching for some time now, however i'm not sure that switching to the CBA Platinum is really that much more benefit for from what I have and especially for the extra $100. One thing that does stand out is that its 1.5 altitude points for 1 FF where as CBA have 1 for 1. Also I can earn 2 points per $ with Amex.

Any comments you feel i should also look at in terms of these cards please let me know.

Oh I called Westpac today and they have stated that if I close the account within 6 weeks of the annual card fee I can get a full refund. So I have another 6 weeks basically to make a decision............why cant these things ever be simple lol
 

arun

Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2002
Messages
311
I am happy with CBA platinum. I also have a free Gold Altitude (due to a mortgage package), but because the transfer is 2 Altitude for 1 QF (I don't think it is 1.5:1 as you have mentioned), I lost interest and do not use ot that much. Also, I personally wanted to have a Platinum card.
 

alien

Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2002
Messages
281
Flights
My Map
Thanks arun.

I just checked altitude: Points earned on transactions from the 9th March 2004 will be redeemed for frequent flyer points at a ratio of 1:0.5. :(

Do you have the mastercard or visa? Have you used the MasterCard Platinum Collection of the Visa Platinum Club?
 

Mal

Enthusiast
Joined
Dec 25, 2004
Messages
12,269
Flights
My Map
I have a CBA plat visa.

The number on the card indicates that they havn't issued too many of them so far (If I read the numbers right, there are less than 1000 on issue).

I think that is because CBA plugs the mastercard lots and seems to hide the Visa versions of their cards. I was originally offered the mastercard version but held off till a visa one was released as I prefer visa as a CC.

I like the insurance side of things, but that's fairly standard across gold and platinum anyway. Plat just adds in some larger amounts for certain types of insurance.

The price protection guarantee doesn't seem that great - Havn't used it, and don't think I'll get value out of it either. The difference has to be more than $50 and you need to lodge a claim within 21 days after seeing a printed catalog.

The domestic air insurance insures your baggage against loss for more than 12 hrs I think (you get to buy essentials on your card and claim it back), and the flight delay insurance is more than 4 hrs delay I believe (you get to buy some food on your card and claim it back). Seeing I'm normally in the QP that isn't too exciting for me either.

The other perks like 2 for 1 airfares seem more restricted than Amex's offers too.

They have 1 for 1 QFF redemptions which is good (Gold is 3:2) .

Havn't had a need to used the Platinum club or any of it's offers - they appear very restricted in Australia vs the rest of APac.
 

arun

Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2002
Messages
311
I have a CBA Platinum Mastercard and a Citibank Platinum Visa. I will be cancelling the Citibank card after my US trip. I have not used any of the "platinum" type benefits except the points (1 for 1) and the travel insurance (not that I claimed). As I have a westpac visa, I will keep the CBA Mastercard. I will be cancelling the Citibank card after my US trip
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

AFF on Air Podcast

  • Life as a Road Warrior – AIR028
    Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:36:07 AEDT
      Ever wondered what it's like to be a road warrior, flying from Melbourne to Sydney every week or internationally multiple times each month? On this episode, AFF member "Sp ...
  • Indian Pacific & Other Epic Train Journeys – AIR027
    Sat, 11 Jan 2020 02:31:00 AEDT
      In this episode, we take a brief detour from the aviation discussion to talk about train travel! There's something nice - perhaps even romantic - about long-distance train ...
  • Status Runs – AIR026
    Sat, 14 Dec 2019 07:15:21 AEDT
      If you're a little bit short of the next airline status tier, a status run can get you over the line. In this episode, learn about the best status runs with Virgin Austral ...
  • British Airways Executive Club – AIR025
    Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:53:26 AEDT
      Many Australians join Qantas Frequent Flyer by default. But even if you fly with Qantas regularly, you could benefit by using the British Airways Executive Club frequent f ...
  • Married Segments & More – AIR024
    Sat, 16 Nov 2019 04:32:20 AEDT
      Airlines seem to love married segments, but for frequent flyers and travel agents they can be extremely frustrating. Sometimes you'll find an award seat on a flight you w ...

Community Statistics

Threads
84,491
Messages
1,971,972
Members
51,878
Latest member
whymse
Top