AMEX Westpac Altitude programme ends 24 Feb 2021

sudoer

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Elevate Premium card design looks like a poor man's Centurion 😋 Just need to draw the gladiator head on..

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Following on from my posts in December, I successfully received my 150k MR for signing up to the Plat Charge but still have the Westpac Black open as I'm completing a spend '$1k every month for 4 months, get $100 statement credit' promo.

I have since received an offer to 'upgrade' to the Qantas Ultimate and receive 60k points + $200 credit, which I will probably take up in early March. Not too devastated about the Westpac card being discontinued anymore.

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Just received an email offering auto switch across to Elevate Premium Card with 50,000 bonus Amex points if you spend $1500 in 3 months.
$1 spend = 2 Amex points = 1 Velocity, Krisflyer etc..
Not sure you can convert Amex points to Qantas FF?
Ability to convert to 8 different airline partners is major draw for me
 
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Received email today "Your new American Express® Elevate Credit Card is coming soon"

This is the first I've seen of it

Don't seem to have been offered any incentives.

Can't see any option other than to cancel to reset my signup bonus period. Bit of a shame as this was a nice way to have AMEX as the ann was only $49 and it didnt contribute to benefits clock (I only cancelled my Velocity card a couple of months ago)
 

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Don't seem to have been offered any incentives.

Have you held a direct issued Amex in the last 18 months? If not, cancel it and sign up for a new product. The upgrade incentives are lower than a brand new sign-up bonus.

If you have held a direct issued in the past 18 months, call them and ask why you should continue holding this card and whether there's anything they can offer for you to keep multiple Amex cards open. You may be surprised how much wiggle room there is to keep your business.
 
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If you have held a direct issued in the past 18 months, call them and ask why you should continue holding this card and whether there's anything they can offer for you to keep multiple Amex cards open. You may be surprised how much wiggle room there is to keep your business.
Yes I have. Looks like I'll be calling, thanks
 

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Last year I’ve downgraded my card from Black to Platinum as I wasn’t using it and there was no benefit in paying high annual fee. The platinum annual fee could be easily offset with the various offers on the card. Fast forward to Feb this year I was offered the QF Ultimate card as replacement with 40k QF points bonus after spending $3k within 3 months. The annual fee of $450 is covered by travel voucher issued for the same amount. I value the QF points at minimum $500 so overall it’s not a bad offer. Will probably keep the card for one year then downgrade to one of the free ones.
 

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Does anyone know what the annual fee for this one is - I had it fee free because of family benefits from Westpac. The problem is as I'm semi retired it is more difficult to get credit cards so I want to keep a few
 

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Does anyone know what the annual fee for this one is - I had it fee free because of family benefits from Westpac. The problem is as I'm semi retired it is more difficult to get credit cards so I want to keep a few

Elevate Premium is $199pa and continues earning 1.25 QFF points per dollar as the Westpac card did.
 
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Good news - I called and received this same offer, which is a great offer considering I am only 2 months into my 18 month expiry clock after recently cancelling an AMEX issued card.

Annual fee is $450 but it has $450 qantas travel credit and $200 cashback to I can deal with that (has some lounge passes also). It's this card Qantas American Express Ultimate credit card - Point Hacks review

Happy with that outcome
 

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Does someone with the westpac amex platinum card $49 FEE know what elevate type they will get and the annual fee?
 

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Does anyone have a link for velocity upgrade?

If you didn't get an email I would suggest calling to confirm you are eligible. The link is unique.

Does someone with the westpac amex platinum card $49 FEE know what elevate type they will get and the annual fee?

Did you not receive a letter in the mail from Amex around December? For the Black cards, the annual fee and points earn stays the same - would assume the same deal for Platinum.
 

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Having had reasons to deal with Chubb (through my AMEX card) all I can say on the insurance offered is, beware and read the PDS - VERY carefully to ascertain if it covers your requirements.
 

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I've got the Altitude Black card and AmEx Platinum. I've been having points transferred to Altitude points (not airlines). The new deal is a backward step for me.

When converting to a gift card, the earn rate is currently $11,300 spend per $100 voucher.

The new scheme makes that $13,333 spend per $100 voucher.

By my sums, that's about an 18% drop in value.
 

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I hold the Amex Westpac Altitude Platinum card, and found the card changed to Elevate overnight when logging in to the app and online account, as well as in Apple Wallet (but the card name hasn't been updated yet) .

BTW, the Platinum Edge card was reimaged overnight too (check it out if you hold the card by logging into the app or online account), but not shown yet in mobile wallets.
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Well, I spoke to Amex yesterday (number on the back of the card) and given I'm excluded from welcome offers until August 2021, and spend between $10k-$20k per month on my Amex, the best they could do was the Edge Platinum for 30,000 Member reward points (~15,000 QFF points). They flat refused to negotiate. I guess I'm cancelling my Amex and either relying on my Mastercard or getting a Diners card if a decent welcome bonus exists.
I have the Platinum Edge card and find it a great points earning card (3 pts at supermarkets and petrol) for a moderate annual fee of $195.
Until 5 April Amex have a referral bonus of 50,000 Rewards points PLUS the first year annual fee cashback ($195).
Transfer points to 9 Airline partner programs.
See post here - 50,000 Bonus Points + $195 Fee Back Amex Platinum Edge

Regards Westpac, I have a recent horror story that will have me taking all my business elsewhere.
 
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After posting this, I called Amex and was told I could swap to a number of the $0 annual fee cards including the Velocity Escape and Essential (this was tempting for the phone screen insurance) but could not upgrade to Velocity Platinum without doing a full application. I thought I’d decide closer to the time. Today, I received an email offering an upgrade to a Velocity Platinum with 60,000 bonus points and $200 credit for $3,000 spend in 3 months. Seems like a great deal.
But Velocity points don't hold a candle to Amex points AdMEL
 

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