Anyone getting Altitude Plat fee free for life?

Discussion in 'Westpac Altitude Rewards' started by PLANT, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. PLANT

    PLANT Established Member

    Jan 23, 2005
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    Anyne getting it fee free for life?
    What did you do?
    I can get the first year fee free.....but told cannot get for life? mmmmm
    Using the 3X other fee FREE Plat card at the moment anyways ;)
     
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  2. AdMEL

    AdMEL Established Member

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    There is no such thing as a fee free for life Altitude Platinum. The only Westpac Platinum card that can be had fee free on an ongoing basis, is the standard (i.e. non reward) platinum card, provided you meet the min. spend each year. That's not to say you can't get the Altitude Platinum fee free for many years, by ringing each year, but not for life.
     
  3. zzyss

    zzyss Member

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    When I first signed up for an investment loan package back in 2009 a rep agreed to sign me up for Altitude Platinum fee free "for life". I wish I took a recording of that call, because every subsequent year I've had to argue to have it waived. The rep might have made a mistake.

    Last year they started cracking down and I was given a waiver "one last time" as a courtesy (they took a note of it on my file). This year, they flat out refused the refund, so I had to close the card...

    ... and they waived it for me for another 12 months :-D

    We'll see whether I'll get lucky again next year, but I think I've already dodged the bullet too many times in this game of Russian Roulette. Oddly though, the rep told me that I couldn't even downgrade to the Gold card any more, as it wasn't part of my loan package. But then I went and looked it up online and there, clear as day, Altitude Gold fee free for Premier Advantage. Otherwise, I'd have had 90 days to redeem my points before the account is closed.
     
  4. jjftts

    jjftts Newbie

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    I had mine waived last year,

    I was already on half price annual fee but decided to call up and ask which they did reverse the $150 annual fee, will try again when the next annual fee is due.
     
  5. kpc

    kpc Senior Member

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    Interesting. Just got this card...fee free for first year. Will have to call at the end of the 1st year and ask again, I guess...
     


  6. cove

    cove Enthusiast

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    Just used one to pay the ATO as the first transaction. I think I will warehouse the points for awhile.
    it was fee free for one year.
     
  7. djchuckles

    djchuckles Member

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    You can get it fee free for life if you're a Westpac employee - which my girlfriend is :)

    Gonna cancel my Amex Platinum charge as that has same earn rate (i think)
     
  8. k3nnis

    k3nnis Established Member

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    Yep but can't transfer to hotel programs :(
     
  9. derrick

    derrick Junior Member

    Aug 22, 2011
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    hi

    how did u guys get it free for the first yr??

    I wanna give this card a try (after my amex plat), but am too cheap to pay the annual fee....
    if it's good, i am happy to pay for it as it's cheaper than my plat anyway.
     
  10. cove

    cove Enthusiast

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    I asked nicely and they said YES but only for one year as Iwas getting rid of the useless Gold version of the card as it came due for renewal.
     
  11. derrick

    derrick Junior Member

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    ah, so u have to be an existing member for you to ask yeah?

    I dont bank with Westpac nor have any of their cards. should I ring them up or go into a branch to apply?

    or should I not bother and just do it online?
     
  12. k3nnis

    k3nnis Established Member

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    I've got the westpac premier advantage package for my investment home loan. So I get the gold altitude included for no extra cost. Which is not the altitude platinum. Any chance I could get the altitude platinum plus included for no extra cost? Has anyone had any success?
     
  13. kamchatsky

    kamchatsky Established Member

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    Does anyone know what is the conversion rate of Altitude Points to:
    - SQ
    - CX
    - MH
    - NZ
    - DJ?

    I assume they are all different? When I tried to look at their website unfortunately they require me to login to see conversion rate.
     
  14. k3nnis

    k3nnis Established Member

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    SQ = 2 Altitude = 1SQ Miles
    CX same as above
    MH same as above
    DJ same as above
    NZ I'm not 100% sure.
     
  15. kamchatsky

    kamchatsky Established Member

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    That's pretty good actually. 1.5 CX miles per dollar is nothing to be sniffed at especially it is part of OW. Never realised that. Unfortunately I moved my home loan package to ANZ late last year because Westpac's rate was too high. Oh well. Maybe just wait for new promos.
     
  16. k3nnis

    k3nnis Established Member

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    yeah not bad rates. Just trying to get fee free for it :) If westpac can transfer to hilton and spg I will be laughing :)
     
  17. albatross710

    albatross710 Established Member

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    Thanks for the prompt k3nnis it gave me an idea to look at the latest Premier Advantage package offers:

    Depending how the insurance and points earning rate offers stack up this might be a goer for me to switch next year from Westpac Krisflyer card to Altitude Platinum Cards
     
  18. lonewolf

    lonewolf Newbie

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    i was able to get it free once and then this year i called and was not able to get it free again. Shame really as I have been with them for about 7 years and spend more than 20k each year.
     
  19. WA flyer

    WA flyer Member

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    I recently received my Altitude Plat +. I'll call my relationship manager as soon as I get charged, ask for it to be reversed and remain free in future. I have a number of mortgages with them so don't anticipate any problems!
     
  20. zzyss

    zzyss Member

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    Me too, but last time I tried they pushed back really hard, and I had to get to the stage where I actually proceeded to cancel the card before they offered to waive the fee "for the very last time".
     

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