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Rewards card hacks for the holidays

The festive season means more shopping and more time for holidays. So how can you work them both to your advantage where your Westpac rewards credit card’s concerned?

 

Not only could it be the time to earn more points on the purchases you make with your card, but it could be a good opportunity to redeem your points for the rewards you want – from that special gift to that long-awaited getaway. Plus, don’t forget to take advantage of all your card’s included benefits at home and away.

 

Pile up your points on party-season purchases

Whether you’re buying gifts for family and friends, stocking up on festive food or simply going out more, the festive season often involves spending more than you would at other times of year. And this can mean extra opportunities to earn points.

 

Think about what you’re likely to spend money on and cross-check that against eligible purchase criteria – remember, you can’t earn points on fees, cash, cash equivalent transactions, BPAY, refunds and balance transfers debited from the card account.

Plan your holidays well in advance

While the festive season can be a good time to put your points towards holidays, it’s also one of the most popular times for travel. You might consider planning ahead if you’re thinking of trying to use your points for flights and hotels, especially if it’s during school holidays.

Know your travel and shopping benefits

As you’re ramping up your shopping and travel, keep your card benefits in mind so you can make the most of them when needed. For instance, if your card gives you complimentary airline lounge passes, now could be the time to use them.

 

Also remember any complimentary travel insurance included with your credit card, which could help you save on insurance if you’re heading overseas. On top of this, purchase security insurance means you may be covered if something happens to gifts and other items bought with your card.

Let your concierge make your holiday more relaxing

If your rewards card comes with a complimentary concierge service, now could be a great time to outsource some of your holiday organising. Concierge teams are experts at helping with things like flight and hotel bookings; planning holiday activities such as special events, golf, shows and concerts; as well as finding the perfect gifts for friends and family.

 

Not yet a Westpac rewards credit card owner? Read more about the Westpac rewards credit cards.

 

Things you should know

Consumer Credit Cards - Conditions of Use (PDF 7MB)

Altitude Rewards Terms and Conditions (PDF 213KB)

Westpac Credit Cards Complimentary Insurance Policy (PDF 297KB)

Westpac Rewards Credit Cards Concierge Service Terms and Conditions (PDF 917KB)

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This information does not take into account your financial needs, individual circumstances or objectives. Read the terms and conditions before making a decision and consider whether the product is appropriate for you.

Rewards points: Depending on your choice of rewards program, you can earn Altitude Points or Qantas Points on your eligible purchases. The earning and redemption of Altitude Points and Qantas Points is subject to the Altitude Rewards and Altitude Qantas Terms and Conditions. You do not receive points if your card account is in arrears for 2 consecutive statement cycles and in other circumstances. You do not earn Altitude Points or Qantas Points on payments to the Australian Taxation Office. A points cap per statement cycle applies to the Altitude and Altitude Platinum Cards. For details, see the Rewards tab on the Altitude or Altitude Platinum product page.

Altitude Rewards: You must be a member of the relevant frequent flyer program to redeem Altitude Points for frequent flyer points. The Altitude Rewards Terms and Conditions and the terms and conditions of the relevant frequent flyer program apply. A joining fee may apply. Availability of Reward flights may be limited. For more information on the Altitude Rewards program, visit altituderewards.com.au.

Altitude Qantas: In order to earn and redeem points, you must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

Complimentary insurance covers: Under a binder from the underwriter Allianz Australia Insurance Limited (ABN 15 000 122 850, AFSL 234708), AWP Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 52 097 227 177, AFSL 245631, of 74 High Street, Toowong, QLD 4066, trading as Allianz Global Assistance) has issued an insurance group policy to Westpac Banking Corporation (ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL, Australian credit licence 233714 [Westpac]) of 275 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 that allows eligible Westpac account holders and cardholders to claim under it as third party beneficiaries. The terms, conditions, limits and exclusions of the group policy are set out in the Westpac Credit Cards Complimentary Insurance Policy which may be amended from time to time. Westpac does not guarantee the insurance. You can get a copy of the policy booklet by downloading the Westpac Credit Cards Complimentary Insurance Policy.

Concierge: Concierge Services are subject to the Westpac Rewards Credit Cards Concierge Service Terms and Conditions available at westpac.com.au.