One of the biggest advantages of rewards cards are all the built-in benefits available to cardholders. While the annual card fee may be higher, the extra value can really add up. For this reason, it can pay to compare cards to see what you’re entitled to so you get your money’s worth.
The complimentary travel insurance included with many rewards credit cards could be a great way to cover yourself on your next trip. The level of cover while you’re travelling can include things like doctor and hospital expenses, lost bags, damaged property, cancellation fees, injury you cause to other people or property, and rental car excesses.
Along with these more standard inclusions, the following are some less expected things that your complimentary travel insurance may cover. As with any credit card benefits, the level of insurance included can vary greatly from card to card and conditions apply, so check your policy carefully.
- An allowance for a TV and other hospital essentials
- Cover for a friend or relative to be with you
- Alternative transport if you’re going to miss a special event
- Loss of income when you get back home
- Your pets’ boarding costs
- Emergency dental treatment
- Rental car excess insurance
Sometimes called a ‘cash bedcare allowance’, this covers you for incidental expenses while you’re in hospital. It can pay for expenses like a rental TV, newspapers and phone calls – little things that can help to pass the time and make your hospital stay in a foreign country more comfortable.
Imagine being seriously ill or injured overseas and wishing someone you love was there to look after you. Some insurance also includes paying for the cost of a friend or family member to travel to where you are and/or accompany you back home. Two credit cards that offer this cover are the Altitude Black and Altitude Platinum credit cards.
What would you do if something unexpected happened while you were on your way to a wedding or other special event and you thought you were going to miss it? As long as the special event can’t be delayed, your credit card complimentary travel insurance might be able to cover reasonable costs for finding another way to get there in time.
In the unfortunate event that you’re injured overseas, you may be covered for loss of income if you can’t work within a certain time of arriving home. As with most claims, conditions may apply, such as providing a medical certificate from an Australian qualified and registered doctor.
While some complimentary travel insurance policies cover your spouse and dependent children, did you know they may also cover certain expenses relating to your pets? For instance, Altitude Black and Altitude Platinum credit cards could cover you for additional boarding fees for your cats and dogs if your trip home is delayed for some reason outside your control.
A severe toothache or other dental trouble is never welcome, but especially not when you’re away from home. You may know that credit card travel insurance often covers doctors and hospital expenses, but you might not be aware it could also cover emergency dental treatment when you’re travelling overseas.
If you have an accident while driving a rental car, you’ll most likely have to pay the excess on the insurance. Once again, your complimentary credit card insurance may be able to help. Some cards can reimburse cardholders for any insurance excess you have to pay on damaging a car from a licensed car rental agency, as long as you were you were following the local laws.
Things you should know
Credit criteria, fees and charges apply.
Be credit savvy: Before applying, consider a realistic credit limit and check all conditions, interest rates, fees and charges on your selected card.
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.