I’m currently researching a new Visa/Mastercard for those times when AMEX is not accepted. I’m coming up to 12 months on my ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card and am looking for a different card issuer so that I am eligible for a sign-up bonus.
For expenses with ‘semi-government’ bodies such as council rates, car registration, water bills etc., the ANZ card earns points on these transactions. These expenses can run up to $5,000+ per year, which is not insignificant and I’d like to earn points on them if possible.
I know that with any of the Citibank issued cards these transactions aren’t eligible for points.
I’m looking at the Westpac Altitude Platinum and the T&Cs state:
“Velocity Points are not earned in respect of the following amounts that may be charged to the Card Account:
• government charges (other than GST payable in connection with the purchase of goods or services on which you earn Velocity Points);”
Any idea what exactly constitutes ‘government changes’ (ATO obviously) and whether these transactions would earn points with Westpac?