The Hilton HHonors Macquarie card has become the latest card to pull the plug on points earning when using the card for ATO payments.
In an email sent to holders of the card today, Macquarie advised the following would be effective from 11 May, 2016:
HHonors Bonus Points are not earned in respect of the following amounts that may be charged to your Account:
- GST and government charges (including fines paid to any government agency)
- payments made to the Australian Tax Office
- interest and other bank fees and charges (including any GST payable on any of these)
- BPAYÂ® payments, i.e. bill payments and other payments made through the BPAY Electronic Payments Scheme
- cash advances
- transactions for items that are directly convertible to cash (including,
but not limited to, purchase of foreign currency and travellers
cheques) or cash equivalent transactions
- balance transfers
- transactions deemed by us to be for operating a business or in connection with business expenditure
- transactions that are reversed (refunds)
- payments for credit card protection insurance
- transactions used for gambling purposes (including gambling chip and lottery ticket purchases).
The overall outcome of this, is that from 11 May, Hilton HHonors bonus points will not be awarded on payments made to the Australian Tax Office, BPAYÂ®
payments, transactions used for gambling purposes and transactions for items that are directly convertible to cash or cash equivalent transactions.