Best Credit Cards India

When we apply for credit card, we usually do not pay attention to various fees & benefits associated the card and rely on advice given by bank sales associate. After receiving the card and using it for a few months, we find out about the “hidden fees” (& other charges) and start calling customer service for canceling the card. We have heard this feedback from multiple readers of theindianinvestors.com and hence decided to come up with a list of best credit cards in India.

The best credit card of India in 2017 are:

  • Standard Chartered Manhattan Credit Card.
  • Citibank Cashback Credit Card.
  • ICICI Instant Platinum Card.
  • Standard Chartered Super Value Titanium Credit Card.
  • SBI Simply Click Credit Card.
  • Amex Gold Card.
  • Citibank Premier Miles Credit Card.
  • Amex Platinum Travel Credit Card
  • HDFC Regalia Credit Card.
  • SBI Card Elite.

Standard Chartered Manhattan Credit Card.

Standard Chartered Manhattan credit card is ideal for customers living in metro and tier 1 cities because along with offering reward points in all spends, it offers 5% cashback on grocery spends in the supermarket like Reliance, More, Big Bazaar, and FoodMart.  Although this is awesome, there is a limit of receiving a cashback of Rs 500 per month (and Rs 150 per transaction).

Annual fee of the first year is Rs 499 and renewal fees of Rs 999. However, you can receive a waiver of first-year fees by spending Rs 30,000( in the first year) and Rs 60,000 ( from second year onwards) to receive an exemption from renewal fees.

Apply for Standard Chartered Manhattan card and start saving today.

Citibank Cashback Credit Card.

Citibank Cashback Credit Card is one of the very few cards which offers cash back on every transaction.

The details of cashback are as follows:

  • 5% Cash Back on movie ticket purchases.
  • 5% CashBack on all your telephone bill payments.
  • 5% CashBack on all your utility bill payments made online through Citibank Online Bill Pay.
  • 0.5% on all other spends.

Annual fee of Rs 500 is billed in the first month of card issuance and charged again once every 12 months.

If you are money fan, you should certainly have the Citibank Cashback Credit Card in your pocket.

ICICI Instant Platinum Card.

ICICI Instant Platinum card for customers with little or no credit history( no CIBIL score) or those you need to repair their credit scores. The card is issued against fixed deposit in your ICICI saving bank account. By taking this card, you can build you credit history, and we recommend this card for first-time users (like those starting a job, housewife or students ). 

Annual Fees: Nil

Renewal Fees: Nil

Interested? Apply for ICICI Instant Platinum card today.

SBI Simply Click Credit Card

SimplyClick Credit Card from State Bank of India is the best for customers who spend on online stores like Amazon, Foodpanda, Bookmyshow, Lenskart, etc. because SBI has tied up with these companies to provide 10x ( 10 times ) the reward points. For all other online spends, you receive 5x ( 5 times ) reward.

The rewards earned can be redeemed on a gift catalog from SBI. The card also gives a fuel waiver on all fuel spends between Rs 500 and Rs 3000 per month.

Annual Fees: Rs 499 (You get a Rs 500 Amazon.com gift voucher while signing up)

Renewal Fees: Rs 499 ( Waived if you spent over Rs one Lakh in last  year)

 

If you love to spend online, you should have SBI Simply Click Card in your wallet.

Standard Chartered Super Value Titanium Credit Card

With low annual fees, this is a good card for customers who are starting to build their credit history.  The card offers 5% cashback on Fuel and Utility bill transactions, however monthly cashback limit of Rs 500 exists. You will receive one reward points for every Rs 100 spent.

Annual Fees: Rs 499

Renewal Fees: Rs 750

Interested in starting building your credit history, apply for Standard Chartered Super value Card.

American Express Gold Card.

American Express is known across the world for its customer service and standing behind the client in case of frauds or misuse of the card.  Because of this reason, few merchants are even hesitant of accepting Amex cards at their shops. 

American Express gold card is the most popular credit card of the Amex in India. Gold card offers 1000 bonus points every month on making four transactions of Rs.1000(or more). Hence you can get 1000 points just by swiping the card for Rs 4000 per month. Gold cardholders also earn 1 Membership point for spending in multiple of Rs 50 spent( excluding fuel, insurance, and utilities spend). You will also receive 4000 membership bonus points if you use your card three times in first 60 days of receiving the card.

The reward points earned can be redeemed against a list of pre-selected items from American Express.

Annual Fees: Rs 1000

Renewal Fees: Rs 4500

If you would like to experience best in world customer service, apply for American Express Gold card today.

Citibank Premier Miles Credit Card

Citibank Premier Miles credit card is best suited for domestic and international travelers. Citi being an international bank gives you an option to redeem the earned points with over 100 airlines or best hotels across the world (& India).

You will receive 10,000 bonus miles on the first spend of Rs.1,000 or more on your Citi PremierMiles Card (within 60 days of Card issuance). You also get 3,000 Miles on Card renewal. The card gives you an option to earn more points( 10 times more) when you book your flights via premier miles or any other airlines websites directly.  

Annual Fees: Rs 3000

Renewal Fees: Rs 3000

If you like to travel, we would recommend that you take Citibank Premier Miles Card

American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card.

Although difficult to get approved, American Express Platinum Travelcard gives reward points which are too awesome.  

On signing, you will receive 5,000 Milestone Bonus Membership Rewards Points redeemable for IndiGo Vouchers worth Rs.4000. Also if you spend Rupees 1.9 lakhs( per year) using this card, then you would automatically receive Indigo Travel vouchers for Rs 7700. If spending hits Rs 4 lakhs, then you would get an additional voucher from Indigo for Rs 11800 and Rs 10000 voucher from Taj group.  So, you can earn easily redeemable vouchers worth Rs.33500 by spending Rupees 4 lakhs (this is a return of over 8%)

Annual Fees: Rs 3500

Renewal Fees: Rs 5000

Interested in earning a return of 8%, apply for American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card

SBI Card Elite

State Bank of India entered into luxury ( lifestyle ) segment credit cards with SBI Signature. After a couple of years, SBI Signature was discontinued, and SBI launched SBI Elite Card as it’s most premium cards.

As a welcome gift, SBI Elite card offers a Rs 5000 gift voucher from any retailer like Yatra, Mark & Spencer, Shoppers Stop, HushPapies or Bata.  You also receive two complimentary movie tickets per month via Bookmyshow provided you purchase one ticket( Max value of Rs 250, hence additional yearly saving Rs 6000 ). Since this is a lifestyle card, all premium services like airport lounge access, priority pass, and exclusive Concierge Service is also available.

Annual Fees: Rs 4999   (Can be waived depending upon relationship)

Renewal Fees: Rs 4999 (Can be waived depending upon relationship)

 

If you would like to give a shot, click here to open a credit account with SBI Card Elite.

HDFC Regalia Credit Card

HDFC Regalia should be the credit card of your choice if you want a card which is high on luxury and offers great travel benefits. Until a few years ago, HDFC Regalia was considered to be a status symbol, however, things changed when HDFC started offering the card to customers who had an ITR of over 12 lakhs. During this time, many customers signed up for HDFC Regalia Card and hence HDFC had to reduce the benefits associated with the card. 

A few months ago, HDFC introduced a new lower variant called HDFC Regalia first & is pushing most customers towards this card. Essentially, HDFC is trying to re-establish Regalia as the luxury card it was once known as. 

Regalia offers following premium services to customers:

  • Complimentary Club Vistara Silver Membership
  • Complimentary Priority Pass Membership for preferential access to airport lounges
  • Exclusive Dining Privileges in the hotel like Vivanta by Taj, Marriot Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and others.
  • Excellent reward points program.

Annual Fees: Rs 10000  (Can be waived depending upon relationship)

Renewal Fees: Rs 10000 (Can be waived depending upon relationship)

If you live in style and do not mind paying for it, sign up for HDFC Regalia Credit Card today.

 

What has your experience been with these credit cards, please share in comments section. Also, if you think that we should include a review of new cards, please leave the names in comments section.