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    The term ‘plastic money’ probably sounds quite crude but it has been one of the greatest inventions of this century. It has transformed the way the world transacts to an extent where it has become quite unimaginable to have to revert to the old ways of making payments. Rewinding back to the older days, most of us have endured the struggle of either having to carry enormous amount of cash for unavoidable reasons or falling short of cash, at the most inopportune moments. It is keeping such situations in mind that credit and debit cards have come into existence. And they surely have simplified a major aspect of our life, which is money.

    Credit Cards

    For a generation which values instant gratification, credit cards have been a blessing. Given the long list of benefits which they provide, credit cards continue to be the rage in today’s times. Unlike debit cards which access pre-available funds, a credit card basically allows the cardholder to borrow funds on credit from the bank in order to make purchases. This borrowed credit must be paid back to the bank within the given period of time (grace period). If the cardholder fails to do so, the borrowed amount will begin to attract interest which then must be paid along with the borrowed amount.

    If you are thinking of applying for credit card, one of the most important things to consider is the fee attached to the credit card. Most credit cards carry a list of fees like annual membership fee, late payment fee, etc. in addition to the interest which is chargeable on the outstanding bill amount. The easiest way to avoid paying higher interest on your outstanding bill amount or a late payment fee is to pay your bills on time. Also, you must remember, your credit card payment is closely linked to your credit score. Hence timely bill payments can improve your credit score while pending payments will only give you a tarnished credit score.

    Types of Credit Cards

    There is a large number of banks and financial institutions, each of which provides a range of well-appointed credit cards to cater to the differing needs of customers. In India, credit cards are distinguished on the level of services which they provide or the specific purpose which they’re designed to fulfill. The most common variants in credit cards include Platinum, Gold, Silver, Titanium, Classic, Premium and Business, to begin with.

    Co-branded credit cards

    A co-branded card essentially means a card that is sponsored jointly by the bank and a retailer. These cards usually carry a variety of retailer specific incentives like discounts, rebates etc., but can also be used with other merchants. For example, HSBC offers co-branded cards with Westside, Spencers, MakeMyTrip, etc.

    Auto & Fuel credit cards

    These cards are designed to provide cash back or discounts at refueling stations, but can also be used elsewhere. For example, IndianOil Citibank Platinum Credit Card.

    Travel credit cards

    Travel cards are usually introduced in association with a travel partner or an airline where customers can avail special discounts on flight tickets or bookings via a travel booking site. For example, Citibank PremierMiles Card, Air India SBI Signature Card.

    Entertainment credit cards

    These cards are designed to complement users who have an active lifestyle and provide exclusive rewards on bookings for movies, shows, concerts, music, video games, sporting events and much more. For example, ICICI Bank Rubyx Credit Cards & HDFC Platinum Times Card.

    Cash back / Rewards credit cards

    Reward points on credit cards is one of the original benefits of a credit card where the card holder earns a certain number of points for every spending. Cash back credit cards have been introduced only recently where the user gets a pre-determined amount of cash back after every spending. For example, Citibank Cashback Credit Card & Standard Chartered Super Value Titanium Credit Card.

    Credit cards for Women

    Various banks have introduced credit cards tailored especially for women, who may be working professionals or home makers. These cards provide a range of benefits like reward points, cashback, discounts and more on shopping, groceries at supermarkets, beauty chains, apparel stores, e-shopping partners and more.

    Lifestyle credit cards

    Lifestyle credit cards are designed to complement your passion. Widely accepted nationally and internationally, these cards are introduced in joint association with a particular merchant and offer exclusive discounts, cash back and rebates on dining, travel, shopping and a host of other leisure activities. Enjoy privilege access to VIP lounges at airports, and enjoy a string of other complimentary benefits. The American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card and ICICI Bank Rubyx American Express/MasterCard Credit Card are two of the most popular lifestyle cards available.

    Advantages

    Credit cards have eliminated the need for carrying cash in your pocket. Extremely convenient and safe to use, credit cards carry a string of advantages, some of which include the following.

    • Safe Alternative to Cash
    • Credit cards have successfully replaced paper money all over the world as they are easier and safer not only to carry but also store.

    • Chance to Improve Credit History
    • Your credit card history is closely linked to your credit score. Hence, using your card responsibly can help improve your credit score which in turn will help you while applying for a loan in the future.

    • Emergency Help
    • A credit card is indispensable when it comes to bearing emergency or unpredictable expenses.

    • Perks
    • Credit cards offer a host of exciting perks and benefits to the holder like Cashback, Reward points, Signup Bonuses, AirMiles, discounts, rebates and more.

    • Widely Accepted
    • Credit cards have been a widely accepted and recognized means of payment not only nationally but also internationally.

    Debit Cards

    A debit card is basically a banking instrument which gives the holder electronic access to their current or savings bank account. Card holders may use the card to withdraw money via an ATM or to get the cost of online/offline purchases charged to their account through their debit cards.

    Types of Debit Cards

    In India, debit cards are primarily used for ATM transactions. While most banks issue VISA or MasterCard debit cards, banks like SBI and Citibank also issue Maestro debit cards to customers. However, in India, debit card transactions are routed through Visa or MasterCard networks within the country and overseas and not directly via the issuing bank.

    In 2012, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched RuPay, an Indian domestic card scheme to facilitate electronic payments at all Indian banks and financial institutions. Introduced in direct competition with the international MasterCard and Visa, RuPay cards are widely accepted through India at approximately 145,270 ATMs, 875,000 point-of-sale (PoS) terminals and at over 10,000 e-commerce websites. Following the global safety standard for monetary transactions, the RuPay card employs the EMV (Europay, MasterCard & Visa) chip technology. The card is embedded with a microprocessor circuit which contains the card holder’s information and transactions are made with the help of the PIN number. Currently, over 240 banks, including some major public sector banks, and about 200 cooperative / rural banks issue RuPay cards to customers in India.

    Advantages

    A debit cards is a very handy tool for making quick and hassle free purchases. Widely accepted all over the world, debit cards have successfully replaced paper money as they continue to make transacting simpler. Given that, debit cards carry multiple advantages, some of which are discussed below.

    • Convenient Alternative For Cash
    • A debit card is a very convenient alternative for carrying wads of cash around. Also, transacting with a card is simpler and quicker.

    • Nominal Fee
    • Debit cards usually carry no fee or a very nominal fee, unlike credit cards which often have a yearly membership fee, joining fee, etc.

    • Quicker Transacting
    • Debit card transactions happen instantly. The entire process of swiping the card to the funds being transferred takes less than a minute.

    • Keep You Within Budget
    • Since a debit card accesses pre-available funds, it is easier to keep an eye on your expenses. A mini account statement can be procured from your respective bank’s ATM which will give you a list of recently made transactions.

    • Instant Access to Cash
    • Being a pre-loaded card which takes money from an existing account, a debit card gives you instant access to cash.

    • Easier to Procure Than a Credit Card
    • Unlike credit cards which require you to furnish a flurry of documents just in order to apply, a debit card is relatively much easier to procure.

    How Does a Debit Card differ from a Credit Card?

    A debit card differs from a credit card in a variety of ways.

    Criteria Credit Card Debit Card
    1. Connected To Need not be connected to any account.Requires to be connected to a checking / savings account
    2. Monthly billYesNo
    3. Spending LimitCredit limit is fixed for each card but varies from card to card. No credit limit. You can only spend as much is there in the linked bank account
    4. Interest ChargedYes, if bill unpaid beyond due date.No interest charged as no money is borrowed.
    5. Credit ScoreResponsible use can help improve credit score and vice versa No effect on credit score.

    Why Apply for Cards on BankBazaar?

    Be it a credit card or a debit card, you will be thrilled at how easy it to apply for one, with BankBazaar. This helpful aggregating portal will guide you through the entire process of applying for your new or next card, step by step. With comprehensive literature on different kinds of credit and debit cards, you can choose and compare between different credit cards based on your preferences and apply for your chosen card. Also, the 24x7, 365 days a year customer support team is there to answer all and any of your queries.

    Cards Reviews

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    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Service"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      This is my first time with BANK BAZAAR . The customer service and responses was good. The website is every user friendly and its easy navigate . The web portal's accuracy and speed is also good.My overall experience was good so its recommendable.,
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , gurgaon
      Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Very Good"
      YES BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Good online services for our Bankbazaar :) And Useful In formation For the best Oppurtionty Offers Extra facility's Good Responsibility Activities Nice Bank Account Debit Or Credit Card Availability And Easy To Software Workings Thank You Bank%azaar.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , tirupati
      Reviewed on Jul 15, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "NICE BANK & NICE PERFORMANCE"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Bankbazaar is a very good site for banking guidance you can get to know your credit score at once and also know the best options suited for your requirement, these people also calls you and assist in the best way. I really felt it is helpful and will refer the site for our future needs.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , jodhpur
      Reviewed on Jul 08, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "good service"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Good website bank bazaar and very easly to apply any account and in any branch now apply for all customers And The website gives great service, and is easy to comprehend with! It is very easy to open an account and compare many banks at the same time! Wonderful experience for me, and I recommend this to everyone. Must use this, for easy account opening guys
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jul 04, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Very Good"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Bankbazaar is a very good site for banking guidance you can get to know your credit score at once and also know the best options suited for your requirement, these people also calls you and assist in the best way. I really felt it is helpful and will refer the site for future needs.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jul 04, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Account opening"
      YES BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Its an amazing website so far with easy documentation, lets wait for the next step. i have applied for zero balance saving account, so far not much document required, and customer service is excellent and they provide a quick responsive its great.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , guwahati
      Reviewed on Jul 03, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "I like bank bazar it is very good for car and insurance"
      YES BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Excellent service Bank bazaar is very good for all customers for car,bike ,home loan. Bank bazaar is very use ful awesome platform to open savings account it will make dreams come true it will with me 24/7 it is very simple and easy to use i m so happy with the paperless transactions. I got a very good knowledge about the portal and it is good in many ways.
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      , patna
      Reviewed on Jun 27, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Excellent "
      YES BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Excellent service Bank bazaar is very good for all customers for car,bike ,home loan. Bank bazaar is very use ful awesome platform to open savings account it will make dreams come true it will with me 24/7 it is very simple and easy to use i m so happily with the paperless transactions. I got a very good knowledge about the portal and it is good in many ways.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "VERY GOOD "
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      The website gives great service, and is easy to comprehend with! It is very easy to open an account and compare many banks at the same time! Wonderful experience for me, and I recommend this to everyone. Must use this, for easy account opening guys Bankbazaar is a very good site for banking guidance you can get to know your credit score at once and also know the best options suited for your requirement, these people also calls you and assist in the best way. I really felt it is helpful and will refer the site for future needs.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Gold's Gym"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Good website bank bazaar and very easly to apply any account and in any branch now apply for all customers And The website gives great service, and is easy to comprehend with! It is very easy to open an account and compare many banks at the same time! Wonderful experience for me, and I recommend this to everyone. Must use this, for easy account opening guys
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "good service"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Bankbazaar is a very good site for banking guidance you can get to know your credit score at once and also know the best options suited for your requirement, these people also calls you and assist in the best way. I really felt it is helpful and will refer the site for future needs.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "GOOOD"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      The website gives great service, and is easy to comprehend with! It is very easy to open an account and compare many banks at the same time! Wonderful experience for me, and I recommend this to everyone. Must use this, for easy account opening guys
      Was this review helpful? 6
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 24, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "good"
      YES BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Excellent service Bank bazaar is very good for all customers for car,bike ,home loan. Bank bazaar is very use ful awesome platform to open savings account it will make dreams come true it will with me 24/7 it is very simple and easy to use i m so happy with the paperless transactions. I got a very good knowledge about the portal and it is good in many ways.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "good service"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Bankbazaar is a very good site for banking guidance you can get to know your credit score at once and also know the best options suited for your requirement, these people also calls you and assist in the best way. I really felt it is helpful and will refer the site for future needs.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "the best banking side in the best service "
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Bankbazaar is a very good site for banking guidance you can get to know your credit score at once and also know the best options suited for your requirement, these people also calls you and assist in the best way. I really felt it is helpful and will refer the site for future needs.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , pune
      Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Madhu"
      YES BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      This is very useful for all, also it is very easy to get details of all the people, also detailed given by the banks and the customers,and all over the customers,in our through india,this is more useful for the employees like all type of employees and many more,etc,.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , tirupati
      Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Excellent service"
      YES BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Excellent service Bank bazaar is very good for all customers for car,bike ,home loan. Bank bazaar is very use ful awesome platform to open savings account it will make dreams come true it will with me 24/7 it is very simple and easy to use i m so happily with the paperless transactions. I got a very good knowledge about the portal and it is good in many ways.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , bhubaneshwar
      Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "Great service"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The website gives great service, and is easy to comprehend with! It is very easy to open an account and compare many banks at the same time! Wonderful experience for me, and I recommend this to everyone. Must use this, for easy account opening guys
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , mohali
      Reviewed on Jun 16, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "About the steps creating an account , It's too easy, u can "
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      It was awesome I am created my account is just a minute It's getting better and the money transfer is also very easy All can create this account And only a adhar number is required If you don't have pan card don't bother about it It's not necessary.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Debit Card
      "The best banking site for your banking guidance"
      INDUSIND BANK LTD
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Bankbazaar is a very good site for banking guidance you can get to know your credit score at once and also know the best options suited for your requirement, these people also calls you and assist in the best way. I really felt it is helpful and will refer the site for future needs.
      Was this review helpful? 6
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
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