Santa Claus comes around just once a year. In the meantime, there are Credit Cards.
  • Credit Card APR

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    Credit Card APR

    Unlike other financial products, the credit card's interest rates are calculated on a yearly basis. The term APR (Annual Percentage Rate) indicates the interest you pay towards the transaction through your credit card. In simple words, it's a fee that you pay to your credit card issuer for the extension of the credit period. The credit card APR is calculated based on various factors and payable to the credit card issuer.

    Credit Card APR Types

    Most credit cards come with terms and condition that will help you in understand the following types of credit card APRs:

    Purchase APR

    This is the most common types of APR where the interest is calculated based on the purchased we make. Whether for food, clothing, entertainment, or any other reason, your interest will be subject to a common interest rate.

    Cash Advance APR

    When you use your credit card to withdraw money from an ATM, the Cash Advance APR will be applicable on the total amount you have withdrawn. The calculation of this type of APR is calculated on a daily basis after the end of the grace period, if the credit card issuer is offering any grace period. However, compared to Purchase APR and Cash Advance APR, the interest rate for Penalty APR is higher.

    Penalty APR

    When you are unable to make the minimum payment for over two months, most credit card issuers will charge you with a Penalty APR that is higher than the other types of interest rates.

    If you are transferring your card balance or switching to another card issuer, your credit card account will be subject to Balance Transfer APR.

    How are the Credit Card APRs Calculated

    When you apply for a credit card, the credit card issuer or bank will carry out a hard inquiry for your credit score. Your credit score will play a vital role in the decision of your credit card APR. If your credit score is excellent or good, there are more chances that the issuer will offer the credit card at a lower APR, however, a poor score will attract a higher APR.

    Simple Tips to Reduce the APR

    • Healthy credit score - By maintaining a healthy credit score, you will avoid the higher APRs on your credit card. Whether you already have a credit card or you are thinking of applying for a new one, a good credit score will help you in keeping the interest rates lower.
    • Payment behaviour - If you manage to make the full payments before the due date, you don't have to worry about credit card APRs, but when you are making only the minimum payments, the extended credit will be subject to an APR.

    If you are monitoring your credit score and working towards improving it, once you notice a positive and sufficient change in your score, you can get in touch with your credit card issuer to request for a re-evolution of the APRs.

    You can refer to BankBazaar's website to obtain a free credit score. The process is simple and doesn't require much time. You are also advised to check your credit score at least once a year. This will help you in understanding your financial credibility while applying for financial products such as credit cards and loans.

    You can refer to your credit card's terms and conditions to determine the applicable APR. Alternately, you can also reach out to your credit card issuer to understand the APRs that is exclusively applicable for your credit account.

      

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    Credit Card APR Reviews

    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Got my free credit card through Bank bazaar"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I got my new credit card from Bank bazaar based on my credit score . When I am checking free credit score in their portal , I got a call from the sales team . Based on my score there was a life time free card is available . Then I decided to go with this card .
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      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have been using bank bazaar service for first time, i came to know about this bank bazaar service through on line,i am happy with their service and i have applied for credit card from them, i have not faced any issue or difficulty in that getting my credit card, whole process when smoothly and i have used mobile application it is easy to access.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • Punjab National Bank Credit Card
      "Good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have one more credit card last two years from punjab national bank , this is free card , but I am not satisfied with credit limit just 10k after using 1.6years then increase only 10k , now credit limit is 20k , and their customer service is good ,
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • RBL Bank Credit Card
      "Very good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Their customer service is not good I try but every time call is not going , I have taken one RBL credit card here is credit limit is 45k not much happy ,last one years I have this credit card , I am not getting any offer , and I dont know this is charges or free , but I am satisfied with this credit card ,
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Average card"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have been applied for HDFC BUSINESS MONEYBACK credit card for recently, they have not charged me annual fee as it is life time free credit card, the credit limit which they have given to me was okay, the card came on time there was no delay or issue in getting card.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • YES Bank Credit Card
      "Not upto the expectation"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Yes bank has not given me the expected credit limit when I was promised before buying this credit card . I am not received any promotional offers for this card . But the executive has given big hype about having and using this card . There will be huge credit limit and so many offers will be available .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Average service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I came to know about bank bazaar service through on line, this is my first time i have been availing their service, their website is good, but one thing i would like to suggest them is that stop doing too much of spamming call, i use to get too much of call from them.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • RBL Bank Credit Card
      "Need improve their customer care"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am happy with the service of RBL bank, but i am not happy with their customer care service they are not up to the mark, as i use to get too much call a day i use to get call up to 40-50 times, and there is language barrier as well, they do not speck English properly,i have been using this card from past one and half years,but from last 3 months i face this issue.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • American Express Credit Card
      "Outlets should be increase"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I hold Amex credit card from long time, but i am not happy with the card, their service is good, but it is not useful for me, they should increase in many outlet this card, even i do transaction in on line, i could not do online transactions as it use to show as invalid offers for amex card.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Need to increase the Credit Limit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using ICICI credit card for 3 and half years, its a good one to use, but while applying they provided credit limit as 15 thousands post that they increase to 25 only, i would like to suggest to provide more credit limit, mean while the customer service was good.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I came to know about bank bazaar service through on line, this is my first time i have been applied for their service, their mobile application is good,it is user friendly application, but one thing i would like to suggest them is that they should reduce the call flow.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Overall experience is good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The customer services and response is good at Bankbazaar. I got regular messages about the updates. The website is good and it is easy to use and understand. There were follow up calls as well. It was easy to get the details of the banks and their offers too.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Credit Card
      "Average card"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have been using Indusind bank credit card for recently, they have not charged me annual fee as it is life time free credit card, i am not happy with the credit limit they have given me less credit limit, like they said 75,000 i will be getting so far but after that they have just given me 50,000 as an limit, the reason for choosing this card is for their offers for shopping and movie tickets, there was much delay in getting loan, there was wrong information was given , the pin got generated after 15 days.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good. Can do better"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      The documents was taken on time for the credit card. The updates was not done for me. I had to call the person who took the documents and I was told that the paper work is processed and I will get the card in few days. The follow up calls was not there with HDFC Bank. There are charges annually for the card.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I came to know about bank bazaar through my friend because this is the good financial product, so once i download the app i repeatedly getting calls from bank bazaar, i would like to suggest to get minimum the calls. The best part of bank bazaar which i would like to share is providing the amazon voucher offer.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good reward point"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I got my HDFC credit card very recently . in HDFC also I am not happy with the credit limit . I thought HDFC has a great brand value they always fulfill the customers requirement . But interms of credit point they made me so happy with that . Their credit point has some value .
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "Good card"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I hold SBI credit card from long time, They have not charged me annual fee, they use to give good offers in shopping, i am happy with the credit limit which they have given to me, they use to give good offers based on my requirement so far i did not face any issue.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "High level customer service"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      Bank bazaar has proved strongly they are the masters of digital shopping . They know the nook and corner of the business strategy . I am so thankful for the bank bazaar customer service and guiding me a correct credit card according to my taste .
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Overall good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I bank with ICICI Bank for a credit card. The customer services and response is good and there are good offers as well. Just that the credit limit is less. Else there are no hassles while using the card. The transactions are smooth and easy and no issues.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • American Express Credit Card
      "Completely disappointed with the credit limit"
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      Highly disappointed with the American express service . When I am taking a card with very high interest with them they given a credit limit of only 25 k. I though it was a international credit card, their limit also will be in higher scale . But complete collapse of my dream .
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
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