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    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Its Convenient credit card"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using HDFC credit card only for the shopping purpose, in my area, many shops are accepting HDFC credit card and I am getting special discounts. I am getting good rewards points for all transaction, I am very fine to use HDFC credit card without any hassles.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • Citibank Credit Card
      "Better card to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Using IndianOil Citi Platinum card for past 10 years. This card is particularly used for the fuel filling purposes, there is also reward points available in this card, which can be redeemed for the fuel purposes . I am happy with the credit limit with this card. Overall I can say it is a better card to use.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "Its Good to hold"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I am getting very good follow up calls from SBI on credit card reminder and they updating good offers on time. I am fine with the credit card its good credit limit. I used to get some offers in online shopping, but I am not much aware of other offers.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • Standard Chartered Bank Credit Card
      "Very good card to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Having Standard Charted Super Value Titanium credit card for almost past 10 years. I get benefits like cash back offer, reward points with this card, but I don't use much. This was my first credit card. I am happy with the credit limit. SCB also asked me to upgrade my card but then I haven't accept it. Overall it is very good card to use.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Convenient for shopping"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using ICICI Ferrari credit card, there was no charges for it. I used to get discounts on movie ticket, fuel surcharges etc. I have accumulated 5000 reward points, I could convert those points into voucher and do the shopping its really good.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had taken a credit card from ICICI bank which is free from annual fees. I used to receive reward points and cash back offers from the bank regularly. I did not face any issues for my credit card till date. The customer service is good with ICICI.
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      , meerut
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "The best in banking"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I hold a credit card with SBI and the offers are excellent and also the credit limit as well. There are charges on the card and there is no refund as well. I am still happy with the bank as the card is accepted all over and the services are good and the statements are clear.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Fast Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I applied for the credit card online with ICICI bank. But I did not receive the card as they rejected my application due to certain norms. But the response was good from the bank. The executives of ICICI bank are so fast in providing the services to the customers.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Need improvement on the payment method"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I hold a credit card with ICICI bank and the major drawback is they do not have an option online where I am unable to make my payments from another bank debit card. If I got to the branch to pay by cash, I am charged 100 to 200 more. If I pay by cheque the payments reflects only after three to four days.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • Axis Bank Credit Card
      "Useful"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I am having the credit card with the Axis bank and the services are fine one with them. Credit limit value is good like its around 1.2 lakh Rupees, which is more than fair enough. Customer service is fine one with the Axis bank credit card.
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Need to be customer centric"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      The time I have approached for the ICICI bank Rubyx credit card , the executive came and collected the documents and after 20days the card has disbursed but I have recieved ICICI Coral visa card. Then again I have reached customer service and returned the coral card. ICICI need to give proper service to the customers . They have charged me for the joining fee and the annual fee with this card but later on they have waived off all the charges.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • Kotak Credit Card
      "Till date no hassles"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      There are no charges for my credit card and the offers on it is more than satisfactory for me. I also have a decent credit limit and I am happy that Kotak Mahindra bank has given me these benefits. The customer support is also up to the mark and in all no issues.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • Citibank Credit Card
      "Best card to use"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      There is no fuel surcharge with this Citi rewards credit card. The mobile application is not up to the mark. Its not user friendly like ICICI bank. I get reward points and cash back offers in this card. I am happy with the credit limit with Citibank card. There customer support is very good with Citibank. Overall I am happy using Citibank credit card.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "Under updattion"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Having SBI simply save card for past 2 years, Availing the benefits like reward points and the cash back offers with this card. The customer service need improvement here. I am happy with the credit limit with this card. The mobile application need to focused a lot. Overall it is an average card to use.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Holding an ICICI Bank coral Visa Credit card for past 2 years, this card has the benefits like reward points, cash back offers and fuel surcharge waiver with this card. I am happy with the ICICI credit limit. I pay the credit bill through the mobile application which is very easy to do.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Wonderful "
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I do have the HDFC bank credit card and am with them from the last ten months of time. Credit limit value is around 80000 Rupees. Online services with the HDFC bank credit card is good and the bills are clear with them. There is no processing charges because its the corporate account.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Wonderful "
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am having the ICICI bank credit card and am using it from the last five years of time. Customer service is good one with them and the offers are kind of nominal only, also there were nil offers sometimes. Bills and the payments are clear with the ICICI bank credit card.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • Citibank Credit Card
      "Good "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I got cash back offer for my credit card from CITI bank. I have premium card the annual fee for the card is 750. Credit limit is less only so I am planning for the upgradation. Interest rate is very normal with CITI bank.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Nice benefits"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I get all the benefits on my credit card, there are loan facilities and EMI options and the other normal offers like the cash back and discounts and rewards as well. There has never been any discrepancy in the statements. HDFC Bank has been up to the mark overall.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "It should be transparent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using SBI IRCTC credit card, they are giving best offer on train booking, when I book any railway ticket through my credit card, ticket cost is getting low. But I faced some issues with SBI credit ca rd, I have paid all the out standing due of my card, but SBI impacted credit score hence unable to loan from any bank. I had lot of communication with them but still it was not resolved.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
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    Credit Card Balance Transfer is Rated as "Excellent!" by 34750 Users

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    What are balance transfer cards?

    Before you start thinking of going in for a balance transfer, you need to first know what a credit card balance transfer actually means. To put it in the simplest of terms, balance transfer in credit cards means that you transfer the amount you owe on one card to another card. By doing this you actually end up paying for the first card and owe that amount on the other credit card. One main reason why someone might go in for a balance transfer could be that the other card offers lower interest rates which would mean it would be cheaper to pay it back through the other card.

    Credit cards that offer balance transfer

    There are many banks that offer credit cards that have balance transfer facilities available on them. Some such banks are:

    • ICICI Bank

      The balance transfer facility provided by ICICI Bank allows the balance of any credit card to be transferred to their cards. The repayments for such transfers can be done in either 3 or 6 months’ worth of instalments. There is an interest charged on the amount that is transferred and is payable along with the amount transferred. The bank also offers the option to foreclose the payments provided all the balance amount and interest is paid up.

    • State Bank of India

      The facility for balance transfers of credit cards offered by SBI again follows the same general principle and can be initiated by either logging into the credit card account or sending the bank a specific SMS or even just calling up their customer care facilities. The repayment periods can be 2 months or 6 months however, an interest of 1.7% per month is charged only if the tenure is 6 months.

    • HSBC

      The facility offered by HSBC for balance transfers can be taken for tenures that range from 3 months, all the way up to 24 months. The interest rates are also charged as per the tenure and a processing fee may also be applicable. Just like SBI the balance transfer facility can be utilised by either calling the bank, sending them an SMS or even by simply sending them an SMS. HSBC does offer the facility to foreclose on the balance transfer, for which no extra fee may be charged.

    • Kotak Mahindra Bank

      Even Kotak Mahindra bank offers balance transfer facilities. They will allow a minimum of Rs. 2,500 to be transferred. There is no limit on the maximum amount as long as the amount being transferred is not more than 75% of your credit cards limit. There is a processing fee that will be charged for the options, and it is based on the amount that is being transferred. The application process, once again, can be initiated through calls, SMS or the online portal maintained by the bank.

    • Axis Bank

      Axis Bank too offers this facility and with them, the minimum amount that can be transferred is Rs. 5,000. The tenures available are 3 months and 6 months, with the shorter of the two not attracting any interest while the latter, 6 months, will have an interest charged on the transfer.

    • Standard Chartered Bank

      The facility provided by Standard Chartered Bank allows customers to transfer balances of up to Rs. 5 lakhs to their SC credit cards. The interest rate charged for the first 6 months is about 0.99% a month, after which the interest rates associated with the card will be charged. Customers can also make a payment of a minimum of 5% of the transferred amount each month and the facility can be availed by sending the bank an SMS indicating you wish to avail a balance transfer.

    Comparison of credit card balance transfer offered by top Indian banks

    Here is a table that depicts and compares the credit card balance transfer features offered the topmost credit card issuers in India.

    Credit Card Issuer Processing Fee Rate of Interest per month Applicable Lower Interest Rate Period
    Axis Bank 1% of transfer amount or Rs.199, whichever is higher 0% 3 months
    State Bank of India 2% of transfer amount or Rs. 199 whichever is higher if the period is 60 days and zero if the period is 6 months 0%-1.7% 60 Days-6 Months
    Standard Chartered Bank NA 0.99% 6 Months
    Punjab National Bank Rs.172 or more depending upon the transfer amount 0.99% 6 Months
    Kotak Mahindra Bank Rs. 349 per Rs. 10000 0% NA
    HSBC (Convert due payment to EMI) 1% (minimum Rs. 149) 0.99% for tenures between 3-12 months 1.25% for tenures 18 months and 24 months 3,6,9,12 months

    How to transfer balance from one credit card to another?

    Credit card balance transfer is the best option to pay off huge and pending credit card bills. However, transfer of credit card balance makes sense only when the bank that you are transferring your balance to offers rates that are more lucrative than the original credit card on which you have pending dues.

    The most important point to note about credit card balance transfer is that you can transfer only that amount to your new credit card which is within its credit limit. So, if your second credit card has a limit of Rs.50,000 and your pending dues from previous credit card are Rs.75,000, then only Rs.50,000 can be transferred to the new credit card under the balance transfer scheme.

    There are forms which various banks furnish to facilitate application of credit card balance transfer facility. The following information needs to be furnished while applying for credit card balance transfer.

    • Credit Limit
    • Expiry date of the credit card
    • Outstanding credit amount
    • Credit card number

    Most banks require a few documents to be furnished in order to accept your request for credit card balance transfer.

    • Credit card photocopies
    • Last 3-6 credit card bill statements
    • Address proof

    The most rewarding feature of credit card balance transfer is that the entire pending amount gets paid in the form of a demand draft that is issued by the new credit card company towards your old credit card. This saves you the burden of additional interest payment on the credit card pending bill. The interest now that you will pay will be decided by your new credit card. Generally, the interest charged to avail credit card balance transfer facility is less than what is charged by banks on credit card pending bills. However, this lowered rate of interest is only applicable for a specific period of time after which standard interest rates apply. Thus, it is crucial to pay off your credit to the new credit card issuer within the stipulated time in order to avoid hefty interest rates.

    Important points to watch out for while using credit card balance transfer

    No matter how convenient and lucrative credit card balance transfer sounds it is always a good practice to know all important aspects of it before availing the same. Listed below are some points that significantly affect your decision of availing credit card balance transfer to pay off your existing credit card debt.

    • Availing credit card balance transfer reduces your credit limit in the same proportion. For example, if your have a credit card limit of Rs.75,000 and you have transferred a balance of Rs.50,000 then the effective credit limit available to you for all other credit card transactions is just Rs.25,000.
    • The best way to use credit card balance transfer is to pay off all your dues within the free or nominal interest rate period. After this, standard credit card interest rates apply which require higher payments to be made.
    • The lower interest rate for credit card balance is not applicable to new purchases that you make on your credit card. These transactions fall under standard interest rates offered by the credit card issuer.
    • Balance transfer is generally offered to customers who have been a credit card user for one particular company for at least a year. This is to ensure that credit holders do not keep hopping from one credit issuer to another in order to avail lower rates of interest.
    • While you still may have credit left after transfer of previous credit card balance, it is always a good strategy to refrain from using your credit card until all balance transfer payments are paid and all subsequent charges are cleared.

    Key benefits of Credit Card Balance Transfer

    Credit card balance transfer is a very popular and convenient feature of credit cards. This options helps cardholders get out of circular debt cycles that keep growing worse due to compounding rates of interest. Let us look at some of the most striking benefits of credit card balance transfer.

    • Helps you save on the extra interest amount that you end up paying as a result of accumulated and pending credit card bill
    • Convenient way to get rid of accumulated credit card debt as compared to other means of paying back credit
    • Quick processing for balance transfer makes it easy for customers to avail and get rid of their pending dues
    • Debts from one or more cards can be transferred when making use of credit card balance transfer feature
    • A buffer time is allocated to cardholders to pay off their outstanding amount. This period has zero rate of interest or a very nominal rate of interest

    When you do go in for a balance transfer, you will need to keep a few things in mind. The first being that some banks will offer this facility only if the balance being transferred is for a credit card not issued by them. Most banks don’t pose any restrictions on the type of card for which balance transfers are being availed. There may also be conditions that govern the minimum and maximum amounts that can be transferred. All conditions and rates mentioned here are decided by the banks and could change at any time so it would be best to confirm the same with the bank before actually applying for balance transfer.

    FAQs on Credit Card Balance Transfer

    1. How will I know if I should go for credit card balance transfer facility?

      If you have an existing credit card with balance being charged a high rate of interest then it is advisable to go for credit card balance transfer to save up on interest payment.

    2. How much amount can I transfer to the new credit card?

      You can only transfer an amount equal to the credit limit of the new credit card. For example, if the outstanding credit card balance on your existing credit card is Rs.75,000 and your new credit card has a credit limit of Rs.50,000 then only Rs.50,000 can be used for transferring balance. Rest needs to be paid by the you out of your own pocket.

    3. Is balance transfer helpful?

      How profitable is balance transfer for you depends upon the interest that you are currently paying on our existing credit card versus the rate of interest plus charges being charged by the new credit card. If the difference is substantial then you will surely save some extra money that you might be paying as interest amount.

    4. Does credit card balance transfer take a long time to process?

      No. Credit card balance transfer is a quick and almost hassle-free process. The time taken usually is a few days and varies from bank to bank.

    5. How many times can I transfer my credit card balance?

      It isn’t a good idea to keep transferring your credit card balance. And banks too do not entertain constant balance transfers. As such the number of times you can transfer your balance is a subjective thing which is purely at the discretion of the bank you have in mind.

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