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    Difference between Credit cards and Charge cards

    Credit cards are one of the most popularly used financial products used by individuals across the world today. Credit cards are basically products that allow customers to borrow money against a ‘line of credit’ and repay the same every month, along with a nominal rate of interest. Credit cards are a boon to individuals as they can purchase all their favourite high end products and services while paying for the same in instalments. However, individuals will have to note that there is a limit imposed on the amount that they can spend.

    A Charge card on the other hand, is slightly different. Customers using Charge cards can also buy products but a line of credit will not be extended to them. They cannot repay the amount in instalments but will have to pay back the entire amount that they’ve spent in one go. In case this is not done, a penalty amount will be levied. Unlike Credit cards, Charge cards do not have applicable interest rates and do not impose limitations on customers regarding their spend limit. Charge card customers are usually privy to a number of offers and perks.

    The concept of Charge cards is supposed to have been founded by the card company that issues Diners Cards called Diners Club International. Other providers include Amex, MasterCard and Visa.

    Charge cards in India are not as commonly used as Credit cards are and this is mainly because most individuals are not aware of this concept.

    Both of these cards allow customers to delay their payments. Individuals will have to repay the amount within a set period of time else a predetermined penalty will be levied.

    However, despite some of their similarities, these cards are not the same. Given below, are some of the important differences between the two.

    Rate of Interest

    Interest rates are applicable on Credit cards. It is calculated as an Annual Percentage Rate or APR and is determined by the credit card type that the customer has, such as travel cards, dining cards, and so on. However, interest rates do not apply to Charge cards. This is because the balance is not carried on a month-on-month basis and there is no credit offered as such.

    However, regardless of the interest rates, customers should pay off their balances prior to due date. Most individuals only pay their minimum balance, but this is financially quite harmful, as these balances will keep accumulating, resulting in a huge pile of debt later on. Additionally, it also has an adverse impact on the individual’s CIBIL score. By not delaying payments, individuals will also not have to pay a lot of interest.

    Limit of Credit

    Credit cards have spend limit imposed on them which is decided based on the customer’s requirements and their credit score and rating. These factors determine an individual’s eligibility to procure a card. In order to make the best use of their Credit cards, customers will have to use it prudently. As long as they use an amount that is within the imposed credit limit and the amount that they pay back each month is above the minimum amount, their credit score will be quite high.

    On the other hand, customers will not have any restrictions or a limit on their Charge cards. There is no credit involved, when it comes to Charge cards, hence customers can use their Charge cards without worrying about credit limits. However, there is a high penalty fee levied on customers incase they do not repay the amount that is owed hence encouraging individuals to repay the amount as quickly as possible. Customers should also note that, judicious use of their Charge cards will result in a higher credit score.

    Balance on the Cards

    Balances on Credit cards accrue every month. Based on the type of Credit cards procured as well as their usage, interest rates applicable vary. These uses include cash advances, balance transfers and so on. Customers need to know that an interest rate will also be charged on to the outstanding balance on their credit card.

    When it comes to Charge cards, the outstanding balance is paid directly from their bank account and many choose this route so as to avoid paying a hefty interest amount.

    Card Charges

    This varies based on each card. Some cards do not have annual fee but others do. However, interest is charged on all Credit cards for cash advances, transfer of balance and so on.

    Charge cards provide numerous unique benefits to cardholders but an annual fee is charged.

    Both these cards come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Their usage determines their rate as well as the needs of the customer. While procuring either card, applicants must understand their needs and necessities and only opt for those cards that they will use and are advantageous to them.

    Credit Card Reviews

    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good in all"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC Bank has offered me a credit card and the customer services are good. They also provide me with good offers and a very good credit limit. It is a smooth process while using the card, I never faced any hassles in the overall process till date.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • Citibank Credit Card
      "Experience is good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Citibank has been overall good in the customer services. The online banking is good and the credit card offers are also good. The statements are also good and the billing is also in a timely manner. The credit limit is also fine and there are no charges taken for the card.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Average"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I have been using ICICI Platinum card for more than 1.5 years. The credit limit is low which they need to increase. IVR takes longer time for the connectivity also they need to improve the service. There is no annual charge for this credit card.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • RBL Bank Credit Card
      "Good card for the withdrawal"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      From RBL I have et money card it gives the flexibility of taking the cash without any interest. I can withdraw the maximum of 100%, the credit limit is also satisfactory with RBL card. One month back I got the card, the due date is convenient for me.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Recommendable Card"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I get 10x points from HDFC card based on the spends, In fact the cash back is also excellent. The customer support is good for the credit card queries, but there is a long queue to connect with the executive. They don't have direct contact no, first I need to verify my details in IVR, then again the executive verify it, therefore the process should be simple.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • Citibank Credit Card
      "Good card for all transaction"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have reward points from CITI bank, I get more bonus points on the transactions, they give cash back offers for some transaction, I don't what to call them everything is prefect, the interest is also reasonable, I am using life time free credit card.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Need to increase the limit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have HDFC Bharath credit card and using it for past 1.5years. The service is excellent and they are not charging high for the late payments. The credit limit is average and they need to enhance the limit. It is a life time free credit card. There was no much offers.
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      , vadodara
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Simple method for getting credit card "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Through Bank bazaar it is a simple process of getting the credit card in quick time .It hardly took 1 week of time in Online method . I came to know bank bazaar through SMS . Customer executive guided about the various credit card in online . Mobile app is also user-friendly .
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • Axis Bank Credit Card
      "Good card"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Axis Bank has offered NEO credit card and am using it for past 6 months. The credit limit is sufficient for the beginner, its 40K. The rate of interest is too high for late payment charges which they need to reduce. It is a life time free credit card.
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      , vadodara
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Credit Card
      "Online shopping and EMI is major advantage"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I recently applied for the Indusind bank credit card in the on-line method . Within 10 days of time ,I got a good response till the time of dispatchement of my card . No annual fees for this card . The main plus point with Indusind bank credit card is the on-line shopping .
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • Kotak Credit Card
      "Good Card with Kotak"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using Kotak Mahindra card for around two years, I have salary account hence everything is fine for me. The credit limit is not good because they gave only Rs.22,000, they need to enhance the card limit. I have master card and the accessibility is great.
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      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • RBL Bank Credit Card
      "Average Credit card"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Almost it is going to be 3 months since I started to use this RBL credit card . Normally I will do most of the shopping Off-line .Offers are on-line and it is up to the expectation . RBL mobile app is very easy for making the payment and downloading the statement .
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • Axis Bank Credit Card
      "Credit limit is not sufficient "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      For the past 6 months, I am using the AXIS bank credit card . My credit limit is around 25 k only . But this credit limit is very insufficient to use .I am not getting any notification about the various offers in on-line . Annual fees is around 499 - .
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • Axis Bank Credit Card
      "EXCELLENT"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have been using the credit card with the AXIS BANK the card is user friendly to use. The credit limit with this card is satisfactory added on that the offers with this card is good. I am using it from last few years with this card. There is a EMI conversion option but there is no balance transfer option with this card.
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      , bhopal
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "BETTER"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I am not satisfied with the credit card that i am using it with the ICICI BANK because the credit limit with this bank card is not satisfactory also there are no offers available with this credit card. There is a EMI conversion option with this credit card which is good also it is easy to convert.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "BETTER"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I have a credit card with the HDFC BANK the credit limit with this bank they have offered is average and i am not getting any offers with this bank. There is a EMI conversion option with this bank it is good and easy to convert with this bank credit card.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Excellent Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      It has almost been ten months since i am using this credit card and the services which they had provided me has been pretty good. But the credit limit with the card has been less and there has not been any annual charges with this card. I had been using this credit card for all sort of purposes.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Excellent card"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC has given me a Money Back credit card and using it for past three years. I am happy with the credit limit. There was no annual charges and am paying monthly due. The charges are reasonable for EMI conversion. I got reward points but my sister use to redeem so have no idea.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Credit Card
      "Excellent Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am just using this credit card for the last one week and the services which they had provided so far has been pretty good. They had given me with a good credit limit and it does not have any sort of annual charges. I am using this credit card for all sort of purposes.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
    • RBL Bank Credit Card
      "Good for all transaction"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am holding RBL bajaj credit card, features are like the monthly benefits which they give like surcharges on the products, extra points on the shopping with the air lounges. The limit is very satisfied with RBL credit card, I am happy with it.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019
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