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

    It is said that nothing in life is free. But everyone of us clamour to procure products and services that come with the term ‘free’. However, there are a few terms and conditions that come with each of these ‘free products’. Similarly if anyone is enticed into purchasing a credit card for free, they must understand that there a few fees and charges attached to it and in effect, are not completely free. Most of these additional charges may not be revealed upfront to customers but will be charged nevertheless.

    Some Fees and Charges Applicable to Credit Card

    Prior to acquiring credit cards, customers must first be aware of the following fees and charges that may be applicable.

    Annual Maintenance Charge

    This is the annual maintenance fee that is applicable for a credit card. In most cases, when individuals are offered ‘free’ credit cards, it may mean that the joining fee and the annual charge has been waived for a period of one year but may be applicable from the following year. Prior to procuring the card, customers must confirm if their annual maintenance charge is waived for a year or for life.

    Interest Charge

    Credit card bill for every month will show the total amount that is due and the minimum amount that is payable. Many individuals choose to only pay the minimum payable amount assuming that the rest can be paid later. But this practise will only result in their falling into a debt trap. Also, 2% to 4% interest rate is charged per month on this remaining amount. The monthly rate of interest is generally annualised to arrive at an APR or annualised percentage rate of 36% to 38%, which is very high. In addition to the nominal rate of interest, this annualised percentage rate can result in quite a burden for the individual. Hence, all potential credit card holders will have to strive to pay their bills in full and not just the minimum amount due.

    GST

    All credit card transactions are subject to GST as per prevailing GST laws.

    Late Payment Charges

    In case a cardholder does not pay his/her due in time, additional charges will be levied which is called the late payment charge. This is applicable when the customer defaults in their payment of monthly credit card due post the due date. This is a flat fee amount and is not dependent on the interest charges.

    Overdraft Charges

    When customer exceeds the monthly credit limit that is applicable on their credit card, these charges are applicable.

    Foreign Transaction Charges

    In case customers make an overseas transaction using their credit cards, foreign transaction charges are levied. This is around 3% to 5% of the overseas transaction and is then converted to INR based on the exchange rate depending on the date of transaction.

    Charges on purchasing petrol

    Purchasing rail tickets or petrol using credit cards attracts additional charges. This is a set percentage of the amount that is spent.

    Outstation cheque charges

    In case individuals use outstation cheques to settle credit card bills, additional charges would be levied. This is a fixed percentage based on the slab within which the bill amount falls under.

    Dishonour of ECS Charges/Cheque Bouncing

    In case a cheque that has been issued for the payment of credit card bills bounces, additional charges will be applicable.

    Lost Card Charges

    In case a customer has lost his/her credit card, a new card will be issued once penalty charges have been paid.

    ATM Withdrawal Charges

    Customers have the option of withdrawing money from the ATM using their credit card. However, the transaction charges applicable would be around 2.5% of the cash advance. In addition to this, interest on the cash from the date of withdrawal will be due and this interest cost may vary from 24% to 46% per year.

    Therefore, although credit cards come with numerous advantages, customers must ensure that they understand all the hidden charges that come with it, prior to availing one.

    *GST rate of 18% applicable for all financial services effective July 1, 2017

      

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    Credit Cards 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 .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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 .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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 .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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 .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
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