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    Insurance Credit Cards in India

    Credit card insurance goes by quite a few names. While some banks call it credit safeguard, others use the terms "credit shield" while referring to credit insurance. However, credit card insurance aims to offer the cardholder with security in case of unemployment, disability, injury, or death, in case the cardholder ends up not being able to pay credit card bills. Banks provide insurance to the cardholder's by paying a monthly fee that varies from bank to bank. Getting an insurance for a credit card helps one's credit rating remain unaffected while they go through a rough patch. This helps the cardholder to keep their credit score in a good standing with lending organisations. However, it is worth lending a thought if getting a credit card insurance is worth it or not.

    Listed Below Are A Few Pointers That Will Help One Understand This:

    • Credit life insurance: If a cardholder avails credit card insurance, the bank pays the outstanding balance in case the cardholder passes away or becomes unable to pay the balance on his own. This can only be accommodated in a scenario in which the cardholder either becomes physically disabled or unemployed.
    • Credit disability insurance: This kind of insurance pays off the minimum amount due on the card for a distinct period of time after a medical disability takes over the cardholder. However, purchases made after the cardholder becomes disabled will not be paid off.
    • Credit insurance in case of involuntary unemployment: Under this insurance scheme, the bank pays off the minimum payment due on the cardholder's account in case they have been laid off from work or have been downsized by their company. However, purchases made after the downsizing will not be covered.
    • Insurance of credit for property: Under this credit scheme, the bank will pay off for the purchases made using the credit card end up getting damaged or get stolen.

    Types of Insurance Offered on Credit Cards

    There are various kinds of insurance that come with a credit card and each company has its own set of covers and respective limits. The following insurance covers are some of the popular ones being offered with credit cards:

    • Accident Insurance
    • Travel Insurance
    • Credit Insurance
    • Purchase Protection

    Accident Insurance

    Various credit card companies offer accident insurance cover worth Rs.2,00,000 to Rs.40,00,000 based on the type of credit card being offered. The insurance cover being offered for road accidents are between Rs.2,00,000 to Rs.4,00,000. While for air accidental deaths, the insurance cover ranges between Rs.10,00,000 to Rs.40,00,000.

    Travel Insurance

    Some credit cards come with additional travel insurance benefits that provides benefits cover for lost baggage, lost passport etc. In cases where your baggage goes missing for more than than 48 hours post your arrival at the destination, you can claim a benefit from your bank. Some credit cards cover both domestic as well as international travel.

    Credit Insurance

    In some cases, your credit card comes with an insurance privilege where you may be allowed a waiver on your outstanding credit card amount, in case of accidental death.

    Purchase Protection

    Purchase protection on your credit card implies that items purchased using the card are insured in case the items are damaged or misplaced due to fire or theft. Purchase protection on credit cards are offered up to a value of Rs.50,000 that can be claimed within 180 days from the day the items were purchased.

    Top Banks Offering Insurance Credit Cards

    Some of the banks that offer insurance on their credit cards in India are:

    • Standard Chartered Bank
    • HDFC Bank
    • IndusInd Bank
    • Axis Bank
    • ICICI
    • HSBC

    Standard Chartered Bank:

    The Visa Infinite Credit Card from Standard Chartered Bank is an exclusive card offered to the bank’s priority banking customers. Along with some unique benefits and exclusive privileges, the card also provides a complimentary travel and medical insurance worth up to a maximum of USD 200,000, when travelling internationally.

    HDFC Bank:

    The HDFC Bank Regalia Credit Card is an all in one luxury credit card that comes with enhanced features and benefits. Among many others are is its comprehensive protection component. Cardholders of the Regalia Credit Card are entitled to an insurance cover against air accidental death and emergency overseas hospitalization. In case of an air accidental death, the cardholder’s nominee is eligible to get a compensation of Rs.1 crore. In case of a medical emergency abroad, cover worth up to Rs.15 lakhs can be claimed.

    IndusInd Bank:

    The IndusInd Bank Platinum and Platinum Aura Credit card are premium lifestyle cards that come with top class exclusive privileges to suit your elite needs. Along with these attractive features, the bank also provides insurance cover by ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company. The cards provide an insurance cover of Rs.10,000 for lost baggage, Rs.50,000 for loss of passport, Rs.25,000 each for lost ticket, delayed baggage or missed connection.

    Some cards like the Kotak Mahindra Royale Signature Card offers security from card theft by offering a cover of Rs.2,50,000 against fraudulent usage of the credit card up to seven days before reporting the incident. The Platinum Credit Card from HSBC and MakeMyTrip also provides cover for misuse of the card up to 24 hours prior to reporting. The cover ranges up to Rs.3,00,000.

    Axis Bank:

    The Privilege Credit Card offered by Axis Bank comes with travel insurance benefits that offers you peace of mind when you travel. The air accident cover that you can avail with this particular credit card is Rs.2,50,00,000. The purchase protection that can be availed if you have this credit card is Rs.1,00,000. The Lost Card liability that you get is Rs.3,00,000. In case you lose your important documents on the flight, you can avail loss travel documents cover of USD 300. If there is any delay in the baggage check in process, you can avail a cover of USD 300. In case of loss of check in baggage you can enjoy check in baggage cover of USD 500.

    ICICI:

    The Travel Card issued by ICICI bank offers great benefits and cover options for its customers. As personal air accident cover, the insurance policy holder can avail Rs.10,00,000. If you miss a connecting flight when traveling overseas, you can avail a cover of USD 300. If your important documents are lost while traveling, you can avail USD 500 as cover amount. These documents include tickets, visa, passport, etc. If the plane is hijacked, you can avail a cover of up to USD 3,000. In case there is delay in your checked bag receipt, you can avail a cover of USD 300. You can enjoy Rs.2,000 as Lost Card Liability cover and Rs.2,00,000 as Counterfeit Card Liability insurance cover.

    HSBC:

    The Platinum credit card offered by HSBC has no liability associated with it if you lose the card. If you report the loss or theft on time, you will not be held liable for any fraudulent activity on your lost/stolen card. All the insurance benefits that are available under this particular credit card are offered by ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company.

    Credit Card Reviews

    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Good application but need improvement"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I don't have good experience with ICICI, anyway the I mobile app is easy to do fund transfer and other service and if I place the request for cheque book immediately processed it. However some time the service get hang , they need to develop on that part.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "Good for air port lounges"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      The SBI card is good, I used to get air lounges in the air port and they issue good credit limit based on the customer profile, but they don't have any cash back. The customer support is also not good they need to improvement however card features is good and charges are nominal.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good card and best to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am very much happy with the HDFC service and am using the credit card for one year. It is Money Back visa credit card. They are providing cash back offers, it depends up on the transactions. I have converted the out standing payments into EMI and charges are reasonable.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      The redemption of reward points are very less and the product they are offering for the points which was high. I am not able to purchase the product on those points. I have no issues with the customer support. The rate of interest is average. I need to spend a lot to accumulate the 10% discounts for shopping.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mohali
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Offers are average"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am not satisfied with the benefits and have been using the credit card for more than 10 years. The credit limit is good. The charges are more for the credit card. I am able to manage the account online. I can do the payment into their app and net banking. I have taken flexi pay and charges are high since I don't use.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mohali
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Okay"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      HDFC credit card is good in between some of the period I did not use the card much. I cannot convert the payment into EMI and it does not have that option. The service wise they are good and no issues. Its a zero fee card, reward points are there other than there was no much offers.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hosur
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "Best card"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      SBI is doing good service and the offers. It has Flexi pay option and reward points can be redeemed easily. Am much satisfied with SBI and using it for 3 years. Annual charge will be waived off If I use to certain limit. The credit limit was enough to me.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hosur
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Can do Better"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      In ICICI bank, they were already collecting the interest rate for swiping the card, again in the bill they were adding one more charges its not upto the mark. Its a normal card with other benefits but still I think it has the annual fee around Rs. 500.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good service and need to reduce the interest "
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The charges are very high on HDFC credit card which is around 10 to 11% some cases its 12%. I am using the card for 5 to 6 years and after 2 years they have enhanced the credit limit. They are charging annual fee and I don't know the figure. The online service is good and am not satisfied with the customer center, only Chennai office is doing good response.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Punjab National Bank Credit Card
      "Good card"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      There was no issues on the credit card experience. The customer service was very fine. I have been using Punjab National Bank card for around 10 years. I use it only for shopping and there was no offers, its just a basic card. I can covert the payment into EMI and the charges are minimal which is 3%.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Dissatisfactory Experience"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      My HDFC credit card experience is not upto the mark, I have activated the auto debit option. My due date falls on 24 of every month, but one day my salary credited got delayed on that same days. Hence they charged Rs. 500, however within few hours my salary got credited in my account but still they didn't give waiver. I am using this account for past 4 to 5 years its good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HSBC Bank Credit Card
      "Good to hold"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I do have a HSBC credit card and they are great in service and the offers. But the accessibility is bit less but still online banking and the customer service support is good. The credit limit was good amount. It is a life time free credit card. I am having HSBC Gold card and its almost 10 years.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , thiruvananthapuram
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Need to improve"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am having Coral card and using it almost 5 years, Still am not sure about the benefits. It was fine for the basic purpose. The credit limit needs to be better. There is no annual fee. I have contacted the helpline number and it takes bit longer to connect with the representative. There is no hidden charges so far.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , thiruvananthapuram
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Convenient to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I do have a credit card with HDFC Bank and its been 3 years now. I am happy with the offers and the credit limit. The customer service is very good. There is no hidden charges. The late payments are also nominal and I can convert the payments into EMI. Most I like it on the card is I can convert the reward points into cash.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • Bank of Baroda Credit Card
      "Reminder alert should be implement"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      For the minimum amount due the interest rate is good around 14% in Bank of Baroda credit card, the customer service is good. But there was no message or calls from the bank end about the billing details. My due date 20 days, because of non reminder I just missed my payment. However the credit limit is good.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Credit Card
      "Need lots of improvement"
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      I closed the Indusind credit card because the transactions and other charges are very high. The customer service is average for the minimum balance due they have high interest rate around 44% its not fine for me. Therefore I closed my credit card.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good Card"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I hold a HDFC credit card and i have just started using it. I have got a good limit on my card. Its a free life time card with no annual charges. I am getting offer related messages and i am yet to experience the offers. Hope HDFC will serve better..
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Excellent Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      It was the first time experience i had with the services of Bank Bazaar and they had been making a good follow up from starting after i had applied my credit card through them. I had been using the website of them which has been convenient and the process through them was quick.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
    • Citibank Credit Card
      "Very Good Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had chosen to go with this card since it was better card compared with the other cards. The process in getting this card has been simple and there has not been any delay in getting this card. The credit limit with this card was quite less than expected and there is some annual charges with this card which will get waved off as per the usage.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
    • Bank Bazaar Credit Card
      "Very Good Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      It was a good experience i had with the services of Bank Bazaar where i had been using the services of them for a while. I had used their web portal which has been convenient and has been easy in using. Their customer support team had also been helpful and has been responsive as well.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
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