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    • IndusInd Bank Credit Card
      "Best card to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having Indus Ind credit card for the past 1 year. The benefits like rewards points cash back offers and online offers are available with this card. I am happy with the credit limit. The interest rate is nominal with this card. The best the thing is free movie ticket reward points, and the low interest rate on cash transactions. I am happy to use this card.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , lucknow
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • Standard Chartered Bank Credit Card
      "Overall good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold a credit card with Standard Chartered bank and the offers are good. I earn reward points but I am unable to redeem the points. The credit limit is of 32k, but I am needing a better limit on the card. The customer services and response is good and satisfactory.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , ernakulam
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good to Use"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am using Diner club credit card, whenever I go for any tie up restaurant with the HDFC they are providing some cash back and also I get some reward points. I am happy with credit card service of HDFC. Bill are very transparent and clear about the transaction.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Better card to use"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have never used this ICICI CORAL credit card properly . I hold this ICICI coral card for past 3 years. When I was using this card I got the reward points, cash back offer and the payback card which is attached with this card. For every transaction I will be some loyalty points which is added to the payback card. I am happy about the credit limit. I am satisfied using this card .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , lucknow
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Better card to use"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The HDFC bank All miles credit card carries benefits like reward points and cash back offers. The reward points can be redeemed as air tickets, which is very good offer. I am happy about the credit limit. The rate of interest is nominal with this card. I am satisfied using this card.
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      , lucknow
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Extremely good in the services"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      After seeing my transactions in my account, HDFC Bank offered me a credit card with a credit limit of 60K. They have also told me to use the card for the next three to four months and the bank would increase the limit. Even if they do not do it, I would not mind because I am extremely happy with the clarity they provide in the services.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "Better card to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have got a SBI platinum card last month and I have made a purchase of a mobile phone. The service with SBI credit card is really good. The rate of interest is nominal with this card. I am happy about the credit limit. The customer service and the response with SBI is good. I am happy to use this S BI platinum credit card.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Good Card to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having a Money back credit card with HDFC bank for past 6 months. I get benefits like reward point, cash back offers and Online purchasing offers with this card. I am getting the notifications about the special offers with this card. The rate of interest is nominal with this card. I am happy about the credit limit and satisfied using money back card.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • RBL Bank Credit Card
      "Good Card to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am holding this RBL card for almost a year. If I spend more than 5k per month on this card I would be getting rs 500 voucher which can be redeemed as a movie ticket on book my show. This card has an annual fee of rs 500. Happy about the credit limit also I always prefer to pay my credit card bills through NEFT. I am very much satisfied using this RBL card.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • SBI Cards Credit Card
      "Very good card to use"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      SBI simply click card has got reward points scheme, online offers and I getting a better discounts on online purchases too. Also fuel surcharge waiver is applicable on this card but I have not used it though. I am very much happy with the credit limit which was offered on this card. The turn around time taken to pay my credit card bill was around 45 days. I can also make the payment through SBI online portal. Annual fee on this card is rs 500.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • Bank Bazaar Customer Support
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      It is very nice place to get credit cards . We get early feed backs . It will be good if we get more cards from different banks . Helps in loans . It's almost a like a bank . You can apply from wherever you stay . No need to stand in que. This is very good application
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Charges should be reduced"
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      Three years back I had taken car loan from HDFC, they have charged 5% of interest for the foreclosure, I had taken the car loan of Rs. 3.60 lakhs for the tenure of five years. I have done a foreclosure between the tenure period, I am not happy with their charges and it was really high.
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      , srinagar
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Clear process"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      HDFC Bank has been good on the credit card services and the offers are good and satisfactory. The credit limit is also good and the bills are sent on time and I do not have to recheck the statements they send me. No hassles overall and I am happy to use them.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Need improvement in services"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      HDFC Bank is not doing well in terms of credit card. They do not value their customers. I am banking for this card for the last nine years and the credit limit is very less and the customer services are also not good, also they are not consistent in the process.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , madurai
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Average"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      The credit card experience with HDFC bank is not good. Probably next year l might stop using this card because they also don't provide any offers and the credit limit they have offered is 50000 rupees and this is a life time free credit card holding this card for more than 5 years now.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Good Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Frankly speaking , I am not happy with the level of service offered on my ICICI Bank credit card. I do not get proper services when I contact the bank. No proper offers nothing. The credit limit they have provided is 40000 rupees and 200 rupees is annual charge and this card is 3 years old.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Credit Card
      "Its Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Most promising feature of ICICI Bank credit card is, I am using ICICI coral credit card it is really good for entertainment, every month I am getting two movie tickets from them. Earlier I had Rubyx credit card there annual charges was more. Hence I migrated to coral visa card its good. I am fine with that too.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I hold a credit card with HDFC Bank and when I did not get my personal loan through, I called up the customer care and I got the loan on the card. It was a very quick process and hassle free too. There are other benefits and offers on the card and no inconvenience faced.
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      , porbandar
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • Kotak Credit Card
      "They should transparent in their service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Kotak Mahindra always takes some unwanted charges for the credit card and they wont give clear information about the charges. They offered me credit limit of Rs.30,000 its very low. I am using it for one year. So far I haven't get any credit card offers, they should work on it.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Credit Card
      "Nice Credit card"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC gave me good cash back offers, I got upto Rs.2000 based on the product which I purchased. I have been using it for two years its good, they offered credit limit of Rs.75,000. I always make the total amount so I not aware of interest rate. Overall I am happy with their service.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017
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    What is a Secured Credit Card? is Rated as "Excellent!" by 35784 Users

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    Credit cards are an indispensable part of life, these days. Thanks to them, no one carries a huge wad of currency in their pockets. No matter the amount, a credit card pays all bills, be it utility, shopping or phone. There are two types of cards - normal and secured. Normal credit cards are a type of unsecured loans available to credit card users, since they are unprotected by collateral. On the other hand, a secured credit cards is provided against an asset, namely fixed deposit or any other savings. In case of non-payment, this asset can be forfeited to the lender

    A secured credit card comes with a cash collateral deposit that becomes the credit line for that account. One of the most important criteria of a secured credit card is that it is issued only against a fixed deposit with any bank of financial institution. Secured credit card is offered to an individual who is unable to obtain a normal card and has a fixed deposit account with that specific bank. Such cards are secured since the bank has the right to liquidate the fixed deposit account to recover debts, in case there is a default on payments. The cardholder cannot close the fixed deposit account till the secured card is in his possession. Generally a bank offers a maximum cap of 85% against the fixed deposit. Such cards work similar to the normal credit card and interest can also be earned on the fixed deposit. Apart from the fixed quotient, such a card works exactly like a normal credit card and you continue earning interest on the fixed deposit.

    Currently in India, certain private sector banks such as Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, and a few public sector banks namely State Bank of India (SBI), Syndicate Bank, Central bank of India, provide the option to avail secured credit cards against fixed deposit accounts. Generally, banks provide credit cards with a cap of anywhere between 80-100% of the actual value of the fixed deposit.

    Who Can Avail Secured Credit Card?

    A secure credit card can be availed by individuals who:

    • Are not employed
    • Have a monthly income that is lower than the minimum income cap, set by the bank
    • Have a low CIBIL score
    • Is working in a ‘blacklisted company’, as specified by the bank
    • Is residing in an area that is in the blacklist

    What are the advantages of a secured credit card?

    There are a number of benefits of availing a secured credit card, apart from the fact that it can be used as any other normal credit card. A few of them have been mentioned below:

    • Help build credit history
    • Banks usually decide on issuing a credit card, based on the applicant’s credit history. With the help of a secured card, an individual can build his credit history, even if he doesn’t own a normal card.
    • Improve your credit score
    • Banks generally don’t accept credit card applications in case the individual has a low CIBIL score. By opting for a secured card, the person can build his credit score by providing a healthy report of proper card usage and paying bills on time.
    • Increase credit limit and earn interest on the FD
    • Opting for a credit card against the fixed deposit doesn’t have any extra charges except for the processing fee. In this way, the cardholder can increase the credit limit and also earn interest on the FD account.

    Points to Remember

    It is always essential to take proper care while opting for a secured credit card. Here are some things that the applicant should remember:

    • One of the main features of a secured credit card is to improve the cardholder’s CIBIL credit score and credit history. Make sure all details are reported to CIBIL, by the bank.
    • Do a thorough groundwork on fees charged by the bank, such as processing fees, annual fees etc. Choose the bank that offers the best deal at a reasonable fee.
    • Get a deal where the fixed deposit can earn interest while being held as security for the credit card.

    A secured credit card availed against a fixed deposit has a credit limit of 80% of amount in the fixed deposit. Once the card is opted for, the amount in the fixed deposit will act as a loan till the card is handed over to bank.

    The interest rate on this card will be lower than what is offered on regular credit cards. The bank meanwhile can recover unpaid credit by dissolving your fixed deposit. This offers a win-win situation for both the borrower and the lender.

    Cards are issued with minimum requirements for the customers. In general, if a bank offers this product, you can easily avail a credit card without the associated credit checks such as credit score, repayment history, defaults in the past etc. – issues that inhibit easy dispersal of credit cards to customers.

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