IDFC First Bank Credit Card Review (All Variants)

IDFC First Bank Credit Card Review (All Variants)

IDFC First Bank Credit Card

IDFC First Bank in Jan 2021 announced their new range of credit cards with dynamic interest rates (first in industry) on revolving balance as one of their USP. Its been couple of months since IDFC cards were launched and now we’ve good number of cardholders to figure out how its all going.

IDFC First bank has 4 different credit card variants and here we’re going to explore the differences between them in detail.

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Fees & Charges

Joining/Annual FeeLifetime Free
Welcome Voucher500 INR (spend 15K in first 90 days)

The welcome voucher is good to start with but wish they had given higher value vouchers on premium cards, perhaps with higher spend target.

It’s quite surprising to see that they’ve decided to give out all cards for free – not just for first year, but free for life – including the premium range of cards.

Having said that, you must have a quick look at The Truth about Your Lifetime Free Credit Card for some surprises.

Eligibility

Card VariantEligibility Criteria
IDFC First Millenia<12 Lakhs p.a (Income)
IDFC First Classic>12L & <15L p.a
IDFC First Select>15L & <35L p.a
IDFC First Wealth>35 Lakhs p.a (or high HNW with bank, like >10L balance)

Income is one of the few eligibility criteria that bank uses to decide the card variant. The bank also seem to use credit report/other credit card stmt/NRV on savings ac to find the variant fit for your profile.

Upgrades may likely happen after 6 months based on spends/usage pattern/credit score, etc. We will know that in coming months.

Rewards

Spend TypeRewardsReward Rate
Offline Spends3 RP / 100 INR0.75%
Online Spends6 RP / 100 INR1.5%
Spends >20K (per stmt)10 RP / 100 INR2.5%
Birthday Spends10 RP / 100 INR2.5%

IDFC First Credit Card Rewards

  • 1 Reward Point = 0.25 INR
  • No reward redemption charges

IDFC First bank is the first in industry to introduce same reward structure for all range of cards.

So if you’re looking for rewards, you should be fine with any card and you no longer need to chase the premium/super-premium ones.

Reward redemption is through Poshvine portal and includes Gift cards like Amazon Vouchers as well.

That aside, here are few things you may need to keep in mind:

  1. Reward points do-not accrue on Fuel, EMI & Insurance transactions
  2. Reward points never expire.
  3. If spends are >20K in a stmt, you will earn 2.5% only on spends greater than 20K. So, for spends upto 20K you will only earn the regular rewards, as per the type of spend.

Lounge Access

Access Type / Card TypeMilleniaClassicSelectWealth
Airport Lounge Access (Domestic)4/qtr4/qtr (shared)
Airport Lounge Access (Intl)4/qtr (shared)
Railway Lounge Access4/qtr4/qtr4/qtr4/qtr
Domestic Spa4/qtr (shared)

Complimentary Airport/Railway Lounge Access & Spa

From my quick research, it seems the spa/domestic/international lounge access accessed via Dreamfolks card on wealth variant is “shared” with a limit of 4 (per qtr).

Apart from that, we don’t know if the Visa Infinite access for domestic access is separate. It’s bit complicated to understand how it would work in real-life. I wish IDFC had made it clear on their product pages.

Other Benefits

  • Golf Benefit: Complimentary Golf rounds on Wealth variant.
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Movie Benefit: Upto Rs.250 on Select & Rs.500 on Wealth variant.
  • Forex Markup Fee: 1.99% on Select & 1.5% on Wealth variant.
  • Free Road Side Assistance(RSA) worth ₹1,399 on all cards, except Millenia.

Revolving Interest Rate

One of the biggest USP of IDFC first card is its low interest rate on revolving credit card balances. For ex, IDFC has said that it may give interest rates as low as 9% based on profile.

But from what we know so far, majority of the customers do-not fall under this bracket as very few have reported such low interest rates so far.

My Interest rate is currently at 22% p.a. for now. IDFC recently reduced the interest rate for some cardholders, after a month of issuance. Let’s see how often they do this change in the future.

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