In our modern city life, it is almost impossible to tread a single step without taking the help of certain technological boons, and one such is credit card - a small rectangular piece of plastic, which has revolutionized the entire spectrum of monetary transactions throughout the globe. The credit card serves a lot of purposes, the basic one being to ease the burden of carrying hard cash everywhere, and to transact without cash. This concept of digital money has not only eased business and boosted global trade and commerce, but also has helped the end users, i.e. us. Just imagine the situation we faced even a decade back, standing at large queues at bank in order to withdraw a meagre amount of our hard earned money. And the process not only involved standing at queues, but involved quite a bit of complex paperwork as well, keeping aside the precious working hours wasted in this process.
The arrival of credit cards not only eased all of these mentioned problems, but it also opened a whole new world of opportunities in front of us. In this article we will discuss about that topic. As the rapid popularity of credit cards spread like wildfire throughout the globe, one after another key banking player introduced the system for their customers, which further boosted their prospects. In a very short span of the time credit cards became a global phenomenon.
Coming to the Indian scenario, American Express gained the most out this situation as it captured the nascent market with all its strength and might. Even in face of growing competition from other banks, American Express has been able to maintain the edge till now, and whatever might be the place. Credit cards by ICICI are all time favorites for customers. This is because of their immense experience in creating and advertising credit cards in the financial market.
Credit cards are classified according to the added benefits they command apart from serving their prime purpose. We all know that platinum is the most expensive ornamental metal that we have at our disposal, dethroning gold and silver. Thus it is very easy and simple to deduce that a credit card belonging to the platinum range commands much more benefit than a gold or silver range. And not only has that, the platinum range credit cards also enhanced the social stature of the person owning it, increasing his social value. Apart from the classification in accordance to metals, the credit cards of the visa series are highly flexible and can be used anywhere in this world. For example a couple from Delhi/NCR, on a vacation in Paris can use their visa credit card to buy stuffs from Paris, without even changing their money into local currency.
Apart from this ease, credit cards also bring a lot of hidden gifts, such as guaranteed discount on dining bills from selected restaurants; e-commerce sites regularly give discounts on purchases using a credit card. And in this ball game, the credit cards from American Express commands much more benefits, due to their tie-ups with a large number of restaurants, e-commerce sites and travel chains such as Makemytrip, Domino's, Pizza Hut and so on.
So to simplify things, it can be said that the American Express credit cards not only ease the burden of carrying hard cash with you, wherever you go, it also brings in a lot of added benefits in form of customer loyalty. If you are from a metro city like Delhi/NCR, then to experience all the nuances of the ever glowing city life, you must have it .
|Different Types of Credit Cards and Types||Joining Fee||Annual Fee|
|American Express Membership Rewards® Credit Card||0||4500.00|
|The Everyday Spend American Express® Gold Credit Card||495||495.00|
|American Express® Gold Card||1000||4500.00|
|American Express® Platinum Travel Credit Card||3500||5000.00|
|Jet Airways American Express® Platinum Credit Card||5000||10000.00|
Getting a cash back in the form of points which you can redeem for cash is pretty good - even better that you can just do it with a swipe at participating stores - we liked that. We did a quick calculation and if you spend approx 60K in the first year, you get rewards worth ₹6300 - we think that's a winner!
This is one of our favourite Credit Cards – not only is it raining rewards, you also get the fabulous 18 karat and 24 karat Rewards redemption program. Statement credit is great too and let's you get instant gratification for the points you earn across almost all transactions. Lastly, the American Express® Gold Card just looks amazingly good and has great flaunt value – go for it!
The American Express® Platinum Travel Credit Card has it all - from Vouchers on spends to free access to Domestic Airport lounges. This card is great for travel - get travel vouchers worth Rs. 4000 as a Welcome gift and if you spend Rs. 4 Lakhs/year you get travel and hotel vouchers worth almost Rs. 30K.
If you are a Jet Airways frequent flyer, this card is for you. Get 10000 points as a welcome gift and get 5000 points and a free ticket (base fare only) upon every renewal. We also liked the card's earn rate of 8 points for every Rs.150 spent (except on fuel, utilities, insurance & cash transactions) and the fact that Jet Airways lounges are complimentary. Go for it!
The American Express® Everyday Spends credit card is great for shopping and earning a ton of rewards every year. This is the first such credit card from American Express® - with low joining fees which also gets waived off if you spend 40K per year, this credit card is a no brainer. You stand to earn as much as ₹9000 per year through vouchers on Ola cabs, groceries and on dining. Go for it if you want your first American Express® credit card and get used to a world class service experience and having a smart looking credit card in your wallet.