Imagining the world without credit cards is impossible to begin with. It has become an integral part of how we live and how we form economic relationships with economic entities around us. It has revolutionized the way with which we purchase goods and services from retailers. A credit card might seem to be like a plastic card but in actuality it is a powerful tool, and when used wisely, it not only makes the cardholder?s purchasing power exponential but also helps to raise the credit standing too. This means that it becomes easier for someone owning a credit card to get their loan applications sanctioned because their credit-worthiness is reliable and banking institutions are more than ready to give them the loan that they need.
So how does a credit card work? Well, as we have noted, a credit card is essentially a plastic card that contains a microchip attached with it. The microchip is the most important component of the card as far as functionality goes, since it is digitally connected with the details of your account that is kept in the bank?s database. When the card is used to pay for a transaction, the bank is notified and it automatically loans the amount of the purchase _ essentially crediting your account with the amount _ and allowing you to pay for the product you have procured. Since the amounts are actually loans that the bank credits you with, you have to repay the total amount of credit back to the bank within a specific period of time.
As far as the Indian financial market is concerned, it can be said without a doubt that ICICI Bank has been a pioneer in this field. Credit cards existed in India since the 1980s but owing to the sheer lack of awareness among the populace, many did not know about it. All of that changed, however, when the Indian government liberalized its economic set up in the early 1990s and opened the floodgates to welcome in free market mechanisms, foreign investment and the availability of scores of products. This enabled the growth of the middle class as a conspicuous aspect of Indian socioeconomic realities, and gave them immense purchasing power. This also coincided with the invasion of the Indian market by foreign firms and corporations who were eager to place their products and services up for sale.
At such a scenario, the pioneering service of ICICI Bank is worth mentioning. They went on a veritable campaign to raise the awareness of the customers. They succeeded in making people aware about the existence of credit cards and their usefulness both as excellent replacements for currency and as a tool for improving one?s credit standing. They introduced a plethora of credit cards that catered to the needs and desires of the ever expanding middle class. If credit cards are popular today, one should be ever grateful to the work of ICICI Bank in the years following the economy?s liberalization.
Owing to the rich experience of popularizing and offering various credit cards for a variety of customers, ICICI Bank credit cards are a combination of that experience as well as the knowledge regarding what does a growing middle class wants. So if you ever want to go on a Shopping spree and buy up accessories or items of interest, you can utilize the credit cards by ICICI Bank specifically programmed for this particular use, and utilize it to buy whatever you want and get the best deals from retail outlets in and around Mumbai.
|Different Types of Credit Cards and Types||Joining Fee||Annual Fee|
|ICICI Bank™ Platinum Chip Credit Card||0||0.00|
|ICICI Bank™ Coral Credit Card||500||500.00|
|Jet Airways ICICI Bank™ Coral Visa Credit Card||1250||1250.00|
|ICICI Bank™ Rubyx Credit Card||3000||2000.00|
|ICICI Bank™ Ferrari™ Signature Credit Card||3999||3999.00|
|ICICI Bank™ Sapphiro Credit Card||6500||3500.00|
The ICICI Bank's Coral Credit Card comes in cheap – at just a Rs. 500 annual fee, you can actually get this back in the first month itself by going for the 1+1 movie offer from BookMyShow™. Not only that, we also like that you can get your points converted to credit into your statement and the free quarterly visit to Domestic Airports and Railway Lounges are an added plus. Go for this card if you like Movies, travel once in a while and like earning points which actually translate to money.
You get a Complimentary Scuderia Ferrari™ watch on joining. Top Spenders get an Opportunity to attend an official Ferrari™ Challenge race, Visit to the Ferrari™ Museum and Factory in Maranello, Italy, attend an event with special Ferrari VIP guests in Maranello, Italy. There are discounts on Ferrari™ Merchandise at the Online Ferrari™ Store and a 15% discount on entry tickets to Ferrari™ World Abu Dhabi for tickets bought at the park counter
The ICICI Bank™ Platinum Chip Credit Card is one of the best first credit card you can have. Not only it comes with zero joining fee and annual fee, its got everything going from Reward Points, fuel waiver etc. Go for this card if you are new to credit cards and want to get your feet wet.
The ICICI Bank™ Rubyx Credit Card stands out for the benefits it gives for the fee it charges. From the get go, you get Welcome vouchers worth ₹5000 upon joining. Apart from that, the free movie tickets of upto ₹300 are an added bonus – this adds up to ₹7200 per year of savings, which itself is more than the annual fees. Ofcourse, this is just the start and the list of rewards is indeed long. Go for this credit card if you love shopping, movies and are looking for value for money.
The ICICI Bank™ Sapphiro Credit Card is one of the best cards for Shopping and Travel. From Statement Credit, to free movie tickets, this card has it all. We also love the DragonPass which allows you to access over 450+ airport lounges worldwide. You also get free access to Domestic Airport lounges 4 times each quarter – more than enough to keep anyone happy. Go for this card if you value points on Shopping, free movie tickets, free golf and access to airport lounges.
The premier airline company in the country and the premier bank in the country team up on this value for money credit card. Apart from the welcome bonus and the JP Miles enrolment, there are discounts on dining, free movie tickets and free access to Airport lounges in the country.