Credit cards were introduced primarily keeping two things in purview; firstly it was designed to boost the market, and secondly to open up an avenue of cash withdrawal apart from the banks. The initiation of the cards lended cash right into the hands of the consumers, and Shopping volume and capacity increased manifold. And the alternative for cash withdrawal from the ATM kiosks cut short the amount of time wasted standing at the bank queues. However apart from these two features, the card convention opened up another new dimension- paved the way for globalization. As the credit cards were extremely fast in their deed of captivating the ?audience?, banks; the sole medium of authorizing and issuing them, began to feel the heat. And as the days passed away, more and more banking players began to tread in this newer pasture. This whole thing in a very short span of time made the world a small place, a small and interconnected one. As more and more features of the card, in its number of forms began to get unleashed, Shopping beyond the border was no longer a dream. The way in which a credit card functions is simple. It is actually a statement given by the authorizing bank, enabling the user to buy stuffs using the card. And the most important part is- he doesn?t have to pay for it right then and there. All he has to do is pay the credited sum, to the bank, at a later time at his convenience. This is not only an user friendly approach but also revolutionized the commercial segment in a big way. Sales began to flourish and the ?new world order? was achieved, at least some kind of it.
Credit cards are classified into a number of subtypes, based on various features. These features are nothing but the added benefits they bring, apart from fulfilling the basic two tasks they were made for. In the realm of the card, the fight for glory is among two champions- namely the Platinum card and the visa card. However as time went on, the Platinum one tilted the edge in his favor. We should actually get into the topic in a bit more detailed manner. The Platinum card is much like the metal it is named after. Just like Platinum it is the most expensive and exclusive card in the realm. The benefits that a Platinum card brings to its users are nothing short of a luxury treat. Firstly they command huge discounts and guaranteed cash backs. And secondly, almost all leading service providers such as leading restaurants and dining chains, Shopping destinations, e-commerce sites, hotels, travel websites, hospitals; so as to say every large scale service provider is on the grid with the Platinum card. And thus while using places and availing facilities as of one?s standard, the card becomes not only effective but handy as well. The winds of globalization ushered by the credit card convention hit the developing countries in the same manner as it did Europe and the Americas. And for this the example of India can be given. The open world trade led to the rapid and massive development of cities such as Hubli, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, breaking away from the age old quadrilateral of Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. And in these new cities, with all the world class facilities available, having a credit card for Shopping became a must. And with the word credit card we definitely mean the Platinum ones of course. As in this regard the other options are nothing but vintage trash.
|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|
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.
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.