Freedom Card Review: Another Cashback Credit Card by HDFC

By | November 28, 2016
HDFC Freedom Credit Card

HDFC Freedom Credit Card

This card was launched a month back along with the another credit card called Bharat Cashback card which is also similar to this Freedom Card. Go through the previous review of Bharat Cashback card to understand the differences better. Somehow i don’t like the design of the Freedom card, it feels bit cluttered while Bharat Card appears pleasant.

  • Joining Fee: Rs.500 (maybe waived in some cases)
  • Renewal fee: Reversed if you spend Rs. 20,000 in a year

5% CashBack Categories on Freedom Card :

You get 5% cashback on below categories:

  • Movies
  • Dining
  • Super Market
  • Bill Payment
  • Taxi
  • Max CashBack: Rs 150 Per statement Cycle

Enjoy Additional 5% Cash back on below categories as well.

  • Easy EMI
  • Payzapp
  • Smart Buy
  • Max CashBack: Rs 150 Per statement Cycle

So, similar to Bharat cashback card, you can expect to save around Rs.300 in total by spending Rs.3,000 in each set of categories mentioned above.

Features of HDFC Freedom Credit Card:

  • CardExpert Rating: 3.5/5
  • Reward rate: Upto 5% Cashback
  • Complementary Airport lounge access: Nil
  • Fuel Surcharge Waiver: Capped at Rs. 250 every billing cycle (S.Tax applicable).
  • Foreign Exchange Markup fee: 3.5% + Service Tax
  • Renewal Fee Waiver: Renewal fee reversed if you spend Rs. 20,000 in a year
  • Special Features: No limits on earning reward points.

Its again a very basic card and its interesting to see “Taxi” category. Maybe you can get 5% back on your Ola/Uber spends. Cashback’s on Dining, Super Market & Taxi are the unique benefits of the card.

As mentioned earlier, if you happen to spend on other categories as well, then Moneyback card or even Business Moneyback Credit Card is a better option by HDFC for beginners.

What do you think about HDFC’s new Freedom Card? Share your views in comments below.

13 thoughts on “Freedom Card Review: Another Cashback Credit Card by HDFC

  1. Prashant Agrawal

    This is not carrying the Visa Platinum franchise unlike the Bharat Card. Looks like it’s positioned at the bottom of the totem poll.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      I feel like they designed it for “Rupay” but then launched with Visa as Rupay systems are not yet ready for Credit card. Just my imagination though due to the crappy design 😀

      Reply
  2. Balaji

    Thats a very quick update siddharth.

    Is this an international card?
    What are the supermarkets does this cover?
    Are the bill payments have to be done with their website like billpay?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      1. I’m unsure if its Intl card. You got to check with the bank.
      2. All swipe terminals registered as a “supermarket/Dep. Stores” should work.
      3. NEFT can also be done.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      I don’t think they have any minimum amount like Stan. Chart cards.

      Reply
  3. Balaji

    I have asked these questions

    1. Is this an international card?
    2. What is the minimum amount that qualifies for cash back?
    3. What are the supermarkets does this cover?
    4. Are the utility bills have to be paid thru any particular website ?
    5. What are the utility bills you cover ?

    as usual I got a canned response

    HDFC Bank Freedom Credit Card Features

    Benefits:

    1. Enjoy 5percent cash back on the below categories, every time.
    Shop In-store/online
    Taxi
    Book Travel/MOvie Tickets
    Dine
    Recharge Phone, Internet & DTH
    Pay Bills
    2. Enjoy additional 5percent cash back on Easy EMI / PayZapp / SmartBuy

    Terms & Conditions:
    Max Cashback Rs. 150 per statement cycle for Movies / taxi / dining /Super Market / bill payment
    Max Cashback Rs. 150 per statement cycle for EasyEMI / PayZapp / Smartbuy
    Cashback on Taxi payments applicable only on payment directly made through Freedom Credit Card
    No reward points accrual on Freedom Credit Card
    Cashback will be retained as Cash Points to be posted on customers request.

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      1. Balaji

        After escalation I got the replies

        Freedom Card is

        1. International Card
        2. No minimum amount limit for cashback qualification
        3. Most of the supermarkets are covered

        I have noticed they cover lot many billers in payzapp app

        I have asked to convert my moneyback card to freedom card and will share my experience once I get hands on it.

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          Sounds good, do let us know once you receive the freedom card 🙂

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  4. Shubham Aggarwal

    Hi Siddharth, have been reading your posts for quite a while and appreciate your research. I have been offered a Freedom CC by HDFC (5% cb on movies,dining etc) recently. My ques is – Is it a nice entry level card or i should ask for moneyback or some co-brand card from HDFC. My spending pattern mostly include Dining, Uber, Online spends. I’m a classic customer with HDFC with a monthly salary of 25k.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      It highly depends on how much you spend and where. Simply, check how much savings you get on each card and you’ll find the answer 🙂

      Reply
  5. Amit

    What fees does its charge??? Does it cover insurance policy? And what is annual charge it has???

    Reply

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