HUGE Devaluations on HDFC Credit Cards from 15th August 2017

By | July 15, 2017

HDFC is recently known for their series of devaluations since past 2 years and its surprising to see even further devaluations on their premium cards now inspite of the fact that their competitors are becoming more rewarding. Now HDFC has come up with lots of changes to many cards including Diners cards. The changes are so big that HDFC even sent an SMS to everyone (which they never do). Here you go,

Huge Devaluation on HDFC Credit Cards

Changes to HDFC Regalia Credit Card:

As per their website: Effective 15th August’2017,

  1. Value of Each Reward Point is worth Re 0.50 when redeemed on hdfcbankregalia Website
  2. 2X Rewards points will not be applicable on Dining (standalone restaurants), flight bookings on Vistara & hdfcbankregalia Website.
  3. Reward points will be redeemable against only Airline Ticket booking and Hotel booking on hdfcbankregalia
  4. New Reward Rate: 1.3%

HDFC business regalia

HDFC Regalia’s reward rate has gone down from 2% to 1.5% to finally 1.3% now. 2X points on dining has been very useful for many for years which is now going away.

Also, remember, you can no longer use your points for recharges. Yes, You’re limited to Flights/hotels – which means, only Flights because Hotel rates in regalia site are very high. I know this is already coming because recharges has tiny margins.

Changes to HDFC Regalia First Credit Card:

  • New Point Value: 1RP = .30 INR
  • New Reward Rate: 0.8%

Changes to HDFC Moneyback Credit Card:

  • New Point Value: 1RP = .20 INR
  • New Reward Rate: 0.2% (Seriously?!)

For god sake, get rid of this moneyback credit card ASAP if you’ve one.

Changes to HDFC Diners Credit Cards:

Across all Diners Cards – Rewardz, Premiun, Black:

  • 2X Reward Points while you shop on hdfcbankdinersclub Website, 2X on Dining, Grocery, Supermarket, Air will be withdrawn w.e.f 15th August 2017.
  • The capping of reward points is only on the accelerated 10X program and not on any other spends which follows the Regular reward points (not clear)

Diners Rewardz:

Diners Rewardz

  1. 1 Reward Point = 0.30 AirMile/value w.e.f 15th August 2017
  2. Complimentary lounge access will be withdrawn (yes, no more unlimited lounge access)
  3. New Reward Rate: 0.6%

Hence you no longer need to hold this card!

Diners Premium:

Diners Premium

  1. 1 Reward Point = 0.50 AirMile/value w.e.f 15th August 2017
  2. Complimentary Golf lessons will be withdrawn w.e.f 15th August 2017
  3. 6 Complimentary accesses to Domestic/International Lounges under the program in a calendar year w.e .f 15 th August 2017. (yes, no more unlimited lounge access)
  4. New Reward Rate: 1.3%

Now its in par with Regalia. I mean, both are almost useless unless they continue 5x/10x rewards for longer duration!

Diners Black:

Diners Black

  1. 1 Reward Point = Rs. 1 AirMile/value (no major changes for now)
  2. 6 Complimentary Golf games per quarter w.e.f 15th August 2017
  3. Complimentary Golf lessons will be withdrawn w.e.f 15th August 2017 (Did anyone actually used it? )

Good news, Diners Black & Infinia is untouched on reward rate. Looks like they’re not devaluing their super premium cards as they’re earning good money through other relationship value of their HNI customers. However, not to be happy, the storm ‘may’ come. Its just a matter of time.

The Party is Over!

I know they’re going to devalue Diners bigtime but didn’t expect this BIG. The reason is because almost everyone is now holding Diners cards (unlimited lounge access?!) and the Diners acceptance has increased much past 2 years, so it has become yet another normal card. Common sense!

I still remember people swiping their Diners Rewards in Domestic Lounges and now they can no longer do so. The features we enjoyed so far is part of Diners-HDFC marketing budget which doesn’t seem to exit anymore, or maybe reduced a lot.

Stop Hoarding points:

We all know that the 2x/5x/10x offers are all tempting. But now stop buying things you don’t need – just to accrue the points. After all, its just a marketing Gimmick. As i used to say often, if you can’t redeem points within 3-6 months, don’t keep adding them. HDFC is brilliant – They give premium cards for free, give 2X/5x/10x offers and finally devalue points them bigtime.

This devaluation is a good lesson that Reward points are not a good long term investment.

So what to do?

Redeem your Points: If you’re holding the cards that are being heavily devalued, its better to redeem your points ASAP. Remember that the points you currently have also will have low value after Aug 15th. The best way to redeem points is by spending on flight tickets or wherever you can on Regalia website. Transferring to Airmiles is also one of the easiest way around as well.

Pick a New Card: Post the devaluation, HDFC’s premium cards are in no match to SBI Elite or even SBI Prime. If you had been thinking to pick HDFC or SBI in the past, now you got good reasons to move to SBI cards. Even Yes First Preferred seems better now. This is a great news for competitor’s to make use of the opportunity. If you still need options, check out the updated list of best credit cards in India.

Remember, when it comes to reward points, or choosing the right credit card, its never get it and forget it type. The ecosystem is evolving and change is the only constant we could expect. Like us on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or just sign up to email newsletter using the pop up box, or simply comment below to get into the email list to stay updated of any upcoming changes to the world of credit cards. Redeem your points soon & stay tuned!

What’s your take on HDFC’s biggest devaluation of the year which had now affected a vast majority of people? And what are you planning to do Now?

129 thoughts on “HUGE Devaluations on HDFC Credit Cards from 15th August 2017

  1. Kunal

    Additionally, HDFC MoneyBack Card 100 RP = Rs 20 (instead of Rs 30) from 15 August

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      1. Prasenjit

        Hi Sid,
        Pls suggest an alternative to the moneybck card if online spends are high.

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          1. Divyendu

            Is there any change in foreign currency markup fees?

      2. SHYAM JINDAL

        hi i hold hdfc bank diners rewardz and for my father i just applied diners premium it is in process
        i m a big spender and because of huge devaluation i want to know which one is best now

        Reply
  2. Yogesh goel

    Everyone I know has a regalia card…and everyone reading this is eager to know as to what is the best alternate to them…apart from going to SBI is there any best alternate for regalia….we would like to know ur views on this…

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      I’ll keep adding some more info on that. Stay Tuned.

      Reply
  3. Abhishek Roy

    Well, it’s huge and top spenders need to find an alternative credit card too if HDFC someday goes on to devalue Diner Black. It may be that, in the long run, HDFC Infinia might be the only card that holds it’s ground. I just hope HDFC doesn’t remove the 10X program. Till then it’s still worth holding HDFC Diners Black.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Problem is not everyone is eligible for Diners Black and there is no guarantee that they’ll keep their point value intact. Regalia/Diners premium are the ones most hold now. They’re left with no option other than moving to SBI or YESBank. They’re very good alternatives indeed.

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      1. ND

        I believe American Express is a better option hands down compared to SBI and Yes. Given the benefits you get out of Amex is just phenomenal with all the offers round the year (fuel, utilities, ezeclick, etc), milestone points, lounge access, etc.

        Hold Diners Black, Amex Gold Charge, Amex Plat Travel, ICICI Jet Sapphiro and SBI Elite.

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        1. sravan

          But problem with AMEX cards is they are rarely accepted for offline transaction, other than that AMEX is the best.

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  4. Doney

    Again, for Regaliafirst card – Value of Each Reward Point is worth Re 0.30 when redeemed on hdfcbankregalia Website from 15 Aug

    Reply
  5. Sreehari

    The cutting of lounge access is absolutely criminal. I mean I understand gradual phasing out- but going from unlimited to zero is insane. The devaluation just as HDFC was rolling out the 10x promotion on Smart Buy and MMT- looks like HDFC is changing focus to attract travel transactions only. Also HDFC is asking Diners customers to upgrade to Black (if you have the income) or go bust- which is a horrible choice by the market leader!! Waiting for my PRIME to get away from the HDFC madness.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Maybe they could have incurred a huge loss on that card which could only be recovered by doing so. Consider 1000 users using it 50 times a year = 50k swipes a year @ rs.700 that costs bank a whooping 3.5 CRORES or even more. Though, they should have thought about this earlier and should have limited it accordingly.

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      1. Sreehari

        Does it work that way? That lounge operators account for the net swipes made in a year with a particular type of card-calculate the net amount owed by the bank at the standard lounge access rate and charge to the bank in one short? Coz that’s downright scary..

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          Just an example to see things at a scale. It may work in a different way but numbers should be similar or even higher.

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      2. Rohit

        I hold Diners club premium and I can see why they have taken this step –

        The card was issued LT Free along with HDFC JP Platinum which was also LT Free.
        The total spends on my diners card were less than 100K in the last year or so, most of these spends were on 10X categories.

        So far I’ve managed to rack up about 26K points on my spends. Which right now carries an equivalent value of about 19K.

        Additionally, I’ve also used domestic lounges about 9-10 times and international lounges twice. The nominal value of these would again be about 500 for domestic lounges and 1500 for international lounges. So I assume HDFC had to pay about 8K for my lounge access.

        So for about a spend of 1L on this card, I am about to reap a benefit of 27K which is massive and not at all healthy for bank’s bottom-line.

        I am sure there will be many such customers like myself.

        Since diners is not as widely accepted as master/visa – the offline spends on these are relatively low, so I presume the spending and resulting income from these cards does not augur well for top-line revenue these variants bring.

        I hope they don’t devalue the benefits any further.

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          Yes you’re right. This is the major reason. They were burning a lot of money with Diners cards.

          Reply
  6. Ar Arbit

    I have a doubt that, the devaluation will be applicatble for points earned after 15th Aug only or the points earned before 15th Aug will also get devauled?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      ANY point you have post 14th Aug will have the updated point value.

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      1. Yash

        Can you clarify this please? I have 30k reward points in my account which amounts to Rs. 22.5k at current conversion rates. If I do not use them before 15th August, does the value of those points reduce to Rs.15k ?

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  7. Piyush Singh

    I feel in current scenario, HDFC JetPrivilege cards hold better value. They are not devaluated and hold the best JPMiles rates among many competitors. Feeling bad to have cancelled my JetPrivilege Platinum card for Dinners Premium.

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    1. Saravanan R

      I was planning to change my Jetprevilage World Credit Card to Diners Premium or Regalia to make it as LTF. But now i feel i should keep this card itself.
      Scared that what HDFC will do to the jetprevilage world credit card.

      Reply
      1. Rohit

        Aren’t the points you earn every month on JP world card, credited to your JP account every few days?

        If yes then they can’t be devalued any further (unless Jet decides to devalue them).

        Reply
  8. Niraj

    Hi,
    HDFC has offered Lifetime free Diners Club premium. Should I go for some other alternatives?
    My spending are not more than 2 lpa.

    Reply
  9. Narasimha

    What is the validity of the voucher that is generated from the points? If I generate the voucher on Aug 14th and use it till it’s validity, I can atleast extend the time period right?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Maybe, maybe not. The ability to redeem on recharges, etc seems to be going away. I got stuck with points for about 3 months when i did something like this accidentally. So its not suggested to do this.

      Reply
    2. Rohit

      You can generate the voucher and then you will have to use it within 30 days. If not then you will lose 75+taxes and the points will be credited back to your account.

      Reply
  10. Parimal Kantibhai Ajudiya

    Any review on hdfc freedom credit card? I think they provide 5% cashback in most transection, i hope there is no minimum transection limit to get 5% cashback, specially on recharge and bill pay, i have moneyback card and wish to change to freedom card, due to devaluation of points, please guide

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      There’s a separate review on that. pls check the same.

      Reply
  11. Amitabha Sarkar

    So the gap between infinia and regalia just got big? Is it advisable to make efforts to move from regalia to infinia?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Infinia eligibility is very strict. Talk to RM.

      Reply
  12. Prashant

    So I got approved for both regalia and diner black earlier. But I made a mistake of applying simultaneously and got regalia first so they didn’t give me a diner black then and asked me to apply after couple of months.

    I’ve been trying to get diner black since then but their upgrade process (there is no process) and customer support is so bad, I don’t feel like getting it anymore.

    Do you have any card recommendation that I can consider instead of diner black?

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  13. KETAN CHAUDHARY

    This feature will be withdrawn w.e.f 15th August 2017
    Redeem reward points for booking Air Tickets / Hotels across 150+ Airlines and Choice of hotels (Domestic & International) at hdfcbankdinersclub website ( 1 Reward Point = Re. 1 )

    this is not clear Sidd, Will they stop booking Air Tickets / Hotels also from points from AUG 15?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      You seem to read it wrong.
      “This feature will be withdrawn w.e.f 15th August 2017” line you got to read it along with the line above this.

      Yes, a multi million/billion $ company doesn’t know basic formatting.

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  14. Avishek

    Reward redemption on Movies/Recharges/DTH will be withdrawn w.e.f 15th August 2017.
    Mentioned in hdfcbankdinnersclub website.

    Is it only with Dinners Black or for all 3 ?

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  15. Vvg

    So what’s your suggestion on this?

    Any good card that can replace the Diners Black (after 10x ends)? Ltf or even with a fee?

    I have a Diners Black and Regalia from HDFC, no other card as I never cared. But with this huge devaluations every year, I guess it’s time to move on.

    An article suggesting alternatives or even better options would be great!

    Amazing work on the website!

    Reply
  16. Biby

    Even on Diners you can’t use rewards points for mobile /dth recharge / movies.

    Hope they won’t devalue diners black.

    Reply
  17. VISHAL VERMA

    Now my Diner Club Rewardz will be a waste! HDFC will loose it’s no 1 spot. Now I will ask my bank to provide lifetime free credit card.

    Reply
  18. ARRAO

    HI bro. This is a cool website
    My salary is 2 lakhs per month.
    How much credit limit do you think I can get for Amex platinum reserve card? And am I eligible to apply for Hdfc infinia credit card?

    Thanks

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    1. S&S

      Hi
      My RM tells me 40L pa is the eligibility for Infinia and they are quite strict about it.
      For an imperia customer they may (MAY) relax it by a bit.
      Hope this help.

      All the best !

      Reply
  19. Suhas

    Are there any changes on the lounge access/priority pass rules for Regalia and Regalia First?

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  20. Rahul

    Regarding the 2x rewards points on recharges etc.. through hdfcbankdinersclub.in website, the are removing this scheme, but the 10x rewards point on all sections in SmartBuy is still gonna be there? right? We can do recharges through it in future?

    Reply
  21. Mahendra

    Hi Sid,

    What about movie ticket booking? Will it stopped or continue?

    Reply
  22. Nikhil Verma

    Hi,
    They have not mentioned unlimited or any limit for Lounge access for Diners Black. Are they planning something there ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Reply
  23. KARTHIK M

    I have MoneyBack credit card, what is my alternative credit card that you suggest. My cc limit is around 1 L.

    Reply
  24. Vijay

    This is so disappointing. I have been accruing reward points on my HDFC Credit Card from the part 9 years, and redeemed only a very small portion till date. Now with this devaluation, I feel that I just wasted my time looking at my reward points in Netbanking and feeling happy about it. Nevertheless, its heavy redemption time now before the new rule kicks in on 15-Aug.

    Siddharth – Your statement above ‘This devaluation is a good lesson that Reward points are not a good long term investment’ is so true – very well said.

    Thanks,
    Vijay

    Reply
  25. Adi. H.

    Hi. How do you upgrade the card variant or get the offer to upgrade?

    I am talking about HDFC.

    Reply
  26. Urluck

    Can we use available rewards point on Regalia card for recharge of DTH or Mobile before 15th August ?
    How to do it ?

    Reply
  27. Sumeet Gupta

    With several new players in the arena, and SBI looking so aggressive, HDFC seems to lose its plot, looks just insane from unlimited to nil or six, whatever may be the case,
    Or may be they would be bringing some new great products, but better not too late,
    But for the time being really disappointing HDFC.

    Reply
  28. Srinivas

    Recently you have posted about SBI card is hoping it will take over hdfc and this will be the stepping stone for it , could you suggest a good alternative to diners rewardz I have a Citi indian oil card as well as amex gold was thinking of cancelling amex but now it looks like I have to keep it an I have 8k point in hdfc card and no plans for travel nearby dono what to do with them

    Reply
  29. Manish Soni

    I just moved to American Express platinum travel. With the devaluation again, is it better than regalia ? I have 9-10L payments through PayPal in a year. Thanks.

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    1. Abhijeet

      Best would be to apply for another plat travel credit card for your Wife ( if you can show that she earns more than 6 lacs p.a. ) and then split the spends of 9 lacs in 2 cards ( your and your wifeยดs ) .. you will get around 50K plus INR worth benefits…Stick to Amex. plat travel card.

      Reply
  30. Angry with HDFC

    HDFC!! I had 27k points accrued at .75 on my allmiles. Within a flash they devalued it to .25. no proper updates or msgs or emails from their side. I lost ~ 15000 for no fault of mine. I had a huge fight and have all those email conversation with customer support.

    After reading your post, I thank you for making people aware of this fraud game by HDFC. How can you reduce the value of a point already earned. HDFC will pay huge amount in the form of lost customers. Thanks

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    1. Saravanan R

      Still HDFC yet to update their diners website and all but cardexpert gave all the information. Thank you.

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    2. Parag

      I know this was not expected but you still have time till 14th August to redeem those points.

      Reply
  31. Parag

    One query: HDFC Diner Black point can’t be redeemed for DTH/Movies/Recharge post 15 Aug?

    Does recharge include post paid bill payment?

    What are the other options to redeem points?

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    1. Parag

      Sorry, In hurry didn’t read the whole article. These questions are already answered.

      In short, if you are not redeeming your diners black points on flights or hotels then only option you have is the reward catalogue where 1 point won’t be worth Rs.1. Correct??? Or is there some other way to redeem points.

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  32. Deep

    Hi Sidh,
    I am having both Diners Premium and Regalia card. As 10x offer is also expiring on July 31, 2017, assuming it does not get extended further, does it make sense to close Diners club card and hold only Regalia card as the rewards rates will be the same? I am planning to upgrade it to Diners Black after September as my salary would increase to required limit of Diners Black.
    Also, I have Yes First Exclusive card for unlimited domestic and international lounge access, just not want to close long relationship with HDFC as it may come with better options again. It is anyways LTF so can keep holding until get good option.
    Please suggest.

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    1. Niraj

      How come you have Yes First Exclusive card which requires 50+ lpa and you are still not eligible for HDFC diners club black?

      Reply
  33. Mahesh

    Hi Siddharth,
    Thanks for this huge update as I have some breather to finish of my points.
    Just a curiosity. In your experience any bank has brought these offers back after devaluation. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Is it still worth it to keep the LTF cards under this hope.

    Also is’nt it unfair from HDFC to reduce the value of all the existing points which was earned before 15th Aug. Most of the people might have used the card only because of the 10x points which would give them benifit.
    Should the devaluations be on the points earned after Aug 15?
    Thanks,
    Mahesh

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    1. Saravanan R

      Don’t your credit card immediately if your vard is having LTF.
      Reason: you can utilise it for HDFC only offers and it will help to maintain duration of holding ur credit card which may benefit in future.

      Reply
  34. Saravanan R

    HDFC Jetprevilage World Debit Card too got devaled itseems. I just saw that unlimited complimentary domestic lounge access changed into just 2/Per Quarter.

    Shocking to see this much severe devaluation of credit cards.
    Moneyback was once the best credit card for earning cash rewards and i have earned several thousands as reward points.

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  35. ND

    Spoke with CC: here is a new update… โ‚น99 + taxes will be charged for redemption for Diners Black too after Aug 15 (Infinia will be still free).

    Only Infinia is untouched “as of now” and will continue with all the benefits post Aug 15 too.

    So Infinia is now clearly no1 in the pecking order and Black is no. 2 (barring 10x benefit)

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  36. Ganesh

    I know that we can get the Sbi credit card against the Fixed deposit ..(i previously got sbi simply click card and closed due to some reasons)

    But now..i want to get sbi simply save card against fd as it gives 100% approval..

    i want to know..how can we increase the credit limit for these cards ?

    bank people / sbi card cc has no idea !!! Hope you can get some info.

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  37. SHREE

    Thanks Siddharth for such detailed review. Very helpful. Just came across your site and found it very useful. Keep up the good work.

    Quick question: I had never redeemed any of my Regalia points. It stands at 1 lac+ right now. Any quick pointers for best value redemptions on Regalia? My priority will be air travel for next 12-24 months if possible. Appreciate suggestions here

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Oops, that’s too much points to sit on!

      Try to book flight tickets, the remaining you can transfer to JPmiles if you’re a JP member.

      Reply
  38. pawan

    i think Reliance One Card is better than HDFC credit Card.

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  39. pawan

    Some Instrument to ear more Rewards and cash
    Mobikwik Super cash
    Ola Select
    Indian Youth card
    Jio Money
    Jet Previlage website
    Max get More

    You can Compensate HDFC Credit Card Devaluation

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  40. Rohit

    There is 1 good thing which came out of this devaluation (for Diners Premium) –

    Before 15th Aug – Five Complimentary access to 700+ Lounges Worldwide in a calendar year.
    After 15th Aug – Six Complimentary access to 25+ Domestic Lounges within India and 700+ Lounges Worldwide in a calendar year w.e.f 15th August 2017.

    So – the free international lounge accesses have in fact increased ๐Ÿ™‚

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  41. Captain Bishuddha Bharatiya

    I have about 22,000 points in my Regalia First . How much devaluations should I expect ?

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  42. jitendra saraogi

    how can i convert regalia reward points into indigo vouchers? to be used in future.

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  43. Dibyaroop Ghosh

    Do you suggest redemption of all the points on my regalia CC. I have 20K points now……do you have a separate article on how to use hdfcregalia website?

    Reply
  44. Balabharathi

    What about the already accrued reward points ? will that also be redeemed at Rs.50 per point in case of Dinner Premium ?

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    1. Mahesh

      I am also having that doubt. Not fair if they do it to already earned points.

      Reply
      1. Siddharth Post author

        The whole point of the article is because of that. if you don’t redeem, you loose a lot of value on existing points.

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  45. Sumit

    Hi,

    I am using Diners club premium . I have accumulated 40000 points as of now. I am not planning for any trip in near future. What would you advice? Is it advisable to convert my points to JPMiles?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      If you’re JP member, yes, its the easiest way to transfer points for future use.

      Reply
      1. Sandeep Gadgil

        Sumit – my suggestion – you have time till mid-Aug. Plan and book for any time within the next 11 months. Jet miles actually carries a 25-50% value in terms of money, except during peak season. E.g – A good deal on Mumbai-Paris return ticket costs approx 40k-42k on Jet airways. You can get the same ticket for approx 85000 miles + Rs. 7k. Which means 85000 miles = 35000 INR.

        Book a ticket if you can – that’s where you make the most of your points.

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      2. ashu

        I feel the points value is more if we are re-deeming them on HDFC diners site for flight ticket rather than converting to JP miles? Please suggest. I have 65k points for HDFC premium card.

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        1. ashu

          30% bonus Jpmiles are offered if more than 20k jpmiles transferred? Is it good option?

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          1. suresh

            Its a good option for unutilized reward points. if you trasnfer 20K points, you will get 26.5K JPmiles.

  46. Sandeep Pradhan

    Which is better HDFC Regalia or Citibank Indian Oil credit card?

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    1. Saravanan R

      Regalia and Indian oil card are completely with different benefits.
      If u need rewards for all spends and lounge access at airport, go with regalia.
      If you want to save some bucks on fuel spening alone, then go to Indian oil card. Tip:If you are gonna opt this card, make sure your nearby Indian oil bunk and check whether they have citibank pos machine, else it would be a total waste.

      Reply
  47. Lalita

    Redeem your points for paying post paid bill, pay 10K or 5K basically forward pay so that u dont get bill for next few months. That is indeed money saving.

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    1. Urluck

      Is it possible to pay postpaid bill via recharge mode. As Regalia site, recharge option shows prepaid and DTH options only.
      In paytm it is possible to pay advance bill via recharge for postpaid mobile also.

      Reply
      1. Lalita

        I paid airtel postpaid through diners portal, worked liked charm

        Reply
  48. Joel DSouza

    Hi,

    I am using Diners Black Card. Do we get 10X points if we add money to Amazon Pay. Also, is 10X applicable even for purchase of Gift Cards at Amazon Website.

    I had called Diners CC and they said 10X offer is not applicable on gift cards and Amazon Pay.

    Reply
    1. Mahesh

      Yes you will get points for Amazon pay aswell. I have got it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. Rush

      That is sad. But I guess people here who have Diner’s black card have got 10x points for Amazon pay and gift cards as well.

      Reply
    3. Anshul

      Why have these idiots at HDFC not mentioned it in their terms and conditions that 10X offer is not applicable on gift cards purchases on Amazon and at Amazon Pay? And since it’s not written, they cannot claim so. Even their customer care is highly incompetent.

      They really have pathetic people managing their cards communication. Seems as if a school guy writes their terms and conditions. Conflicting information on different pages, typo errors, no text formatting, ambiguous statements, and what not.

      God help them.

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      1. Sandeep Gadgil

        I have a friend who has earned his 10x on Amazon gift cards. We keep discussing credit card deals and that is how I know for sure.

        I do not think they differentiate between non-gift cards and gift-card purchases. Wait for your statement to be generated, and approach their customer care and then the Banking obudsman. They cannot randomly change T&C. Infact, they are accountable w.r.t their own T&C.

        Sid, your views please?

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          They’ve clearly mentioned the “wallets” thing recently. So they can flag the Amzn Pay txn’s anytime if they want to.

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  49. Prashant Gupta

    It is applicable on amazon pay balance. I got 9x points in this statement.

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    1. Joel DSouza

      Hi Prashant/Mahesh,

      I spoke to CC and they said from July they have stopped giving points for Amazon Pay. They consider this as Wallet transactions. Same applies even to gift cards.

      Did you load money in Amazon Pay in July?

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      1. Mahesh

        Yes I have added in amazon pay. I have got 9x points in July 17th 2 days after my statement.
        But as Sid mentioned, they might differentiate any time and we will stop getting then.
        As of now the merchant is AMAZON SELLER SERVICES MUMBAI IN for both amazon pay and direct orders. I think once they find a way to differentiate we will be in trouble. Paytm already does this.

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      2. Prashant Gupta

        Hi joel,
        I received the 9x point for the pay balance transaction done in june. I have also received normal points for the amazon pay balance and makemytrip voucher purchases from amazon during prime day this month.

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  50. Ashwin

    Could you please share the link where HDFC has mentioned that Regalia points can only be redeemed for hotels and flights but NOT for recharge etc from 15th August? I was unable to find the details. Thank you!

    Reply
  51. Manav

    Amazon Pay Balance shows up on card in same name as a direct purchase on Amazon. So HDFC might not have a clear way of differentiating those.. right?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      They can still flag the transaction if they want to. better to stay away from Wallet loading.

      Reply
  52. jitendra saraogi

    Is it possible to pay postpaid bill via recharge mode. As Regalia site, recharge option shows prepaid and DTH options only.

    Reply
  53. Shivi

    This is horse s**t! Applied for SBI Prime today on Visa platform. Will apply for Yes First Preferred Credit Card soon on MasterCard platform.

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      1. Shivi

        It is not mentioned anywhere. I called up SBI cards and they confirmed issuing Visa card for Prime. Likewise, Yes bank card department confirmed MasterCard for Yes First Preferred card.

        Visa is the “Preferred” card in Thailand & Malaysia shopping malls with lots of offers on Visa. I was refused payment by MasterCard on 3 occasions. Thankfully I had Visa debit card. Now, I just prefer holding Visa and MasterCard credit cards for flexibility.

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  54. Mahesh

    I see a lot of people asking about amazon pay loading, so i did a little digging into this.
    From what I understand when you go for making payment, amazon uses “amazon pay” gate way when compared to other shopping sites using the banks gateway.

    Ex.
    1. Try ordering a product and reach the payment page, after entering the card details, the next OTP page tab name will be “Amazon Pay”
    2. Now try adding amazon pay balance you can see that the tab name is “Amazon Pay” as well.

    So i think amazon pay balance will still be giving 10x points as of now.

    Sid – your thoughts

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  55. Abhishek Shetty

    One more point – Diners Cards Reward redemption on Movies/Recharges/DTH will be withdrawn w.e.f 15th August 2017. We Can use the Rewards points on Portal only for Flights and Hotels from Aug 15.

    Time to Redeem Points!!

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    1. Mahesh

      Hi Abhishek,

      Where is this mentioned. I am not able to find this in their page.

      Sid – is this confirmed ๐Ÿ™

      Reply
      1. Siddharth Post author

        Yes, they’ve mentioned in one link. We’ll need to wait until Aug 15th to see how many changes actually going live. there are hell a lot.

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  56. Shiladitya

    Hi,

    I got a Diners Premium card recently and immediately got this devaluation news ๐Ÿ™ Really s*cks.
    I got my first statement and the reward points seem like normal ones though I made purchases on Amazon and Bigbasket.
    How do I verify (without calling customer care) than I have got the 10X points or not?

    Reply
    1. Hari

      Usually, 10X reward points are added after the statement is generated. So, wait for 2 to 3 days after the statement is generated. They should be credited to your account by then.

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  57. SriKrishna Raajan

    IMPORTANT:
    For Friends and readers who hold HDFC CC and have subscribed for Physical credit card statement, you are going to be charged Rs.50 for each physical statement you are going to receive (wef 15 Aug 2017). Refer New MITC on HDFC website. So, to save Rs.600/year, suppress your physical statement today on Internet banking.

    P.S: Sid, please add this to the main article.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      OMG. HDFC is becoming dangerous to deal with lately.
      Sure, will do shortly.

      Reply
  58. Balpreet Singh

    SriKrishana / Sid,

    I am diners black new joinee. I checked on the Schedule of charges. Its not clear about Diners Black there on Physical Statement. So it means Diners Black is untouched? Or I should be wary of some “between the lines / hidden interpretation”

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  59. Pranav Kapoor

    I have a LTF HDFC Regalia First card. Most of my purchases are on Paytm/Amazon. Is SBI simply click a good option given the 2.5% reward rate on Amazon

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  60. Vishi Segal

    Interesting Update but needs to be validated.

    Spoke with one of the executives from HDFC who is sourcing Diners Cards. He says, that for the new cards that will be registered post 15th August, will have devalued cards. But, for all, who are holding Diners cards from before 15th August, will continue to enjoy the old benefits.

    This doesn’t sound right. Can someone please verify and confirm. I am guessing, he might be lying to get more sales for Diners cards.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Ofcourse he’s lying AFAIK. Though i still wonder why HDFC is sending promotional emails stating XX% savings with 10X rewards as its not going to be valid post Aug 15th.

      Reply
  61. NISHAN KIRTIKUMAR PATEL

    how to covert diners reward point into jpmile ?

    Reply
  62. anvesh

    I still cant pick card better than my current regalia for complimentary access to lounge for secondary card holder

    Reply
  63. RAHUL BANSAL

    Now PVR removed for BOGO on diners site atleast for Delhi NCR. Only Waves cinemas left.

    Reply

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