HDFC Diners Club Privilege Credit Card Review

By | March 1, 2020

HDFC Bank recently added more benefits & privileges to the already most popular Diners Black and along with it raised the annual fee to Rs.10,000. That may not work out for all and still some cardholders might need better benefits compared to Diners Club Miles at an attractive fee, so I believe that’s how HDFC Diners Privilege came to the picture.

Diners Privilege is positioned a bit above Club Miles and below Diners Black. Its basically a trimmed down version of Diners Black and comes with 1/4th of its fee. Let’s see the benefits in detail.

HDFC Bank Diners Club Privilege Credit Card

Joining Fees

  • Joining/Annual Fee: 2,500 INR+GST (First Year Free usually)
  • Welcome Benefits: Complimentary memberships with Zomato Gold, Amazon Prime, Times Prime, Big Basket Star, MakeMyTrip Double Black (if fee is levied)
  • Renewal Fee waiver: Spend Rs. 3L in 12 Months

Its indeed interesting to see that HDFC is moving the welcome benefit from reward points to memberships.

While Amazon Prime & Zomato gold is a good one among, rest brands aren’t attractive enough. But anyway you can get it as FYF and get renewal fee waiver based on spend.

HDFC Bank Diners Club Privilege – Welcome Benefits

Reward Points

Regular Rewards

  • Earn 4 Reward Points for every Rs. 150/- spent
  • 1 RP = Rs.0.50 for Hotels/Flights (1.3% Reward Rate)
  • 2 RP = 1 Airmile (~1.3% Reward Rate)
  • Accelerated Rewards: 10X Rewards – Smartbuy + Diners Partners (13% Reward Rate)

Its surprising to note that Diners Privilege – a superior card compared to Diners Club Miles has lower conversion ratio for Airmiles. Maybe HDFC decided to keep Club Miles exclusive for that reason.

Note: Max. Cap for 10X Diners Partners is 10,000 compared to 5000 for Club Miles.

Milestone Rewards

  • Monthly Milestone: Complimentary choice of any 1 voucher can be availed amongst Ola Select membership or BookMyShow or TataCLiQ worth Rs. 500 every month on spends of Rs. 40,000 in a calendar month
  • Yearly Milestone: Complimentary annual memberships can be availed from below partners upon achieving annual spend milestone of Rs 5 Lakhs at the time of card anniversary. Zomato Gold, Amazon Prime, MakeMyTrip Double Privilege, Times Prime, BigBasket Star.

So if you’re hitting the monthly milestone regularly, you get a net reward rate of ~2.3% which is pretty decent.

And its tough to put a % on Yearly milestone as some may or may-not use the membership benefits. So just consider it as an added advantage.

Airport Lounge Access

  • Domestic & International: 12 Complimentary access / Calendar year
  • Above limits are shared with add-on cards as well.

Remember that the credit card itself gives you access to lounges both within India & in foreign countries, so you don’t need to deal with another set of plastic.

Also, as Delhi & Bangalore got separate section for Diners Cardholders recently, it makes sense to hold a Diners Credit Card.

Golf Privileges

  • 2 Complimentary Golf Games per Quarter

This is an unbelievable benefit to see on a credit card of this range as Golf games costs a lot for Banks that even Citi Prestige which is priced at Rs.20K annual fee had to revoke that benefit.

And given the usual restrictions in golf bookings, 2/qtr is more than enough for most people. But of-course this will stay only as long as not many uses it.

Other Benefits

  • Foreign Exchange Markup fee: 1.99% + GST (get additional 1% cashback by enabling Global Value Program)
  • Credit Shield: 9 Lakhs

How to Apply?

  • New Application Eligibility: >6 Lakh Annual Income
  • Upgrade: Limits above 2.5 Lakhs on existing HDFC card with good spends would help.

The new upgrade forms with Diners Privilege option is out, so if you need to apply for this new card, you may do so easily via branch.

Speaking about design, the card looks pretty good outdoors and bit dull indoors, similar to Axis Vistara Signature.

Note: Not to forget that the Diners Club network has acceptance issues especially outside India, so its safe to have a backup visa/mc.

Bottomline

  • CardExpert Rating: 4.2/5

Overall an amazing card for a fee of this range, especially if you play golf. For those who’re unable to make it to Diners Club Black or unhappy with its high annual fee, this card makes sense as it comes with most of what Diners Black has to offer, except the higher reward rate and higher max cap. on 10X rewards.

Also, if you hold Diners Club Miles and trying to upgrade to Diners Black, this card might get you one step closer, among other parameters.

Did any of you upgrade your HDFC card to Diners privilege? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

52 thoughts on “HDFC Diners Club Privilege Credit Card Review

  1. Vishal

    Thanks for this review.

    I am getting an option to get Either Regalia or Diners Club Privilege as Life time free.Which one would you recommend ?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      LTF option? Interesting.

      Diners Club Privilege would do in most cases. But go through both articles to make sure it fits you.

      Reply
      1. Neil

        I too got regalia LTF. Been using it now for about 2 months. It was upgraded from JP Platinum.

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          HDFC stopped LTF since late 2019, maybe only on offline applications?

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    2. Hari

      Is club privilege offered lifetime free? Can you share details on this please.

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  2. Gopal

    I got this card recently,upgraded to this from Regalia first card.I am holding Regalia first,since 6 months,and my credit limit was 2.75 lakhs,before upgrading to Diners privilege.Basically I wanted this card for the golf games,and the advantage with HDFC is that,you can book overseas golf games also.ICICI Rubyx and sapphire are other cards where you can book overseas golf games.I have Rubyx ,SBI Prime,Axis Select and Axis Flipkart cards also.But with prime and Select credit cards,you can’t book golf games in other countries.I will try to spend mainly on Diners privilege and Select credit cards and will change Prime card to Simply click credit card in the near future.
    I applied for the Global value program with Diners card,but I didn’t get any response,before my trip to Dubai.I tried to use HDFC Rupay platinum debit card in Burj Al arab restaurant( Sahn Eddar),but it didn’t work,and Diners privilege card worked there.And I used my Diner’s privilege card for access to my wife,in Al Ahlan lounge in Dubai airport terminal 1 and they didn’t object.I used priority pass for myself.My wife has an add on Diner’s privilege card but I didn’t set the PIN for that,so couldn’t use that,and she forgot to bring her Diner’s club miles card with her,but the reception people were very courteous and they didn’t object when I gave my Diner’s card.The lounge is very good.

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    1. Praveen Katiyar

      @Gopal
      A lot of fellow enthusiasts including myself would like more insight on golf games, this is one benefit we may have but hardly use.
      Can u please elaborate or write a small article on it.
      @Sid, I request you to help all of us.
      Thanks in advance.

      Reply
  3. Prashant Agrawal

    I decided to hold on Diners ClubMiles exclusively for the Vistara 1:1 transfers till I get a dedicated Vistara card.

    Please tell us more about separate section for Diners. It used to exist few years back but seemed to have been discontinued.

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  4. Vaish

    On Diners/mastercard/pp , can addon user and primary user use the airport lounge on same day same time ?, given free access quota is not over? Asking mainly because mastercard gives same card number for hdfc.
    Also, can I use same card for 6 hour lounge access same day ?

    Thanks

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    1. Gautam

      Yes, it is possible for 2 people with the same card number to use the lounge at the same time.

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    2. Chintan

      I am not sure about Master Card, you can use same Diners and PP add on card along with primary card at same lounge in same time. It will debit 2 complimentary accesses from your card account.

      Reply
  5. SG

    I went to the Delhi T3 lounge a couple of weeks ago. There’s separate queues for Visa/Master and Amex/Diners, so people in the left queue tend to go to the left section and similar for ones on the right. I had DCB but I didn’t get the sense that only my queue was entitled to go to the new right section.

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    1. ARNAB CHAUDHURI

      If u take the stairs or the elevator to the plaza premium in t3 3rd floor, the right one is reserved for business class and the left one is for normal/economy class. I had a economy class ticket but i asked them which card they want amex or master…they told me to give me the amex one and sent me to the right to the more premium one. The right lounge had definitely some premium feeling and sitting was also ok. They have seperate dining tables there and food was awesome. I accessed the lounge with my emralde amex card.

      Reply
  6. Nikhil

    I have recently received my diners privilege card, but I can’t seem to add it to Uber. Does anyone else face this issue? Are diners cards not supported by Uber?

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  7. Sudhindra Kamath

    Recently I got this card as LTF. I’m a preferred baking customer since a year. 2 years back i had got a LTF moneyback card. And i used to ask for upgrade regularly at branch level. The people at branch used to tell me you’ll be eligible on the basics of ITR only. About a year back my account got upgraded to preferred because of good average balance. About a month back i just sent a mail to nodal officer requesting for upgrade. Boom within 15 days i got LTF Diners Privilege without any income docs.

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  8. Mallikarjuna Reddy

    I am facing an issue with this card..when i try to purchase anything through EMI option in Flipkart its showing ” This card is not supported “..but when i opt for full payment its accepting the card..Anyone facing the same issue with this card..??

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    1. Arnab Chaudhuri

      I can confirm the same, but after clubmiles launch the same thing happened. Just wait before the new bin series of the Diners Privilege card gets updated in the flipkart database.

      Reply
  9. Rahil

    Great going, Sid! Really enjoy reading your reviews.

    I’d applied for a DCP sometime in January but was declined stating “internal policy” without providing any specific information. Raised the matter further to the customer care mentioning the RBI guidelines to provide the reason for declining, but to no avail for several days, despite meeting the eligibility criteria listed on the bank’s website. Sent an e-mail thereafter to aditya.puri [at] hdfcbank.com and the priority redressal team did revert mentioning that they are re-looking into my application. It was finally approved towards the end of January.

    Been reading your posts for a couple of months now and it’s indeed very informative. Keep up the good work, Sid!

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  10. Ayush Chand

    HDFC has stopped issuing Regalia First and Diner ClubMiles. It also slashed the max rewards cap to 5000/month for all cards except Black. Is it now worth to get this Diners Club Privilege for 2.5k per year? Is there any other card which is better and has international lounge access in the price range of Regalia First? (1k per year annual charge).

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    1. Roshan Shaikh

      Since when has the ClubMiles been stopped?
      I just received mine a month ago. Split the limit on my regalia to get a clubmiles as well

      Reply
    2. card_explorer

      Can you share from where you got the info regarding no fresh issuance of Regalia first card?

      Reply
      1. Ayush Chand

        Both have been stopped from March,2020. I was informed from the branch as well as customer care. Right now there is no CC with international lounge access in the 1000Rs annual charge. Also DCP is devalued to give same 10x rewards as Miles card.

        Reply
  11. Anuraag

    Times Prime subscription actually gets you complimentary 1 year of Swiggy Super + a few months of Gaana + some discounts on Uber, Insider, etc. so actually a good milestone benefit.

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  12. Ashish Nikhare

    Extracted a very interesting information from the “Credit Card Upgrade Form” in HDFC forms centre website – just as a “Work from Home” gesture.
    For renewal free waiver, the amount required to spend in a year, is actually, the Credit limit required in your existing card to get upgraded to that particular variant.
    For example, for Renewal fee waiver, annual spends required are –
    DCP/Regalia – 3 lakhs. The same limit is required to upgrade to DCP/Regalia.
    DCB – 5 lakhs. The same limit is required to upgrade to DCB.
    Infinia – 8 lakhs. The same limit is required to upgrade to Infinia.

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    1. Kiran

      Not necessarily they have rejected with twice the limit for upgrade. That’s my experience.

      Cheers,
      Kiran

      Reply
  13. KD

    Amidst the COVID-19, the guidlines by RBI to waive of Loan payment dates by 3months are applicable for Credit Card Payments as well?

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    1. GTMAX

      Yes, but the outstanding amount will keep accruing interest and we all know how insanely high the same is for credit cards.

      If at all it can’t be paid off completely, it is better to take loan at a lower interest rate and pay the CC outstanding in full

      Reply
    2. Hardik

      Hi KD,
      Yes it’s applicable but you indirectly have to pay interest and other charges, only blackmark would not be done by credit card company,so better avoid this news and pay it as i would suggest!

      Reply
  14. Kiran

    It’s not applicable for credit cards as per RBI guidelines. It’s only applicable on Loans which has an EMI payable everymonth.

    Credit card bills has to be cleared in full.

    Cheers,
    Kiran

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    1. Shivi

      It’s applicable for total outstanding due on credit cards also but not on the interest charged on that outstanding amount.

      Reply
  15. KD

    Thanks GT and Hardik.
    I have just made the payment through debit card of my DCB Elite savings account for 1.6% cashback on Mobikwik. The sms says that the card has a payment made on account of POS transaction. My question is will this be considered for the 1.6% cashback via debit card online spends?

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    1. GTMAX

      Yes it will be considered for the cashback KD and you will be able to verify the same in the next 5 days as DCB Bank processes cashback in the first week of the new quarter

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    2. Yaswanth

      You can load money into Kotak 811 or Airtel payments bank using DCB debit card. It will give 1.6% cashback.
      Then you can pay DCB CC bill using UPI from either of bank accounts.

      Reply
  16. KD

    I am unable to pay the credit card bill via Mobikwik and Paytm for Diners Privilege using my DCB Elite Savings Account Debit Card.
    Has anyone been able to pay their DCP bill via this same payment method successfully? Or is there any other option too with which I can make the bill payment using DCB Elite Debit card?

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    1. Shivi

      CRED stopped taking debit card payments almost 6 months back

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      1. Angad

        You’re allowed to us debit card if the credit card bill is greater than 1 lakh.

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  17. gaurav kumar

    Given the current situation, I am sure many of us will not be able to meet the annual spend criteria of DCB and will end up being charged the annual fee of Rs 10000. What should we do in such situations? HDFC Bank should ideally lower down the annual spend or suspend the annual charges for next 1 year at least. What should we do? Should we cancel the card that we are holding as 10000 annual charge is a huge amount .

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    1. Arnab Chaudhuri

      Why dont you find som1 probably your friend who is in business. Lend him money via your credit card. It wont be that difficult to hit 8L including your spends. Im doing the same thing. Be sure to let him know about MDR charges.

      Reply
  18. Ashish Nikhare

    New update on DCP dining RP – 1. 2X RP on dining valid only on Weekends, 2. RP capped at 500 RP per day.

    Reply
  19. Ashish Nikhare

    Surprise ! Credit limit on DCP is raised by a whooping 2 Lacs from the existing 3.XX Lacs straight into 5.XX Lacs territory within 6 months of upgrade from Clubmiles to DCP. Tried many things in the past to get limit enhancement like shifting to higher tax bracket, higher spends, upgrading savings account etc etc. , but making an FD & RD hits the most, as has been in my case.

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  20. Shenil

    ashish nikhare how did your limit go up ? what did you do ?
    can you plz specify, I am being stucked with a limit for more then 4 years now tried everything, but nothing is working .. can u plz help

    Reply
  21. mayank sharma

    It is insane that the one can not use their Diners privilege card for getting discounts in this year’s Prime day sale. I wonder what is the point of holding a premium card

    Reply
    1. Himanshu

      Yeah I could also not avail the HDFC discount in the recent Amazon Prime Day Sale. I cannot still avail the HDFC discounts in Amazon but I can avail discounts in Flipkart. I dont know what the problem is. Maybe its because I just recently received the card on 2nd August.

      Reply
  22. Devaraj

    I’m holding now hdfc moneyback credit card with 2.8lac limit,I wanted to upgrade to a better card(good rewarding one) my ITR is not more than 12lacs so I’m not eligible for regalia. Anyway my majority transactions are online so I thought of getting diner privilege card which has almost same perks as regalia (also my ITR is more than 6 lacs).so this upgradation is better move or not if anyone has other suggestions for better card than please let me know🙏,also when I downloaded hdfc credit card upgradation form it doesn’t have that diner privilege card written in that. Please reply and help me

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    1. Praveen Katiyar

      Apply for any card even if you arent eligible. Say you apply for Regalia, suppose bank gives it to you.. nothing like that.. else on the call, u can tell them that you want Diner Privilege (for which u are anyway eligible)..
      Hope it helps..

      Reply
  23. Sanket

    I am applying for HDFC Diners Privilege LTF via Alumni offer. The website doesn’t mention this, but recently seem to have offer 5% cashback via smart-buy (INR 2k per month).

    Reply
      1. Sanket Shah

        I have the contact of the person because of my Alumni friends who already have this card

        Reply

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