IDFC First Bank Credit Cards: Everything you need to know

By | January 20, 2021
IDFC First Bank Credit Cards

The New Year 2021 has given me two good news w.r.t. IDFC First Bank. First, my IDFC shares finally got into +ve side almost after ~3 years. Second, now comes the news about the launch of new IDFC First Bank range of credit cards.

While these are the first proprietary IDFC First Bank Credit card products, not to forget about the OneCard – the metal credit card for masses which also runs on IDFC Banking system.

The USP

Before getting into details, let’s have a quick look at what IDFC intends to do in the crowded credit card industry.

  1. Low Interest credit cards (9% p.a.)
  2. Lifetime Free Credit Cards
  3. No Expiry of reward points
  4. No Finance charges for cash w/d (Rs.250 w/d fee applicable)
  5. Railway lounge access (on all cards)

IDFC First is getting a good name recently because of their premium IDFC First Visa Signature Debit card (25K balance a/c) + high interest yielding savings accounts as they give you mind blowing 7% rate of interest while most other banks are at half of it.

So it seems they intend to use the same weapon to capture a good market share in credit cards too, by providing revolving interest rates as low as 9% p.a., which is just Rs.750 a month on revolving balance of 1L.

Of-course this low interest rate is not for all, but for the credit worthy individuals based on various factors.

This would definitely be a game changer in the entry level segment and would even end up in changing the way we Indians see credit cards, meaning, we may start to revolve balances like Americans.

Credit Card Variants

IDFC First Bank Millennia Credit Card
IDFC Millennia Credit card – Those golden chip placement though 😀

There are no major difference between different cards esp. when it comes to rewards. You get the same 1.5% on online spends and 2.5% on spends >20K and on birthday.

The difference is on the additional benefit like movie/lounge/golf etc. While we may see various cards in detail later, here’s my super quick review of these cards:

  1. Millennia/Classic Variant: is really good, as it will let you earn 10X rewards as long as you can spend more than 20K. That’s upto nice 2.5% return on spend on entry level card.
  2. Select Variant: is good too as you will enjoy the Visa Signature privileges like Buy1Get1 movie benefit, lounge access, etc
  3. Wealth Variant: is good for the features it comes with, provided its a free card too on Visa Infinite variant with 1.5% forex markup fee. But its not impressive enough to pull super premium credit card customers from other banks.

I wish they had Airport meet & greet, airport transfer sort of services. Which one do you think is better?

Eligibility Criteria

Given the fact that all cards are free for life, the confusion now is, how would the bank decide the eligibility?

That could be done via combination of various factors, like ITR, savings accounts balances, or spending pattern on their debit cards or even via Credit reports.

Update: Here are the eligibility criteria for respective cards known so far:

  • Millennia: Age between 21-35 year olds, with income less than ₹12 lakh
  • Classic: Age >35 and ITR over ₹12 lakh
  • Select: Age >35 and ITR ₹15 lakh and ₹35 lakh
  • Wealth: ITR >35 Lakhs (or) high HNW with bank, like >10L balance

The bank may as well upgrade the cardholders based on spends. We will know that in coming months.

When will they be launched?

Existing IDFC bank customers already started getting the credit cards.

For others, its expected to be launched for public by March/April 2021. And not to forget, IDFC Bank has been issuing employee-variant credit cards for their bank employees since past 2 months.

How to Apply?

You may show interest on their website for the card you wish and you may expect a response from them by late Feb 2021.

Having a Savings a/c is not mandatory, yet it may help, as its a common sense for banks to put bank’s customers on priority compared to the open market customers.

Opening an Ac with IDFC First bank is super easy. It hardly took me 5 mins to complete the online-only application process via Aadhaar authentication and another 5 mins to setup the mobile app. The a/c is already funded & functional.

They do Video KYC to lift the limits on account. That took me another 10 mins or so. Overall I’m happy with the smooth onboarding experience for their savings ac.

Is It worth Applying?

Looking at the frequent targeted offers they’re throwing for their debit card customers, Yes, I would suggest to get the IDFC credit cards for a rewarding 2021. Here’s a quick look at one of the recent offers on a debit card.

IDFC Debit card offer

But yes, we still don’t know the points redemption system, customer care support quality, etc which will define where IDFC First credit cards are headed to.

What’s your thoughts on the upcoming IDFC First Bank credit cards? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

221 thoughts on “IDFC First Bank Credit Cards: Everything you need to know

  1. Shivi

    Thanks for the write-up. I went through their MITC, CMA and PG. The Fx markup comes with DCC clause unlike other banks. The card termination TnC clause is a but unnerving as well. Let’s see how things unfold when they are actually launched.

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    1. Karan

      the dcc clause if superfluous actually. some sites in india like google domains etc, actually bill you the usd equivalent amount and show only in INR ( implicit dcc -doesn’t give you option to pay in usd). This calls out these practices I suppose. No end-user significance

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  2. Satish Kumar Agarwal

    Their Wealth variant has 4 spa visits per quarter benefits as per my understanding, which is sufficiently juicy. I suppose it will be via Dreamfolks Dragonpass card.

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      1. Prashant Gupta

        Nice to see new player in market. Will apply if the reward rates are good for the premium card as I am happy with the combo of infinia+dcb+SC ultimate.

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    1. Dhayapule

      I got call from Idfc first bank and took my details offered idfc select credit card with 1.5 L limit on call only. When will my card reflects in bank mobile app and in how many days it will be delivered.

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  3. Harman

    It would be nice to see a tough fight – Post-sanctions HDFC v/s Newly launched IDFC Cards. Expect some great offers from HDFC in coming days, to protect its supremacy.

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    1. Shivi

      Lol. Tough fight? Not even a lame fight to start with, not by a long shot!

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  4. Satendra

    Card is impressive but I will apply after launch of the card. Need to read terms & conditions like txns type exclusion for reward points etc.

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  5. RM

    Not interesting at all for high end customers. Infinia still d best. Except..
    Only rs. 150 i think on cash withdrawal (with no interest), and 1.5% fcy markup on the wealth variant. So, instead of carrying a Currency card for foreign travel in future, this could be a much better option. Just take this card, remove cash from foreign atm, and you’re good to go with a fee of Rs. 150 only. This is sply. true for countries that dont use major currencies like USD, Euro and Pound.

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  6. Shalabh

    The eligibility criterial is based on the income. For wealth card the income needs to be more than 36 lakhs per annum. And for Select it should be between 12 lakh and 36 lakh. Got this info from IDFC credit card customer care.

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    1. Nikhil

      I doubt this, I talked with my RM today and he said, initially these cards will be limited to existing customers only til March. There is no application process as of now & card will be offered basis past banking relationship & cibil score, very similar to Kotak model. Card will be automatically offered without documentation. In this case how are they going to determine income then?

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      1. MrNightStar

        Details are yet to be worked. Same with differentiating benefits between cards. Picture will be clearer around march.

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    2. Santosh Kumar

      Hopefully they take in applications based on card on card basis. 🙂

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    3. Ajai Singh

      The branch people call me and told me the eligibility for the wealth card is 3 lakh income per month. Upon telling them that I am a proprietor they requested for 36 Plus ITR of 2 years more information will be released in Feb end.

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    4. Kashif

      I guess maintaining account with idfc helps. Got a message from IDFC for lifetime free select credit card. They had all information about me already. Application process took only 2 mins and in next min my credit card was approved. Now waiting for the delivery of credit card (will take max 3 days according to IDFC)…

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      1. Rishi

        Whats the acc balance you maintaining? I guess they are checking that, you may tell me the range like above 1 lac or below that?

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  7. KARTIKAY GAUR

    Idfc first bank’s customer care is definitely one of the better ones that I have experienced. The waiting time is almost non existent and the staff is extremely polite and eager to help. I have 3 accounts in the family with them now and the service has been more than satisfactory.
    Looking forward to the wealth variant – mainly because its issued on the visa infinite platform. 😀

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  8. Lavluck

    Hey Sid,
    I’m a relatively new reader and as soon as I heard the news, I came straight here to see what you’d have to say about it.
    Although a day late, with the details and analysis spot on, you did not disappoint.
    Also, thumbs up on the investment in the bank!
    Patience is indeed a rewarding virtue in the markets.

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  9. Murali

    IDFC Cards Rewards rate is same for all variants. Again interest rate is depends on customer profile (like CIBIL score).

    Premium cards only scope on benefits offered by VISA card type (Lounge access, paytm movies discount).
    Disappointing point is no airport lounge access outside of India. (all free visits only for domestic and international airport lounges in India)

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  10. ROHIT CHOWDHURY

    Am having ONECARD, but dojt know how to redeem my 5.6K reward points. There is no option for that.

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    1. MrNightStar

      Dude, open app. Click on gift icon which is third from left in the bottom most row. on that page, there is option of REDEEM. Click on that and select the eligible transaction. Eligible transaction should be below INR 560.

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    2. Shodh

      You can redeem it against previous qualifying transactions. In the rewards section, there is a “Redeem” button. Press on that and you’ll see transactions against which the points can be redeemed.
      Generally the qualifying transactions are the ones which require less points than you currently have. In your case, qualifying transactions would be below Rs. 560 (1 reward point = Rs. 0.1)

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    3. Naveen

      There is an option in application itself to redeem them. You need to redeem them against the transactions you made.

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    4. Saikat Sen

      Take the statement credit of the star marked* transactions from your statement. You have to redeem points against those transactions marked with “*”

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    5. Abhi

      OneCard customer here,
      Use your reward points to redeem against your bill. Option is there in the app. Look for blue star on the transaction. That can be paid off with your points

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    6. Basant

      Would opening a 25k mab saving account now helps in getting credit card.

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      1. Selva

        It really doesn’t help. I have the same 25K mab account and keep 5 lakhs in that account. Never got a notification or invite for the credit card.

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        1. Raja

          Visit your IDFC branch and the staff will check for your pre-approved credit card. If you want, they help you complete the online application with your OTP about 2-3 times during the process. The card comes to your address within a week and usually gets generated on the same day of application and you receive an email with your new card’s last four digits. Alternatively, call your RM and ask him to check if you can’t visit a branch.

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          1. Siddharth Post author

            Meaning, even those who are not pre-approved can get the card this way?

          2. Raja

            No Sid. What I meant is that everyone with an IDFC account in active status is pre-approved for a credit card but maybe they were not intimated through email or sms. For those who have active accounts, they can visit the branch and apply for their already approved card instead of waiting for the sms or email.

  11. Votok

    Is there any charges for Signature debit card comes with 25k+ account…??

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    1. Satish Kumar Agarwal

      No. Refer the article on this separately by searching on home page here.

      Reply
  12. Anirban Roychowdhury

    The savings a/c giving 7% interest – does it have any condition like a/c balance when minimum 1lakh is entitled for 7% interest rate? If it falls below 1 lakh, the interest rate will come down to 4/5 %….I remember kotak having this clause few years back. Can some one pls confirm? Thanks.

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    1. Satish Kumar Agarwal

      Earlier it was like that only. 6% below 1 lac and 7% above it.
      Removed that clause w.e.f. 01.01.2021. So you earn 7% flat for any amount upto 1 crore.

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    2. Addy

      Its 6% below one lakh amount. If it crosses 1 lakh whole amount is eligible for 7% interest.

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      1. Satish Kumar Agarwal

        It changed recently. Currently it’s 7% till 1 crore or less.

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        1. Bhavya

          Is IDFC First Bank safe ? I am a bit sceptical after the Yes Bank moratorium.

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          1. SIRISH

            Yes Bank was under moratorium for a short period of time.

            Even Yes Bank is a safe option currently.

            Scheduled Commercial Banks don’t just go bust in India. RBI steps in and saves the day.

  13. Shivi

    So idfc doesn’t have a wealth account prog. yet but they surely do want to launch wealth credit card before that!

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    1. Kunal

      They do have a wealth program. I got a call last year from a wealth RM about my account being assigned to the wealth management team. But I do not avail any services or offers so I told them right away.

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      1. Shivi

        Thanks for the info. This branch I visited has no clue about it……….

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  14. Nitin Vernekar

    I have switched over my savings account from Kotak to IDFC only for the simple reason that Kotak reduced its interest rate from 6.00% to 4.00% within a span pf just 1 year, although they did it gradually in phases, but that was their main campaign that 6 is better than 3.5 and sadly could not stick to delivering the promised 6.00% in the long run. Hope IDFC which is now giving 7.00% interest flat on the savings account continues to do so, hopefully. Awaiting the credit card launch from IDFC with eagerness as I have closed my Kotak Credit card too.
    Although I do not use the revolving facility and end up paying the entire amount on due date of every card i have ever held, it will be a pleasure to acquire the IDFC credit card.

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  15. Rahul Bagade

    Good Morning
    Thanks for updating, really it should be game in credit card market as IDFC will be charging 9% as interest p.a. IDFC will capture huge market I would like apply asap after opening for open market.
    Regards

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  16. Arvind Prasad

    It’s a good step to capture the market, but the bank also keep maintain in future.
    Most of people fear to bear the annual charge, company should work on it.

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  17. Amit

    The good thing is all the cards offered by IDFC bank are lifetime free. Hence no harm to get one with domestic lounge access. This will force other banks to offer lifetime free credit cards. Even DBS is supposed to launch credit card soon.
    Good time ahead for Credit card customers.

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  18. Ritesh Kumar Soni

    Idfc is really customer oriented bank. The type of service they are giving are really enthralling. Have got already my HDFC Bank account. The higher on saving bank account is bonus for us. Eagerly waiting for credit card from IDFC first bank.

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  19. Amanpreet Bindra

    Pretty aggressive stance taken by IDFC bank, they already have a sizeable base of debit card customers. Pretty strange though that all 4 credit cards have the same rewards structure, all being LTF reminds me of Yes Bank cards(Who are also planning to go very aggressive again with their distribution.

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  20. Nihar

    Sid nice article !
    How do you arrive at the “1.5% on online spends and 2.5% on spends >20K ” part.
    Thanks

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      1. Danish Eqbal

        10X Points has cap on a bill statement of 20000,
        so if your statement is 1lac you get 10k RP and so on
        except EMI and Fuel

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  21. Deepak

    Hi, will having one card credit card will be considered as idfc costumer?

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  22. Amarjit Singh

    I recently opened an account with IDFC … received welcome letter but no signature debit card till date… No option to apply there… Not able to login from new app.. No branch in kashmir valley… How expect credit card…

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    1. VicksJ

      login through old app, and on netbanking use opened before 15th dec link

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  23. Satish Kumar Agarwal

    Talked to customer care as well as branch people. They currently don’t have any eligibility criteria and expect the same in about 15-20 days.
    Upon enquiry that what NRV they consider as good enough, branch executive told to be 10 lacs or so. It may give rough idea for Wealth card issuance. Fingers crossed for the tncs.

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  24. Shimul

    Received a call today from the IDFC Bank Credit card department.
    He wanted to know how I know about their cards.

    Also told me I may receive a link for application by this week. Waiting for this link !

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        1. Pramtesh

          I have heard Not every savings account holder has received the offer. Some will get in Feb.
          And for non account holder it’s waiting till Feb end might go to March also.

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          1. Shimul

            My NRV is high with IDFC. Banks generally issue card without even thinking about it with this high NRV.

            My registered address and branch are the main issue I think. Non-tier 1 & 2 city 🙁

  25. VK

    Now it all makes sense, why HDFC upgraded the high spending regalia customers to Infinia and DCB.

    With this card being lifetime free, it’s a death blow to regalia.

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  26. VK

    well, the interest-free cash withdrawal is not really interest-free. In a single withdrawal, you won’t be able to withdraw more than 10K for another bank’s ATM and given IDFC Bank’s ATMs are rare, you will end up paying 2.5% as a processing fee for a 10 k withdrawl

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  27. Nithin

    I applied for their their Credit card today and got it allotted on the same day within moments. I got an invite through SMS and applied then and there itself. I’m allotted with select variant. I have Platinum corporate salary account with IDFC since September 2020. These were the communications received after applying.

    Congratulations! Your application for the IDFC FIRST Bank Credit Card has been received. Your application reference number is XXXXXXX.

    Hooray! Your super rewarding experience starts today.Your IDFC FIRST Bank Credit Card ending XX0XXX is issued and will be delivered shortly.Your Customer ID is XXXXXXX.

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    1. Karthik

      Which variant did u get? Most people with account in idfc get select Version of credit card

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      1. S&S

        I got offered Select and picked it up.

        I was told by the rep, after checking with her supervisor on my specific request, that Wealth Card is not yet launched.

        She said in 5-6 months card upgrade and limit enhancements will kick in.

        On the other hand a reader here, Amit, seems to have been offered Wealth Card.

        What another reader said is correct by the looks of it – Savings account balances between 1L and 10L may have been offered Select.

        Cheers
        S&S

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  28. Scaria

    Hi Siddharth, This is as per my discussion with IDFC customer care.
    Select CC has 16 domestic lounge access (4/quarter), Movie offer through Paytm (bms visa signature movie offer is not applicable). Wealth version has less forex markup (1.5%), international lounge access (through VISA infinite and not through Dragon Pass). Offered only to IDFC customers, no add-on card benefit , 48 day interest free atm withdrawal (cash advance applicable) and no annual fee.

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    1. Shivi

      International lounge access through VISA is offered through Lounge Key then if not standalone PP/DP

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  29. Rishabh

    Received SMS today for Pre-approved IDFC Select Credit card to apply free for life.
    Great to see IDFC sending out credit card offers in very quick manner since launch.

    WIll share more details.

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  30. beginner

    just received the Message today mentioning ” Presenting FIRST Select Card from IDFC First Bank with never expiring 10X rewards on monthly spends above Rs. 20,000, 6X on online and 3X on offline. Avail Today” But the link in Message is not opening as of now.

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    1. Keerthivasan

      Got an invite today and Applied immediately. IDFc is offering generous limit to its customer’s. I opened a zero balance account long long back and did not maintain any balance but still offered their select variant card.

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  31. Ravi Arya

    It seems IDFC website is unable to handle the load of the users. Just now received message from IDFC regarding Credit card and when tried to access their website, found out that its not working.

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  32. Sudheep

    received the following message from IDFC Bank

    “Presenting FIRST Select Credit Card from IDFC FIRST Bank with never expiring 10X rewards on monthly spends above Rs. 20,000, 6X on online and 3X on offline. Avail today, free for life: ” link”

    link didn’t work though…

    “Requested URL was rejected.. please consult your administrator ; your support ID is “

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    1. Sudheep

      Update—

      Link now working..

      applied and Card got generated instantly..

      NO CIBIL HIT..

      Limit is on the lower side though.. 1.6L

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        1. Sudheep

          I have account since July 2020. .

          no invite yet for spouse account, opened in sept 2020,

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      1. Sudheep

        Received the card today.. select variant looks quite similar to the visa signature debit card , except card number behind, name just printed, not embossed..

        set the PIN via link provided.

        the card details are yet to reflect IDFC mobile app/ website .

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  33. Addy

    Received mssg today from idfc saying that you are eligible for idfc first select credit card with a link you apply.

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  34. Shashank Gupta

    Received message today from IDFC to apply for credit card along with link to apply for it. Instantly showing up credit limit and interest rate post clinking the link. Need to fill up few details and your credit card number is generated in few minutes. As mentioned it is saying card will be delivered in 3 days.
    Card Variant provided – Select

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  35. Amit

    I have received invitation today from IDFC through SMS for Wealth Credit card.
    SMS contains hyperlink which redirect to webpage where we need to just provide details like DOB, mobile number, employer name and office address\office email. Last page is to enable different type of transactions (international\contactless etc) and that’s set. Card will be issued instantly.

    Since I already have IDFC saving account. majority of details like nominee, address were auto filled.
    But I like the IDFC process where cards are being issued instantly. No need to submit any documents and no wait time for card processing.

    But no virtual card available right now. Only last few digits are shared over email\sms. We need to wait till card gets actually delivered.
    Also on IDFC Mobile app, there is no option to view credit card yet. Maybe they will do it soon.

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    1. Rishabh

      Wealth card that’s great. If you not mind can you share how much NRV relationship approx you maintain with IDFC?
      Do you have other relationship as well along with saving account?

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    2. Sai swaroop

      Hey Amit,

      Could you share your NRV with bank if you don’t mind?
      And were you able to figure out the eligibility criteria for wealth card?

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      1. Abhi

        My relation is exactly 1yr old and on average my balance with them has been over 1m, they have offered wealth variant. On the other hand, wife has less than 1yr old acc and avge balance always around 1L, she’s been offered Classic.

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      2. Amit

        Rishabh/Sai,

        NRV is definitely very high. Although I can not tell how much 🙂

        I have directly received sms from IDFC Bank today with the link. So I think eligibility is decided by the bank purely based on balance in Saving account. I hold account with IDFC bank since it was launched.
        Wealth card will be rarely issued for sure.

        For exact eligibility of wealth card, better to contact RM or Customer care or maybe SID will provide update soon.

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      3. Ashish Kumar

        I have been maintaining around 5-6 lacs for the most part of last year. Got offer for select card.

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  36. sai swaroop

    Hi,

    I’ve got my card approved…I’ve got First classic credit card.
    Good to see IDFC credit cards being rolled out so fast…

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    1. manoj kumar singh

      What is the criteria. What is your minimum balance in account. Anything which you can sense

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  37. Abhi

    All variants- spend 15K in first 90days to get a 500 voucher (not sure which brand). On wealth variant, complimentary golf is only when you spend min 20K in preceeding month.

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    1. Abhi

      The 500 welcome voucher offer could be included in article above, since its for all variants.

      Reply
  38. Aasif

    I’ve been using IDFC bank account as my salary account since past 2 years. Today I’ve received SMS from the bank about pre-approved IDFC SELECT card with the link to apply. When I opened it would instantly shows you and card Limit along with the ROI offered for you( for me its 1.5% PM) . And then when you select to proceed, all you details are pre-populated there, you just have to submit. Bingo!! with in few seconds it got approved and instantly received SMS with the last 4 digit of the card number and says card would get delivered within 3 days to the mailing address.

    I would say IDFC have super fast service wrt card approval and processing.

    Exited to receive it, let see how their offers would be when compared with my existing HDFC DC, AMEX Platinum and SBI Prime cards.

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  39. Kani

    I applied both for myself and my dad. I got the select card and my father got the wealth card. I had 3-5 lakhs balance on average, and my father had 20-30 lakhs balance on average over the past year. I guess you need at least 15-20 lakhs NRV to get the wealth card.

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  40. Nitin Gupta

    Existing customers have started getting Pre-approved offers. I have applied for the Classic one today. I was eligible for Millenia and Classic only:( It is lifetime free so it’s a win win!

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  41. narayana

    Today i have got preapproved select variant card. After i applied to that preapproved offer my select card number also been generated and will be delivered to me shortly with in a few seconds of claming the preapproved offer . Its lighting quick by idfc bank great

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  42. Gopal Gidwani

    I got SMS for Classic credit card invitation. On entering DOB and mobile no, I was shown limit of 51k. The application was processed instantly and approved and customer id and card no was generated. Although, the online application process had some glitches. I am an existing IDFC customer and have a savings account with them since a couple of years. Overall good experience!

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    1. Gopal Gidwani

      I received the delivery of the physical card (Select card) today within the promised timelines of 3 days. That was super quick service by IDFC First card. Now lets see how it goes with the card usage and the offers.

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      1. MrNightStar

        Can you please verify if it gives points on wallet load? Couldn’t find this in cursory look of TnC.

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  43. Klueless

    Received the invite for First Select credit card via SMS today. They offered a credit limit of just 1 lakh and interest rate is 2.99% per month. I have credit score of 800+ across CIBIL, Equifax and Experian and no late payment history, so it is strange that they considered the highest interest rate slab. The application process is extremely smooth and doesn’t take more than 2-3 mins.

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  44. Ramesh Kumar

    I got invite for select variant, even after maintaining high NRV. Not sure what’s NRV for wealth variant, when I check with RM he told now it’s only online processing and it’ll take 1-2 months for branch to process credit card application, also no clarity on variant eligibility yet.

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  45. Vikram

    This 10X thing is a little confusing. What do they mean by all spends above 20k. Is that cumulative value in a bill cycle or per swipe amount. I mean will I receive 10X points on all spends once I reach 20k spends in a cycle or is it instead for all swipes worth 20k or more in value?

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  46. Nikhil

    I think, average balance between 1L & 10L have got select invite. CC told me only advantage of wealth is golf benefits, 500 BMS. Spa visit feature is yet to be started, to be started in 4-6 months. But he said I can upgrade after 6 months of usage to wealth

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  47. Praveen

    How many credit cards do you have? Also is there a limit on the number of cards we can have?

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    1. Shivi

      No limit on number of cards you can have. A few on the forum held over 15.

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      1. manoj kumar singh

        Really you can have 26 cards. Can you give some details or throw light on this

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      2. Shivi

        Short of just 4-5. That’d make 1 for every day of the month. You Can Do It!

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  48. Saurabh

    Got call today from IDFC customer care for pre-approved IDFC Select credit card variant. Credit card application process was speedy. I am having IDFC savings A/c for many years which I have never used except 1-2 txns. Got limit of 1.78L. CIBIL-790. I always used to get pre-approved personal loan offers ranging between 3L-7L which I never availed.

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  49. Nipun thakur

    This Idfc credit card is of no use . it’s just no comparison with Hdfc Infinia or Hdfc Diners
    Useless card
    10x is a farce here
    Quick maths
    Hdfc infinia you get 5 on 150 which is 3.3% return and on 10x it’s 33% return if you travel else yoy get 16.5% return if you redeem through vouchers
    Idfc card 10x on 20k spent is actually 2.5% return which is crap

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    1. Amit

      I agree but IDFC credit cards can not be compared with super premium cards provided by other banks. I think that is not fair for new entrant.
      We can not ignore USP of providing all cards LTF by IDFC.
      That will act as game changer in credit card industry. Also IDFC will improve in providing more benefits once they are stable.

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    2. abhishek

      YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THAT
      HDFC INFINA HAS REWARDS RATE AS BELOW

      Default Reward Rate: 3.3%
      Accelerated Reward Rate: 6.6% (2X on Dining/airvistara/hdfcbankinfinia)
      Accelerated Reward Rate: 33% (10X with limited partners)

      But is a decent card which is offering 2.5% cashback for people who don’t have infina card

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    3. MrNightStar

      That 2.5% is only above 25000.
      Atleast that is the sense I get from reading “10X Reward Points on all Spends above ₹20,000”.

      Can anyone confirm this or does that mean that 2.5% will apply to all if spends hit 20k in a month?

      Reply
  50. addy

    Got call from idfc about pre-approved offer for select variant. She told the offer is there till 17-feb-2021. I told her that i m not interested in the select variant but the wealth variant only and already using other banks top card. She asked for which card and i told her HDFC Infinia. According to her they will revert if any possibility is there for wealth variant.

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  51. Shikhar Makkar

    My card was approved (select card) and I received an email stating that I can start using the card right away. But from where can I get the card details?

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  52. Dhruv Talreja

    Is anyone who has an account already with IDFC and also has a card with One Card getting pre approval offers ?

    Reply
    1. Rishabh

      Yes got both the cards now… One Card & IDFC Select card. Having saving account with IDFC.

      Reply
    2. Nikhil

      Yes, I have oncecard as well IDC select card. Along with savings account

      Reply
  53. S Srivastava

    I hold IDFC niyo account. Got a call from IDFC bank informing me that I am pre-approved for classic credit card having credit limit of 0.9lakhs. What stumped me was that the executive told me that on taking the credit card there won’t be any CIBIL enquiry as it is “pre-approved” and so my credit score won’t be hit.
    Can anyone please confirm this?

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  54. MILAN GADAKARI

    I applied for saving account with 10k balance, amount got deducted, no sms or email acknowledgement from the Bank regards the amount, haven’t received account details too.. its been 3 days. Customer care team do not respond on tweets, calls do not go through for non customers. Definitely, cannot be opened in 5 minutes. Pls correct that. I went through 100s of other tweets where ppl are complaining about lack of transparency. Pathetic experience.

    Reply
    1. Anu

      I went though same issue, I reached the nearest bank branch and they assisted to receover my account. They provided me with the cust id and account number. Once i got it, i contacted the CC and all was sorted in 1 day time.

      Reply
  55. Prashant patel

    I got preapproved message from idfc for idfc select card, have no account in idfc got link clicked no 2 min approved with card no saying limit 1.9 lac n you get card within 3 working days today I got mail with statement dt n detail of card, I have no account but I had capital first loan account which I paid fully on March before lockdown that time they merged with idfc n cust id generated so being good cust n record I got approved so they don’t want to loose old n good cust 🙂 also planning saving account opening.. Now

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  56. Patty

    Got IDFC Select Card physically delivered today!

    Select Card, Card limit 1.16 Lakh, Interest Rate APR 35%, bit disappointed here, my NRV around 4 Lakhs

    I have a good credit history, the credit limit could have been higher with less interest rate, my bad

    But extremely happy with the speedy and thoughtful process of IDFC First Bank, escaping the hassle of submitting physical documents and waiting for ages like in Axis Bank

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  57. Shodh

    Anyone with a Niyo IDFC savings account who has received this pre-approved offer for IDFC CC?

    Reply
    1. Scaria

      Yes. I hold a Niyo IDFC account and got the pre-approved offer for Select CC

      Reply
      1. Kushal

        What was the NRV you were maintaining with them and which card offer you received?

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    2. Aman

      I did get the offer even though my account is a Niyo IDFC account, got the select variant with a okayish limit. Problem being that both the old IDFC app and new NIyo app don’t show the credit card and access to the new app is in phases. That can be tricky ! I think should have just got a normal IDFC account

      Reply
      1. Kushal

        What was the NRV you were maintaining with them and which card offer you received?

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    3. Ankur M

      I too received Select CC with my Niyo Account with them. NRV is in thousands to be precise <50k.
      CIBIL is around 793 (last checked in Dec 20).

      Limit Told by representative was 1.51L, I already hold various cards(ACE, DCB, FK Axis, AZ ICICI and so on) so thought to skip it, as it will hit CIBIL, the last CC CIBIL hit was in Sept 2020.

      They surely aren't considering only NRV.

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  58. Abhi

    Received card today. IDFC certainly believes a lot in equality. Same RP across variants and same sort of welcome kit for all. A tiny envelope with no brochures or booklets or congratulatory letters inside. Just a simple looking card with details printed, no embossing, there’s an insignificant printed word Wealth though. No info on complimentary lounge/spa/movies. Their redemption is through poshvine. Pretty no-nonsense stuff.

    Reply
    1. Shivi

      Pretty run-of-the-mill if you ask me. That’s like making one feel insignificant and question his/her decision on taking this card

      Reply
    2. Amit

      @Abhi,
      Welcome to wealth club. 🙂
      Information related with Lounges\spas and features are available online in PDF documents.
      It seems most number of domestic lounges are available with Wealth Card. They have also provided list of applicable International lounges.
      Only information missing is dreamfolks privilege card. Not sure when the card will be issued to wealth customers.

      Reply
      1. Abhi

        Hi, that pdf looks quite minimalistic, I couldn’t find much details but I’d like to see those lounge/spa lists. Is there somewhere else to look for? I scanned that QR in their welcome envelope but it says I m not onboarded on their new platform yet. They don’t have a dedicated site for crcards, nor its integrated with netbanking acc. Even cust care doesn’t have answers to many points. Seems like idfc was low on preparedness before launching.

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        1. Abhi

          Customers onboarded by IDFC after 15Dec have been given access to new portal , which also has a credit card section. Customers onboarded prior to 15Dec still have to use old netbanking till they are migrated. So until then, how do old customers view credit card spends, simply wait until the statement comes? Have done a few spends but my RP balance still shows 0 on poshvine.

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          1. Satish Kumar Agarwal

            Hi Abhi
            Same for me. Looks like it will take some time for them before migrating old customers too. But in any case it is expected to be done latest by March end. As new card only customers are likely allowed to apply by then.

            It happened because IDFC likely hurried the launch before tying up the back end properly.

          2. Rishabh

            You can ask bank to take request for migration on special case. I got my account migrated post card issuance citing the reason to check Credit card details online.
            They migrated my account on d same day after submitting request.

          3. Amit

            I am able to see credit card in netbanking now. I guess by now, everyone should be able to see credit card details through netbanking.

            But I can not see credit card control section where we can block\unblock card for different types of transactions. I hope IDFC will enable that option soon.

          4. Shubham Pratap Singh

            Login through this portal. At the welcome page you’ll be asked to switch to new portal. Wait for 5-10 minutes for data migration. Now use new portal/app to login.

            Do note: You would need your registered mobile and customer ID for the switch, so keep it handy.

    3. Abhi

      Received an ordinary looking Dreamfolks card today. Didn’t have to apply separately, they just sent it.

      Reply
  59. manoj kumar singh

    What’s the difference between dragon pass or priority pass. Sid can you have one topic on same as well.

    Reply
    1. Shivi

      Lounge numbers are more or less the same; some lounges even have a pool. DP gives you extra benefits like SPA usage, discount on airport restaurants & shops/ meet & greet services, airport limo etc. while PP is only for lounges.

      There is already a write-up on DP. Search for it.

      Reply
  60. manoj kumar singh

    I want to know how to use golf pass on credit card.
    How to use other facilities on credit card like concierge services and other services.

    Reply
  61. Prabhat Singh

    I got Select variant of IDFC credit card 2 days back . I have made a payment of 5000 to Tanishq through their App using my IDFC credit card, but got only 150 reward points. Isn’t the online payments have to get 6 points @100. Shouldn’t I have got 300 points. Anybody please clarify.

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  62. gala

    I feel – ‘Wealth’ variant has less benefits as compared to ‘Select’ variant as of now, if you exclude Golf benefit in Wealth, which very few people use in this times! Any views

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    1. Shail

      Not really. You get golf benefits, international lounges & spa, a better offer on book my show – buy one get one offer on movie tickets of up to ₹500 per ticket twice every month, reduced FX Markup at 1.5% and much more.

      Reply
        1. Rajesh

          That is plain wrong.

          Only Wealth is 1.5%. Select is 1.99%, and the others are 3.5%.

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  63. Abhi

    If anyone has already found the answers:
    1. Are there RP for e-wallet loading? If yes, is it 3x or 6x?
    2. Are the complimentary international lounge access only for lounges in Indian airports i.e. those in international departures side?
    3. Will there eventually be a separate pass/card for spa and international lounges, like DP, to be delivered later? The welcome pack didn’t have any.
    4. BMS offer on wealth variant is subject to any quotas? Asking because many other banks have daily quotas. Though Idfc debit card offer doesn’t have quotas.
    5. Looks like RP redemption is through poshvine, but is there a fee, or limit on how many free redemptions are allowed?

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    1. Rex

      With wealth card you can access 100s of international lounges in foreign countries. List is available on internet through visa website. Even lounge located at domestic terminals of international airport outside India are are also accessible.

      1+1 offer is through paytm and there is no quota as of now.

      As per idfc bank claim no fee on reward point redemption.

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      1. Abhi

        Thanks for clarifying.
        RP for wallet loading is 6x, unless it is PIN based. If the gateway accepts payment through PIN then its 3x. Generally, OTP based online transactions will earn 6x, and PIN based transactions done on physical terminals or online will earn 3x.
        No redemption fees.

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  64. S Srivastava

    I got a call from IDFC informing me that i am preapproved for Millenia credit card and a link for applying for it over SMS. If I apply, will there be a CIBIL inquiry?

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    1. WallStreetBets

      Yes. Any new credit card enquiry would result in a hard inquiry at CIBIL because it’s a request for credit – a request for an unsecured loan.

      On a tangential note, this is the reason why some card applications get rejected when the issuer sees a lot of CIBIL inquiries in the Credit Report.

      Reply
      1. Shimul

        Not always true. If the bank knows you well (Old account + NRV) then they will approve with a low limit as per my experiences.

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      2. Shivi

        Not always true @WallStreetBets – I had 9 CIBIL entries in 2017 within a span of 4 months. It did nothing to harm my score( or even help it). All Cards got approved with pretty high limits.

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        1. WallStreetBets

          I believe we are speaking about different things, and I agree to both your points.

          I’m only saying that there will be a hard enquiry for a new card application because it’s a new line of unsecured credit. Maybe issuers are already prepared to give you the card, but are formally required to check.

          Therefore, it will show up in the CIBIL report sooner or later. (I once saw an inquiry that occured in September, but only showed up the following Jan).

          I also got an enquiry for my “pre-approved” Amex Smart Earn LTF credit card provided as a Companion Card to my MRCC.

          A lot of inquiries in a short period of time may affect the approval for some issuers(mostly abroad), but our experience in India has been favourable.

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    2. Shimul

      CIBIL inquiry depends on person to person. For some preapproved applications, there is no inquiry like mine OneCard.

      ICICI also doesn’t do CIBIL inquiry when the card is preapproved on the internet banking or Mobile as per 2019 and recent information.

      Axis do an inquiry on a pre-approved application as per 2019 data. Axis doesn’t do an inquiry for Ace card for the existing card holder. I think they also don’t do for upgrade or downgrade.

      On my CIBIL report there is 9 inquiry in 2020. I have an account with most of them I applied for a card and they approve but a low limit on recent applications.

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      1. Shivi

        My pre-approved CC from ICICI had CIBIL enquiry which showed up after 3 months. Same for IndusInd. LTF, pre approved cards both of them but for sure there was a hard pull

        Reply
        1. SS

          Hi Shivi,
          Which variant of Indusind Card did you get LTF. They are usually very particular about one-time joining fee. Were you having an existing relationship with IndusInd then.

          Reply
          1. Shivi

            Legend was LTF. No joining fee. I had an add-on Exclusive account with them with no balance. Both card & account are now closed.

    3. Rex

      With idfc first bank pre approved card no cıbıl inquiry. I checked my cıbıl today only.

      Reply
      1. S Srivastava

        Hi Rex,
        I am dependent on websites that offer free cibil check so i get to know about the enquiries after a couple of months.
        But do the hard enquiries get reflected immediately? The idfc sales guy who had called me had also said that there won’t be a cibil enquiry.

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        1. Rex

          Yes, any credit enquiry gets reflected immediately. While it takes 1-3 months to reflect new account and payment positions.
          Zero doubt on these two issues.

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          1. AbhiKohli

            I mostly get an SMS fro CIBIL for hard query, almost instantly (while on CC application page.) For IDFC pre approved millennia on my wife’s account I didn’t get any messege, so most probably an enquiry hasn’t happened YET.

  65. Vikas Bajpai

    Got the card today bur disappointed with the offers. You will get ₹500 voucher if you are going to spend 15000 in 90 days.

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  66. Prabhat Kumar N

    How are 10x calculated? If the first payment in the month is, say ₹30000, would it be 10x for the entire ₹30000 or for ₹10000?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      10K is what I hear, with limits based on billing month/cycle.

      Reply
  67. Indian guy

    I have a savings account with idfc and received the select credit card offer from them . It took a few minutes to fill in and its supposedly been despatched. They have sent me my limits and percentages , etc by email. The limit is just 1.6 lakhs, interest is nearly 36 % , but my itr is also around 5 lakhs , so no issues. And i never carry over , so interest rates are meaningless. Just collecting cards, i normally use amazon icici and hdfc regalia .

    Reply
    1. SS

      Hi Indian Guy,
      With an ITR of 5 lpa , how did you manage to get regalia ?

      Reply
      1. Anu

        they never check itr when upgrading. They look into your credit utilization and timely payment. if that is good then you are good for an upgrade. I started with gold card from HDFC and now ended up with regalia. i never wanted regalia, but they force me into upgrading as they couldnt give the gold credit card with higher limits when it was time for renewal.

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  68. Disappointed

    I have a NRV of over 80 lakhs with IDFC personally and well over a crore for family. For the past two years I have kept over 10 lakhs in IDFC savings account as liquid cash due to 7% interest rate (now changed to 6). My CIBIL score is around 800 with many cards and no adverse information. I got a link via WhatsApp a couple of weeks back to apply. Did so and it stated there was no pre approved offer available. Called RM and he couldn’t care less. Totally disappointed and will be moving my account to other banks. Don’t really need this card as I have much better cards like Indusind Pinnacle and RBL Insignia as well as Yes Exclusive. With limits between 4 to 8 lakhs. Still disappointed that it was not approved despite having a good relationship with them.

    Reply
    1. Rahul

      It was not pre approved because they know these are not for you. You deserve amex platinum, hdfc infinia or Citi prestige or more.. Don’t waste your effort on such small issues. Try for super premium cards..

      Reply
    2. Shivi

      I feel you were not using that account & it was for keeping the money only. That’s the only plausible explanation to your situation

      Reply
      1. Raja

        Well, all my family and friends holding IDFC account with more than 25k average balance received pre-approval for one of the varients depending on the balance. I am really surprised you did not get one at all. It is not about the transactions as most people use IDFC to park funds only. I think it must be a system technical error…

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  69. MILAN GADAKARI

    Got pre approved offer for millennia and classic.. rejected it. Will wait to see if they offer select

    Reply
  70. Shivi

    I doubt anyone even got this 7-9% revolving rate of interest. It seems like a big marketing gimmick only

    Reply
  71. Ankur M

    10X Rewards are not actually 2.5%, since its incremental spends above 20k. So for purchases less than 20k, you will be earning 6X (1.5%) for online transactions and 3X(0.75%) for offline transactions.

    So Rewards will vary from >=0.75% to <2.50%.

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  72. Abhi

    You can redeem points earned during a cycle only after statement generation. Got my first statement and did my first redemption also.
    Had got 6pts per 100 for wallet loads on the first 20K spent, and 10pts per 100 on spends beyond 20K. Lot of redemption options like amazon flipkart and all major retail and online brands, and you can choose your voucher value from a wide price range. So no pre-fixed denominations like 500 or 2000, you can simply set values like 670 or 245 etc depending on your points balance and how many you wish to redeem. No redemption fee.

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  73. Raja

    I got my first statement for my Wealth card. I made only two transactions. The first was for fuel in BP for Rs.3800 and the second was for Rs.998 at a restaurant. I received only 30 points. The reward points page said no 10x for fuel transactions but I did not realise that there will be no points at all. I was expecting at least the 3x points total 114 for the fuel and was wondering if I would get 27 or 30 points for the Rs.998 payment. This makes me wonder should I pay my insurance premium with this credit card online and would I get 6x points or nothing at all…Has anyone else had a similar transaction for which no points were accumulated?

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  74. Raja

    I spoke to IDFC today and clarified a few things :-

    1. No reward points for spends on Fuel, Utility Bill Payments, Gold/Jewellery purchases or Insurance premium payments. Their website said no 10x but the fact is no reward points at all.

    2. The first Rs.20,000 spends will accumulate 3x for offline and 6x for online. Thereafter, all transactions will get 10x. But any transactions mentioned above such as fuel or insurance will not get any reward points so will be excluded when accumulating towards the Rs.20,000 threshold to achieve 10x.

    3. All transactions will be counted for the welcome offer of Rs.500 voucher as long as Rs.15,000 is reached. This includes fuel, insurance transactions as well, since the welcome offer is not related to the reward points.

    4. I was told that the fuel, insurance exclusions are found in the T&C but I could not find it. If anyone has seen it, please share link. Meantime, I have asked IDFC to credit my points for my fuel payment as they have not clearly mentioned it anywhere (only not eligible for 10x).

    5. With so many exclusions, it could be difficult to accumulate the points as my major spends mostly fall within the said excluded categories. I get 5% with ICICI Amazon card anytime on my Amazon purchases and Axis Flipkart card gets me 5% on Flipkart. It seems that the main benefit is the wallet reloads. I am not so excited about this card anymore as I was earlier…

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      1. Raja

        I don’t know about NPS. But they said also no points at all for any EMI transactions, any transaction converted as EMI, any cash withdrawals…

        Reply
      2. SS

        slightly off the topic though.
        Which credit/debit card is best for making NPS payments?
        With CRED not offering any decent benefit on CC payments, which app can be used for CC bill payment using which debit card to get maximum benefit.

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  75. Suvesh

    Not much detailed explanation.
    Looking for a detailed post of each card. Including rewards 3x 6x 10x calculator according to spends offline/online.
    Benefits of each card compared like – Forex , spas , lounges etc…

    Reply
  76. Gaurav Khurana

    I received a link and applied and got the Wealth First variant. I have a savings account with IDFC since Oct

    Reply
    1. Raja

      Call the call center of IDFC credit card at 18605001111 and they will guide. I have not applied for add on cards so not sure how it works…

      Reply
  77. Arun

    I’ve an existing offer on net banking for wealth cc with 2L limit. It says no documentation required. I just maintain the 25k balance & do transactions regularly from 4 years.

    Reply
  78. Ankur

    Sent them an email and received Dreamfolks privilege card in about 10 days

    Reply
  79. Kaus

    I received the IDFC First Wealth CC today. I got a call a few days ago, and the CC was approved within just 1 day, and I received the details via SMS. I am not an IDFC Bank SB customer. I received the card with interest rate of 33% p.a though. Its a good card because its LTF, but I don’t think it compares to Infinia etc (which I really hope I get somehow!).

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