It’s been a while since I was holding Sbi Simply Click credit card. So I was trying to upgrade it to SBI PRIME card and finally got it, after chasing for couple of months. I got to know few things while doing this and so this article will help you understand more about SBI’s upgrade and credit limit enhancement process better.
SBI CREDIT LIMIT Enhancement
Before you go with a credit card upgrade, it’s better to request for credit limit enhancement. This is because the premium cards are usually eligible when there is a good credit limit.
All you need to do is: Login into your account->Benefits->Card Limit Increase
Enter your income details and it’ll show eligible limit. If this is not showing up even after 6 months of card opening, upload your income docs and submit using Mailbox->Compose.
You can expect the limit to be increased in 24-48 hrs. It’s pretty fast than I expected. They gave close to 2X for me on previous LE application, though, i’ve heard someone who got 4X as well. How about yours?
- Also Read: How to Increase Your Credit Card Limit
SBI Credit Card Upgrade
SBI says you need to wait upto 6 months to initiate any credit card upgrade or downgrade. If you’ve previously downgraded your card, SBI actually need you to wait for 1 year, even though they mention only 6 months on their FAQ.
Reach out to customer care and request for the credit card upgrade. Or, you can also use net-banking to request for the same. I prefer Netbanking as there will be a record for you to escalate just incase if it doesn’t go through.
Note: Escalations (both offline & online) don’t usually help with upgrades, at-least in my case. They’ll send the request to an eligibility team and if they deny, it keeps repeating again & again.
Even-though my Limit was good enough with card age being 6 months old post downgrade, my case was running for 3 months and they upgraded it only after 1 Year was completed. That brings me to the next topic!
CIBIL Effect on Upgrade
For some reason or other, SBI opens a fresh account on CIBIL even though you upgrade or downgrade your existing card. This is probably why they don’t want to do upgrade/downgrade in 6 months time.
This is very bad for cardholders because CIBIL will show as if you’ve closed the old card in one year. For ex, I was initially holding SBI Air India Signature card and downgraded it to SBI Simplyclick and then upgraded to SBI Prime. With most banks, this should show only as one account on CIBIL, but with SBI, it shows 3 different accounts: 2 closed, 1 open. NOT GOOD!
With SBICARD, you need to consider sticking to one card for longer period. This is quite important for those who’re already using multiple cards, as this will add up lots of accounts in your CIBIL history.
This is not so good in eyes of your new lenders as they’ll see you as a short term card holder. And it “may” also cause problems if you use your new upgraded card for ‘card on card’ applications as they’ll see mismatch with the age of your card.
How’s your experience with SBI Credit Card upgrades and Limit Enhancement? Was it easy or you faced tough times with upgrades like me? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments below.