SBI PRIME CARD was launched in mid 2017 and ever since it got into the market, it has been one of the best premium credit card in India for various reasons like: milestone benefits, lounge access, fee waiver on spend and many more.
Not only for us, even for the bank it has been one of the amazing product that got them a very good share in the country’s premium credit card segment for about 2 years in the row.
But there has been few changes to the card recently. So let’s re-visit if the card still holds good in its current form.
Table of Contents
|Type||Premium Credit Card|
|Reward Rate||0.5% – 5%|
|Annual Fee||2,999 INR+GST|
|Best for||Rewards on accelerated categories|
|USP||Quarterly/Annual Milestone Rewards|
SBI Prime Credit Card used to be an amazing product until SBI decided to cap the max. rewards on accelerated categories. However, even now the card holds pretty good for certain set of cardholders.
|Joining Fee||2,999 INR + GST|
|Welcome Benefit||Rs. 3,000 e-gift Voucher|
|Renewal Fee||2,999 INR + GST|
|Renewal Fee waiver||On spending >3 lakhs|
- Welcome Gift Voucher Options: Bata/Hush Puppies, Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop and Yatra.com)
When it comes to renewal, usually they charge the fee & then refund it back after a week, if renewal fee waiver condition is met. I wish they rather not charge at all, just to avoid confusion.
SBI Card Prime comes with different types of rewards: Regular, Milestone & Accelerated, here’s everything about it below,
- All regular spends: 2 RP per Rs.100 (0.50% Value)
- 1 Reward Point Value: Rs.0.25 (can be adjusted as statement credit)
To redeem points for stmt credit, simply call SBICard customer Care. Redemption fee of Rs.99 per request is applicable.
- Spend Rs.50,000: Get Rs.1,000 Pizza Hut e-Voucher (every calendar quarter)
- Spend Rs.5 Lakhs: Get Rs.7000 worth Yatra/Pantaloons Voucher.
I used the Pantaloons voucher during 2018 Diwali and got even greater savings on it.
- Standing instructions of Utility Bills payments: 20 RP per Rs.100 spent: (5% Value, Capped)
- Birthday Spends: 20 RP per Rs.100 spent (5% Value, capped from 22 Feb 2021)
- BigBasket: 15 RP per Rs.100 spent (3.75% Value)
- Dining, Groceries, Departmental stores and Movies: 10 RP per Rs.100 spent (2.5% Value)
Overall, as you see the entire rewards earning capability, its pretty well designed. Now the problem is RedGirraffe is removed from SI payments, but not to forget that other SI payments (LIC,EB, etc) are still eligible for accelerated reward points.
Update: With effect from 1 Oct ’19, a capping of 3,000 Reward Points per month will be placed on the earning of 20 Reward Points per 100 spent on Standing Instructions of Utility Bill Payments.
Update: Cumulative of 20 Reward Points accrued per Rs. 100 spent on your Birthday using SBI Card PRIME/Platinum of Allahabad Bank, City Union Bank, UCO Bank & Central Bank of India will have a capping of 2,000 Reward Points per year w.e.f. 22 Feb’21. T&C.
Airport Lounge Access
|ACCESS TYPE||ACCESS VIA||ACCESS LIMIT|
|Domestic (Primary)||Visa / Mastercard||2/Qtr|
|International (Primary)||Priority Pass||4 (Max: 2/Qtr)|
Remember, both lounge benefits applies only for Primary SBI Prime Credit Card holder. Priority Pass expires in 2 Years.
- Enjoy Complimentary Club Vistara Silver membership (1 Upgrade Voucher)
- Bookmyshow benefit
- Enjoy complimentary Trident Privilege Red Tier Membership & other benefits linked to it.
- Complimentary Lessons: 1 / Month
- Complimentary Games: 4 / Year
While SBI Prime Credit Card doesn’t have any standard golf benefit, you may still avail the Mastercard World Golf benefit if your card is issued under Mastercard network.
However, note that, if you choose Mastercard, you won’t be able to avail the Bookmyshow benefit which is available on Visa.
Let’s consider you spend about 5 lakhs a year with Rs.1.5Lakh in accelerated rewards (5%) and remaining as regular purchase, & meet quarterly targets. Let’s see how much rewards you get,
- Rs. 7,500 -> Accelerated Rewards: 5% on Rs.1.5L spend
- Rs.4,000 -> Pizza Hut vouchers (quarterly spends benefit)
- Rs.7,000 ->Yatra/Pantaloons voucher (5L Spend)
- Total Savings: Rs.20,000 on 5L spend which is ~4% Reward Rate
The major downside for some would be spending 1.5L on accelerated rewards which may reduce the overall reward rate.
But then if you consider fee waiver on 3L spend, lounge access & other benefits, I still see it as an amazing card in 2019 with returns far more than regular premium credit cards of this range.
So if you still have the question in mind: “if it’s still worth it?” – YES totally!
- Cardexpert Rating: 4/5
It’s obvious that SBI Prime makes sense for those who don’t have access to the super premium cards. Redgirraffe used to be an amazing benefit in the past, but remember, anything above 3% reward rate in the world of credit cards will live only for a short while.
So overall, I would say, it’s good to “hold” as long as you can spend 5L, else it’s OKAY to downgrade to SBI Simplyclick, which is also a decent card for online spends.
If your spends are on the higher side, you may also explore SBI Elite which comes with amazing Movie benefit or other bank super premium credit cards altogether.
What’s your take on SBI Prime in its current form? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
With RedGirraffe gone, I don’t think this card will be very useful for me. I’ve had this card only for 3 months. Is it advisable to cancel now? Or should I wait to complete the first year?
Better to wait for an year.
Sir card is not delivered to me by courier. How can I get the card. May I charged 2999 without delivery of card.
i used priority pass outside india which i got through prime pro credit card and there was charged on my card and its not reverse when i complained they answered me that prime pro credit cared had no free access of international lounges
Does this card award points for fuel purchase? If yes what’s the capping?
I was using 10+ years SBI gold card, never had problem.
Then I applied for the SBI Prime card in March 2020. I never got the card in my hand till today, however i have been charged for the annual fee Rs 3000 + GST etc.
when i approached SBI card support team and they accepted that the card could not be delivered but annual fee is is system generated, hence cant help on it.
Then i asked to at least deliver the card, but their delhivery partner could not deliver the card again. They didn’t even attempt to deliver the card ( im in Thrissur City, East fort, you can understand that its one of the prime city)
Then i asked SBI Cards to close the account, there has been around 13 + mails + 20++ phone calls to them and many many SR has been raised for closing the account.
But they only close the ticket that i raised but not given solution till date. I continue to get the statements monthly basis. I approached their nodal officer for escalations, every time i need to explain the issue from the start, they behave like they just born, so they do not know anything about it.
So finally i approached the respective consumer court and me and my advocate are in talk to file a case against SBI cards, I will update the progress on it.
So folks please be aware of SBI Cards and their service, as long as thing fine all will be ok. otherwise you will see the SBI Cards other face and they will eat your all money and time and peace of mind what else not.
Wish you all the best SBI cards customers.
How do you guys manage spends like 3L? Are people super rich and spend a lot of money?
I barely make 1.5L cumulative of my all credit cards.
Try to buy everything using credit card.
Even vegetables, stationary, milk. You will easily achieve 3L. Just use the Brain. Load online wallet using CC and buy using them. It been a month I barely used cash. Even daily cab accept paytm and other wallet. Just dont use cash. If anyone ask cash. Teach them to use wallet and you will see them using online wallet.
Do insurance payments on SI also count for 5%? My renewal is due on 10 Aug and I was thinking of dropping this card, given that I hold diners black, stanc ultimate, amex plat travel etc which more than suffice for all my spends.
PS – the only reason I held this card is electricity bill payment of my home. If there is any alternate card that offers 5%, direct or through wallet, I would immediately dump this one. Is there any?
I got 20x without any cap on my insurance SI.
Do you have LIC on autopay? If so, do you mind sharing when the insurance payment is deducted?
You LIC payment is deducted between 25 to 30 days after its payment date.
And the 20 rewards point you will get after 10 – 40 days post deduction.
do we have to register through SBI Card site/app to get 20x?
Hi Shubhanshu Sharma,
Yes we need to register through sbicard.com
@KK bill paid on niki app via coupon inturn paid via payzapp with billpay code can easily beat 5% uptil a certain amount. Credit card points are additional.
Payzapp gives 5% cashback upto Rs 250 per month
Axis Ace card is the king of all cashback card. 5% cashback on utility bill via Google pay and rest 2% unlimited cash back.
Got a spend based offer for the first time!
Spend* Rs.94000 with your SBI Credit Card
ending xxxx during 23 Jul – 23 Aug ’19 & get a
Taj Hotels Voucher worth Rs.5,000..
Decided to hold the card
I got the offer for tara card
Much awaited article. Thanks for effort and taking out time.
Reward redemption to statement cash credit available in prime?There is such option in their app or online..Pls reply..Thanks in advance
Yes, Reward redemption to statement cash credit available in prime. For that you have to contact customer care & redemption charge is Rs.99
No option in the app or wesbite as fas as i know. You need to call customer care for redemption to cash credit.
This card value is only justified if you use it for utility payment otherwise the value is very low. The same utility return percentage can be get if we use combination of amex mrcc and amex gold card. One can earn 24k points and redeem for gold collection or hot rewards…
Amex does not award points for utility payments. What you must be talking about is using the card for 6 times a month for bonus rewards of 1000 points.
You can points on utility payments by paying through any wallet. And also amex provide i guess 5% cashback of points on registration for paying directly with them…. But anyways i pay through wallet.
The Milestone benefits of Rs 5 lakh is calculated for spends made as per calendar year January – December? Or any 12-month period?
Card Anniversary Year.
I got this card in May and I crossed the 5 lacs mile stone. I received the Rs.3,000/-(welcome voucher) and Rs. 7,000/- (5 lacs mile stone benefit). When I requested them to reverse the annual fee, they said it would be reversed during the renewal but not now. Reliance is no more a partner of this card. I don’t find interest in this card any more.
Simply click is my all time favourite SBI card. You get 1.25 with this card and you can redeem directly for Amazon or Cleartrip vouchers. They are very useful indeed.
Do you recommend me to apply for Ethihad or Air India Signature Card as a secondary card? I’m not a frequent flyer, but I want to experience something new. Which is better Ethihad or Air India? Will they do the enquiry once again? Will it have a separate limit or shared limit?
Vistara status benefit is only for 1 year, and Priority Pass is also issued for 2 years only. Forex markup is 3.5% whereas a semi premium card like Regalia First also offers 2%. The forced joining fee of Rs 3,000 is also too much – and the Pizza Hut vouchers given are really useless because Pizza Hut has the worst pizzas, and there may be many like me who don’t eat pizzas at all!
I think Prime has lost the sheen, maybe a 3-star card now?
True. I hope they do something. Pizza hut pizzas are sub par.
You can still pay your rent on RedGiraffe using any SBI Card or for that matter any Visa or MasterCard when paying via PayZapp as highlighted by someone in your twitter thread.
Only issue is you cannot automated the bill payment. You need to pay it each month.
Will that process still get 20RP for every 100 spent?
Interesting, didn’t know about rent payment via PayZap. For now, I’ve been using NoBroker.
This will only get you 0.5% rewards (the base point scheme, 2points per ₹100). But with removal of Redgirraffe from the bill portal, that’s the best you can do for rent with this card.
If your spends are more online, go for Simply Click without any second thought. It’s an amazing and more rewarding than any other SBI card.
Do check HSBC Cashback card as well!
Yes. I have the simplyclick and it is my most favourite card. The main advantage of online spend cards is their versatility. You can use wallets and make almost all of your spends through it. Although the 1.25 % reward rate is nothing much to brag about the reward rate is consistent unlike hdfc 10x RP and the SBI Card app is a really good and easy to use app. The reward redemption is also quick and easy.I used to have the simplysave card before this. I found that most of my spends are online and sometimes i was not getting 10x RP for dining spends so I made the jump.
Niki.ai app gives 5% or 6% instant discount offer on Recharge & bill payments each month(till 10th of month). Max discount is Rs.150. And payzapp also gives 5% cashback(max 250) at Niki.
happen to read in other comments section that international visits through priority pass is not getting renewed. Can someone confirm?
@valliappan – yes it’s only for 2 years then not renewed after that
@ ARR – does Simplyclick give lounge access? Also curious – what did you spend 5 lakhs on in 2 months? Rent or did you buy a car
SBI Simply Click does not give Lounge Access.
I too agree with you that the Simply Click doesn’t give you any lounge access , but it can fetch you Cleartrip or Amazon vouchers to fly. (I personally feel that most of the readers aren’t frequent flyers).
Prime reward rate is very low when we Compare with that of Simply Click.
Coming to the 5lacs milestone; we had a marriage in our family. Because of that I could cross it.
I hold sbi prime for 3 months now. I only pay utility bill through SI and save 5%.
From this month, i am not getting 20x RP. Have raised a complaint. They need 30 days time for points to credit before it was instantly done.
I can hit milestone mark easily with this card. Was upgraded from click, i didn’t find that card beneficial for me. As I don’t spend on amazon too much. Still i’ll rather wait and see what happens.
Any other card for utility bill payments?
SBI Card CC team is telling that all accelerated rewards will get credited after one month from transaction date
They seem to have got overwhelming numbers under 20x points so they wish to curtail now
Hence Redgiraffe removed, capping effected
I am holding SBI Prime for almost 2 years and I loved the card very much. It was the best card I had considering my spend pattern. I’ve even recommended to many and I consider this as the best SBI card and one of the best card to be issued in India. Clubbed with SBI Rewardz and CRED, I was earning close to 10% reward rate (5% + 1.4% Yatra/Pantaloon Voucher + 2.5% SBI Rewardz + Rs 4000 Pizza Hut Vouchers + CRED vouchers/kill the bill).
Literally overnight SBI decided to devaluate. Not a steady devaluation like HDFC DCB but from hero to zero in one stroke. Heck, I feel this is better than SBI Rewardz which was devaluated retrospectively! Also I did not like the fact how it was communicated like I had requested for deregistering of Red Giraffe and no mails send only SMS.
Now with the devaluations and not so good stuff like:
– Removal of Red Giraffe
– Capping of other Utility Bills points
– Removal of accelerated points for Reliance Fresh/Trends purchases
– Limited period Vistara Silver and Priority Pass
– Charges for changing variant from Visa to MC or vice versa, changing billing date, etc
I have decided to close my SBI Prime shortly. Waiting for One Plus 7 cashback to hit my account and redemption of the balance reward points. Doesn’t make sense to get some other card even SBI Simply Click unless issued LTF. With my LTF ICICI Amazon, why would I use SBI Simply Click? By the way, this is the 4th card I’m closing this year others being Yes First Preffered, ICICI Jet Airways Sapphiro Visa and ICICI Jet Airways Sapphiro Amex. 😀
i think closing YFP was not wise….Its ltf and on top of it – it provide domestic and international lounge access.
What’s reason behind closing Yes first preferred Card?
@ICONIA and Prashanth Gupta,
– It was already devalued when Amazon/Flipkart vouchers were removed
– absence of the 2/3/5/10X promos for me. Was not targeted for any spend based offers
– paltry 40k limit on a so called premium card and they never gave LE offers
– no offer for enhancement to YFE. Both upgrade and LE was not considered even my repeated requests
– recent devaluation by 50%
– aggressive sms and email send for payment even when the due is zero or I had already paid. Was getting irritating
I have SCB Ultimate which gives unlimited domestic and limited international lounge access so not seeing what YFP is adding value to my portfolio. I had given final ultimatum to Yes Bank: you can either upgrade to YPE or close this card. They chose to close the card. 😀
I am not closing the card yet because of lounge access, but i dont know why they are mot upgrading my card even though there were some good spends at the time of offers and I recently took a loan offer also.
i also closed my LTF YFP
being reason: devaluation, low limit, bad RP redemption options
Can you give more details of SBI Rewards? Never used it. The website seems broken.. its rendered incorrectly, cant understand anything.
SBI gave rewards for SI of lic premium @6rp/100. That’s a weird number. I have raised a complaint. Let’s see.
My Card is converted to prime from platinum, Since then I’ve only 50K Limit in this card, ask for limit increase but they denied with reason internal policy.
Can you please provide more details for Golf, I’ve SBI Card Prime (VISA varient), they said the golf course is expired and no more details with customer support team.
People are saying capping of utility bill payment points. Can you elaborate this? I have 2 SIs scheduled for clearance in Aug – one is an insurance payment of 1,00,000 and other is a utility bill (electricity) of 70k. Will I get 5% on both?
I was reading the T&C of Prime card available on their website. As per clause 11.3 (j), it appears the capping is for 7500 points for the accelerated rewards categories
Thanks Puneet for sharing this.
Here’s the full line:
(j) SBICPSL’s decision on computation of Points will be final, conclusive and binding on the Cardholder.
Reward Points on accelerated categories as defined in section 11 of Terms and Conditions, will be subject to a capping of 7500 Reward Points
per “calendar month”. After reaching this monthly cap, the cardholder will accrue “1 Reward Point per Rs.100” on eligible transactions done in
When they changed terms and conditions ? May i know?
I paid bills of 60K and only got 3966 points. 7500pts capping if true i should have got max 7500 pts. Still waiting for the update from team sbicards.
No idea, I checked only after this comment.
I don’t know how it happened but below is from my May-2019 statement:
SI on my insurance premium of 1L
Closing balance: 42016
Could be June/July update
This one point alone will make this card useless if this upper cap applicable to birthday spends as well
In this case, the main article must strongly mention this capping aspect, not under ‘caution’ section.
Since its mentioned in SBI’s terms & conditions, raising tickets wont solve it.
For larger good it should be part of ‘Milestone benefits’ heading.
@ sorry not under Milestone rewards but under Accelerated rewards.
My 9th july statement they have given me 22k points ( insurance + other utilities).
so this looks like a very recent update.
4 star not justified. Only insuranace bill payment will not recover the cost of card of Rs 3590/-. Other utility other than rlectricity are very small.
You need to make approx. 72000/- per annum of Utility payment to recover the cost of 3590/- assuming there is no upper cap.
For other transactions why will you pay 3590 and get 0.5% when Lower version like sbi click / save / axis flipkart or icici amazon gives you 1-1.5% at cost of 499/-. Per annum.
Even before they stopped Red Giraffe and capping of points, the real value of Prime was got in the first 2 years only.
After 2 years it’s definitely not a traveller friendly card whether domestic or international. No PP, no Vistara, and Forex markup of 3.5% as against Regalia First which is 2%. And I say again the quarterly Pizza Hut vouchers are a real waste and should not be counted as a benefit.
Can someone guide: For rent, which card should one use? I have a rent payment of around 35,000/month & also LIC & other insurance to pay out for. I have HDFC DCB only as of now
Which shall be the best card for rent payment now? I have DCB, does it give 3.3% cashback fir transaction on Redgiraffe?
Yes Pawan. DCB will give 3.3% for RedGiraffe transaction. Another reason to use DCB for rent payment is, it will contribute hugely in meeting the threshold spend of 5 lakhs per annum, to make it a free card for that year. I have read some comments where SCB Ultimate card (which also gives 3.3%) is now being used for rent payment. But SCB Ultimate does not have any annual threshold spend limit beyond which the card would be free. Meaning, one will still have to pay Rs5000 for SCB Renewal fee, irrespective of any amount spend in the prior year. So if anyone has both cards SCB Ultimate and DCB, it will make sense for him to use DCB for rent payment and thereby save the annual fee of Rs5000.
I am Planning to buy a car on my birthday . Will i get limitless 20RP ? Please Confirm if anyone ever got uncapped RP on Bday?
Still now,no capping on RP on Birthday spends.Better check with CC before doing the transaction
This month I received around 25000 RP on birthday spend but Fuel spends are not considered
Its not only on Birthday,one day before and one day after birthday also considered
I got uncapped accelerated RP on my birthday, but that was few months back.
Thanks bro vk and amit kumar
I just applied a got the SBI Elite. I has applied for the prime, but I got the elite. Besides the extra 2k as annual fee, is there any difference? I’m not able to make out what extra features. There is also an Elite advantage and seems exact replica of elite. I’m wondering if I should surrender it and get the Prime as originally planned.
The SBI advantage cards are secured credit cards issued against fixed deposit. Apart from that there’s no difference between normal and advantage cards.
Oh ok. Thanks. But between Elite and Prime, is there any advantage for the extra 2k annual fees?
Doc – not really, unless you watch a lot of movies and then you take take advantage of the bookmyshow free tickets.
Elite not worth it in my opinion
Don’t forget to update your experience
Have you used it on your birthday, what about points
I have set SI for Electricity bill, Telephone bill, Insurance Premium and Internet bills.
I get 20 RP per 100 for all these – Have so far received without any cap.
Use the same for Groceries and Department store expenses (10RP/100)
But somehow feel 7K voucher for 5L spend is undervalued and 1k Pizza hut voucher is almost useless.
Any alternate for Utility bill payment would be great.
I will switch this to BPCL and use it for fuel and use some other card for all utility bills.
Where did you find it in terms and conditions document, all I see is this only in page 38
I have downloaded the terms and conditions from Features
Terms and Conditions
For detailed Terms and Conditions and Usage Directions, click here
(j) SBICPSL’s decision on computation of Points will be final, conclusive and binding on the Cardholder.
Hi everyone, if I register HDFC life insurance policy under utility with auto-pay option, will I get 20 RP? As per sbi credit card backend team, the HDFC life auto-pay not supported. Please share your experience. Thanks.
@Himanshu Kainth – was your bill payment done through standing instruction or manually? 20 RPs per Rs. 100 is valid only on SIs. I also learnt it the hard way. This is the SMS I received from them :
“Due to some technical error, your Prime Credit Card ending 0325 was credited with 1140 Reward Points against non- SI Utility Bill payments done between 1st Mar?19 and 15th Jul?19. As accelerated Reward Points are only applicable for Standing Instruction (SI), your 1026 Reward Points will be debited. We regret the inconvenience caused.”
I have been recieving 20x points since i hold prime card. Its not a new biller addition. Payment was done through SI only. Team told to wait for 30 days and remaining points will be credited.
@Conscience I did spend of 1 Lac on my birthday this year and have received 5% as reward points (i.e 20k RP)
I believe there is no Cap for bday spends.
Which month you had your birthday
I’m also looking for best card to pay rent. Red giraffe works with amex? I heard it has more surcharges / not supported. I would love to use amex mrcc for rent payment and I am looking for a way! The next best card I have is icici Amazon pay card which is compatible with red giraffe. However I will earn 250 points for 25k rent and I guess the surcharge also comes around the same amount 😁. Any other reliable sites for rent payment? I saw a site named paymatrix which supports amex but not sure if it’s reliable. Also how much is the extra charges for no broker? They always ask for our personal details but do not provide a clear tariff in the site. Kindly help.
Diners black via Payzapp
NoBroker is pathetic. Their charges change every month.
4 months back, it was 149 for 31k rent.
2 months back, it become 199.
This month, it 301.
I think now NoBroker charges 99 for rent upto 10k, 149 for rent 10k-30k & 1% above 30k. Damn too high! RedGirraffe charges 0.4602% including GST. If your card doesn’t support RedGirraffe, then pay 30k via NoBroker and transfer rest via NEFT/IMPS, if this is possible at all for you. NoBroker supports Amex cards as well.
Paymatrix charges 2.36% for credit cards.
For all this hassle its better to pay the landlord in cash and ask him to reduce the rent since it will in anyway become non taxable and he will save money(Good old cash always works-no matter how much we say that we want a cashless economy ,everything is against going cashless) 😛
I have two SBI CARDS
One is Sbi Prime and other is Simply click
Both have almost same credit limits.
Is it good to close simply click and merge limit with PRIME
How did you get two SBI cards? Could you please educate us in this regard?
Just applied for a fresh Card. Got approved
you can have 2 cards for SBI,
1 can be from premium segemet (elite or prime) and 1 lower variant (simply click, etc) or 1 co branded (yatra sbi , air india, etc)
@ Dheeraj – if you have completed 2 years with Prime, then close Prime! Unless you are able to spend 3 lakhs on it and get free renewal
Thanks for the suggestion.
I have applied for ‘SBI prime PRO’ credit card. I was told that it has same benefits as the original prime card with the added benefit of getting fee waiver on spending just 2 lacs instead of 3 lacs of the the original prime. Also it’s 1st year is free.
There is no official info in the SBI websites about this card.
And I am beginning to suspect that he didn’t tell me all details truly.
Can u do a review for this card? How does it fare with the original prime card?
THANKS. I do love your reviews.
@Sid, @Mickey – Will Priority pass, Club Vistara membership issued as Prime privileges be applicable even after I downgrade SBI Prime to some other card?
On any credit card for this matter.
This is a good Q – Arun 26/08 –
anyone know the answer?
Vistara benefit is only valid for the 1st year. Even the upgrade voucher is only a 1-time thing, so I think once you have paid the 2,999/- joining fees for Prime you should get these benefits. Even PP is valid for only 2 years
Thanks for this article.
I was thinking of upgrading my Simply Click card to Prime card to take benefit of 5% on rent & utility payment and in-course hitting the milestones and getting the additional vouchers.
Since this card has been devalued and I now hold ICICI Amazon Pay card, I would close my Simply Click after after I receive the Rs. 750 Amazon gift card and 0.5gm gold coin for my June and July spends under the Gold Rush offer.
Bye Bye to the only SBI card I hold.
Also, if I remember correctly, Sid you once wrote an article about SBI card aiming to overtake HDFC to become the largest issuer of credit cards in India. With this SBI devalue and HDFC Smartbuy offer on Credit & Debit card, I don’t see that happening.
Rightly said. If SBI really is looking to become #1, these kinds of actions will not bode well with cardholders and prospects.
HDFC, on the other hand, is expanding their Smartbuy program (I saw RedBus added today in-line with Flipkart integration).
Hi, is LIC Life Insurance Corporation on the SI 5% list, because I could not find it on their site, was thinking for applying for this card,thanks.
Just got a call from CC saying that i will be getting 20 reward points for standing instruction . As started earlier had got 6 points . seems they had some problem. All will be getting the remaining points within 30 day s as confirmed by CC.
I got the same issue and same thing told by cc. Wait ti 30 days remaining points will be credited.
I downloaded my prime card to simply click,
Will I get welcome gift of downgraded card?
can I use old card till I get new physical card?
brother…did u try? did u find the answer?
one can get a welcome gift if the new card is downgraded from another card type?
I have the SBI prime card and after posts from members I decided to call the centre and confirm the revision to reward points. Apparently from July 2018 the accelerated reward points stand revised to a max of 7500/ month and birthday spends are also restricted to a max of 7500/ month. Any further spends will reward points of 2 per Rs 100 spent.. Hardly makes sense retaining this card anymore especially for folks who thrived on birthday spends.
I think the T&C mentions that 7500/month limit is only for 10x points-> groceries, departmental purchase, movies and dining. There is no mention on limit on 20x partners-> SI or birthday spends. I received 20x points last months on birthday spends well over 7500 points. Though I received only 6rps/100 for SI on lic. cc asked me to wait until 30th August for remaining points to be credited along with any other remaining or upcoming 20x spends in august. Seems they are doing some changes in the backend, expect to have some changes in September. They already removed reliance fresh as 15x partner.
Birthday spends are not capped as on Sep 2019.
A quick query.
Request your suggestions on Utility bill payment avenues with good return value.
SC Super value Titanium, etc have a monthly capping on rewards points and this severely undermines its value.
Payzapp etc comparatively offer 5% upto 250/month but this is a promotion offer.
Iconia offers 0.7% on utility bills.
Welcome your suggestions.
With Redgiraffe gone from SBI Prime, I used Payzapp to pay rent and got 10x points on my Diners Clubmiles card (13.3% reward rate).
RBL maxima gives 5x on utility category without monthly capping.
Amazon pay credit card gives you 2% cashback. More details below, with comparison to similar cashback cards.
Load money into wallets like Paytm and Amazon, through Amex MRCC and pay bills through these wallets.
Upto 11% returns on Amex MRCC through monthly bonus points. Cashbacks (although small) from Paytm/Amazon are another bonus.
Depends also on how much is the value of your Utility bills – if it’s not more than 6500 per month then just take the Payzapp 250 cashback offer.
Otherwise if value is higher, then only getting RP benefits makes sense.
SBI card is also planning to list on the stock exchange. (Today’s Eco Times)
I think this could be the 1st standalone card company to be listed as a separate entity Sid?
After the massive devaluation of SBI Prime, they are now trying with useless offers with puny limits:
August month offer: 5% cashback on first three new autobill payment with maximum cashback of Rs 100 per bill payment
July month offer: Flat Rs 100 cashback on a minimum Rs 1000 bill payment. Another offer: 5% cashback on Recharges/DTH with Minimum Rs 300 transaction and Rs 100 per card account.
I’ve shifted my bill payments to Standard Chartered Ultimate. 3.3% reward points with a limited period offer of 10% cashback upto Rs 100 for six month for Electricity, Gas and Telecom.
Has anyone received the remaining 14x points for standing instruction payments?
No they are not updating the bills also to pay I guess they are in great loss for this feature
I’m also receiving promo emails almost daily from them for irrelevant offers like jewellery making charges etc.
They should instead continue with the more usable and better features like the Vistara silver and Priority Pass even after 2 years.
With effect from 1 Oct ’19, a capping of 3,000 Reward Points per month will be placed on the earning of 20 Reward Points per 100 spent on Standing Instructions of Utility Bill Payments.
I got in the mail
With effect from 1 Oct ’19, a capping of 3,000 Reward Points per month will be placed on the earning of 20 Reward Points per 100 spent on Standing Instructions of Utility Bill Payments.
Is this true? I’ve not revived such email
Any capping on 20 rewards points on birthday spends ?
I made a large transaction in July and received 20x points in 2 days. Not sure now.
The Cap on SI was expected considering they are holding points since July. I have only received 6points/100 for 2 of my SI in July and Aug. They said I will receive everything by Aug 31. That is passed (almost) and the remaining points are nowhere to be seen.
SBI is really in overdrive to devalue the Prime Card. Well, they seem to have achieved it.
At the same time, I’m seeing billboards and advertisement of the Prime card all over town. Kind of contradictory and defeats the purpose. You are massively devaluing your card and then spending huge money on advertising! Not to mention the IPO which is in the works – the 1st ever standalone IPO for a credit card!
I work with allahabadbank, n the bank has offered this card to all its employees as LTF. After reading your article, i think i got a good deal from my employer.
Elite is also offered as LTF (including free movie tkts) to top management of the organisation.
Thanks for wonderful insights.
Is there a comprehensive list of what falls under the utility bill category.
First, they scrapped RedGirrafe, now they’re refusing to credit points for phone and broadband bills.
Might as well cancel the card, its become more and more useless to me.
I have the voucher code for my SBI PRIME which we got as welcome offer, any suggestion how to retrieve the same from SBI again?
*I have lost
Call SBI customer care. They can send again.
I had also deleted my code – it was re-sent by a simple call to customer care
Applied for SBI elite card 2 weeks ago, office address verification done almost 2 days after applying. No update since then.
Can anyone tell how to proceed.
I have a prime card and I regret now. They have substandard customer care support, what I personally felt is they are not trained properly most of them doesn’t know the process and struggling to answer the questions, if they can’t answer it properly they disconnect call the just like that,
Saroj – don’t bother too much about customer care, how many times will you interact with them anyway? Contact SBI card on Twitter, they are very good.
But why so you regret the Prime card? If it’s suitable for your needs then enjoy using it
Hi all Don’t think they have sorted out rewards points . auto debit of electricity bill just 1% was given. for the earlier auto debit have not got the remaining points .
Same here. Pending since July month even after multiple emails.
Just now I checked and it seems they have today posted the remaining points for all my Autopay standing instructions that were earlier incorrect.
Further, there was no capping on the points and I have received 20 per 100 for all the transactions.
Hope they continue this way.
Recieved bulk points today. Will calculate later, but seems all points are received now.
Good news….have just checked my SBI Card Account….the pending points for the earlier Auto-debits have finally been credited today!
I too received pending points for July SI payments
Is the bigbasket wallet load eligible for 15 rp?
Now , As we know from 1 Oct ’19, a capping of 3,000 Reward Points per month ie. effectively very less for me , can you suggest any other credit card who spends around 7L on utility bills.
I haven’t received my welcome gift voucher and pizza hut voucher for this quarter (my usage > 1 lac). Does anyone know how to contact customer care via call, as I can’t see any option to connect with CC through help line number.
Also how to redeem my reward points to cash?
Bhanu just send an email to them from the app for both issues.
Dial the below number
39 02 02 02 (prefix local STD code)
If there is any restriction or capping on birthday spends reward points on this card.
An early response will be much appreciated.
I had applied for MasterCard variant thinking that MasterCard has better airport lounge program than visa. However, I received visa variant. Should I keep it or ask for replacement?
There will be Maximum cap of 3000 reward points per month on Standing Instructions of Utility Bill Payments with effect from October 2019. “Get 20 Reward Points per Rs. 100 spent on standing instructions of Utility Bills payments, w.e.f. 1 Oct ’19, a capping of 3,000 Reward Points per month will be placed on this earning”. This update came in my last month statement as well as got updated in the SBICARD website too..
Are you guys getting the bookmyshow benefit with SBI prime card?! I am unable to claim the said offer. My card was originally issued as SBI Platinum card which then became SBI Prime.
Just to update everyone, there is no cap on 20 Rewards point on Birthday Spend as of Nov. first week. i Just Spent close to 3 L on my card and got the Points without any Cap.
Birthday points are unlimited as of October end. BUT here is a warning. If your birthday falls on say 15th of October. You will get 20 reward points per 100/- for shopping (including wallet loads or whatever) on 14, 15 and 16. But don’t do the transactions on 14th before 3:00 AM because the SBI systems settle transactions at 2:30 AM in the night and anything done before that is settled for a previous day. I made that mistake and wasn’t initially given the points but I had to fight with the customer care and eventually got it as I had not deleted the OTP email.
So, for birthday on 15th, your transaction window is 14th 3:00 AM to 16th 11:59 PM.
Not able to decide between the SBI Prime and the AMEX Plat Travel. Both have priority pass and lounge access. I guess Prime has better domestic lounge access. Good thing with Prime is the fee waiver which I don’t think is present on AMEX Plat. Might just use the AMEX for 1 year and try and negotiate at renewal time. I easily spend 5-6 lakhs annually on credit cards.
Even without fee waiver, the return on Amex PT is around 7%. For Prime, return can be anywhere from 2.5% to 5% depending on how much you spend on the accelerated RP categories. Secondly, do you prefer travel vouchers (amex) or a statement credit (prime). You should consider these factors before you decide.
Do they give free event offers on prime card like they give on ELITE cards? Earlier they used to give free comicon tickets, now I heard they have diljit dosanjh show passes.
Can anyone tell me if the welcome vouchers on paying the fee are just for the 1st year or will they be given every year on payment of the fee?
Only for the first year
Welcome vouchers are only for the first year. The term welcome benefits says that. If there are renewal benefits, it will be as mentioned as renewal benefits or will be mentioned as every year benefit.
No. You will get vouchers on the payment of Joining Fee only. From next year onwards, either you cross the spend threshold (Rs. 3L in one year) or pay the full renewal fee of Rs. 3540.
Welcome benefit is always for 1 year
Welcome vouchers are only given for the first year when the fee is paid as the name suggests. Many cards have renewal benefits too. Hope it helps!
Can anyone explain me one thing.
Here SBI mentioned that we will get 10x RPs on Dining Grocery etc.
So if I spend on Grofers and Zomato, then I will get 10x RPs?
Sid can you please confirm?
AFAIK, only Kotak considers online dining spends as “dining” for accelerated rewards. Not sure about SBI.
The Prime card is currently fetching 10 points for every 100 spent on Swiggy restaurant orders! Even I’m surprised.
No. Dining, Grocery offers are applicable only for offline spends on SBI cards.
I had applied for the SBI Vistara Prime card but apparently those aren’t being given yet so got the regular prime card instead. Can anyone tell me what the process for upgrading to the Vistara card will be? Like achieving a certain spend criterion, or holding this card for a certain period etc?
I see rent option back in utility bills section!Any idea if it still fetches points?
Since July last year, for utlity bill payments, I have to keep following up with SBI for the bonus reward points even after 45 days waiting period is over. Is anyone else facing this? If this keeps happening, I will just complete the yearly spend target for annual charges and stop using this card completely. I will probably keep for few more months and then cancel.
Is there anyway to extend Priority Pass Lounge access afte 2 years,Mines Expiring In July 2020
I made an lic payment via auto pay.
But received only 2 points per hundred rupees.
Do the additional points come later?
Or should they have been processed at the same time?
Does anyone get LIC accelerated points after 45 days by paying through SI?
when are accelerated rewards for payment by standing instruction credited to your account, i mean after how many days of transaction
Please watch out for this card. I just noticed that lot of restaurants are not getting the 10 reward points. All of transactions tagged as “Dep store and grocery” on their spend analyzer are not getting credited the 10 reward points. Also, noticed that the TNEB bill which I paid using auto pay via their billdesk did not get the 20 reward points.
Their customer care dodges the call and have hanged me up few times .Please ask your users to check their bill and reward points.
Raise a complaint using their in-mail functionality available in your account. In most cases, the regular CC reps don’t solve these issues. Just escalate to the nodal officers and the issue will get resolved most of the time. If not you can escalate further to the principal nodal officer. With SBI, I found this is the best way to get issues resolved even though it takes a little while.
Did anyone use Balance Transfer from SBI card for 60 days and the same has been billed in my current statement which was generated just 3 days later after BT? Do I need to pay the bill or is there any other option?
Can anyone confirm if 20X reward points on birthday spend is applicable to any transaction?
Even online transactions as well?
Yes. Both online and offline though you should confirm it as per latest tnc.
I asked few months back about the exclusion and customer executive which I feel is knowledgeable told me all wallet load fetches 20RP on Birthday but fuel transaction is excluded and I was amazed to hear that fuel transaction on Birthday will cancel all 20RP earn on Birthday. My birthday is coming in may last and I’ve queued already around 25+ transaction on that day but still confused as I’ll tank full all vehicles of my house . Yet to confirm and customer care is out of service and sending PROBLEM isn’t working too.
Normally fuel transaction doesn’t give any points. So 20 reward points won’t be applicable on fuel transactions. 20 reward points is applicable for all transactions which will give reward points. You will get 20 reward points for all wallet loads on birthday (3 days – a day before, birthday and a day after). You can load wallet and do fuel transaction from wallet.
If there is any capping on birthday reward points?
I’ve spent 1 lakh during mine and got 20x for it. I don’t think there is any capping.
No capping yet.
Hi Sid I need one clarification.
My prime card Pantaloons voucher was expaird this year March I can’t redeem the points.
If any possible for extend time or getting new code
My sbi prime points are expiring, but due to lockdown I wasn’t able to redeem against the statement credit (which is the best option available), as customer care is available for critical issues like card lost, fraud transaction only.
I already lost 4000 pts expired in April 2020.
Did anyone knows any other way to redeem other than customer care?
Is their any chance that will extend the RP validity like amex?
You can redeem for vouchers or products on SBI website or app.
I got e vouchers for flipkart and Amazon for them. I too lost 1600 points. And the customer care is absent for SBI.
That’s Sad!! I converted all my points to Pantaloons and Shoppers Stop vouchers which have 1-year validity. I can always sell the vouchers on different websites for a 5-10% discount.
Please send an email from the sbi card app requesting the customer care to convert all points to statement credit.
Yes. I have redeemed my 10000 points as statement credit yesterday. Direct message on twitter at their customer care handle. Mention your issue and registered mobile number. They will call you back in about three days. Go ahead.
Write them am emil for the expired as well as redemption to statement credit. It should work.
Not sure about the email I’d
FEEDBACK [at] sbicard.com
I used it 2 years back. They redeemed in multiple of 2000 for Rs. 500/- credit each.
When do points expire for Prime?
I wasn’t able to find the fee waiver info anywhere on the website. I have been charged the fee even when my spends were north of 3L in the last membership year. The fee was charged and has not been reversed even after two months. I have raised this to the nodal authority who has replied that there is no such offer on my cc.
They usually charge and reverse it automatically. You should reply to the nodal office with the screenshot of the credit card product page and also leave a link.
Just Message them at Twitter sbicards_connect , ull get your problem solved soon. I’ve redeemed 25000 points yesterday against cash.
Do we get 20X birthday reward points for insurance spends in SBI Prime ?
Dear Cardholder, your SBI Card ending xxxx is eligible for Annual Fee waiver of Rs 2999. The same will be credited to your card account within 30 days.
Received above message yesterday and got my statement for Rs. 3529 today. Annual fee + gst.
Did you get the Annual fee waiver without reaching the milestone spends of 3lacs required for this waiver?
DK, I spent 5 lakhs last year on my SBI prime and got waiver for this year.
This card does not add much value to me now. Planning to flip it to Simply Click.
SBI is notorious for not giving any kind of waiver if you don’t HIT the spend. So. For Prime, if you cant do the 3 lac, they literally say stuff like maybe this card isn’t for you, you can downgrade.
I got fee waiver but I was reached milestone.
Well I have had a different experience. You can always ask them to connect you with the Retention team & they very easily help you with equivalent reward points. So, for Prime they will immediately post 12000 points & for SimplyClick/SimpleSave they will post 2000 points even before they realise the card fee payment.
1. Is there a direct number of the retention team or you went through customer care? Or was this an email id you wrote to?
2. Did you start in a particular manner which increased your chances for consideration?
Looks like “Bigbasket: 15 RP per Rs.100 spent (3.75% Value)” is not available anymore. My recent Bigbasket transaction earned my only 10 Rp. I crosschecked the SBI Prime home page & they seem to have removed Bigbasket there too!
I have lost the sms for welcome gift. Can anyone pls give me the details of the sms that we need to send to choose shoppers stop GV and to which number?
To redeem, call our helpline no. at 18601801290/39020202 (prefix local STD code) or simply SMS SW A,B,C,D or E to 5676791; A: Yatra for Business, B: Hush Puppies/Bata, C: Van Heusen, Louis Philippe, Allen Solly & more; D: Pantaloons, E: Shoppers Stop.
Thank you! I got my SS e-voucher!
I’d applied for the SBI Prime card around mid-February. The lousy people came and collected the documents in the first week of March. Didn’t bother to process the application till lock-down started. No update for the next 2 months. I then raised the matter on their social media platform. Reference number provided but no action even on that. Raised the matter again as the processing was pending for more than 2 months. Though I can understand the situation due to lock-down, they appear to be nothing short of a bunch of incompetent morons. After several days, received a call from their customer care that the card is already internally approved and shall be processed and dispatched soon. After nearly 4 months of waiting and having placed 2-3 inquiries on CIBIL, today, I received a text message that SBI cannot issue the card due to their internal policy! What’s hilarious is that their website still shows that the application is under processing. I now no longer care whether SBI issues the card or not, they can keep it for themselves and shove it up their nose! Will stick to my spends on Amex and Diners Privilege.
Update: Received the Prime card today. Appears they finally approved it.
But I cannot believe that that have given a paltry limit of only 53K!
Same with me, received a call informing internal approval and then a message that it cannot be issued after but the website still says under processing. Can you tell me what happened next and how long it took for you to know it got approved? Thanks.
They actually mess up with the application numbers. From the communications that I received, it appears that there were at least 3 application numbers in my name for the same card. So they declined two and approved one. Pretty poor from SBI if they cannot manage it. Perhaps could be due to the lockdown and lack of staff.
I would suggest you reach out to their social media platforms via Facebook or Twitter and they will get back to you. You can explain these when they call you. But its likely to take some time. If you follow up and persist, it may go through, provided its declined solely due to more than one application number, like in my case. Good luck! It can be a useful card particularly because HDFC cards have been devalued.
Thank You Rahil Shah, I will push for it through social media and will update here regarding the outcome. I had an open SBI fbb styleup application pending since more than 6 months and they closed it now. Yup, looks good deal now. Have a nice day.
Hey turns out they were closing my earlier open applications to probably make way for this application’s approval. I received a mail later staying the Fbb sbi card I applied long ago can’t be issued. I hope this one is issued soon.
Is the 20RP on B’day spends available only for first year or does this extend to subsequent years. Also how long are the 5 lac mile stone vouchers (Yatra / Pantaloon) valid? 6months or 1 year? will decide the voucher accordingly
20 RP on Birthday spends is for all the subsequent years also
20RP is valid for lifetime and I have personally used it for 2-3 times in the same card. Recently I have spend 4 lakhs on my wife’s card.Also you can earn unlimited 20 reward points on birthday spends and one important thing that many people don’t know is that 20 RP on birthday is valid for three days – on birthday, a day before and a day after. Validity of vouchers I don’t remember.
yes this makes it better than SBI elite
1Yr validity for SS welcome voucher. I guess it might be the same.
if i take Add on card….then birthday 20 rewards offer will work on add on card or no t ?
no one talk about 7.5X for preferred merchant.
Can someone tell me about that ?
Anyone pls explain if any type of transactions not counted in reaching Rs. 3 Lakh / Rs. 5 lakh Milestones. I recently checked with customer care over call and they told approx. Rs. 40,000( Rs. 2.1 lakh vs 2.5 lakh spent yet) less as cumulative expenditure in comparison to actual I spent during the period.
No fuel txn, balance transfer etc ever done so not counted.
Email sent but no proper reply . Escalated to NODAL OFFICER and they are yet to give final reply for more than 2 weeks.
Wallet loads, payments though wallets not considered.
Only online spends are counted for milestone
is NPS contribution included ?
@Sumit, facing the same issue. There is an approximately 40k diffrence in the spends considered by SBI vs my credit card statements added together. Upon speaking to customer care, they are saying whatever shows up in the system is correct and there would be fuel or balance transfer spends which are not counted. But I haven’t done any of those spends. Were you able to get a resolution for this?
Raise the issue on sbi card app or website mentioning ur concern. At some level( usually highest level) u will get proper reply
Can anyone share sbi nodal officer email id and contact details please?
A quicker way is on app. Create a support ticket and then there is a button called escalate. Click that and it gets escalated to the nodal officer.
Is the birthday reward of 20 points per INR 100 spend also valid on add on cards?
Same my query. Bez this is not mention on website. So i dont think so, we will get 20 reward point on add on cards
Hi, The t&c are changed for PRIME I think , when i don’t get any rewards for grocery then i enquired and got reply
accelerated reward points are not be applicable on transactions at following merchants: Metro Cash & Carry , Walmart & Reliance Market. Normal Reward Point accrual will still be applicable on transactions done at afore-mentioned merchants.
Do we get the welcome voucher when we upgrade to SBI Prime card from any card, such as Air India SBI Platinum card? If yes, then when- if the card gets upgraded to Prime card after the payment of existing SBI Card’s annual fees or next annual year when we pay the annual fees for SBI Prime Card?
Hi @Siddharth, I feel it would be good to mention in front of “Club Vistara Silver membership (1 Upgrade Voucher)” & “Enjoy complimentary Trident Privilege Red Tier” that these are valid just for one year just like you mentioned that Priority Pass is valid just for 2 years just for more transparency.
I have been offer to upgrade my simple click into Sbi prime
I have 2 question
1st – Is Vistara silver membership & upgrade voucher is only 1st year of joining or every year of Renewal
2nd – Is wallet load on Birthday count 20 Reward point after the restriction of reward point on wallet reloads
– Vistara Silver membership & upgrade voucher is only for 1st year of membership unless you fly around enough to keep that Silver category or get upgraded to Gold & above based on your flying.
– 20 RP is for every Rs.100 spent on your birthday. Confirm this with customer care as the tnc keeps changing.
Then SBI prime card is not worthy, I will continue with Simple click card. Thank you
Can we use nobroker to pay rent (no SI though) via SBI prime cc and still get 20RP.
In an outrageous move, SBI cards will now charge Rs 200 + GST for every successful credit limit increase.
I had applied for the same yesterday and today I got the message below –
“In case your request for credit limit increase will get approved successfully and new limit posted on your card account, then a fee of Rs.200 plus GST (as per applicable charges) will be levied.”
I have been offer to upgrade my simple click into Sbi prime
I have 2 question
1st – Is Vistara silver membership & upgrade voucher is only 1st year of joining or every year of Renewal
2nd – Is wallet load on Birthday count 20 Reward point after the restriction of reward point on wallet reload
Wallet reloads are not considered towards birthday/general RPs
Vistara Upgrade voucher is for first year only
I already have SBI ola money with credit limit of 1.6L.
I have applied for SBI prime and got approved with credit limit of 40k.
Currently the limit of both card is separate.
How can I increase my Prime Card limit minimum as same as Ola money ?
Can I merge it ?
or closing ola money will help ?
Opinions please !
” Priority Pass expires in 2 Years.”
My Priority pass got expired, which was provided to me when I got the card. After that does it mean I no longer get complimentary access to airport lounges? (International and Domestic as was promised in the T&C).
No further complimentary access to airport lounges after the expiration of 2 years. You may call up customer care & ask if they have extended it though
It seems SBI gives Amazon prime membership free now. I got the message to redeem it. We can redeem it within one year
I have not been able to meet the annual spend milestone and hence have been charged the annual fee of 2999 + GST/-. The customer care folks are not willing to waive the annual fee. Considering a downgrade to SimplySave which is what the Customer service folks advised. My question is if this is relatively easy to do if so how? Do i have to prepay my outstanding on the PRIME card or wait till the downgrade is completed and the outstanding amount rolled over to the new SimplySave card? Any advice is appreciated.
For downgrade just call up customer service & place a request. However, your Prime fee won’t be refunded or adjusted so act accordingly
Hmmm, Thanks for the insight Shivi. Lesson learnt. Downgrade atleast a month or 2 before the anniversary to avoid the annual fee alltogether. Now it’s perhaps a little too late. If I anyway got to pay the annual fee then might as well close it next year. Guess there are no vouchers (i.e.) Pantaloons etc for the annual fee right?
No vouchers for annual fee.
My statement generated on 20th Dec and last payment date is 9th Jan.
Due to miscalculation I paid 80/- less. Will they impose fine on full statement amount now?
Call up customer care & confirm…….
Acc to terms, I would say yes.
But acc to RBI they have to give 3 days grace period. So, please pay the rest and update later.
Once i missed by 2 days (i had paid using mobikwik, they took their sweet time) and no fine or interest was levied.
Anyway, please report back next month.
I checked with Amex once, according to them if min due is paid, no fine/penalty would be levied. Only interest will be there on pending amount. I guess should be same with all banks.
SBI is different from other banks. For example, RBI issues user should not penalise when user pays in due date+3 days. HDFC do not impose any finance charges. But SBI impose all fines except late fee when you pay after due date and within grace days.
Anyone used the sbi prime card for wallet reloads on birthday and earned reward points ?
Yes. They don’t give you reward points for Wallet Loads even on Birthday spends.
>W.e.f. 22 Feb’21, Cumulative of 20 Reward Points accrued per Rs.100 spent on your Birthday using SBI Card PRIME/Platinum will have a capping of 2,000 Reward Points per year. Post the capping,
standard Reward Points as per the card policy will continue to accrue. HUGE DEVALUATION of PRIME CARD on birthday SPENDS by SBI
Update: As per SBI this affects only other bank issued cards and not the ones issued by SBICard.
“Cumulative of 20 Reward Points accrued per Rs. 100 spent on your Birthday using SBI Card PRIME/Platinum/SBI Card PRIME variants of Allahabad Bank, City Union Bank, UCO Bank & Central Bank of India will have a capping of 2,000 Reward Points per year. Post the capping, standard Reward Points as per the card policy will continue to accrue on the aforementioned categories w.e.f. 22 Feb’21. T&C.”
time to cancel this card for me
Sidhharth from where u got this update that only other bank variants will have capping of 2000 points and not the sbi card prime issued by sbi?? today I got my statment( sbi prime issued by sbi) and it simple says
>W.e.f. 22 Feb’21, Cumulative of 20 Reward Points accrued per Rs.100 spent on your Birthday using SBI Card PRIME/Platinum will have a capping of 2,000 Reward Points per year. Post the capping,
standard Reward Points as per the card policy will continue to accrue. T&C
It seems all the sbi prime card will have this capping . Very low capping just 10000 Rs spend. Earlier they were allowing unlimited points and now just 2000 points worth Rs 500? Either they were mad earlier or become now
Sidd, which card one should go for , esp when axis ace and IDFC credit card already level up the game. But still need to keep one card from SBI. Simply click also got devalued , Shed some light bro.
Someone said Simply Click is back to usual redemption levels in a week or so. Isn’t it the case?
That is indeed the case. Redemption options of Insta voucher are back to old points. 2000RP= 500INR amazon or cleartrip voucher. Can’t confirm about award of RP on transactions.
Nothing Devaluation in SBI simple click . You can redeem amazon/cleartrip voucher of 500 at 2000 Reward point.
SBI Capping of 5x and 10x reward of maximum 10,000 reward point you earn in 1 month . I think it does’t use for normal person
Below are changes mentioned in my latest statement.
1. W.e.f. 1st Feb 2021, the rate of finance charges will be revised to 3.5% p.m. from 3.35% p.m. on all unsecured SBI Credit Cards (except Shaurya)
2. W.e.f. 22 Feb’21, Cumulative of 20 Reward Points accrued per Rs.100 spent on your Birthday using SBI Card PRIME/Platinum will have a capping of 2,000 Reward Points per year. Post the capping,standard Reward Points as per the card policy will continue to accrue. T&C
3. Please note, w.e.f. 20 Nov’20, any Negative Reward Point balance will be converted into equivalent statement debit amount and charged to the cardholder account in case of – voluntary card closure, Negative Reward Point balance for 2 consecutive statement cycles and card flip (change in card variant). T&C
4. W.e.f. Feb 2021, a processing fee of Rs. 99 will be charged on booking of merchant EMI for all credit card transactions of value greater than Rs. 10,000. Please note, this charge is excluding applicable taxes.
5. Please note, w.e.f. 20 Nov’20, Reward Points accrued on transactions converted into Flexipay EMI or Merchant EMI (EMI availed at the time of purchase) will be reversed. T&C
I too received the same info in my credit card statement which means that we’re going to get only 2,000 points and no more perks on birthday. Very sad to know.
Based on the comments mentioned, i checked my SBI Prime card statement and noticed the reward capping on Birthday spends. This is however not yet mentioned in their website though. Maybe applicable only for existing / select customers.
This is still a mystery. Hopefully someone here test and report the same soon.
It is confirmed. I raised the issue till principal nodal officer and they called back and confirmed on email also that irrespective of type of sbi prime card the capping is applicable. Big effect on sbi prime benefits. I was supposed to avail in March itself and planned many payments at that time.
Thanks for the info. Have updated the same on the article as well.
It is confirmed that I have not received 20 points for my birthday spends
Every time you a call the customer. There is no record of your complaint on their system. The next time you call, the previous complaint details are nit available with the new guy. You have to explain the thing all again. Also the customer care representative don’t care. They don’t have an intent to solve your issue. They give you wrong updates as if your problem is resolved. However the fact remains contrary to their assurances
Figured out something that I was not aware.
I applied for SBI gold card in Jan 2012 and have been using it until Prime was introduced in 2018/19.
Flipped my SBI card in April 2018 from SBI gold to SBI Prime.
Now, all my milestone benefits (7k voucher on 5L spends) are calculated from Jan 2021 to Jan 2021 (From first card applied 9 years back)
For fee reversal, it is calculated from April 2020 to April 2021 (Account flip date).
I calculated and spent 5L and was waiting for my voucher but got to know this 🙁
Jan 2020 to Jan 2021
For the SBI PRIME Card, how how does SBI calculate annual spends for annual fee waiver? Is it calendar year?
Or is it from 11 Mar 2020 to 10 Mar 2021 if my very first statement was generated on 10 Mar 2020 in which first year annual fee is charged?
SBI Card has started a new feature called “Get New Card”. It’s visible on the web login for a select few. This feature allows you to get a second SBI card based on the usage of the first card. There is no CIBIL enquiry. The second card is issued immediately “e-card” and the original limit is split between the two cards based on your preference. The physical card is dispatched 5 to 7 days later. What is not clear though is whether the fee is applicable for both cards or you just pay the one fee. When I called customer care, they were not aware of this feature, so no help there.
I currently have the simply click card with very minimal usage, and got the option to get a new SBI Prime or SBI Simply Save Card.
I think the capping of 2000 reward points on Birthday spends has been removed by SBI. Atleast it is not visible on the website anymore. Has someone checked with the CS team if that’s the actual case?
I also checked the terms and conditions today there is no such capping for birthday spends.
I normally spend upto 3 lakhs on birthday spends itself.
Card is useless for me with birthday spends capping.
Last year I got 120000 points and Rs.30000 as statement credit.
But for this year I need to change the card
I too received the offer to get another credit card from SBI along with my simply click card. The annual fees is clearly mentioned after you go to the page where you have to choose your second card. It is 2999 plus GST. Don’t sign up without seeing that.
Dear Cardholder, click “link” to get your new pre-approved SBI Card Prime instantly and get a 1-year complimentary Amazon Prime membership worth Rs. 999 and an Amazon Pay Gift Card worth Rs. 500 in addition to the welcome gift worth Rs. 3000, while you continue to avail the benefits of your existing credit card! Offer valid till: 31 MAY 2021. T&C
Getting the upgrade offer since last one month but didn’t go for it due to high annual fees
Now they are giving additional offers.Still giving it a pass though as annual fees is too much for the benefits this card provides (At least for me)
Started my journey with SBI card 13-14yrs back with an LTF gold card. Next couple of renewals were LTF visa platinum without any request for upgrade. Now on renewal they have automatically given Prime with an annual fee 3.5K. All other cards I have are LTF except Amex PT, which also so far got every fee reversed. Unless I spend atleast 3L I don’t see much value in Prime, coz most of my spends are covered by better rewarding cards such as DCB.
1st yr is fine coz they ll give welcome vouchers but not sure I should continue with SBI beyond that. Do they give renewal waivers, any experiences from anyone? Also what’s the RP for wallet loads with Prime?
you will receive these vouchers every time you pay the annual fee of this card.
I already have Prime card since December 2020. But today I received a message that “Welcome to SBI card family, your card is dispatched and will receive in 5 days”.
They replaced my existing Prime Card with New Prime Card due to which my Card number got changed, while other things like reward points, spend milestone remained same.
While asking reason for this they told me that due to internal policy they have replaced card.
Did anyone else gone through same ?
This card has become pretty useless, the 5% cashback on utility bill payment is possible only if the biller has been added on auto pay and no other way, now that auto pay has been disabled there are very few benefits on this card.
Correct me if otherwise.
Auto pay working still as I know. Where u got the info that autopay not working. They removed 20Rp/100 from website but in Aug mid I got the same. Will have to see in Sept.
My some question.What is Sbi prime pro credit card. Is no joining fees for first year?? Can I get RS3000 voucher on every year annual fees??
Have they taken out “20 RP per ₹100 for SI on utility bill payment” feature? Their website isn’t showing the same? This card is pretty useless then….
Yes, it’s totally useless, they removed this feature after on-boarding loads of new people.
Is it for the old card holders also?
Their billpay doesnot accept new SI. And doesnot honor old SI (after Oct 1, RBI guidelines). So no one get 5% on SI as there are no SI 🙂
Got confirmation from CS Head that this feature has been withdrawn. This card is of no use anymore. Someone please suggest a card with similar feature on the utility bill payments.
I got an offer to upgrade to SBI elite card, I currently hold SBI prime card. Customer care executive is convincing me to upgrade because it is in my benefit. I currently spend 3.5 lakhs on my sbi prime card. 28000 is per month rent and rest is general bill payments or random shopping etc.
Should I upgrade or not?
should we still be holding this card?
My primary usage of this card was autopay. This is not happening at all. No new registrations, no standing instructions nor accelerated points 🙁
Yep, I am also considering downgrading to SimplyClick as no benefits apart from PizzaHut voucher. I already hold HDFC Infinia, Amex Plat Travel Card, StanC Ultimate and majorly all bank cards.
Retention team promised to add 12000 rp after I pay the renewal fee, but it doesn’t reflect on my profile. Does anyone know if they get auto added or I have to connect with retention team again. I already paid the the renewal fee during me December statement.
Where can I find the list of supported departmental stores for accelerated rp, since transacting on big basket does not show additional rp
You may remove the pro tip section sid, the service is discontinued as of now.
Are you sure? They used to take it down for weeks and then make it live again. Have seen it happen multiple times in past 4 yrs or so.
1. Birthday spend cap on reward points of 2000/ year
2. Standing instructions accelerated Reward points gone
What’s the next best card we got?
It’s definitely Axis ace.
2% by default and 5% for gpay bill payments (insurance will get 2% only even if we pay via gpay)
I’ve received SBI PRIME card 2 months back and already paid Joining Fees of Rs. 2999.
Now they say that i’m not eligible for welcome e-gift voucher of Rs. 3000.
Please guide me what can be done?
I have the SBI Prime card for some time.
I have also had the Priority Pass issued for this card.
Now, I plan to move abroad for sometime for work.
Does it make sense to continue holding this card paying the annual fee without much usage, just so I can use the priority pass for international lounges and the card itself for domestic lounges?
My international travels could be very less, so I am inclined towards cancelling this card or downgrading it to Simplyclick.
Hi Sid, SBI launched a new credit card in the name of SBI cash back credit card. I feel that it’s one of the best credit cards in India. It gives 5% on online spends and offline 1%. Amazing! What do you say?
Got this surprising email from SBI Cards today. Does this look genuine?
This is to inform you that Reward Points accrued on transactions eligible for Instant Discount and Cashback offers will be forfeited as per T&Cs of the Offer Program. Reward points will be forfeited for all transactions done during offer period and considered for Offer computation.
In case a cardholder does not have adequate Reward Points balance at the time of forfeiture, an amount equal to the deficit in the Reward Points will be debited from his / her credit card account.
In case of any other query, would request you to please contact the SBI Card Helpline at 39 02 02 02 (prefix local STD code) or 1860 180 1290.
At Pizza Hut today I was informed at they are no longer honouring SBI Card vouchers. Apparently the company themselves have told PH not to honour the vouchers issued by SBI! This is an utterly despicable move by SBI Card! And I redeemed my points to get this voucher (Rs.1000) and now it is worthless! How can they do this? What is my recourse now?
Can we obtain this card on basis of other bank’s credit card (if limit is around 4-5 lakhs)?
Hope I can get some clarification regarding renewal fees. I have been charged a renewal fees but don’t wish to renew the card as I hold other credit cards. They are insisting on me still paying the renewal fees. I thought renewal fees is always for the subsequent year and don’t have to pay if I don’t wish to renew. I did not spend 3,00,000 for the last year. They are not closing my credit card citing the pending renewal fees.