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5 benefits of Credit Cards you should know about before getting one


Whether it is everyday items or bucket list purchases, having a credit card makes it much easier to tick these off your shopping list. Apart from making it easy to make and track payments, credit cards offer a host of discounts and deals that makes it almost foolish not to use them if you can afford to have them.

Still on the fence about using credit cards?

These five reasons can help you make up your mind and apply for one. 

1. Rewards, cashback, and offers

Most credit cards offer some type of reward points, cashback, and offers on purchases made through them. Different credit cards extend reward points at different rates and expiry dates, which can eventually be redeemed for vouchers and products on your next shopping spree. Cashbacks are a great way to subsidise the costs of your purchases, and numerous banks and credit card providers offer these benefits.

For instance, IDFC FIRST Bank credit cards offer a veritable combination of rewards, cashback, and offers. Their fantastic rewards program allows you to earn accelerated reward points in the following categories:

  • 10X on spends above INR 20,000
  • 6X on online purchases
  • 3X on offline purchases
  • 10X on spends made on your birthday

This reward program never expires and can be redeemed without any redemption fees. IDFC FIRST Bank credit cards also offer a 5% cashback on the first EMI transaction performed on them, along with a range of discounts on movie tickets, restaurants, shopping, travel, and more.

2. Immediate use in an emergency

One of the biggest benefits of a credit card is that it lets you spend immediately, irrespective of the amount of funds in your account or the cash you have on hand. This is a handy feature, especially in case of emergencies. IDFC FIRST Bank credit cards take this a step further by waiving all over-limit fees and offering interest-free cash withdrawals from ATMs for up to 48 days.

3. Accepted worldwide

Credit cards are a sort of universal currency, accepted almost anywhere you go. And IDFC FIRST Bank credit cards are powered by Visa, accepted everywhere in the world, and come with foreign exchange (FX) markup fees of as low as 1.5%. So even if you max out your Forex card on an international trip, you don't have to worry about exchanging currency or travelling with large amounts of cash. Just use your IDFC FIRST Bank credit card if needed. 

4. Alternative to cash

Credit cards are a better alternative to cash for several reasons. Firstly, they are safer; they require PINs and OTPs to be inputted for every purchase, making it difficult for unauthorised users to charge them. Blocking a credit card in case of theft or misplacement is a simple matter of a single phone call or message. Additionally, as the name suggests, credit cards allow you to buy now and pay later, as opposed to cash. And then, of course, is the matter of rewards, cashback, and offers as discussed above: spending with an IDFC FIRST Bank credit card always gives you something in return.

5. Increased purchasing power

By allowing you to spend in the present and pay in the future, credit cards expand consumers' purchasing power. They make it easier for people to make big-ticket purchases by giving them the option to pay later and in installments if required. When used correctly, a credit card can improve your credit score, enabling you to access lower-interest loans and other borrowings.

Credit cards are powerful financial tools that allow people to make the most of their spending. IDFC FIRST Bank offers four different credit cards with no joining or annual fees, welcome gift vouchers, amazing rewards, and offers programs, to help you get the most out of every rupee you spend. You can now apply for a credit card online in just a few simple steps.



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