Recently, American Express introduced – Pay with Points rewards program through its membership. It is a feature that makes booking flights easier and faster than before for its Platinum cardmembers and the Platinum Reserve credit cardmembers.

About the “Pay with Points”, economictimes.indiatimes.com, an online news portal writes, “American Express, through its Membership Rewards program, has introduced ‘Pay with Points’, a feature that makes booking flights easier and faster than before for its Platinum cardmembers and the Platinum Reserve credit cardmembers. Pay with Points feature allows cardmembers to instantly redeem membership rewards points for all or part of the cost of any leading airline ticket without blackout dates or restriction when booking travel through American Express Membership Travel Services.”

The “Pay with Points” allows card members to redeem membership rewards points for all or part of the cost of any leading airline ticket without blackout dates or restriction when booking travel through American Express Membership Travel Services.

Simran Kalra who is the vice president, product management & development, American Express, said to the ET, “In the past, American Express cardmembers were able to convert rewards points to frequent flyer miles with Membership Rewards partner airlines. Now in addition, with this ‘Pay with Points’ feature, our cardmembers have an option to use their membership reward points to fly on any leading airlines free of blackout dates or restrictions or memberships to Frequent Flyer programmes.”

With this “Pay with Points”, American Express Card Members will fly on any leading airlines free of blackout dates or restrictions.

Further the news portal writes, “Cardmembers can call American Express Membership Travel Services to book tickets availing of a choice of airlines to fly including leading domestic and over 50 international airlines. Cardmembers can pay for tickets by combining points with part payment on their American Express Platinum Cards as well as pay fully with the points earned.”

The feature allows you to fly including leading domestic and over 50 international airlines. It is the biggest news just like World Travel Card of PNB.

Recently, LIC announced to launch credit card protection service. According to the service, LIC credit card hold were able to report loss any of their cards from anywhere in the world to a 24-hour helpline.

About the company said in a statement to ET, “LIC Cards Services Ltd has launched Card Protection Plan for its credit card customers in partnership with CPP Assistance Services… and it safeguards all of the LIC cardholder’s payment cards – credit, debit and ATM cards.”

Further they add, “Besides, customers will be able to retrieve important details on lost/stolen documents like passport, PAN and driving license. Customers would need to purchase a membership plan offered by LIC and register their cards.”

For the service, customers have to pay an annual fee of Rs 995 and Rs 1,295. About the service charges ET quotes a statement, “The difference between the two is in the Assistance services limits and fraud protection limits provided to the consumer”.

In another article, Economic Times writes about the tips of protection of credit cards fraud, “Never write your personal identification number (PIN) on your card. Instead memorise it or keep the number separately from your card.”

“…Do not provide photocopies of both the sides of your card to anyone. This is because the card verification value (CVV), which is required for online transactions, is printed on the reverse of the card. Anyone can use the card for online purchases if the information is available with one.”

“…Before shopping online, make certain the internet shopping sites are secure. For this you should check out the encryption software it uses.”

“…Don’t give out your credit card number online unless you know and trust the company in question.”

“…Do not give any information to persons seeking credit card information over phone unless you have yourself initiated the talk. They may even claim to be a bank’s representative, but you actually don’t know who they really are.”

So, if you are going to use your credit cards, follow above mentioned suggestions to protect from fraud. We already have discussed about how to enhance online security.

Recently, the news effectively came in light that all credit cards companies are trying to reduce rewards points.

Credit Cards issuers are much frustrated due to huge losses and more expensive while, they are getting less attractive redemption points as rewards. They are attracting to the card holders that if they use cards more often to earn the redeem points, they can get cash back or to fly somewhere.

An analyst at FBR Capital Markets, Scott Valentin said,

“To the extent that interchange is cut, you will see a pretty lineal impact on rewards. You could see rewards being 10 or 15 percent more expensive for consumers. If you have a 25,000 reward points for an airline ticket, it might go to 35,000 or 40,000”

To cut rewards or on raise fees, Michael Kon who is the analyst of Morningstar Inc said to ET,

“You either cut rewards or raise fees, because you have to have a credit card industry that is viable and generates a reasonable return.”

According to the analysts, the credit card industry is not making money until 2011. However, companies are trying to great reform in this industry.

Above analysis clearly state that banks are busy in reducing credit cards redemption points. We always see to promote banks their cards along with some great offers. Customers also are going to make their payment frequently to get some redeem points. In these conditions banks should decide to cut the charges from their clients not from their customers.

Here all things are opposite; banks are busy in reducing redemption point which is benefits of customer. They are not targeting corporate or sales offices where the credit cards being used to purchase goods very frequently.

Things are clear here, it is the collaboration of banks and corporate world. Here is nothing for a customer who uses credit cards.

Reliance Money announced to launch a multi-currency card that would offer facility of purchasing goods and services. It would be Visa enabled point-of-sale terminals and ATMs also globally.

It is Reliance Money Travel Currency Card. It has been launched in collaboration with Citibank. Reliance Money Travel Currency Card will target overseas travelers.

In a statement Reliance Money said to Economic Times, “Issued by Citibank, the card offers all the conveniences of plastic money by allowing customers to purchase goods and services by swiping the card over 13.5 million Visa enabled point-of-sale terminals worldwide and 900,000 Visa ATMs across the world.”

According to Reliance Money the Travel Currency Card would be for multi use – prepaid ATM access & point-of-sale-enabled card, loadable in US dollar, Euro and British pound.

CEO of Reliance money said to ET about it, “We plan to use our wide distribution network of over 10,000 outlets across 5,000 cities and towns in India to reach out to both retail and corporate clients.”

On this occasion Sandeep Bhalla who is the Business Manager (Cards) of Citibank India said, “This form of payment method provides ease of use, removes hassles of cashing traveler cheques and gives access to funds, anytime and anywhere.”

Already a month before Standard Chartered bank had launched a new credit card which will be known as SmartTravel FX. The card was also a gold pre-paid travel card with payment option of making payment in US dollar, Euro and Sterling Pound.

In credit cards industry Travel Currency Card is same like as SmartTravel FX. These credit cards will attract customers by their benefits and features. Reliance Money has entered with this card as a big competitor of Standard Chartered bank.

Credit cards are meant to empower people with higher purchasing power, special rewards and added advantage of availing hotel stay, flight tickets, shopping bonanza, gift certificates etc.

Credit cards, a type of plastic money, seem to have turned into a necessity from a fancy. Previously, they were mostly pointed out as ‘vanity of wallets’ by the critics and those who defended a random use of credit cards. People would love to flaunt their haughtiness and status by the number of credit cards peeking out of the pockets of their polished leather wallets. However, presently banks and financial organisations have devised multitude of cards to make diverse ends meet of diverse types of users. As a result, both the masses of card members and multifariousness of cards are increasing.

It is utterly difficult to find out whether the increased number of users influences from introduction of various cards or if the variations in credit cards result in-from the growing interest amongst people. Whatsoever be the case, credit cards are evidently becoming one of the most preferred modes of carrying money and payment. Credit cards also give access to online banking benefits to the users. Members can take advantage of online banking for making payments, balance transfer, recharging their mobiles, paying electricity and other bills and in knowing remaining credit limit too.

Diverseness in cards is brought up to complement to purchase and payment ability, and also lifestyle of people. For example, there are frequent fliers and travellers who may opt for credit cards, especially designed for them, to get discounts on ticket booking, reservation of accommodations, booking of car rental services, cost-effective deals on shopping, visiting places, amusement parks or eating at fine restaurants etc.

Freedom of Purchasing

Credit Cards : Freedom of Purchasing

Multiple categories of credit cards assist people in multiple ways including acquiring reliable health check up and wellness programs, for business and corporate people to offer them special business class benefits with special rewards and money saving advantages to help managing their expenses better. The business users are also entitled to higher credit limits to aid extended capacity to spend money, especially when they are touring on either business or pleasure purposes. Business credit cards include special facilities to help corporate people managing employee care with add on cards for employees. Business cards also assist cardholders distinguish their personal expenses from business expenses as well as offer users with many additional perks and rewards such as airline rewards, cashback rewards etc.

If you are mainly focus on availing rewards, then concentrate on the reward point credit cards and cash back credit cards. These kinds of cards offer yielding incentives for using cards to purchase. While purchasing with these credit cards, the users accumulate points which they can redeem with various kinds of rewards. Cashback credit cards offer cash rewards to card members when these members use them more. Points and cash rewards increase as the usage of the cards gets higher. If you are a punctual credit card payer and do not indulge in postponing your payment cycles, then this type of credit cards suits you better. Otherwise, you have risks of accumulating repayable amount which would one day appear as a too large amount to pay off and generate bad credit reports for users. While cash back credit cards offer rewards in cash, the general reward point credit cards offer rewards in kind on rolling up of points. These rewards can be anything such as gift cards, jewellery, electronic gadgets or home appliances, stay at premium class hotels or suites, flight tickets and many more.

If you advocate shopping, the best way to de-stress and most enjoyable leisure, then apply for any retail rewards card or credit card offering ease of payments. Retail rewards credit card team up with prominent branded retailers ubiquitous around the world. On shopping from those retailers, card members receive rewards, either in cash or reward certificates. There are also those basic cost curtailing credit cards like low interest cards that may charge lower introductory APR before starting to charge higher rates after particular period, also may offer fixed interest rates etc.

Within a very short time, Barclays has already made waves in India. Its corporate banking services cater to the needs of the leading Indian corporations, both small and big. It offers finances, payments and cash management services, treasury service, trade finance and deposits to name a few.

Its credit cards give the liberty to its customers to choose their date of installment payment, just like its loans that come with smaller monthly installments. Perhaps, because of this liberty, Barclays has become the most sought-after bank for the people who know about it. Till date, Barclays has only 5 offices in India and it is spreading. It has its presence in Delhi, Mumbai, Junagarh, Kanchipuram, Nelamangala. Some of the products and services of this institution are various kinds of loans, savings account and deposits, credit cards, NRI banking services, Online banking, mobile banking etc.

Barclaycard Gold is one of the Barclays credit cards that offer seven different types of options for payment which can make your life manageable and easier. It provides the options like MINC drop boxes, online payment, Skypak drop boxes, visa money transfer, NEFT payment, cash payment at various branches across the nation and electronic clearing system. In addition to this, the customers can have balance transfer, reward points’ option and the EMI conversion. It also comes with other surprises like Bon-Appetit offer, City-wise offer and national offer.

In order to be eligible for one of the Barclays credit cards like the Barclays Premier League card, a prospective card holder must be at least 18 years of age and not more than 70 years. He must be a citizen of India. The applicant must also furnish documents pertaining to proof of address, identity, income etc.

As regards Axis bank, some of the Axis bank credit cards are the Platinum credit card, Gold Plus credit card, Gold credit card, silver credit card, secured credit card, e-shop credit, Subhiksha credit card, Magnet Loyalty credit card, corporate credit card and Shriram credit card.

The minimum amount due on Axis bank’s corporate credit cards is the sum a customer is required to pay to keep the account in good standing. It is calculated at 5% of the total amount, the customer is subjected to a minimum of Rs.100. Any amount that exceeds the credit limit is added to the minimum amount due.

The credit limit of these cards is the maximum amount that the customers spend via the credit card in one billing cycle. This limit is related to the income of the credit card holder and the limit can also be changed on the basis of the payment and transaction history of the customer.

The cover detail and claim procedure of the Axis bank and Barclays credit cards is that in case of the loss of life of the customer in whose name the card exists, the customer’s beneficiaries shall receive the benefits of accident insurance. But, the important point to be noted here is that this personal accident cover will be valid only if the card has been utilised by the customer at any establishment or ATM for cashing in money within 90 days of the occurrence of the accident.