How Do Banks Make Money on Credit Cards?

You do not pay any interest during the interest-free period on the credit card. But the bank cannot afford to lend you money for free. The bank must be compensated — two major ways and a few minor ways. High Interest on Unpaid Amount First, when you do not pay your bill on time, the… Continue Reading

What to Do if You Have Too Many Credit Cards?

That’s a question many of us grapple with. Do we own too many credit cards? Should we cancel some of the cards? If yes, which cards to cancel? What about the discounts or cashbacks you might miss out on? Or should we just keep the cards even if we don’t use them? What are potential… Continue Reading

Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card: Our Review

A few weeks back, I had written about Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card. Simple and easy benefits. You get 1-5% cashback on each spend and the rewards system is so simple. The cashback/reward for the previous month is credited to your Amazon account on the statement date. What about Flipkart? Does Flipkart offer something… Continue Reading

Credit Card vs Charge Card

Credit card have a closer cousin, Charge Cards. Charge cards are not very common. As I understand, only American Express offers charge cards in India. To add to the confusion, American Express offers credit cards too. With respect to the usage, there is little to differentiate between a credit card and a charge card. You… Continue Reading

How to Cancel a Credit Card?

So, you want to close your credit card. The reasons for closing a credit card may be many. You already hold other cards that provide you sufficient credit limit and you do not need another card. Or you are paying an annual fee for the card that you don’t need. Or you are fed up… Continue Reading

How to Use Credit Card Reward Points Smartly?

There are typically three types of benefits that you get when you transact using a credit card. Upfront discount Cashbacks Reward points & miscellaneous benefits (fuel surcharge waiver, airline miles etc.) The benefits for spending on a credit card might take on many other forms too. However, I believe it will fall into one of… Continue Reading

4 Factors to Consider While Upgrading Your Credit Card

You get a call from your bank. The executive tells you, “Since you are a privileged customer, we are offering you an upgrade on your existing credit card.” Such statements invariably massage your ego. Who does not want to be recognized as a privileged customer? In addition, you are getting better benefits and a higher… Continue Reading