Top 10 Credit Cards In India 2020 (Review & Comparison)

I am a credit card freak and love about reading, analyzing, and finding the best ROI of a credit card. 

I use different credit cards for different purposes to save the maximum like I use Standard Chartered super value titanium credit card for fuel spends to get 5% cashback.

In this article, I have listed my favorite top 10 credit cards in India 2020 from beginner level to the super-premium category that suits your travel, online shopping, groceries, fuel, and for utility payments needs.   

Top 10 Credit Cards in India 2020

#1. Standard Chartered Platinum Credit Card

Standard Chartered Platinum is the best for first-time applicants because of the good approval rate. Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) looks for a stable monthly income of around Rs. 25,000 and above for approving the card.

So, if you have just started your job and have no credit history then apply for SC Platinum credit card. You can build your credit history and apply for a next-level credit card after a few months. 

You will get 5x reward points on fuel and dining expenses and 1 reward point on all other spends. 

Annual Fee – Rs. 250.

Annual Fee Waiver 

Spend Rs. 60,000 or more in the previous year. 

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

You get a 100% one-time cashback on dining spend within 90 days of joining. That means you get back the joining fee. 

Benefits 

  • You earn 5x reward points per Rs. 150 spent on fine-dining and fuel
  • You get 1x rewards on other categories
  • Easy approval, need a stable income of Rs. 25,000
  • No monthly caps on the rewards points

Best For – First-time applicants who have just started earning and looking for a credit card. 

#2. Standard Chartered Titanium Credit Card

Standard Chartered Super Value Titanium is a top credit card that helps you save more on your fuel, phone and utility bills. 

You can save 5% on fuel, phone and utility bills like electricity & gas through SC Super Value Titanium credit card. 

You can save up to Rs. 500 per month (Rs. 6,000 annually) even with a cap of Rs. 200 on fuel, Rs. 200 on phone bills and Rs. 100 on utility bill payments. 

Annual Fee  – Rs. 750

Annual Fee Waiver 

The annual fee gets reversed on spending Rs. 90,000 in a year. 

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

Get one time 100% cashback up to Rs. 1,500 on fuel spend within 90 days of joining 

Benefits 

  • You get 5% cashback on fuel transactions (single transaction limit is Rs. 2,000)
  • You can get 5% cashback on telephone bills (minimum bill amount is Rs. 750)
  • You will get 5% cashback on utility bills (minimum amount is Rs. 750) 
  • You get 1x rewards on other spends

Best For – Regular payments on fuel spend, utility bills and phone bill payment. 

#3. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Card 

American Express Membership Rewards is my favorite credit card. I use this credit card for adding money into my payment wallets like Paytm. 

There is a trick. Membership rewards credit card offers 1000 bonus reward points on making 4 transactions of more than Rs. 1,000 in a calendar month.

I add Rs. 1,000 for 4 times into my payment wallets and earn 1000 reward points. The reward value of 1000 reward points is approx Rs. 400.

You will also earn regular reward points, 1 reward point per Rs. 50 on all your spends except for insurance and fuel transactions.

Annual Fee 

  • First year – Rs. 1,000
  • Second year onwards – Rs. 4,500 

Note – You will get the card free for the first year and the renewal fee will be Rs 1500 only If you apply through my referral link. 

Annual Fee Waiver 

  • 100% waiver when you spend Rs.1,50,000 and above
  • 50% waiver if your transaction is in between Rs. 90,000 to Rs.1,49,999

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

On joining you get 2,000 bonus MR points as a welcome gift.

Benefits 

  • You get 1 MR point per Rs. 50 spent
  • You earn 1000 points for using 4 times on transactions of Rs. 1,000 per month
  • You get 5,000 points on first-year card renewal
  • You get a statement credit of Rs. 6,000 (for 18K points) or Rs. 9,000 for 24K MR points

Best For Online shopping and loading money in wallets.

#4. American Express Travel Platinum Credit Card

Amex Platinum is one of the best credit cards for travel in India. Frequent travelers can enjoy a host of complimentary lounge access and travel gift vouchers.

You get access to 4 complimentary lounges visit every year. Along with that, you can get travel vouchers of Rs. 19,300 in the first year itself on spending Rs. 4 Lakh.

  • Welcome gift travel vouchers – worth Rs. 3,500
  • Travel vouchers for milestones of Rs. 1.9 Lakh – worth Rs. 6,360 (includes points redemption)
  • Travel vouchers for milestones of Rs. 4.0 Lakh – worth Rs. 9,440 (includes points redemption)

A total of Rs. 19,300 in travel vouchers that you can redeem for future travel.

Annual Fee 

  • First-year – Rs. 3,500 
  • Second-year onwards – Rs. 5,000 

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

You get 5,000 rewards points that can be redeemed for travel vouchers of Rs. 3,500

Benefits 

  • You earn 1 MR point per Rs. 50 
  • 4 complimentary lounge access
  • You can have Rs. 19,300 worth of travel vouchers
  • Fuel Convenience Fee Waiver
  • Zero Lost Card Liability

Best For – Frequent airplane travelers 

#5. Amazon ICICI Credit Card

ICICI Amazon Pay is a top credit card for Amazon shoppers. You can save up to 5% on every shopping on Amazon. If you shop regularly on Amazon, then you must have this credit card in your wallet. 

There is a hook. Amazon Pay is an invite-only credit card and you cannot apply directly from the ICICI website or Amazon portal. Till now, Amazon is sending invites to only existing ICICI customers. 

You will receive cashback in the form of Amazon Pay balance. 

Annual Fee – NIL

Benefits 

  • 5% cashback for Amazon Prime members
  • 3% cashback for non-prime customers
  • No cap on cashback, but minimum transaction – Rs. 3,000
  • 1% fuel surcharge waiver
  • 2% cashback when using as a preferred payment method
  • 1% cashback when used for all other payments

Best For – Regular Amazon shoppers who want to save up to 5%

#6. SBI Prime Credit Card

SBI Prime is a premium credit card like HDFC Regalia credit card designed for people who love to shop. You get ample of rewards like 10 reward points on dining, groceries, departmental stores and movies.

The best part is that you earn 20 reward points per Rs. 100 spent when you set up an auto-debit feature for utility bill payments. That in itself is equal to 20 points x 0.25 (value per point) = Rs. 5 or Rs. 5 / Rs. 100 = 5% cashback. 

Apart from that, you have Milestone Pizza Hut e-Voucher worth Rs. 1,000 for spends of Rs. 50,000 in a calendar quarter.

An E-Gift Voucher worth Rs. 7,000 from Yatra.com/Pantaloons on annual spends of Rs. 5 Lakh.

Annual Fee – Rs. 2,999

Annual Fee Waiver 

To get a waiver you need to spend Rs. 3 Lakh in a year.

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

You can pick e-gift vouchers from Bata/Hush Puppies, Pantaloons, Aditya Birla Fashion, Shoppers Stop, Yatra.com having worth of Rs. 3,000.

Benefits 

  • You get 20 reward points on standing instructions for utility bills payments
  • 10 reward points per Rs.100 spent on dining, groceries, departmental stores and movies
  • You earn 2 reward points on all other retail spends
  • Credit card bill payment using reward points
  • You get 1% fuel surcharge waiver 
  • Enjoy complimentary Trident Privilege Red Tier Membership
  • Enjoy complimentary Club Vistara Silver membership
  • Enjoy 20 reward points per Rs. 100  spent on your birthday

Best For  – Utility bill payments, groceries, departmental stores and online shopping

#7. Standard Chartered DigiSmart Credit Card

Standard Chartered DigiSmart credit card is a lifestyle credit card designed for spending on a few specific online portals. 

You can get up to 25% discounts when you shop for clothes (at Myntra), groceries (at Grofers), movies (at INOX), travel (on Yatra), cab rentals (with Ola), or food online (at Zomato). 

If you happen to spend on these brands for online shopping then only you should apply for the SC DigiSmart credit card. You wouldn’t get any reward points or discounts on other spends. 

Monthly Fees – Rs. 49 per month.

Monthly fee of Rs. 49 per month is both for primary and supplementary cards separately. 

Monthly Fee Waiver 

You get a monthly fee waiver when you spend Rs. 5,000 in a calendar month. This applies to both primary and supplementary cards separately. 

But the discounts and benefits are combined at the customer level. 

Benefits 

  • You get a 20% discount up to Rs. 700 for online purchases at Myntra 
  • 10% discount up to Rs. 1,000 per month on grocery shopping at Grofers
  • Save 10% on Zomato up to Rs. 750 per month 
  • You would get a 1+1 INOX free movie ticket up to  Rs. 200 twice a month
  • 25% discount on domestic flights and 10% on an international flight at Yatra 
  • Earn 15%cashback  with a monthly cap of Rs. 600 on Ola. 

Best For – Online shopping at selected brands like Grofers, Myntra, Ola, Yatra, Zomato and INOX.

#8. HDFC Regalia Credit Card

Regalia is one of the most famous premium credit cards from HDFC Bank. Earlier, the credit card offered a lot better benefits but the current benefits do not justify its popularity.  

You can save up to 1.33% directly through reward points on your all spends. You get 4 reward points on every Rs. 150 spent and each reward point is worth 50 paise.

That means 4 x 0.50 = Rs. 2 per Rs. 150 spent or 2 / 150 x 100 = 1.33% savings.

You can save more through bonus reward points, exactly 17,500 reward points on spending Rs. 8 Lakh in a year.

You can earn reward points as under

  • Welcome benefit – 2,500 reward points
  • Spending Rs. 5 Lakh – 10,000 reward points
  • Spending Rs. 8 Lakh – additional 5000 reward points

You also get free 12 domestic and 6 international airport lounge access on HDFC Regalia credit card. 

Annual Fee – Rs. 2,500

Annual Fee Waiver 

You get relaxation in annual fee if you spend Rs. 3 Lakh in a year

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

  • Welcome benefit of 2,500 reward points every year. 
  • Zomato Gold Membership for a year on spending Rs. 75,000 within the first 3 months. 

Benefits 

  • Earn 4 reward points on every Rs. 150 spent
  • Total of 15,000 reward points on total spends of Rs. 8,00,000
  • 12 complimentary domestic lounge access per year
  • 6 complimentary international access using Priority Pass 
  • 1% fuel surcharge waiver 

Best For – Premium Credit card for spends and accessing the free lounges.

#9. HDFC Diners Black Credit Card

HDFC Diners Black is a super premium credit card where you can have 3.3% direct savings on all your retail spends. Really cool!

You would get 5 reward points on Rs. 150 spent having redemption value at Rs 5. So, 5 / 150 x 100 = 3.3% of savings.  

The biggest benefit is unlimited free domestic and international lounge access across the world. 

You need a minimum monthly salary of Rs 1.75 Lakh or Rs. 21 Lakh of ITR to get an approval of Diners Black credit card. 

Annual Fee – Rs. 10,000 

Annual Fee Waiver 

You need to spend Rs. 5 Lakh to get annual fees waived off. 

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

You get complimentary annual memberships at Club Marriott, Forbes-India, Zomato Gold, Amazon Prime, Times Prime and MMT Double Black. 

You can get membership upon spending Rs. 1.5 Lakh within the first 90 days. 

Benefits 

  • Unlimited airport lounge access in India and worldwide
  • Complimentary golf games (6 per quarter)
  • You earn 5 reward points on Rs. 150 retail spends
  • Rs. 2 Crores of Air accident cover
  • Rs. 50 Lakhs cover for emergency medical expenses
  • Rs. 9 Lakhs cover for credit card liability
  • Rs. 55,000 travel insurance cover on baggage delay

Best For – Super premium credit card for unlimited lounge access, retail spends and complimentary memberships. 

#10. Yes Preferred Credit Card

Yes Preferred is an all-round premium credit card with 12 complimentary domestic and 4 international lounge access every year. Apart from that, you can also earn up to 30,000 bonus points in the first year.

10,000 reward points as welcome gifts and 20,000 on spending Rs. 7.5 Lakh in a year.

Annual Fee 

Annual Fee of Rs 2,499 

You get a renewal benefit of 7,500 reward points each year on renewing your card membership. 

Annual Fee Waiver 

You need to spend Rs. 4 Lakh in a year to get a fee waiver.

Welcome & Bonus Gifts 

You get 10,000 reward points when you do transactions within the first 90 days of the card set.

Benefits 

  • You earn 16 reward points per Rs. 200 spent on travel & dining
  • You get 8 reward points on all other categories
  • You save 1% on fuel surcharge waiver
  • You get a 25% discount on tickets at BookMyShow
  • 1.75% foreign currency markup
  • Domestic lounge access (3 visits per quarter)
  • 4 complimentary international lounge access through priority pass
  • Rs. 1 Crore life insurance cover for flight accident

Best For – All round credit card for travel, movies and dining.

Final Words 

That was my handcrafted list of top 10 credit cards in India that range from entry-level cards, best for first-time applicants, to super-premium cards, suited for high earning executives.

Beginners can apply for SC Platinum credit card whereas professionals can have HDFC Diners Black or Yes Preferred credit card. 

Let me know your favorite credit card in the comments. 

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Credit Cards In India 2020 (Review & Comparison)”

  1. Indeed a great article Pardeep. Love reading the personal finance stuff from you always. Great insights in each article. Keep up the good work.

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  2. I am using SBI Prime Credit Card and it’s very useful to me. Here mentioned all credit cards are very nice. Such an simply informative blog for all indians. I will share this blog to all my friends.

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