Axis Bank Airtel Credit Card is the latest offering of Axis Bank in collaboration with Airtel. On one hand, HDFC Bank is going for serial devaluations on their credit cards, and on the other Axis Bank is going all guns blazing with back-to-back new and decent product launches. Axis is already creating some noise among credit cardholders. And this aggressive stance by Axis is good news for all the cardholders as the competition is only going to further increase from here. Let’s check out this card quickly in detail.
Charges and Welcome Benefits
|Joining Fees||₹500 + GST = ₹590|
|Welcome Benefits||Amazon Voucher worth ₹500*|
|Renewal Fees||₹500 + GST = ₹590|
|Annual Fee Waiver||Spend ₹2,00,000 or more in a year.|
*Make the first transaction within the first 30 days of card issuance to be eligible for the voucher.
The joining fee is well compensated by a cash equivalent Amazon voucher. What needs to be seen is that will you be able to extract good value for next year out of it?
- **Currently preferred merchants are Swiggy, Zomato and BigBasket. Preferred merchants may change at anytime without any intimation from bank.
- Cashback shall not be eligible for fuel, jewelry spends, EMI,wallet loads and rental payments.
Just like other Axis cashback credit cards, the cashback will be given as statement credit 3 days prior to the next statement generation date without any request. Like if the statement date is 12th March, the cashback earned in the Feb month cycle (13th Jan-12th Feb) will be credited on 9th March.
For maximizing benefits on this card you will have to spend ₹1,200 per month on Airtel services like Mobile recharges, broadband, and DTH services to get ₹300 worth of cashback. Paying utility bills worth ₹3000 will get you another ₹300 cashback. Another spend of ₹5,000 per month on preferred merchants like Swiggy, Zomato, and BigBasket will yield ₹500 worth of cashback every month. The 1% standard reward rate for all other spending is also an added benefit but lesser as compared to better cash back cards available.
Access Via – Credit Card
Complimentary Domestic Limit – 4 Visits/Year
Being a starter card it may allow you access to selected lounges only so don’t make it your primary lounge card.
Fuel Surcharge Waiver
1% fuel surcharge waiver at all fuel stations across India. (On minimum transaction of ₹400 & maximum transaction of ₹4,000. Maximum waiver of ₹500 per statement cycle). GST charged on surcharge will not be reversed.
Axis Dining Delights
Indulge in delectable cuisines and enjoy up to 20% off at 4000+ partner restaurants in India. You can check the complete list here. But as compared to Zomato Pro and Dineout Passport, this offer stands nowhere.
This is the eligibility criteria as shown on the Axis Bank website for this card.
- Age 18-65 years of age.
- Stable Monthly Income
- Salaried/ Self Employed persons both can apply basis income documents.
Applications for this card are currently being accepted via the Airtel Thanks app also if you already have an Axis Bank credit card then you can simply call the customer care and ask for a swap.
Customer Care Details
Axis customer care representative can be reached at 18604195555 / 18605005555.
In my honest opinion, this card is having an exceptionally good reward rate of 10% with a comfortable capping for an average consumer. Still, I am leaving the recommendation part for this card at an open end and at the discretion of the user as the card is only for a very specific set of users.
This card is a no-brainer for anyone with high exposure to Airtel products due to whopping 25% reward rate even on prepaid recharges. And with exceptional 10% reward rates on Swiggy, Zomato, and even Bigbasket this card can prove to be a great family card too. This card is also giving good competition to cards like RBL Zomato Classic and Kotak Essentia which rewards equivalently on grocery and dining spending but not limited to specific merchants.
Before taking the plunge also factor in the annual fees as if you will be spending only on the top three categories then you will not be able to get a waiver and if you put your general spending from other highly rewarding cards on this card then it will prove to be counter-productive. So do your maths properly!
Are you planning to get your hands on this card soon? If you already have a strategy in mind for this card then share in the comments below.
Chief Editor, TechnoFino.
Personal finance nerd! Physics enthusiast and trainer. When not into Physics, he is minting points and hunting for the next best credit card for himself.