All of us have hunted for discount coupons before booking air tickets and making hotel reservations. We’ve tried many ineffective ways like cutting down on that extra coffee at Starbucks or skipping a weekend party to save precious earnings for our future trip.
What if there was a way where buying those coffees and attending those weekend parties would get you free air tickets? Well, adding to to your blessings, its totally possible. A credit card is an awesome gift by bankers to frequent travellers. You can buy stuff all month long and pay at the end of it and you get redeemable points everytime you shop. These points can be redeemed either for an air ticket or a hotel reservation or even at the airport lounge for that late night meal.
Let’s look at the best credit cards available in India for frequent travellers and money savers.
1. Yatra SBI Card
SBI, the largest bank in India has tied up with online travel agent Yatra offering some irresistible traveller benefits. Yatra offers travel vouchers worth over Rs.8000 soon as you sign up and the awesomeness doesn’t stop here. You get 6 times the points on spends at departmental stores, grocery stores and obviously, at yatra.com. Also, you earn 6x bonus points on base tariffs for purchases at yatra. All these points can be redeemed at which places? Good guess – yatra.com.
2. HSBC MakeMyTrip Platinum credit card
As compared to Yatra, MMT offers you a starter kit with discount vouchers worth Rs.5,500 and 2 Indigo Airlines domestic flight ticket vouchers of Rs.500 each. Also, apart from the redeemable points, HSBC offers you discounts upto 20% on dine outs and covers you for any misuse done from your card preventing losses upto Rs.3,00,000.
3. JetPrivilege HDFC Bank World Credit Card
This is a no-nonsense hardcore jet-setter for frequent fliers. You get a complimentary air ticket with the base fare waived off from Jet Airways soon as you sign up. The first swipe within 3 months of acquiring the card follows with a whopping 5000 bonus JP Miles. A few more swipes crossing Rs.75,000 within 3 months gives you another 5000 miles.
Additionally, you get 18 miles on every Rs.150 spent on jetairways.com and 6 miles on the same amount spent elsewhere. No card beats the feature that the bank waives off the renewal fee of Rs.2,500 for the forthcoming year if you’ve spent Rs.3,00,000 or more in the current year.
All the above Master Cards allow you the access to the oh-so-premium MasterCard airport lounges for your hunger pangs, quick naps or chap chats. The lounges are better than sitting on airport waiting room chairs like a lost luggage bag.