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HDFC Smartbuy Rewards Revised (Terrible news for DCB Holders!)

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andromeda wrote:

Considering a retail spend of 10k on amazon.

5% CB would result in 10k*0.05 = 500 INR statement credit

With the new reward structure, it would yield 10k*4*5/150 = 1333 RPs. 4 RPs for every 150, and 5x is the factor.

In case of regalia 0.2 is the factor for redeeming rewards to statement credit,  so 1,333 gives 266INR if we go for statement credit.

@Pikachu_1

also consider that previously we were getting 1x RP +5% cashback now we get only 5x RP.
so in reality we are getting 4x RP in exchange of 5% cb.

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chai_lover wrote:

are points better or worse than the CB?

For Regalia, 1xRP = 0.93% if redeemed for vouchers; So now previously we used to get 5%CB for redirects like Amazon/Gyftr, but now with newer value it will be 5xRP which translates to 4.65%; Hence it’s a devaluation considering these categories; However if you take different category like Hotel (5% vs 10xRP) or Flipkart (1% vs 3xRP), then it’s an enhancement; but to be honest, most of us use smartbuy mainly for amazon and gytr only, hence it’s a bad news for most of us.
@andromeda @Pikachu_1

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Budhe-Baba wrote:

i knew this was going to happen because i got DCB.

whatever i touch gets devalued. Franklin mutual fund, yes bank, ruchi soya, and now DCB. Every single time. Very strange.

plz touch the current govt😉

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draxlrose wrote:

why dont u upgrade your diners privilege to infinia. With 9Lakh limit you are within criteria for upgrade.

shd one first upgrade to DCB LTF in alumni offer and then  1 year later upgrade to infinia ?

or directly try regalia to infinia

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Dealhunting wrote:

shd one first upgrade to DCB LTF in alumni offer and then  1 year later upgrade to infinia ?

or directly try regalia to infinia

Depends if your limit is above 8L or not.


Also, depends if you want to pay the annual fee for infinia or not. If you are getting infinia also LTF then go for infinia. If you can get enough value out of annual fee paid for infinia, which is easy to do imo, then go for infinia paid also. 

Otherwise DCB ltf is a great offer too. Will take you closer to ltf infinia possibly..

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rohitkr434887 wrote:

I agree now flight offer on DCB is not attractive but still if someone is getting DCB LTF then he can utilize it in 3.3% reward point in offline category and getting Amazon voucher at 10% discount  for utility bills etc. And no other Credit card except infinia is giving this much rewards at present.

how is it 10% for Amazon vouchers? It’s decreased to just 5x now na?

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Knight11 wrote:

What do you mean? Easemytrip also charges 300 convience fee.

I usually get about 20% discount on flight ticket from one of the several sites pretty much every time.

Current best offer I see is 6% instant discount on MMT+10% cashback on Amazon pay + 5% Amazon gift voucher discount.

Easymytrip always has a coupon code to go without convenience fee. Current code is EMTNCF


So far I have observed that no other way to get cheapest ticket but to pay 0 convenience fee. Because convenience fee also attracts 18% GST. Do let me know if I am missing something. 

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bridges wrote:

Easymytrip always has a coupon code to go without convenience fee. Current code is EMTNCF


So far I have observed that no other way to get cheapest ticket but to pay 0 convenience fee. Because convenience fee also attracts 18% GST. Do let me know if I am missing something. 

Convience fee is just around 300 rupees. 20% discount on even 4k ticket is 800 rupees. So, I never use that coupon code.

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pokharel_ankit859 wrote:

Depends if your limit is above 8L or not.


Also, depends if you want to pay the annual fee for infinia or not. If you are getting infinia also LTF then go for infinia. If you can get enough value out of annual fee paid for infinia, which is easy to do imo, then go for infinia paid also. 

Otherwise DCB ltf is a great offer too. Will take you closer to ltf infinia possibly..

after metal infinia no ltf exist anymore

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pokharel_ankit859 wrote:

Depends if your limit is above 8L or not.


Also, depends if you want to pay the annual fee for infinia or not. If you are getting infinia also LTF then go for infinia. If you can get enough value out of annual fee paid for infinia, which is easy to do imo, then go for infinia paid also. 

Otherwise DCB ltf is a great offer too. Will take you closer to ltf infinia possibly..

Right now my regalia limit is lac. Ok for now let me get the free DCB alumni offer as it is in principal approved. After that, latest after 1 year i will try for upgrade to infinia. Hopefully they also increase my card limit from 4 lacs with upgrade to dcb

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Budhe-Baba wrote:

how is it 10% for Amazon vouchers? It’s decreased to just 5x now na?

As per new offer it is 3X on voucher for dcb , so it becone 3 3X3 = 9.9% if you redeem your points on flight

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Knight11 wrote:

Convience fee is just around 300 rupees. 20% discount on even 4k ticket is 800 rupees. So, I never use that coupon code.

How to get that 20% off? 

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bridges wrote:

How to get that 20% off? 

Already mentioned earlier. You need to check various apps and cards that you have. For me, I used this today only.

6% instant discount on MMT via MMTAMAZON +10% cashback on Amazon pay + 5% Amazon gift voucher discount via Axis gyfter portal.

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pranavcool wrote:

rip dcb ,so dcb having lower value than diner privilege and regaila 🤣🤣

How ? I am disappointed that dcb is devalued but it is not lower than Regalia or privilege card..

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yolodime wrote:

Now HDFC Rupay Platinum debit card is better than Regalia credit card.

Does Rupay card has any additional benefits over other hdfc debit cards … ?

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rahuldiwan87608 wrote:

Hi guys,

I have Diners privilege LTF with 9L limit, today only I applied for dual card (Dcb) so now soon I will receive DCB with 5L limit and privilege will remain LTF with 4L limit.

after reading this devaluation and all, I think I should continue with privilege 9L limit and should ask HDFC not to proceed with my DCB request. If the points value is so less then I don’t think it’s a good option to take DCB first year free then end up paying 10k + 1800 gst from second year. Please share your honest opinion. Thank you





How did you apply for a dual card ?

Regarding your query, if you can meet 5L spends criteria on your dcb, it is still a no brainer. Monthly milestones, occasional promotional offers provide good value .

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indiansoul wrote:

How did you apply for a dual card ?

Regarding your query, if you can meet 5L spends criteria on your dcb, it is still a no brainer. Monthly milestones, occasional promotional offers provide good value .

I got privilege to dcb first year free upgrade offer then I wrote an email to HDFC, I was trying to get DCB LTF, but they offered me that I can continue with privilege which is already LTF and split the limit and can also get dcb first year free with 5L limit. Then I saw this thread and asked them not to proceed. I may not be able to spend 5L and don’t want to end paying 11800 fees, in last 1 yr I have hardly spent 1L using HDFC privilege. So what I am.planning now is – will take millennia with 1L limit as dual card and will continue with privilege 8L.limit. so that door remains open for Infinia or DCB if they offer LTF in future. Does that make sense? I will apply for Millennia tomorrow. 

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rahuldiwan87608 wrote:

I got privilege to dcb first year free upgrade offer then I wrote an email to HDFC, I was trying to get DCB LTF, but they offered me that I can continue with privilege which is already LTF and split the limit and can also get dcb first year free with 5L limit. Then I saw this thread and asked them not to proceed. I may not be able to spend 5L and don’t want to end paying 11800 fees, in last 1 yr I have hardly spent 1L using HDFC privilege. So what I am.planning now is – will take millennia with 1L limit as dual card and will continue with privilege 8L.limit. so that door remains open for Infinia or DCB if they offer LTF in future. Does that make sense? I will apply for Millennia tomorrow. 

You plan is good but check with your RM if HDFC can offer the new millenia card with 1L limit. Do remember that millenia may also comes with fees and you will need to meet target spends for making it free. As your yearly spends is <1L, millenia will serve your purpose.

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This is live now. Good thing is that it is valid only for February. So there is possibility of quick revision in March😅.

Lol, there is a daily limit also now apart from monthly limits. With reduced reward rate, this won’t be a problem.


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Now maximum reward cap on per day DCB is 2500. Masterstroke 😂

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Knight11 wrote:

This is live now. Good thing is that it is valid only for February. So there is possibility of quick revision in March😅.

Lol, there is a daily limit also now apart from monthly limits.


good luck with that thought.

always past smartbuy offers were valid for a month.

It will either devalue or remain same.

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How to validate if this is official bro?

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rohitkr434887 wrote:

Now maximum reward cap on per day DCB is 2500. Masterstroke 😂

Infinia too kinda devalued as for big orders hdfc was giving 15k RP, now max 7.5k RP per day on infinia.

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Seinfeld wrote:

good luck with that thought.

always past smartbuy offers were valid for a month.

It will either devalue or remain same.

The previous month terms were valid from June to January. So, were they just extend the period every month since June?

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Knight11 wrote:

The previous month terms were valid from June to January. So, were they just extend the period every month since June?

every month on the first they put in up to as the month’s end.

Say the Jan t&C had Jan 1-31, Dec had Dec 1-31 and so on.

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Seinfeld wrote:

Infinia too kinda devalued as for big orders hdfc was giving 15k RP, now max 7.5k RP per day on infinia.

we had a fixed deposit based infinia card in family. We are closing fd and surrender card

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Dealhunting wrote:

we had a fixed deposit based infinia card in family. We are closing fd and surrender card

how much amount of fd did you took!!

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Dealhunting wrote:

Great scoop. Now i wont go ahead with the DCB alumni offer. Better apply for infinia

I’m charged 750/- for my debit card how can I stop that

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Dealhunting wrote:

we had a fixed deposit based infinia card in family. We are closing fd and surrender card

Unless you need the money. don’t do that. Still infinia is the best rewarding card. Just that it’s not that much rewarding as it was previously.

All offers would go away sooner or latter. Get these benefits for some more months while hdfc is still giving

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Seinfeld wrote:

every month on the first they put in up to as the month’s end.

Say the Jan t&C had Jan 1-31, Dec had Dec 1-31 and so on.

No, that isn’t right. I remember that it mentioned like June 2020 as start date last month. Even now I downloaded the Terms and conditions from hdfc website and it says the same.

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