HDFC Bank has renewed its list of 10x partners. In their attempt to keep the HDFC Bank Diners Club cardholder happy, they added the international spend program in September 2017, where one could get HDFC Diners 10X points for International Spend through December 31, 2018. The international spend promotion was not renewed after the end of December 2018, which had me look for other ways to get 10X points on International spends with HDFC Bank. But now we have a new HDFC Bank 5X Reward Points promotion going on.
HDFC Bank 5X Reward Points for International Spends in November 2019
Much on the lines of the HDFC Bank 5X Rewards points Fivetastic promotion, now, there is another set of promotions valid on all HDFC Bank Credit Cards for International Spends. It is valid on all personal HDFC Bank Credit Cards which issue Reward Points.
The new HDFC International Spends offer is valid between November 6 and November 30, 2019. HDFC Bank is offering 5X rewards on International Spends, on POS spends as well as online spends, between this period, with a maximum cap of 5,000 points per cardmember.
The bonus points earned here are over and above any spends made on other promotions such as the regular 10X promotion. The points come in within 90 days after the spend is done, and you need to pay in a foreign currency to be able to get your points.
Value of the International Spends Promotion
- HDFC Bank Diners Rewardz/Regalia First: You earn 3 Reward Points/ INR 150 spent, which value at INR 0.90. With this promotion, you get another 12 Reward Points/INR 150 spent, so you get a total value of INR 4.5/INR 150 spent, which makes it 3% cashback in total.
- HDFC Bank Diners Premium/Club Miles/Regalia: You earn 4 Reward Points/ INR 150 spent, which value at INR 2. With this promotion, you would get another 16 Reward Points/INR 150 spent, so you get a total value of INR 10/INR 150 spent, which makes it a 6.66% cashback in total.
- HDFC Bank Diners Black/Infinia: You earn 5 Reward Points/ INR 150 spent, which value at INR 5. With this promotion, you would get another 20 Reward Points/INR 150 spent, so you get a total value of INR 25/INR 150 spent, which makes it a 16.66% cashback in total.
Of course, HDFC Bank has a lot many more credit cards as well, which have this feature and you will have to compute the value of your RoI as well.
Again, these are promotions for points earning cards and not valid for miles earning cards such as those with JetPrivilege. You need to make transactions over INR 150 to be eligible for the points in the first place.
Revisiting HDFC Global Value: 1% Cashback
HDFC Bank also has a Global Value program. You pay INR 199 towards your welcome or renewal benefit from this promotion. In return, you get 500 Reward Points on activation by doing the first international transaction. Subsequently, you get 1% cashback up to INR 1000 per billing cycle. If you spend more than INR 150,000 per annum, you get an additional INR 2000 Yatra Voucher. You need to call HDFC Bank to enrol in this program, and you get it activated within five working days.
Why does this make sense? Well, you pay 2% markup fees +GST on your cards and with this, you get back much more (1% cashback, 5X points and more).
I’m glad that HDFC Bank continues to keep its customers happy. So, if you are on an international trip, here is the place to direct some of your spends on. Although do check if you were targetted for the promotion or not via email.
What are your thoughts on the promotion?
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