SBI Card and BPCL launch BPCL SBI Card OCTANE. This card promises a whopping 7.25% value back (including a 1% surcharge waiver) on fuel and lubricant spends at BPCL Fuel Stations and a 6.25% value back on Bharatgas online payments on the website and mobile app.
SBI Card is the second-largest credit card issuer in India after HDFC Bank and has the first position in the Co-branded credit card segment. SBI Card and BPCL already have BPCL SBI cards, and this time they have come together to offers ts premium cards to their loyal customers. Here is everything you need to know.
BPCL SBI Card OCTANE Fees
- Joining Fees : Rs.1,499 + GST
- Annual Fees : Rs.1,499 + GST
- Add On Card: Nil
- Finance Charges : 3.35%
- Foreign currency Markup: 3.5%
Annual/Renewal Fees is waived off if you spend Rs.2,00,000/- or more in the previous year. SBI Card Normally charges the fee & then refund it back after a week. It would be great if SBI Card does not levy charges, so no need to refund it back.
Foreign currency Markup is the same 3.5 % like any other normal credit card, so we can not utilize it for International transactions.
- Rewards Points: 6,000 rewards Points
- Rewards Value : Rs.1,500
- Condition: Rewards Points will be credited after payment of Rs. 1499+ GST as Joining Fees.
- Rewards Points Fulfillment: Within 30 days after payment of Fees
Its evident that SBI card compensate to the cardholder Joining fees from welcome benefits. The Welcome Benefits is equal to Joining Fees Rs. 1499, however you may lose GST on joining fees.
.BPCL SBI Card OCTANE comes with different types of rewards: Regular, Accelerated (Value Back Benefits) & Milestone, here’s everything about it below,
- All Spends: 1 rewards Points per Rs.100 spends on Retail Purchases
- BPCL Fuel, Lubricants & Bharat Gas: 25 Reward Points on every Rs.100 spends
- Dining, Departmental Stores, Grocery & Movies: 10 Reward Points on every Rs.100 spends
- 1 Reward Point Value: Rs.0.25 (Can be adjusted as a statement credit)
To redeem points for statement credit, call SBI Card Customer Care. However, note that a redemption fee of Rs.99 per request is applicable. So plan accordingly.
Accelerated (Value Back Benefits)
- 7.25% Value back: 25X Reward Points on fuel purchases at BPCL petrol pumps.
- Including 1% Fuel surcharge waiver: On Transaction Up to Rs.4,000/-
BPCL SBI Card OCTANE offer’s you 25X rewards points on fuel purchases at BPCL petrol pumps. That is excellent rewards for Fuel users. The 7.25% value back is great. The Value back benefits accelerate the rewards structure of BPCL SBI Card OCTANE.
The 7.5% value back is limited to Maximum of 2500 Reward Points per billing cycle.
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Lounge Access Benefit
BPCL SBI Card OCTANE offers complimentary lounge access benefits that are hosted on the VISA platform.
- International Visit : No Lounge access Benefits
- Domestic Benefits : 4 complimentary visits per calendar year to Domestic VISA lounges in India ( Max 1 Visit in Quarter).
The Lounge Visit offers is not in good shape. SBI card should offer at least 4 Complimentary International Lounge access benefits. Even on a Debit card, you can get Free 4 Domestic Lounge access benefits. You can check Best Debit card for Free Lounge access benefits.
Pros & Cons of BPCL SBI Card OCTANE
- 7.5% value back at BPCL Fuel.
- Milestone benefits of Rs.2000
- 4 complimentary domestic benefits
- No International Lounge benefits
- Complimentary Fraud Liability cover of 1 Lakh
- Wave your card to a secure reader to transact at BPCL and another swipe machine. RBI has also increased contactless and Without PIN limit from Rs.2000 to Rs.5000/-.
- As per RBI Guidelines, all international transactions are now disabled by default. You need to authorise for international transactions.
- No need to hand over your card or look for cash /coins for everyday small ticket purchases.
- Just Like any other credit card, Your BPCL SBI Card OCTANE is an international credit card and can be used at over 24 million outlets worldwide, including 3,25,000 outlets in India.
BPCL SBI Card OCTANE is truly made for BPCL users. 25X rewards points on even Bharat Gas makes this card awesome. The 7.5% Value back at BPCL spends and 0.67% rewards as Milestone Privileges, So if you spend Rs. 3,00,000 or more previous year, then total rewards would be 8.16%, which is wonderful.
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