We have written extensively about the HDFC 10x points. HDFC Bank Diners Club 10X Rewards were my favourite kind of reward currency primarily due to some offbeat transfer partners they provided in India. The transfer partner list went away in 2016, but still, I look at it as a 33% cashback card, with all the cashback going towards travel.
The list of 10X partners frequently gets updated. The focus has been on travel & e-commerce. They initially put out a year-long list of partners, but then recalled it, and started to extend the date of the promotion by the months. Here are the announcements for April, May, June & July 2016. Then, it got extended through March 2017 but applied caps on reward earning per month, and a one-month extension through April 2017. In May, they put a new list valid through July 2017. Subsequently, they added all categories of SmartBuy on the list as of July 2017. They knocked off the travel category in late 2017. You can now access this category through SmartBuy which is for everyone who is an HDFC Bank Credit Card Holder.
HDFC Bank Diners Club 10X on Smartbuy
On August 1, HDFC Bank has confirmed that SmartBuy would continue through August 2019. This is in line with their previous line of thinking, where they extended the promotion through July 2019.
That means you could earn 10X points for the following activities with HDFC SmartBuy here on:
- Flight Booking
- Hotel Booking
- Shopping via Flipkart & Amazon
- Comparison shopping via the SmartBuy website.
The maximum number of reward points you can earn per cycle is 15,000 Reward Points for Diners Club Black and 5,000 for Diners ClubMiles, Diners Premium and Diners Rewardz Credit Cards. The promotion applies to EMI transactions on flights/hotels/Flipkart. These are over and above the reward points towards the usual 10X cycle every month.
HDFC Bank Diners Club 10X on Partner brands
For the 10X rewards via partner brands, there is a totally new list now revealed, and it is all over the place for now. Some old stars return, and then there are new ones.
This list would be valid from August 1 to December 31, 2019. The incremental 9X Rewards will be posted within 2 days from the date of settlement of the transaction. Date of settlement will be considered for calculating the maximum cap. The important change is that now a calender monthwise cap will be used, instead of the statementwise caps earlier.
For PayZapp, wallet transactions are not eligible for 10X Rewards. Smartbuy transactions paid via the PayZapp gateway will get the Smartbuy 10X and not the partner 10X.
Just as a recap, you earn the following points on your cards with the various variants on the merchants mentioned above:
- Rewardz: 3 points/INR 150 + 27 points/INR 150 bonus [Total 30 points/INR 150]. Monetary Value is INR 9 [6% cashback]
- Premium/Club Miles: 4 points/INR 150 + 36 points/INR 150 bonus [Total 40 points/INR 150]. Monetary Value is INR 20 [13% cashback]
- Black: 5 points/INR 150 + 45 points/INR 150 bonus [Total 50 points/INR 150]. Monetary Value of INR 50 [33% cashback]
- Here is the cap installed on the number of points you can earn per month for using partner brands.
- Rewardz: 2,000 points
- Premium/Club Miles: 5,000 points
- Black: 25,000 points
- Everyone can earn up to 25,000 Reward points for using the Smartbuy portal (such as those with Infinia).
The 10x points are not applicable to the HDFC Bank JetPrivilege co-branded Diners card.
The new omnibus here is the PayZapp account, which has many use cases. For instance, you can go shopping, order groceries via BigBasket, pay bills, book movie tickets and so on. This is especially great for bill payments which will attract a 33% cashback now on. This seems to work for rent payments as well, but I am still exploring more on that option.
What do you think of these changes to the HDFC Bank Diners Club 10X program?