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Axis Points Transfer Partners: Convert Edge Rewards to Points & Miles

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Axis Bank has recently added the ability to transfer Edge Reward points to Partner points and miles which is one of the major move taken by Axis Bank to serve the affluent customers of the bank.

Below transfer rate from Edge Rewards to Partner points & miles are applicable for Affluent / HNI cards only: Magnus , Reserve & Burgundy Private . Axis Atlas is dealt separately.

Other cards transfer at 10:1, which is poor and not worth transferring, hence not covering them in this article.

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Hotel partners, what’s the reward rate, how to transfer, time taken to transfer points, final thoughts.

  • Expected turnaround time to transfer: 1 Day for Etihad, Air France, united (instant) & Spice Jet (others: 10 Days)
  • Expected turnaround time to transfer: 1 Day for Marriott & IHG / 10 Days for ITC

Note : Axis systems were having an issue initially when it went live a day back. So while transferring make sure you’re seeing the proper “transfer ratio” in the slider.

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If you spend 1 Lakh on Axis Magnus and Reserve, this is what you get:

  • Magnus: 4800 +20,000 (milestone benefit) = 24,800 partner Miles
  • Reserve: 6000 Partner Miles

Magnus is indeed a MIND BLOWING card for spends upto 1L, for spends higher than a lakh, Reserve is better. For international spends, reserve is the only card you ever need going forward, as it gives 2X rewards.

So if you look at the reward rate angle on regular domestic spends, it turns out to 2.4% – 4.8% on Magnus (~24% on 1L spend) and 3% to 6% on Reserve assuming a conservative value of 0.50 INR to 1 INR on select partner points and miles.

But it’s indeed not an easy game if you do-not know what you’re doing. For most cardholders, Marriott & ITC points transfers are simple to begin with. And for the experts the airline transfer may come handy.

With this addition American Express Credit Cards looses its major USP (Marriott transfer) and so spends will move to Axis Premium Cards, as reward rate is lot better with Axis.

I mean why would anyone use Amex Platinum charge to earn 2.5K Marriott Bonvoy points (1L spend) while you can earn 4.8K(Axis magnus) or 6K(Axis reserve) instead?!

It’s super simple and you can do it in matter of few clicks.

  • Login to Travel Edge portal (use the same login credentials you use for Axis a/c login)
  • Choose “Link Member” on the top right. Fill the details of the transfer partner.
  • Once done, choose “Transfer Rewards” on top right, choose the program and points required to transfer using the slider and submit.
  • It takes anywhere between 1-10 days for the transfer to happen.

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Here are the average time taken to transfer your Axis points to respective loyalty programs in real life:

  • Marriott Bonvoy & IHG – Upto 1 working day (sometimes Instant)
  • United, Etihad, Qantas – Upto 1 working day (sometimes Instant)
  • Turkish & Ethiopian – 2 days
  • Krisflyer & Club Vistara – Upto 3 days
  • Aeroplan & Flying Blue – 1 day (sometimes instant)
  • Club ITC – 3 to 5 Days (Used to take 1-2 weeks before)
  • Spice Club & Air Asia – 5 to 7 days
  • JAL – 7 to 10 days

Feel free to report the time taken to transfer to other partners, just incase if you’ve tried these transfers.

What can I say! The golden age of Indian credit cards has just begun. Enjoy the complimentary flight ticket redemptions and hotel stays as long as you wish.

Make hay while the sun shines!

Not to forget that the sun is shining for the second time in recent times and you know how long it lasts.

So we might see some changes on conversion ratio in future as more and more cardholders explore the points transfer option, just as always which happens with any lucrative program.

But I hope we will have sufficient time to enjoy the benefits and perhaps that helps us to eventually explore the Life beyond Credit Card Rewards .

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31000 points (25000 air miles) for 1 lakh of spend seems to be too good to be true.

Further, the you can earn accelerated reward points on grab deal, travel edge and gift edge.

For example, if you buy Rs 1 lakh voucher of Kalyan jewellers for axis gyftr portal (this is running at 10x currently) will fetch up a whopping 60000 points which is 48000 air miles! Is there any catch here? Is there any capping on max reward points on axis grab deal, axis gift edge and axis travel edge?

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Never tried it as Kalyan is not a trusted brand as heard so. But note that you can’t purchase gold coins with it.

For grab deals they’ve added 10K a month capping, not sure if they did it for Gift Edge as well.

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Hello, Is the 10k per month capping on grab deals applicable basis billing cycle or basis calendar month?

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Can anyone confirm about the maximum limit on gyftr edge portal? Has any one received more than 10000 edge points in a month.

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Accelerated EDGE REWARDS: Earn 5X/10X EDGE REWARD Points whenever you make a purchase from this voucher portal. The Axis Bank EDGE REWARDS Points depend on the brand you choose. There is no upper limit on points you can earn. Get 10X Reward Points on over 100 brand vouchers and 5X Reward Points on many major brands such as Uber, Ola, Big Bazaar, Mobile Recharge, Flipkart, Spencer‘s Retail, Grofers, Croma etc.

Above from GYFTR page

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well, I am not sure, about the part you are mentioning there.

There must be a cap or a catch. Otherwise, if my maths is right you would be getting benefits which are nearly equal to the amount you are spending.

1 Lac voucher of Kalyan Jewellery on Magnus Base points: 6,000 Milestones point: 25,000 10 x point(6K*9) 54,000

Total points: 85,000

As per Siddharth’s comment: Marriot: 50 Ps to 1 INR ITC: 1 INR to 1.2 INR (sometimes even better) Krisflyer: 80ps to 1 INR (sometimes even better)

So the above points are almost equivalent to Rs.1 if used right. Which makes it Rs. 68,000 Worth.

If I am missing anything here please correct me.

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Well 10x is capped at 10k edge points a month so your calculation are wrong and it seems like to good to be true

Archit, I meant the same thing Rehotorically. When I put across that calculation but thanks for sharing your two bits of wisdom. Much Appreciated!

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Not sure 10x is capped at 10K or 9x is capped at 10K. Unlike the attention that hdfc smartbuy received not much is clear about grabdeals/giftedge/traveledge

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Hi Siddharth milestone benefit for magnus is 25000 reward points

I converted it to partner points/miles for calculation.

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Hi thank u for this article please tell me about magnus 4800 points part and 2.4% to 4.8%. The 1 lakh 25000 points 5:4 converts to 20000 points is clear.

4.8% if we keep 1 partner point = 1 INR (assume ITC) 2.4% if we keep 1 partner point = 0.50 INR (assume Marriott)

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so we get better benefit by transferring edge rewards to ITC membership. is ITC culinaire membership free? or it comes at some cost? I got magnus approved today and I am a high spender

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How is magnus reward rate 24% with point transfer? Can you explain more on this?

Multiply points earned by 0.80 and you get the value.

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Hi. Thanks for the detailed post. Can you explain the logic behind assigning value of Rs.0.80 for 1 Edge point.

Please fo give us details of these frequent flyer programs as i am a newbie. Air asia and spicejet are 2 domestic airlines i use. Air asia is linked to tata neu coins please advive about the reward program

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How did you get 5:4 ratio? I am still seeing 5:1 or 10:1 ratio.

No idea, I was shown 10:1 before but by mid-day it got fixed for me along with many.

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thanks for this wonderful news article Sid.

converting edge rewards to which loyalty partner is most cost effective?

Most go for Marriott / ITC / Krisflyer. It all depends on the needs!

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If I convert 75000 Edge Rewards to 60000 ITC Green Points (5:4 ratio).

ITC allows annually max 60000 Green Points to be converted to Mariott Bonvoy points in 2:3 ratio. So, if I do that I will get 90,000 MB points.

So, for 75,000 Edge Points I will get 90,000 Mariott points (Ratio of 5:6) which will better than 5:4 ratio that I get if I transfer directly from Axis Edge to Mariott Bonvoy points.

Is my understanding correct? Kindly advise.

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I was hoping no one says this here. It will be gone soon now.

I converted about 1.4 lac Edge points to 1.10 lac ITC Green Points (5:4 ratio).

Have now given request for transfer of 60,000 ITC Green Points (max allowed in year) to 90000 Marriott Bonvoy points (under process).

So indeed we are getting 5:6 ratio for Axis Edge to MB points through this method.

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I don’t see the option to convert axis points to ITC. Is it removed

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in marriot bonvoy if you book by points cost is twice. A hotel costing INR 10k needs 20k points.

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How long does it take for conversion of axis edge points to club itc points and then from club itc to marriot?

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However Marriot bonvoy points at their current rate of redemption can be valued at around .57ps Most peak days are less than 50ps. overall since the change to dynamic pricing it’s hard find the old 1 rp deals anymore . With marriot value at .57ps you get just 0.90ps value for 1 ITC Green point.

The airlines at .80ps point still give a better value than Marriot Bonvoy

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Dear Siddharth, I may be wrong but I remember Marriot transfer is @2:1 in Atlas card. They have also taken off Vistara transfer

Sorry for the confusion, yes, you’re all right. Updated. We anyway have vistara cards, maybe Vistara wants to take their cards instead so maybe discouraging transfers otherwise.

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Vistara is back. I think they are working on the website so hang on.

Transferred around 4K to vistara, I will keep you all posted.

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Are the points transferred in Vistara

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Yes on Sep 2. So took around 4 days.

I won’t transfer to Vistara henceforth. This was test transaction. I am searching for the right partner to make free Europe trips

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i can see vistara @5:4

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Looks very promising after the 10 x HDFC program. Fingers crossed as a magnus user !!!

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Nice Sid.. have you done analysis of points value under different programs like what each point is worth in their respective memberships like ITC vs Marriott etc.? Please share the link if it’s already there. Thank you!

Marriot: 50 Ps to 1 INR ITC: 1 INR to 1.2 INR (sometimes even better) Krisflyer: 80ps to 1 INR (sometimes even better)

These are the most used ones. I’ll let others share their findings.

Thanks Sid! Why is there a range and not fixed value as you mentioned above? Does it have to do with time to time offers or selection of hotels category?

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One can get a better rate on the Bonvoy transfer by routing the transfer through ITC first, and then to Bonvoy, as ITC to Bonvoy ratio is 2:3. So if this route is used then the actual ratio for Bonvoy becomes 5:6 for Magnus, Reserve etc., and 1:3 for Atlas.

Please mention the time taken for this route. Also I saw a limit of 60000 green points is it per calendar year

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ITC is not showing now on the list. They may have removed it

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ITC Points can be transferred to Marriott as 2:3. So Edge Rewards -> Marriott would be 5:6 instead of direct 5:4(via ITC)

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Even I just noticed that ITC green points is not there any more. Have they removed it Sidharth?? That was the best hotel deal conversion compared to Marriott or IHG. Can you shed some light on it?

It will come back, except that we don’t know if they’ll come with any new terms & conditions. We’ll have to wait.

Club vistara is added now as new partner. But aren’t the flights more expensive than say SpiceJet or air Asia. I tried air Asia big points but since merging with Tata neu some error is there. I transferred to club marriot in evening at 7pm and points already in bonvoy app by morning

All of a sudden Vistara seems to have lowered the prices for flights (in CV miles) for example I booked 2x PE seats from Chandigarh (IXC) to BLR which was showing price at 11K+ each for just 7.5K miles+700Rs. Similarly a 25K+ business class seat for BLR to IXC, I got for 17K miles + 1000 or 1200 Rs. At the same time economy tickets, available for revenue rate around 9K were being given for 4.5K + 600-700Rs. So overall at this sector it was giving upto 2Rs/CV mile (mabe 1.8-1.9 with tax/fee in cash) Looks like Vistra is on a roll. Not to mention the superb red carpet feeling their customer care gave. With the closed eyes, decided to renew my Vistara Infinite.

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Great news! Just got my Magnus approved. Have about 24,000 Edge Points existing in my Axis rewards account. Would I be able to get the higher 5:4 ratio on these pre-existing points?

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@Nitish, Thanks for confirming the same.

I have one query which Ive mailed to Axis bank but no revert (been 15 days)

Query: Is it possible to transfer edge to air mile where the names do not match on both accounts ? If the names don’t match will the edge points be reimbursed or lapsed ? 🤔 PS:Axis CC T&C states both names should match.

Backstory: I would wish to accumulate all air miles in my account. I will be transferring edge to airmiles from my family members respective account to mine.

Also, any changes in the transfer conversion ratio to Club Vistara points?

I am seeing a lot of interest in Axis mileage transfer. Based on my previous experience with ITC and Krsflyer, I would recommend that don’t transfer the points until you are sure of travelling and can see reward nights/seats.

Many times I have seen that such redemption is not available easily (nothing beats Vistara on this though. They are super transparent). So instead of getting stuck in another programme, wait until you are sure of travel and availability.

Also, I am seeing 24%, 30% numbers in many places but based on my conservative estimate, we should not value edge reward points more than INR 0.5 or 0.6. If you take that as a case, this would mean around 3.5% return on regular spending and 15-18% return on 1 L spend which reduces once you spend more.

This is also very similar to HDFC DB and Infinia when 10x offers were live.

Hence, while this is a fantastic offer, please be cautious when transferring.

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I have recently converted my edge reward points to spice club points and came to know that they give 50p value for one point. Can you tell what value other airlines are providing for their points?

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Great update Sid. Had a query:

Do rent payments, wallet top-ups, insurance payments, utility payments, etc. count towards INR 1 L monthly milestone?

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rent payments, wallet top-ups – No insurance payments, utility payments – Yes

Hi Sid please write an article on marriot bonvoy. I read one article at kochi marriot where for 12500 u got breakfast and lounge plus upgraded room. Were all 3 part of gold elite. Because I tried booking now and it says point booking for room only. No complimentary breakfast.

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@Sid, Axis Magnus 25K Edge points = 20K Bonvoy right ? So on 1L spend, we get 20K marriott points vs 2500 on Amex plat ?

Is this math correct or something is amiss

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Hi Sid, Super Article as always. Can I apply for Axis Magnus (Card on Card) via My HDFC Infinia (11 Lacs Limit)?? Currently, I’m holding Axis Ace with 2.5 Lacs Limit but they are denying for Upgrade. Thank you.

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Till date Axis has not been able to fix my login issue. I have 3 cards from Axis but I cannot login to internet/mobile banking despite escalating multiple times..

They all keep asking the same thing – uninstall and reinstall app..

How will i use the edge rewards 😂😂😂😂

Witj renewal date coming two of the cards will be closed.. will continue with Vistara Infinite for another year..

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Was this resolved? If yes,how?

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Hi Siddharth, it looks like clubITC gives the best value for these points, is that what you recommend everyone transfer points to? Also, for some reason I cannot find a way to see how many points per night are required by ITC hotels, is it something hidden only to be shown much later? Lastly, is there any card here in India given option to transfer to Hyatt? Thanks!

Try looking for other hotel. ITC does not allow points booking for some hotels (especially the grand ones 🙂 )

This is a good way to get the maximum benefit out of your one’s Magnus credit card. But this essentially renders Vistara Infinite useless when it comes to the reward system.

Do you know when this above offer is going to end? Secondly, are they issuing add-on cards on Magnus? Thirdly, If anyone could share the Airmiles game and how that work it would be great.

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Does anyone know how exactly do we use mikes between airlines for ex Singapore airlines and air india are part of star alliance but how do I use kris flyer miles in air india

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I have the same question. Can we transfer kris flyer miles to any of the star alliance flights like air India united etc .? Did you get any insights on this

We have currently no Axis Bank relationship other than Flipkart Axis Bank card. Given the Citibank conversion to Axis still has about 6 months, I’m keen to apply for an Axis Bank Credit card looking at the decent offers and redemptions they’re coming with.

So my question is assuming I’m eligible for the highest category cards as well, which card should I apply for? Key purpose is to get maximum rewards % on spends as for other benefits like Golf or Lounge I have various other cards that take care of it.

Thanks in advance!

what is he value of spicejet point? 1 point = 1 rs?

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What is the value of 1 airasia points?

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Seems rental payment using all axis cards has been stopped. Any updates?

Rental payments or the points on rental payments ?

Heard rental payments are stopped. My rental payment through payzapp was declined

Thats is bad.

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I paid rent using Axis Vistara Infinite through Payzapp using Redgirraffe on 7th. Worked fine, faced no issues at all.

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But it seems that these arent counted for 1L spends, confirmed with Axis CC yesterday

Doesnt payzapp rentals get classified as Insurance and thus no CV points on Vistara Infinite?

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Hello, Any idea if we can purchase club marriot membership using marriot bonvoy points?

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I don’t see any other Air miles conversion options other than just Vistara, is this just me?

You got look at TRAVEL EDGE then you will find it on a tab on that site . I had the same problem

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For Europe trips try Turkish airline. Book with star Alliance partner, it will give you best value atleast for europe.

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I like United better. Its a Star Alliance partner too, plus the taxes are very low.

I don’t know how you calculate the same. I m travelling to paris this october from 12-18. If you book the same flight from united it will cost you (63,000 miles+ USD 75.74) but for turkish airline it will cost you (38,000 Miles + USD78.44). Almost 25000 less miles required in case of turkish air line.

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I am getting the same at 60,000 miles. Am I missing something? TIA

Hope you are using the bonus of mile transfer on united right now 🙂

Currently one promotion is going for transferring hotel points to united miles. for 30% bonus. I haven’t found any credit card transfer promotion. If any please let us know as I planning a trip to tokyo using partner booking on united for ANA.

Convert Amex to Marriot at 30% and then Marriot to United with 30% offer. Make sure you transfer 60000 Marriot points to united for maximum benefit.

For ~46k Amex points you get 35k United miles which is very good conversion value for Amex

Marriot to United offer ends Sep 30.

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would you please be kind enough to elaborate how to go about it ?

Would love to learn something about the mile games. Thankyou

If we do rent payment using nobroker kr any other platform, is it counted towards 1 lac milestone? Could not find anything in T&C.

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Yes Anuj, the rent payment counts in 1 lac milestone, and only wallet load is not count in achieving milestone points.. except everything included.

But point to note down, rent payment will not the regular points, i confirmed with axis Bank customer care. Thanks!

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After reading this I wanted to upgrade to magnus card and I called customer care and asked them for upgrade and they told me axis Bank stopped taking upgrade requests or card type change requests completely.If I want magnus card I have to apply for it via fresh card application.Is there any other way to get magnus card other than fresh application? And yesterday I saw there was an upgrade offer from Privilege card to Select BGD card with no joining fee and no annual fee and upgrade to atlas card with 5000 fee.Should I get the select card with zero fees or apply for fresh magnus card?

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How to check the milestone amount left on axis magnus ? rent payment paid through paytm or freecharge will be counted or not ?

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CLUB ITC IS MISSING FROM HOTEL PARTNERS LIST. POINTS TRANSFER TO ITC CLUB IS NOT AVAILABLE. BUT WHY?

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Seems it is now at 20 paisa , the benefit is gone now. You get 1 point for every five points in miles conversion – did anyone check now? damp squib.

Seems the issue is sorted now.

Yes,but i found it a bit shady though , the correction happened immediately after i mailed them or its just serendipity.

Yes, I converted my points to ITC in the ratio 5:4, last night.

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Yes, the issue is sorted. I am new to Magnus, got it this month. I was able to convert the acquired reward points today (30/09/2022) to Flying Blue miles at a ratio of 5:4.

Was it instant?

It was instant

Which airmiles are good to redeem? I have close to 68000 miles

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Not able to transfer edge point to United miles.. keep failing. I tried multiple times. Customer care don’t seem to have an answer. Anyone facing the same issue??

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For Club Vistara , does 1 CV points is equivalent to Rs. 1 while booking a flight using the CCV points ?

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Hi what is the value of 1 airmile of AIRFRANCE . Is it equal to 1 rs?

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Hi Siddharth! Technical question: How soon does one get the milestone benefit of 1 lakh spend on the Magnus card? As soon as the transactions cross a lakh or once statement is generated or some other day?

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it will take 90 days , most cases it will get credited between 70 to 90 days

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After 3 months

There are ongoing discussions about merging Vistara with Air India (ofcourse airasiaIndia and airIndiaExpress as well). Wonder what will be the impact on CV miles. And if Axis will provide Air India as a transfer partner. Nevertheless, it’s not looking lucrative if Tatas continue with existing points ratio, because DEL-BOM one way requires 5000 CV miles compared to 10080 AirIndia FR miles. A mile in AI is worth a lot less than in Vistara, across routes. Similarly, flying international requires lot more miles in AI compared to Vistara for a given route. Vistara was one of the best transfer partners until now but points value will go down severely if AI merges it without improving its redemption chart (which it most likely won’t).

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Vistara is showing at 5:4 which is good ! What other airlines are better for transfers in people’s experience? Please advise.

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The Conversion ratio for Magnus to Vistara is given as 5:4 on axis bank site which means 25000 edge mile will give 20000 partner miles, however, on the vistara website, it is written that “ As part of this association, you can convert 5 Axis eDGE Rewards Points to 1 CV Point” what does it mean?? Does it mean Axis will give you 20000 partner mile & when you convert this to vistara CV, they will give you 4000 CV?? I also wrote a mail to Axis bank regarding this today and waiting for their response.

That conversion is via edgerewards portal (old system for CV conversions). 5:4 is via the new traveledge portal.

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Did you ever tried this? Its crazy 24.4% return if we spend 1 lac on magnus if we can get 5:4 CV points in Vistara…

Vistara is the least crazy I would say.. there are many more options to transfer to that gives such sweet ~24% return. 🙂

Please enlighten us… i checked marriot but that is not a good option.. for Rs.5000 hotel, they charge 16000 points or so… what are the other options? Please share..

HI Sid, can you suggest some options. IMO, ITC is very good for the transfer.

Hey Siddharth,

There is a lot of confusion when it comes down to transferring of points.

You mentioned in one of your comments” Vistara is the least crazy I would say.. there are many more options to transfer to that gives such sweet ~24% return”

I see only vistara as a viable option to transfer my points. I request to make an article on the mile transfer. As you are the most experienced user of cards here and knows what would give maximum value.

It would really help this community to know which is the best partner airline to go with.

Thanks in Advance.

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I have Axis Magnus Credit Card. I checked Axis Edge Rewards portal recently. The points transfer option was available only for Club Vistara and the transfer ratio shown was 3:1. I couldn’t locate 5:4 ratio. Has this been discontinued? If so it will be a big setback.

Pls check “Travel Edge” portal and not “Edge Rewards” portal for points transfers.

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Hey Sid, Did you got a chance to redeem airmiles through Magnus on any airlines? If yes, can you tell us how many miles u have incurred. If you some time, please give a latest hotel booking as well. I am setting the targets and keep on accumulating the points, so wanted to be sure, if this is really worth it!

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I have been following this article and the comments and applied for it. I got my card on 2nd Dec, but the expiry is nov/27. Does it mean i will be eligible for 1L spend bonus in dec too. With your calculation of expiry month + 1 , it does , but seems I am on a fence here, as the card was printed (as per cc tracker) on 30th Nov.

Your guidance will be really helpful.

Thanks, Saurabh.

“With your calculation of expiry month + 1 , it does , but seems I am on a fence here, as the card was printed (as per cc tracker) on 30th Nov.”

I’m sure you’re not on a fence as per your stmt. 🙂

Cool, thanks Sid for the prompt reply.

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@Siddharth “expiry month + 1 ” – is this mentioned anywhere in the T&C. I couldn’t find it. Can you please share the link to the page?

I’m the source for that tip. 🙂

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Yes you will get milestone rewards for December month if u spent 1L above, as your card generated in November… same for me my card also delivered on feb 2nd but generated date is 29th jan and expiry date on card is jan, so i did 1L above translation on feb month i got my milestone rewards on may after completing 90 days….

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For booking flights to Europe, transfer of edge points to which Airlines would be most beneficial? Does lufthansa make sense

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is redgiraffe rent payments counted for reaching 1 lac threshold? or any other rent website?

I called up the customer service to specifically check this. They said it will be counted. But I am unable to use Redgirraffe with the Magnus. Tried adding the card to Payzapp and it doesn’t get added. I have raised a complaint 2 months back but it is not resolved yet.

I am using Nobroker and freecharge for now (the platform charges are slightly higher, but the returns are higher as well)

How are you planning to use Redgirraffe with your Axis card?

I have got 50K points in my Axis Edge. I am using Axis Magnus. Wanted to know whether I should transfer these points or just keep it in my account. Is there a possibility that Axis might change the reward ratio or rollback the whole transfer of point thing in future without notice?

Any suggestions or opinion on the same would be great.

Thanks in Advance

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Can anyone confirm if Club ITC green points can be used for entire room rent, meaning can we use green points to pay taxes, complimentary breakfast and extra bed etc? or these should be paid out of pocket?

Yes, can use for anything!

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How do you register on Travel Edge ? I just received by Magnus card today , and I’ve my customer id. However, I can’t wrap my head around the password as I can’t seem to register it anywhere to get the password.

Any help will be appreciated.

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25K magnus points = 20K Vistara points. if spend 5L (1 lakh each every month) you get 100000 Vistara points. you can get 20 Vistara tickets on Del-Mumbai sector for that or 13 Delhi goa one way tickets. Is this True why would someone ever take Vistara Axis cards?

CV Gold tier.

Ppl also need points for ITC/Marriott as well. So some diversification. 🙂

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How many days does it take to transfer points to Qatar privilege program?

Anyone tried it?

Thanks in advance.

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Can you let me know how many days it finally took

Hi everyone,

Is there any monthly limit on bonus edge points through Grabdeals or Giftedge ?

Plz respond !

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IHG point transfer was done within 1 day.

Thanks for sharing Piyush. Do you see any sweet spots with IHG redemptions? I hardly see hotels that gives value >50ps per point.

I alreday had some points earned organically. Transferred only a few edge points to be able to book a stay. Otherwise, you are correct. The usual value of IHG is ~0.50

Can you overall rank the below mentioned airlines in terms of value of miles, ease of redemption, flexibility (conversion/partner airlines/domestic redemption/expiry date/payment of taxes).

Qatar Turkish Etihad Singapore

Also, what’s the best way to convert to miles? Direct Edge to Miles or Edge to Green to Bonvoy to Miles.

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Turkish miles and smiles takes T+1 days.

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Hello, Has anyone transferred points to Qatar(Avios) or British Airways? Any idea about their surcharges and taxes. Siddarth it would be nice to have an article to know the best airline value to transfer points and hotel from Magnus card. Can anyone provide tricks and get more value on this please?

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Linking of partner Id is not working from app . As I have Magnus card but not axis Saving Account , I am not able to Link Partner Id like Marriott and Vistara for point transfer from Axis app at my iPhone . I do not have axis internet banking as I do not have saving account with Axis . Has anyone else also faced this issue . There is link button in app but it does not work . Is there any resolution of this issue

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Hey Abhishek did you find a solution.

Hi Tanuj , I opened digital saving account and then use net banking . Now it’s resolved

You can go online on axis Bank website and do your registration with customer ID then you can access all features but only on computer not on mobile

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is there any good deal going on with Turkish miles ?

Specially with 55k points

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Converted air asia points. got points in airasia in 7 days. value of 1 airasia point is too low at 0.23 Rs.

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Just transferred from Axis travel edge to Flying blue and it was instant. Also transferred from HDFC to Lifemiles and that was instant too. Booked 3 business class seats from Paris to Delhi on Air France for 192500 miles + 55000 INR which was a reward conversion of around 2.5 for each reward point. Good investment in my view!

3 seats at a time is nice! And 192500 miles of what program and how’s the biz class availability in that program for this route from your experience?

How did you transfer HDFC to lifemile ? I see only CV, Kris & Intermiles for my DCB transfer. Which card allows Avianca Lifemile ?

I transferred from Magnus (Edge rewards) to Flying Blue – instant transfer. It was showing availability all through May and June but only a few days had the lowest mile requirement of 70,000 per person. For the date I booked, it was saying that 7 seats were available so thats great availability. The revenue rate for the three tickets was 5.5-6 lakhs so approx. value of 2.4-2.5 per reward point. Out of all the travel partners of Axis (Qatar – stopover+higher number of miles, Turkish – lower miles but higher fees), Flying Blue had the most availability and balanced miles and cost requirement.

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What route? Am assuming you are talking Business class

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For these Hotel Transfers, Eg : ITC, Should we book the hotel through their channel to redeem it ? What is the best way to use the hotel transfer in case of ITC and Marriot?

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Thats brilliant. Thanks Sidharth for sharing and thanks Pranav for sharing your very recent experience. Indian travellers experience is about to be elevated for sure. That too nicely ha*ked.

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Accrued 2.4 Lac Edge reward points in 9 months of getting the card . Redeemed them for 1.5 lac Kris flyer miles for SQ 3 economy class return tickets Mum- Hong Kong and 2 One way tickets . Ended up getting 5 tickets with 1.8 lac points +Rs 20 K surcharge … This year’s travel plans made!! Started earning miles for Mauritius trip for 2024 🙂 🙂 keep the miles coming

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I recently did a transfer of ~100k points to Krisflyer and booked scoot flights to australia. The value I got was ~60p per Edge Reward point. Its about 12.5% return.

Compared to infinia this is a less(16.33% or 5X based on spends) but need more analysis to see if per day redemption limits of infinia interfere with overall value.

60 paise per magnus point or per krisflyer points ? As in, say you have 1000 magnus points so conversion into 800 krisflyer points…now did you get value of Rs. 480 or Rs. 600 on it ?

In any case, all this is purely subjective and would differ from case to case…i have till now been able to garner more than a Re returns from magnus points from vistara,ITC & bonvoy..one of my friends got more than re 2.5 per magnus points by booking a ticket to europe..conversely..one of my friends got value of 40 paise per magnus points through bonvoy ( 5:4 conversion & then 50 paise approx per bonvoy point ! ) cause sometimes its more important for people not to spend from own pocket.

So you see, we need to gauge where we may maximise our return

Its 60p per Krisflyer point(1 cent essentially) which I guess translates to 54p per magnus point. Yes, it depends a lot on how we are redeeming as we get much higher when we travel to europe in flying blue(2-3 rs based on comments). I was looking to minimize spends from my pocket.

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Guys can someone tell me if marriot , IHG and ITC points expire and if so after how much time? Also, what is the point to rupees conversion for all these 3. I am new to the premium card game so wanted to know since air miles conversion for domestic partners doesn’t look as lucrative with axis magnus.

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If a ITC hotel is not bookable using ITC green points, can you reserve it with a credit card and then pay for it using Club ITC green points at check-in?

Yes, during check-out.

Anyway of knowing , how many Green points we would need at the time of check out ? Please respond

It’s 1:1 INR

Cool ! thankyou. Normally , if we pre-book , the green points are worth more that a Re. In this case , we need to pre book the room say for 10k and then settle the resultant bill of Rs. 11.8k ( GST included) by paying 11.8k green points or 10k points + GST separately ( as is the norm while booking through the green points ) ?

11.8K points but few hotels may not allow points for settling GST part even-though technically the system allows.

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better get ITC elite culinare membership , for 24000 points , you can get 2 nights (redeemable , most of hotels) , along with lot of discount coupons for 1 year

ITC Culinaire is probably best way to waste money. If you see their exclusion list it is 2x or 3x the list of participating hotels. Most of the luxury hotels are excluded, most hotels at tourist destination are excluded. So for 24k (or 16.5K for 1 night) you can book at only the hotels which you’d otherwise get for 8-10k. Taj epicure is much better value for money (That is if you see the pricetag of most Taj properties justified.) For 24K you can book 2nights at hotels which can otherwise cost you upto 15-18k per night. (sadly luxury once like Taj Mahal Mumbai are excluded)

I hope Axis adds Hyatt as a points transfer parner. No Indian credit card has been able to partner with them yet.

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That’s not true, in the past HDFC Diners card rewards could be transfered to Hyatt. Though that partnership ended somewhere in 2016/2017.

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How do you calculate, the monetry value of a particular airline, Line in magnus we get 80% points of any airline or hotel partner, so do you have something like one can calculate how much return he or she will get if we are converting into this or that airline, for example if we are calculating for Club vistara, we get a good value of around 52% just calculated for a particular flight but i am not exactly sure if it gives that as an average, bt what specifically i am looking for is that do we have some maths and calc to which airline its the best to redeem points?

Its not 1 size fit all and every equation is different so u cannot put ur finger that this is the fixed rate of return..like for bonvoy points , i have experienced 80 paise and Rs. 2.5 rs…both at different times…same as vistara..once it was equivalent to Rs.1.2 & other time it was Rs. 1.9..both on delhi -kolkata sectors !

I hope u get the gist…its quite dynamic.

Example: Flight you want to book price: Rs. 10,o00 Reward points required for that flight: 5000 Value per point: Rs. 2

It has to be searched flight specifically and there is no one size fits all.

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Any travel partners allowing to do shopping purchase using points instead of travel.?

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Any suggestions on which would be the ideal airline to explore using points to fly from Mumbai to Male?

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Is there a way to book Indigo flights using Edge Miles through any partner airlines? Indigo has good domestic connectivity however I dont know of anyway to redeem our edge reward points

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Hi Sid, Thanks for the great review guides on Krisflyer and Virgin Blue. Looking forward to Flying Blue as well 🙂

Amazing news, now 10% bonus in transferring 25k or more edge points to clubITC

Till when is this club itc bonus offer valid?

Couple with the fact that we need to transfer minimum 25k points ( translating into 20K ITC points) to get the benefit , 10% increase is hardly worth getting excited about buddy 😀

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Hi! Axis magnus is in the name of my wife and I have CLUB ITC membership in my name. Can I transfer Edge points to my club ITC account. Is the linking possible or I have to make a new account in her name? Same for other transfer partners also. Please reply..

The name ought to match !

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Create a Account in ur Wife name in Club ITC which is free. Then transfer the ER points from axis to ITC account. Then Request for TRansfer from ur Wife account to your ITC account to ITC Customer care.

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Hi, Can Someone help me !!! I transferred Axis Edge to Accor and purchased the Membership Accor Plus and the New Membership Number was provided but I am unable to transfer the Axis Edge Points to New Accor Membership Number.

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Even if you transfer the points to the old accounts it will be credited to the new account. Try with 500-1000 points. It will work.

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The subscription ratio of 5:4 is absolutely crazy for Accor group of hotels. Recently I exchanged 100k edge points to Accor all points. I received 80k Accor points.

Now in Accor, each 2k points are worth 40 Euro. Which is standard rate. Which translates to Rs 147k. Using them you can book any Accor group hotel.

It’s too good to be true. That why I feel now they are devaluing the card exchange ratio from 5:4 to 10:1 specially for Accor

Accor is a top transfer partner, it’s no secret. Only drawback with Accor is 12 month expiry if there’s no activity in account.

Any chance of accor itself devaluing the 2000 points = 40 euro in the future seeing the flood of Indian customers via magnus using points in Lakhs?

Can you purchase accor membership via points ??

Hi Siddharth, some of the axis bank credit cards have been devalued including Reserver credit card. I am able to find the revised T&C for those credit cards but not for Magnus. Is there any news on Magnus Credit card?

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Just putting below some of the BIG changes/withdrawal of offers which used to make Magnus standout in the crowd. Changes are w.e.f. 1st September 2023:

Spends done on government institutions and utilities will not be eligible for EDGE REWARDS and annual fee waiver spend threshold.

The annual fee will be updated from INR 10,000 + GST to INR 12,500 + GST for customers on-boarded from 1st September 2023

Annual benefit of Tata CLiQ / Yatra Voucher worth INR 10,000 on renewal, will be discontinued

You can transfer EDGE REWARD Points to 19+ domestic and international partners* across airlines and hotels as per the revised transfer ratio of 5:2 (5 EDGE REWARD Points = 2 Partner Point/Mile).

Monthly milestone benefits of 25,000 EDGE REWARD Points on monthly eligible spends of INR 1,00,000 will be discontinued from 1st September 2023. Spends done in August 2023 will be eligible for monthly milestone, 25,000 EDGE REWARD Points for eligible customers in August 2023 will be posted within 90 days as per normal process.

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I created a new ITC Club account and already had an old IHG One account(1 year old)

I requested a transfer of points from Axis Edge to ITC Club and IHG one rewards on 11th July.

I still haven’t received my points in either of these accounts, been 3 days already. As I read IHG should have been done in a day.

Is anyone else facing this issue?

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Hi Siddharth I discovered your site last year when I started exploring the world of credit cards. Hats off to your painstaking research & insider tips which are difficult to find anywhere else!!

Whenever I want to know the true value of a credit card, its your blogs I peruse first.

I have conducted some research on Axis Bank Atlas credit card. The EDGE Miles feature seems lucrative, but it has an expiry date of 36 months.

The same is with the partner airlines, eg: Singapore Airlines. Krisflyer miles expire after 36 months.

Now my query is : Assume I have accumulated 50000 points since Jan 2023, set to expire in Jan 2026. I also want to convert these to Krisflyer miles so that I get 50000*2= 1 lakh Kris miles. I want to then use these to get cheap business class ticket (cash+points).

If I wait till Dec 2025, one month before expiry, and then transfer all these points to Krisflyer, will my Krisflyer take that into account and expire all my miles in Jan 2026? Or will Krisflyer look at it as new miles earned & expire them in Dec 2028 (i.e Dec 2025 + 3 years)?

Kindly clarify as it is my dream to fly business or first class in Singapore Airlines one day, and this seems the best method to get there without burning a hole in my pocket!

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Rewards Restrictions: What does it mean for Axis Bank cardholders?

A xis Bank credit cardholders were surprised with the notifications received in the evening of March 19 regarding revision in their card benefits. The benefits have been revised for nearly all of the bank's credit card portfolio, which includes entry-level cards such as the Flipkart Axis Bank credit card, and high-end cards such as Magnus, Magnus Burgundy, Burgundy Private, and the Reserve credit card.

The Bank has chopped off benefits on travel credit cards as well, which includes the Atlas credit card, and co-branded credit cards such as Vistara Infinite and Vistara Platinum. The changes will be effective April 20, 2024.

Reduced travel spends

Some of the critical changes are revisions in the EDGE reward points redemption and transfer programme, and the capping of accelerated rewards on travel spends on the Atlas credit card. EDGE rewards from Axis Bank is a loyalty program that allows customers to earn points across all retail products.

Also, some of the popular services, such as meet-and-greet, concierge, airport transfers, etc., are going away on credit cards. A minimum spend of Rs 50,000 is required in the preceding quarter to avail of domestic lounge access. Essential spend categories like utilities, insurance, and government payments are excluded from card reward points. On the Reserve card, the annual bonus of 50,000 EDGE reward points has been discontinued, and more.

“It's difficult to trust Axis Bank right now in terms of their credit card rewards and features, as the bank is announcing changes to their credit cards portfolio, or blocking the redemption of rewards frequently,” says Tejas Ghongadi, Co-Founder, of The Points Code. The Points Code is a platform that helps credit card users get maximum benefits from credit card rewards and redemptions.

Also read |  Why are banks cutting down on free airport lounge visits?

“None of the announced changes affects the core value proposition for the customer,” says Sanjeev Moghe, President and Head, Cards and Payments, Axis Bank. He adds that the bank keeps reviewing its features and benefits vis a vis the competition  on an ongoing basis. The bank also sees which features and benefits are popular with cardholders, and which aren’t. The bank also recalibrates cards which are utilised by very few people, but  the costs of which are disproportionately high for the bank.

Below is an overview of some of the major changes to Axis Bank credit cards.

Revision to the EDGE reward points transfer programme

All existing EDGE rewards / MILES transfer partners shall now be divided into two groups (A and B) effective April 20.

The number of EDGE rewards / MILES that a customer can transfer will be capped based on the group to which the partner belongs. That is, a customer can transfer only a certain amount of their EDGE rewards / MILES to partners in group A, and similarly, to the rest to partners in group B.

“The transfer of EDGE rewards / MILES to the groups varies for the credit cards,” says Ankur Mittal, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, of Card Insider, a platform that tracks the credit card business. For instance, in the Reserve credit card, the overall capping per customer for EDGE rewards is 5 lakh points, and in group A and group B, the customer can transfer 1 lakh and 4 lakh EDGE reward points, respectively. Similarly, in the Magnus Burgundy credit card, the overall capping per customer for EDGE reward points is 10 lakh, while in group A and group B the customer can transfer 2 lakh and 8 lakh EDGE points, respectively (refer to the graphic).

“Group A and group B partners continue to offer good value to customers,” says Moghe. He adds, customers will be able to transfer the reward points at the same ratios as earlier.

Capping on accelerated EDGE miles on the Atlas credit card

Axis Bank has capped the accelerated EDGE Miles that can be earned on the Atlas credit card, which is popular in the travel segment. Cardholders will earn 5 EDGE Miles for every Rs 100 spent on Travel EDGE, airline, and hotel merchants, for transactions up to Rs 2 lakh per month. Thereafter, the cardholder will earn 2 EDGE Miles per Rs 100 spent on Travel EDGE, airline, and hotel merchants.

“We were seeing abnormal spending behaviour on some Atlas credit cards , so capping has been introduced,” says Moghe.

Further, the total EDGE MILES that can be converted to partner points in a calendar year is capped at 1.5 lakh EDGE MILES per customer. For the year 2024, customers can convert 1.5 lakh EDGE MILES from 20th April 2024 to 31st December 2024. From the next year onwards, the capping will apply from 1st January to 31st December 2025. The redemption through the Miles Transfer programme will be divided into two groups,  A and B (refer to the graphic).

Also read |  Higher fees, lower reward points: Axis Bank cuts back on Magnus, Reserve credit card benefits

Discontinued reward points on renewal of Axis Reserve credit card 

The Axis Reserve credit card has an annual / renewal fee of Rs 50,000, plus GST. The cardholder gets 50,000 reward points on card activation and renewal. Effective April 20, the annual benefit of 50,000 EDGE reward points will be discontinued.

On the Axis Reserve card,  annual fees are waived on spending Rs 35 lakh in the preceding year. “The card is for super affluent customers. We believe that the spend level is easily achievable for customers who take our Reserve card,” says Moghe. Since the customer will easily hit these spends, and their annual fee will be waived,  the bank has decided to do away with the 50,000 reward points on renewal.

Also read |  Axis Bank reduces benefits on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card

Further, the spending threshold for the annual fee waiver will exclude spends on insurance, gold, and fuel. The current exclusions are government payments, wallet transfers, EMI payments, and utility bills. Further, the airport transfer service will also be discontinued for customers.

“Axis Bank just killed its topmost credit card,” says Sumanta Mandal, founder of TechnoFino, a platform that reviews debit and credit cards. He adds that on this card members are not earning reward points on essential categories like insurance, utility bills, and government payments. This card was known for its unique airport transfer benefit, but Axis Bank decided to remove that. “Instead of fixing loopholes, Axis Bank just removes benefits from the card,” Mandal adds.

However, Moghe says that the card has many features which continue to ensure that it remains a popular credit card.

Regarding the exclusion of spends on essential categories like utility bills,  etc., for computation of rewards on their high-end credit cards, Moghe says, “This is in line with industry norms; these are low interchange categories."

Rewards Restrictions: What does it mean for Axis Bank cardholders?

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How long does it take to transfer Axis Edge Reward Points?

This article provides a comprehensive guide on transferring Axis Bank reward points, including the transfer process, transfer partner options, and timelines. It also covers important factors to consider before transferring points, such as point conversion rates and associated fees. The article concludes with a review of the best credit cards for earning rewards, including the Axis Magnus, Reserve, and Atlas cards.

⚠️Note: Axis Bank is experiencing noticeable delays in crediting points and miles to partner programs post the devaluation announcement. The below timelines may no longer be accurate, we advise you to exercise caution.

Axis Bank has recently launched its new rewards programs that completely transformed the airmile and credit card game in India. These programs offer greater flexibility, better rewards, and a seamless experience for customers. Axis Bank has become a popular choice for customers who want to earn rewards on their credit card spend or travel-related expenses. Their Edge Rewards or Edge Miles miles are all the rage currently, highly popular for their transfer ratios and earning potential on multiple Axis Bank credit cards.

We’ll cover the basics of transferring points, including how to initiate a transfer, the transfer timeline, and how to check the status of your transfer. We’ll also discuss some of the important factors to consider before transferring your Axis Bank points, such as transfer partner options, point conversion rates, and any fees associated with the transfer.

Whether you’re a seasoned rewards program user or new to the game, understanding how long it takes to transfer Axis Bank points can help you make the most of your rewards. So, let’s dive in!

Transfer Partners – Best Option to Redeem Edge Rewards

Axis Bank has partnered with 14 airline and 5 hotel partners as on May 2023 as transfer options for their edge rewards.

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Transferring your points to these transfer partners is the best option to redeem your edge rewards or edge miles as it provides one of the best reward ratios. The other options (voucher redemption and travel redemption) provide a value of 0.2 Rs per point.

How long does it take to transfer Axis Bank points?

We at PointsDojo transferred our Axis Edge Reward points to EVERY transfer partner available on Axis for science and research , so you don’t have to.

Keep in mind that these timelines are accurate as of publishing this article and per our personal experience. If you experience something different, do leave a comment down below and we will update the post with the relevant details to keep the data as accurate as possible.

Please note that on Axis Atlas the transfer ratio to Marriott Bonvoy is different than others. Additionally, if you are trying to transfer points to JAL Mileage Bank and book a flight, note that your JAL Mileage Bank account must be at least 60 days old before you can do so.

How to transfer points from Axis Bank to its partners?

To transfer Edge Rewards or Edge Miles, log in to the Axis Bank Travel Edge Portal using your net banking credentials.

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Once you logged in, click on Points/Miles Transfer.

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On the next page, you will be asked to select a transfer partner. It doesn’t matter which one you choose for the final step of the transfer. After selecting, you will be redirected to another page with two buttons: Link Member and Points/Miles Transfer .

If you haven’t linked your account and want to transfer right away, we suggest clicking on Points/Miles Transfer . This way, you will only need to enter one OTP instead of two. However, if you just want to link for future transfers, then click on Link Member .

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If you click on “Points/Miles Transfer,” you will be taken to a screen where you can transfer your points. If you have both Edge Rewards and Edge Miles, you will be able to select between them. After selecting a partner, choose a member ID. If you have already linked a member ID, select it. Otherwise, click on “Add New Member ID.”

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If you have selected to add a new member, further options will appear to add your membership ID to that program. Enter the required details. Please ensure that the first and last names you provide match the name you used for the partner program.

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After submitting the required information, you will be asked to submit an OTP. If everything goes correctly, you will be taken to a successful page showing how long it will take to transfer points. You will also receive an SMS and email confirming your transfer.

Pointers to Note

Although we have understood how long it takes to transfer axis points and how to transfer them, there are some things that should be considered while making these transfers:

Fee involved: No fee involved for transferring points

The minimum amount for transfer: 300 for Edge Points, 500 for Edge Miles

Can it be transferred to someone else’s account?: No, it can only be transferred to card holder’s account. Any difference in the name might cause a delay or the transfer to fail completely. Please ensure that the name on the loyalty program exactly matches that in the records with the bank.

Can I reverse a transfer?: No, all transfers are final and cannot be reversed

We recommend holding your award bookings by calling the transfer partner so that you don’t end up losing the booking at the time the transfer is done. Certain partners like Singapore Krisflyer and others allow you to hold an award booking while you transfer the required points over.

Any disputes related to miles/points transfer can be raised on customer support: [email protected] – 022 6855 4000

Which are the best Axis Bank Cards to earn Edge Rewards or Edge Miles?

While there are multiple cards that earn Edge Rewards or Edge Miles, we will be covering the 3 most important ones below.

Axis Magnus Credit Card

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This credit card currently offers some of the best returns in the points and miles game. With 12 Edge Rewards per ₹ 200 spent and a transfer ratio of 5:2, you can earn about 4.8 partner miles for every ₹ 200 spent. Additionally, you earn 35 Edge Rewards per ₹ 200 on spends over and above ₹ 1.5L a month.

In addition, if you spend ₹1L in a calendar month, you will receive a milestone reward of 25000 Edge Reward points, which is equivalent to 20000 partner miles. This offer has been discontinued effective 1st September 2023.

Miles Reward Rate

Without Burgundy Banking Relationship 2.4% for up to ₹1.5L spent, 7% for every ₹ above ₹1.5L.

With Burgundy Banking Relationship [Limited Period Offering]

4.8% for for up to ₹1.5L spent, 14% for every ₹ above ₹1.5L.

The above calculation does not take into account any accelerated rewards.

Axis Bank Reserve Credit Card

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One of the best High Net Worth Individual (HNI) credit cards in the market, especially if you have high foreign exchange (forex) spending. It gives you 15 edge rewards per ₹200 spent, with a transfer ratio of 5:4 for Burgundy Private clients and 5:2 for the rest.

Miles Reward Rate:

Without Burgundy Private Banking Relationship 4.5% (7,500 points for ₹1L spend, 3,750 points for 50% forex spends – converted at 5:2 ratio)

With Burgundy Banking Relationship

9% (7,500 points for ₹1L spend, 3,750 points for 50% forex spends – converted at 5:4 ratio)

Axis Bank Atlas Credit Card

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This card is designed specifically for travellers and offers rewards in the form of Edge Miles.

With tiered benefits, it’s difficult to calculate a single miles reward rate. However, let’s consider an example where we spend ₹100,000 a month, with 50% of that spent on airlines and hotels. The rewards rates for the gold tier are as follows:

Miles Reward Rate: 9% (1000 miles for regular 50K spends, 2500 miles for airlines & hotel ₹50K Spends + 1000 miles welcome/milestone benefit at a monthly level — converted at 1:2 ratio)

On regular spending, you can earn 2 Edge Miles per ₹ 100. For airline and hotel expenses, you can earn 5 miles. Additionally, you’ll receive a welcome/milestone benefit of 1000 miles per month, converted at a 1:2 ratio.

Read: Best Credit Cards to Earn Airmiles in India

In conclusion, transferring Axis Edge Reward points is a simple and straightforward process that can be accomplished easily through their website. While the transfer time can vary depending on the partner, it is generally a quick process that can be completed within a few days. When transferring your points, it is important to consider the transfer partner options, point conversion rates, and any associated fees to ensure you are getting the most value out of your rewards.

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Subhankar said: As India is growing to be a booming market for credit cards, we can observe people are using credit cards more on their advantages. Credit cards offer not only the the cash back and reward points now a days, rather the card issuers are also focusing on "enthusiast' segment of this credit card industry. .... Folks, that's all as for now. You can redeem and maximise the points through many redemptions. At the end the value only matters when you've the travel plan. The best you can do is to plan your travel then transfer your points to the suitable loyalty program(s). If you want to add or share something, feel free to and we'd be updating with any better redemption in future as well.​ Click to expand...

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Wow awesome writeup and details, Thank you so much, you made it look very easy for me.  

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Amazing information curated in single thread. Thanks.  

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Can someone help with the steps to be followed to book a domestic flight using the Airmiles? I transferred some edge points to Air Asia Airmiles, but unable to see those Airmiles for booking domestic flights, I can see the points only on https://www.airasiabig.com/; Sorry for such a noob question, can someone help with the whole process of booking a domestic flight using Airmiles from Axis cards?  

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balacn said: Can someone help with the steps to be followed to book a domestic flight using the Airmiles? I transferred some edge points to Air Asia Airmiles, but unable to see those Airmiles for booking domestic flights, I can see the points only on https://www.airasiabig.com/; Sorry for such a noob question, can someone help with the whole process of booking a domestic flight using Airmiles from Axis cards? Click to expand...

Thanks Amit, are there any partners on the list with domestic travel options? is Spicejet the only option then? does spicejet allow domestic travel with the airmiles? Unless they add more options, infinia & DCB are better, arent they for domestic travel options?  

balacn said: Thanks Amit, are there any partners on the list with domestic travel options? is Spicejet the only option then? YES, ONLY SPICEJET. does spicejet allow domestic travel with the airmiles? YES, COVERSION RATIO IS ATTACHED . Unless they add more options, infinia & DCB are better, arent they for domestic travel options? Infinia and DCB offer airt travel booking via smarbuy portal on 70:30 ratio. Click to expand...

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amit said: those air asia miles for international travel. Click to expand...
Harry1 said: Lol, so only spicejet and vistara works for domestic? Or vistara is also for international only? I think spicejet point value is 0.5rs. so, that would be 12.4% instead of 24.8% for spicejet. Then vistara is the only option for domestic travel to have 24.8% benefits. Is that right? Click to expand...

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amit said: vistara works on both. Click to expand...
Harry1 said: Then vistara is best option. Click to expand...
churn said: Your calculation is a little bit off here since you are not comparing miles to miles- unless you are considering Vistara miles @ Re. 1. I think that's a high valuation. Click to expand...

@Subhankar The multi brand vouchers u mentioned are privilege card specific offer, right? I mean u can buy them only if u have privilege card or it works even otherwise with just magnus?  

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Harry1 said: @Subhankar The multi brand vouchers u mentioned are privilege card specific offer, right? I mean u can buy them only if u have privilege card or it works even otherwise with just magnus? Click to expand...
Subhankar said: Yes, it works with just Magnus as well. Click to expand...

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Best Airline and Hotel Rewards Programs of 2024

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How we picked the best travel rewards programs

Best airline rewards program, best hotel rewards program, save money by booking with points and miles, the bottom line, methodology.

Big airline and hotel brands want your loyalty, which is why each has its own distinctive program that rewards you (the traveler) with its version of reward currency (points, miles). Yet understanding how even a single one of these programs — never mind several — actually work and compare with one another takes a tremendous amount of time and energy.

That’s where we come in.

NerdWallet’s editorial travel team spent months collecting data, analyzing the fine print and generally nerding out to determine not only the best travel loyalty programs, but also the best airline and best hotel of 2024. Check out all of our Best-Of winners .

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to our travel loyalty program rankings. If you’re just starting to collect points or miles, you may want to know what program will give you the best return on your investment. On the other hand, frequent travelers chasing a higher status may want to know what program makes earning most effortless.

With this in mind, we prioritized elements of rewards programs that offer clear, objective and measurable benefits. Then, we boiled these elements into a single overall rating across airlines and hotels.

Here’s what we compared:

Airline rewards

Rewards (mile) value .

Elite status benefits .

Hotel rewards

Rewards (point) value.

We rated each hotel brand and airline in each of the two categories on a five-point scale, then used a weighted average of these ratings to determine an overall winner. Use the links above to learn more about how we built these ratings.

» Learn more: Book smarter travel this year: The best travel credit cards might surprise you

Winner: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

For travelers who only care about earning miles and elite status, Alaska’s Mileage Plan crushes the rankings.

Because Alaska still rewards miles based on distance flown rather than the amount spent, and because it hasn’t muddied the earning qualifications for its elite status programs as some others have over the past two years, Alaska offers the best value per dollar spent for frequent flyers.

Based on our most recent analysis, NerdWallet values Alaska Airlines miles at 1.4 cents each .

Hawaiian Airlines’ HawaiianMiles, including its Pualani elite program, took second place among airline rewards programs because of its modest spending requirements and valuable rewards.

American Airlines beats out the other legacy carriers (namely Delta and United) by a strong margin.

Finding Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines at the bottom of these rankings is unsurprising, given how these airlines prioritize low fares and other benefits over elite status membership.

But seeing Delta Air Lines near the bottom might be surprising for anyone who hasn’t followed its elite status devaluation meltdown . Because Delta’s elite status levels are so costly to earn, they are effectively worth less.

» Learn more: Best airline credit cards today

Winner: World of Hyatt

Focusing only on the value of hotel points and elite status perks puts the World of Hyatt in first place among hotel loyalty programs. Point value and status benefits are the two categories where Hyatt excels, putting a wide range between itself and the second-place Choice.

Based on our most recent analysis, NerdWallet values Hyatt points at 2.3 cents each , far more than any other hotel program.

Best Western finds itself in last place, which makes sense as it's a budget-conscious hotel brand.

The mega programs of Marriott, IHG and Hilton are muddling in the lower half. Since many frequent travelers chose between these large programs, seeing them score so poorly is interesting.

» Learn more: The best hotel credit cards today

Points and miles can be redeemed for award flights or stays within these top travel rewards programs. But before you start using points and miles, you have to earn them.

Beyond flying or booking hotel stays, another way to amass a large number of travel rewards is to earn a sign-up bonus for a travel credit card.

World Of Hyatt Credit Card

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Choice Privileges Mastercard

on Wells Fargo's website

Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card

If you seek more flexibility in redeeming miles for award flights, consider applying for a more general travel credit card instead. A more general travel credit card differs from an airline card in that you can book flights with multiple carriers, rather than reaping the benefits of staying loyal to a single brand.

The more high-end the travel credit card, the more benefits you can enjoy, including lounge access or automatic elite status in certain programs.

That said, a brand-specific airline or hotel card can net you benefits like waived baggage fees or free breakfast , which can have meaningful dollar value.

Alaska Airlines is one of the few airlines left that still rewards miles based on distance flown versus amount spent, making it one of the reasons it is the best airline rewards program of 2024.

World of Hyatt has been at the top for several years now, unsurprisingly, because of the high cent-per-point value and elite benefits.

No matter which airline or hotel status you choose to chase, it’s important not to let your points and miles pile up .

Read our editorial guidelines for additional information.

Best Airline Rewards Program

How we picked the programs to evaluate.

For an airline to be eligible, it had to be based in the U.S. and have a publicly available rewards search calendar with availability from 15 days to eight months from the time of search.

Nine airlines fit these criteria: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United. No other U.S.-based airlines met these criteria.

How we chose the winner

We looked at the rewards rate and elite rewards rate. We rated each of these factors separately, then determined an overall rating based on the weighting described below.

How we rated and weighted each factor:

Rewards rate (57.1%). We determined the dollar value of each program’s rewards miles and the earnings rate of miles. To determine the rewards rate, we multiplied the value of each mile by the earnings rate, then multiplied by 100. For example, if an airline’s rewards miles were worth $0.01 apiece (the value of rewards miles) and 10 miles were earned per dollar spent (the earnings rate of miles), its program would have a 10% rewards rate. (In this example, the two equations would be: $0.01 x 10 = 0.1, then 0.1 x 100 = 10, or 10%.)

Elite rewards rate (42.9%). We determined (a) the value and (b) the cost of earning elite status with each program, and determined an overall value by dividing (a) by (b). 

How we assigned star ratings

For each factor, we subtracted the lowest value from the highest value to determine the range. Then, we split this range into five separate “star rating” ranges. We assigned each airline program an appropriate star rating based on where its value fell in the range.

How we verified our data

We independently spot-checked data collected to ensure accuracy. Information about loyalty programs was verified on the airlines’ websites.

Best Hotel Rewards Program

To be eligible, a hotel brand had to have properties in the majority of states in the U.S. and offer a loyalty program with a publicly available rewards search calendar. Rewards booking availability from 15 days to eight months from the time of search was also required.

Seven hotel brands met these requirements: Best Western, Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Wyndham.

We compared the rewards rate and the value of the elite status program. We rated each of these factors separately, then determined an overall rating based on the weighting described below.

Rewards rate (53.8%). We determined the dollar value of each program’s rewards points and the earnings rate of points. To determine the rewards rate, we multiplied the value of each point by the earnings rate, then multiplied by 100. For example, if a hotel’s rewards points were worth $0.01 apiece (the value of rewards points) and 10 points were earned per dollar spent (the earnings rate of points), its program would have a 10% rewards rate. (In this example, the two equations would be: $0.01 x 10 = 0.1, then 0.1 x 100 = 10, or 10%.)

Elite status value rate (46.2%). We determined (a) the value and (b) the cost of earning elite status with each program, and determined an overall value by dividing (a) by (b). 

For each factor, we subtracted the lowest value among all programs from the highest value among all programs to determine the range. Then, we split this range into five separate “star rating” ranges. We assigned each hotel program an appropriate star rating based on where its value fell in the range.

We independently spot-checked data collected to ensure accuracy. Information about loyalty programs was verified on the hotels’ websites.

How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are some of the best travel credit cards of 2024 :

Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card

Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express

Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

1x-5x 5x on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠, 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries, 2x on all other travel purchases, 1x on all other purchases.

60,000 Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card

1.5%-5% Enjoy 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠, 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.

Up to $300 Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back!

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

on Capital One's website

2x-5x Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day. Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options.

75,000 Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.

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How to gift and donate credit card rewards

PayPal Editorial Staff

July 9, 2024

Credit card rewards are incentives provided by credit card companies to encourage spending. These rewards come in various forms, such as cash back, points, or miles, which can be redeemed for a variety of benefits, including travel, merchandise, or statement credits.

Certain cardholders may find themselves with an abundance of rewards and may want to give them away to friends, family, or charitable organizations. This article will explore whether it’s possible to gift or donate credit card rewards, and how to safely do so.

How to gift credit card rewards

Generally, rewards providers do not allow direct transfer of rewards or points to another person. However, some programs may let users transfer to a family member when that person also has an account with the same provider. Ability to do so may depend on the rewards offered, each person’s account, and the provider terms and conditions. Be sure to review program terms or reach out to the provider’s customer support for specifics to one’s rewards program.

When direct transfer is not available, there are other ways to gift the rewards – though indirectly. For example, some credit card rewards programs offer miles or points for travel or lodging. Hotel rewards or airline rewards programs may allow direct transfer of miles or points to another user, meaning if someone wanted to gift their rewards they could redeem their credit card rewards as miles or points and transfer those to the person they want to gift to.

Alternatively, one could redeem their rewards to make a purchase for someone else. This could be booking a flight for a family member with reward miles or redeeming points for a gift card.

Some rewards programs may offer the option to pool points with others. By combining points, people can collectively redeem larger rewards with friends and family, such as group travel arrangements.

How to donate rewards, points, or miles to charity

Donating rewards or points to charitable organizations can allow earned points or miles to benefit those in need. There are various ways to do this:

  • Travel credit:  Charities might use donated points or miles to cover travel expenses for the less fortunate.
  • Cash value:  In some instances, rewards issuers can convert points into cash before sending the equivalent amount to the charity. For example, PayPal Rewards  users can donate their rewards to causes they care about via PayPal Giving  or searching the fundraiser hub .
  • Funding specific projects:  Some charities allow donations of points to fund specific projects. For example, rewards could be used to transport goods and supplies directly to an affected area.
  • Auction donations:  Some organizations run auctions where donated points or miles are used as prizes. This can help raise additional funds for the charity through bidding wars.

What safety precautions should be considered when gifting or donating rewards?

When gifting or donating rewards, keep payment and data safety in mind to ensure secure and successful transactions. Here are some safety measures to consider:

  • Verify recipient's information:  Before transferring rewards, double-check the recipient's account details. Ensuring that account information is accurate helps prevent rewards from being sent to the wrong person. Always avoid sharing sensitive information, such as account numbers or passwords.
  • Utilize two-factor authentication (2FA):  Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to accounts. It requires a second form of verification beyond just a password. This could be a text message code, a passkey , or an authentication app.
  • Avoid sharing login credentials:  Sharing login credentials to transfer points or rewards typically violates the terms of most credit card programs. This also avoids the risk of charity scams  and other forms of fraud . Using shared logins not only risks account security but also can lead to potential loss of rewards or penalties.

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How to pick the right travel credit card for you

Ryan Wilcox

Editor's Note

So you've decided to get a travel credit card — congratulations. Now comes the hard part: finding the card that makes the most sense for your wallet.

With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to pick out what kind of credit card will offer you the most value based on your lifestyle and spending habits. To help you make the decision that's best for you, follow these four simple steps.

Decide between a cobranded or general travel rewards card

First and foremost, you'll want to consider the type of travel card you want and the type of rewards you wish to earn. There are two main categories to consider here: cobranded travel credit cards and general travel rewards credit cards.

Cobranded travel credit cards are affiliated with a particular airline or hotel and often come with brand-specific travel benefits. For airline cards , that means perks like free checked bags, priority boarding and inflight discounts. Hotel cards may include annual hotel credits or automatic hotel elite status.

Since cobranded cards help you earn rewards within a specific travel program, they're best suited for frequent travelers loyal to a particular brand, like United Airlines or Marriott.

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General travel rewards credit cards allow you to earn rewards within a credit card rewards program with various redemption options. With a general travel card, you might be able to transfer your rewards to multiple airline and hotel loyalty programs or use them to book travel through your card issuer's travel portal. You may also be able to redeem your rewards for statement credits, gift cards and select merchandise.

General travel credit cards are typically better for those who want flexibility in their rewards without being tied to a specific airline or hotel brand.

Related: Why all travelers should earn transferable rewards

Find a valuable welcome offer

Next, you'll want to identify a card with a hefty — yet achievable — welcome offer, which can sometimes single-handedly justify your ownership of the card for years on end.

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Take stock of your ability to meet the minimum spending requirements on a given offer. For example, the popular Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card 's typical welcome offer is 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Spending $4,000 in three months isn't a terribly high bar to clear, but make sure you can meet that spending level if you're considering getting the card.

Rewards cards with higher welcome offers typically come with higher minimum spending requirements. You'll also want to keep an eye on card offer histories and potentially take advantage of any elevated welcome offers on cards you're interested in.

Related: The best welcome offers this month

Maximize bonus categories

If you've found a card with a nice sign-up bonus, be sure that it has bonus categories conducive to your spending habits so that you can take advantage of them as much as possible.

If you spend a lot in a given category, like restaurants, groceries or travel , find a card that earns multiple points or miles per dollar when you spend at those places. Predictably, most travel cards also offer bonus rewards when you spend on travel, with Marriott Bonvoy cards offering bonus rewards at Marriott properties, for example, or more general Chase cards offering bonuses when you book travel through Chase Travel℠ .

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Welcome offers and bonus categories will make up a major chunk of how you earn rewards, so choose wisely.

Justify the annual fee

Lastly, we recommend only considering the cards with perks that will make a difference to you, with benefits that will help you justify an annual fee (if the card has one) and that you can derive value from the next time you book a trip.

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For example, premium offerings like The Platinum Card® from American Express offer lavish perks that are seemingly never-ending. The Amex Platinum has well over $1,400 worth of benefits and statement credits, mostly to offset its $695 annual fee (see rates and fees ), but if you can't take advantage of those perks and find yourself paying almost $700 for benefits you aren't taking advantage of, the card won't be worth it.

There are plenty of cards with no annual fee , which is a good place to start. That said, most annual fees on cards are justifiable and can be more than offset if you use the card and its perks wisely.

Related: The complete guide to credit card annual fees

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In today’s fast-paced world, managing finances efficiently is more crucial than ever. One tool that has proven to be exceptionally beneficial in this regard is the credit card . If you still haven’t used one and are wondering about the reasons to get a credit card, this blog will shed some light on the numerous advantages of owning one. We will explore why using a credit card can be a smart financial decision and how the various credit card perks can enhance your financial well-being.

Financial Flexibility

●     access to instant credit.

One of the primary reasons to get a credit card is the access to instant credit. Unlike debit cards, which rely on funds already in your bank account, credit cards allow you to borrow money up to a certain limit. This can be particularly helpful in emergencies or when making significant purchases that you might not be able to afford outright.

●     Improved Cash Flow Management

Credit cards provide the convenience of buying now and paying later, which can significantly improve your cash flow management. This means that with a credit card like the Airtel Axis Bank Credit Card offering a maximum credit limit of up to ₹5,00,000, you can make necessary purchases even if you don’t have the cash at hand, and pay off the balance once you receive your salary or other income.

Building and Improving Credit Scores

●     establishing credit history.

Using a credit card responsibly is one of the best ways to build and improve your credit score. A good credit score is essential for future financial endeavours, such as taking out loans or mortgages. Timely repayments and prudent use of credit can boost your creditworthiness.

●     Demonstrating Financial Responsibility

Regular use of a credit card and timely repayments demonstrate financial responsibility to lenders. This not only helps in building a robust credit history but also increases your chances of getting approved for higher credit limits and loans with favourable terms in the future.

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Convenient and Secure Transactions

●     safer than carrying cash.

Credit cards are a safer alternative to carrying large amounts of cash. In case of theft or loss, you can report it to the credit card issuer, and they can block the card to prevent unauthorised transactions. Additionally, most credit cards come with fraud protection, which adds an extra layer of security to your transactions.

●     Online Shopping and International Use

Credit cards make online shopping easy and secure. They are widely accepted for online transactions and are essential for booking flights, hotels, and other travel-related services. Moreover, credit cards are convenient for international travel, as they are accepted globally and offer better currency conversion rates.

Credit Card Perks and Rewards

●     cashback and discounts.

One of the most appealing credit card perks is the cashback and discount offers. Many credit cards like the Airtel Axis Bank Credit Card provide cashback on various categories such as groceries, dining, fuel, and more. These rewards can add up over time, offering significant savings.

●     Reward Points

Credit cards often come with reward point systems. You can earn points for every rupee spent, which can later be redeemed for various products, services, or even travel bookings. This is a great way to get more value from your everyday spending.

●     Additional Benefits

Beyond cashback and reward points, credit cards offer additional perks such as complimentary lounge access at airports, travel insurance, and exclusive dining experiences. These benefits enhance your lifestyle and provide added convenience and luxury.

Also Read: Difference Between Forex Card Vs Credit Card

Airtel Axis Bank Credit Card

If you are considering getting a credit card, the Airtel Axis Bank Credit Card is an excellent option to explore. This card offers substantial benefits that can make your spending more rewarding. With an annual cashback of up to ₹16,000, you get 25% cashback on Airtel bills, Wi-Fi, DTH, and recharges, 10% cashback on utility bill payments such as gas and electricity, 10% cashback on popular services like Swiggy, Zomato, and BigBasket, and 1% cashback on other spends. Apart from the cashback, the card offers up to 15% off at partner restaurants and a 1% fuel surcharge waiver. Moreover, you get domestic lounge access four times a year, which is perfect for frequent travellers.

Getting a credit card is a wise financial decision for many reasons. From the convenience of accessing instant credit and managing cash flow to the ability to build a strong credit history and enjoy various perks, credit cards offer numerous benefits. The Airtel Axis Bank Credit Card is a prime example of a card that provides excellent value with its generous cashback offers, additional perks, and high credit limit. Consider applying for a credit card today to enhance your financial flexibility and enjoy the multitude of benefits it offers.

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1.   What are the main reasons to get a credit card?

The main reasons to get a credit card include access to instant credit, improved cash flow management, building and improving your credit score, and enjoying various perks and rewards such as cashback, discounts, and reward points.

2.   Why use a credit card instead of a debit card?

Using a credit card offers several advantages over a debit card, including building credit history, fraud protection, access to rewards and cashback, and the ability to manage larger purchases by spreading the cost over time.

3.   What are the common credit card perks?

Common credit card perks include cashback on purchases, reward points, discounts on dining and shopping, complimentary lounge access at airports, travel insurance, and fuel surcharge waivers.

4.   Is it easy to apply for a credit card?

Yes, applying for a credit card is generally straightforward. For example, you can apply online for the Airtel Axis Bank Credit Card through the Airtel Thanks app . Required documents typically include proof of identity, address, and income.

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Turn savings into adventure: Fund your dream vacation in India

Turning your dream vacation to reality starts with smart financial planning. Whether you’re looking to explore the serene backwaters of Kerala or the royal palaces of Rajasthan, having a dedicated Savings Account for a dream vacation can make all the difference.

Why use a Savings Account for a dream vacation?

1. Security and accessibility: A Savings Account ensures your money is safe, while providing easy access to funds whenever you need them.

2. Interest earnings: Unlike a Current Account, a Savings Account earns interest, helping your money grow over time.

3. Disciplined savings: By allocating funds specifically for your vacation, you are less likely to dip into them for other expenses.

Choosing the right Savings Account

  • Interest rates: Compare bank interest rates on Saving Accounts to find the best bank account. Higher interest rates translate to more money in your pocket.
  • Minimum balance requirements: Ensure the minimum balance requirements (if any) are taken care of to avoid penalties.
  • Lounge access: Some Savings Accounts offer exclusive airport lounge access through Debit Cards, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing travel experience. Check if your bank offers this feature with a Savings Account.
  • Travel Insurance: Many Savings Accounts include bundled Travel Insurance, covering trip cancellations, medical emergencies and lost baggage. Once again, verify whether the bank you want to open a Savings Account in, includes insurance benefits.
  • Reward points and cashback: Earn rewards and cashback on transactions made with your Savings Account Debit Card, hence adding extra funds to your vacation budget.

Maximise your savings

1. Set a budget: Determine how much money you need for your vacation, including travel, accommodation, food and activities. Break this amount into manageable monthly savings targets.

2. Automate your savings: Set up automatic transfers from your Salary Account to your Savings Account for a dream vacation. This ensures consistent savings without manual intervention.

3. Maintain high balance: Maintain a high balance in your Savings Account to earn higher returns.

4. Use windfalls wisely: Any bonuses, tax refunds or unexpected windfalls should be deposited into your vacation Savings Account.

Also Read: Types of Savings Accounts: Know them all

Wrapping up

A Savings Account for a dream vacation in India offers multiple benefits that go beyond just accumulating funds. From streamlined transfers and convenient Debit Card access to exclusive perks like airport lounge access and Travel Insurance, these accounts are designed to enhance your overall travel experience.

Axis Bank's Prestige Digital Savings Account and Priority Digital Savings Account provide additional travel-focused benefits that can significantly improve your vacation. Both accounts offer complimentary Instant E-Debit and Virtual Debit Cards with 1% cashback on online spends. The Prestige Debit Card even extends cashback across fuel, travel and shopping.

With video-based full KYC account opening in just 60 minutes, no paperwork and annual benefits worth ₹25,000, these Savings Accounts are tailored to support your travel goals. Start saving with Axis Bank and turn your dream vacation into a reality.

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