IDFC First Bank Private Debit Card (metal) Experience – CardExpert

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IDFC First Bank Private Debit Card (metal) Experience – CardExpert

Disclaimer: IDFC First Private Metal Visa Infinite debit card shown here is not mine, but of a close friend who recently got hands on this black beauty. Have queried him extensively before writing this review, so that it can be as exclusive as the card itself.

IDFC First Bank Private Debit Card

IDFC First Bank launched First Private debit card on Visa Infinite, the country’s first-ever standalone metal debit card on 30th November 2021. It’s a lifetime free debit card designed specifically for customers who are part of the Bank’s First Private Program.

Eligibility Criteria

IDFC First Bank requires you to join its First Private Program by maintaining minimum NRV (primarily from investments) in the range of 50 Lacs in order to be eligible for this card, which is quite high by any standard. This may vary a bit with location & time.

“I have learnt via IDFC Bank top authorities that First Private Program is being offered via savings account AMB of minimum 50 lacs and more”.

Investment choices are versatile with few unique options like Pre-listed & Pre-IPO equity, Bonds, PMS, AIF, Offshore investments, Real estate investments etc.

The program entitles you to various lifestyle benefits viz. 1 free locker (subject to availability) and many more.

Features & Benefits

There are some industry first features embedded in this debit card. Will try to list out as many as possible here–

  • Exquisitely crafted from hybrid metal with details etched in Silver
  • Unbelievably high per day ATM withdrawal and Purchase limit of 10 & 15 lacs respectively
  • 4 domestic airport lounge access along with a companion (thereby making it 4+4) each quarter, charged INR 2 everytime.
  • 6 international airport lounge access per quarter (charged 32$ and reversed within 10 days). You don’t need either PP or Dreamfolks card for access. New!
  • Complimentary Welive membership which works like mini timesprime (benefits are bigbasket 250/- GV, 3 months Amazon prime, 6 months Pharmeasy and few more memberships plus discount coupons for few services). Even Wealth Credit Card, and Wealth/Select debit cards offer this benefit
  • Complimentary ID Sentry membership (Protects your cards from ID theft). Wealth and Select debit cards also offer this benefit
  • Handsome insurance cover for cardholder — Air Accident Insurance cover- 5 Cr, Personal Accident cover- 1.5 Cr, Lost Card Liability cover- 15 Lacs, Purchase Protection cover- 2 Lacs (Minimum 1 POS transaction >= 500 in each of the previous 3 months immediately preceding the month of incident)
  • Complimentary Road Side Assistance
  • Complimentary Golf access of 1 per month at partner Golf clubs over India
  • Upto 10X accelerated reward points program on debit card, delayed too much already (Yet to start, couldn’t find any details except in Program/ Card promo)
  • Visa Infinite privileges

Welcome Kit Unboxing

Outer Box
Opened outer box
Main Box
Main box with LCD screen describing brief features of Private Program
Main box with contents

Happy to see more and more private banks experimenting in giving their HNW customers exclusivity and premium experience.

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Card look & feel

The card is beautifully crafted & finished, in statement Black colour with details in Silver. Name is in front whereas card number is at the back.

Note: Being a card with metal form factor, be ready to keep your hand/ card super straight in ATM else there will be operating issues as the card is stiff enough. You may think card is thick, but this is normal with operation of any metal card.

Drawbacks

International ecom or POS transaction markup fee at 2% (Grossly unfair for a card of this status, should have been NIL). Even Indusind bank Exclusive debit card (requires just 1 or 2 lacs AMB depending upon location) provides with NIL markup fee.

No EazyDiner offers, which has become basic requirement of even Semi-Premium/ Regular cards now a days.

Surprise !! A card of this status has no movie benefits except Visa Infinite offer. Something like 1000/- bookmyshow voucher should have been given every month (atleast to Primary card holder).

In comparison, most premium debit card offerings from Axis, AU, Indusind, Yes bank or for that matter even their semi- premium/ regular debit cards offer B1G1/ 50% off upto varied amounts.

Application Experience

Once on-boarding criteria was fulfilled by initiating adequate investments and funding, the onboarding process started but took quite a lot of time.

Understandable, as it’s a recently launched product with initial hiccups but hope it improves.

Bottomline

IDFC First Private Program is designed keeping in mind the requirement of their affluent HNW customers with less or no time to manage their investment portfolio. The product is tailored to suit requirements of select rich / ultra rich people.

As getting this exclusive debit card is very tough due to high onboarding eligibility, this product complements individuals having above mentioned investment requirements.

And not to mention, absence of NIL markup fee, bookmyshow/ eazydiner offers & reward points on spends leaves a lot to be desired!

Even-though the card has decent benefits as listed above, most of them are available even on the IDFC Wealth Debit card. So for 5X more requirement in investment, IDFC did not go anywhere close to even 3X of what wealth debit card offers.

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