POSTED BY October 14, 2019 COMMENTS (30)ON
Today I want to review an app called CRED, which I am using from the last few months.
CRED is an app, which gives you rewards on timely payments of your credit card payment. If you are not using this app, you may be making the credit card payments anyways by other online methods. All you have to do is to make payments using the CRED app, that’s all.
It’s that simple to use!
There are various brand offers and coupons from categories like dining out, food delivery apps, flight tickets, and even shopping? Here is one instance.
We get different kinds of rewards on using or raising the credit card bill amount. Like, in my case, I have a PVR credit card of Kotak bank, for every Rs. 15,000 credit card bill, I get points to redeem against 2 PVR tickets (max. Rs. 400 for 1 ticket). Because of this, I get influenced to pay my bills mostly by credit card to reach at Rs.15,000 of bill every month.
Here is how an offer looks like
This is how banks influence us to use a credit card. But, when we pay bills of credit cards we never get any discount or reward on that amount?
However, now it is possible with the help of the CRED app. This app gives you rewards for paying your credit card dues via this app.
CRED is an app on which you add your multiple credit cards and make payments by the app itself, which gets credited to your bank in few hours. The app is exclusively for those people who have a good credit score (checked automatically from Experian or CRIF) and have some history of credit card payment. This is checked when you register for the app for the first time.
It is also equipped with the cred to protect feature which is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) backed system, that keeps track of every single nuance of a credit card payment journey – right from due date reminders, spending patterns and other card usage statistics.
There are two things you can earn on CRED App
Coins – You will earn coins equivalent to your credit card bill amount every time you pay the credit card bill. So if you pay the credit card bill of Rs 40,000, you will get 40,000 coins. The coins will keep accumulating month after month. So you can keep collecting coins and later redeem it in any manner. There are some offers and benefits which requires very large amount of coins, so its beneficial to collect lots of coins. I currently have around 3,50,000+ coins in my own account.
Gems – You can also earn “gems” in the CRED app. These are different kind of currency which are required by some offers. Right now one earns 10 gems on each referral. So if your referral signs up on CRED app, then you will earn 10 gems. If you like Jagoinvestor, please help us earn some coins by registering on the CRED app using this link.
Here is a sample of some of the offers on CRED app
There are various kind of coupons and offers available under the CRED app under different categories. Depending on what offer you want, you can go into that category and explore the offers available in your city.
You can avail the benefits of this app only if you meet the eligibility criteria defined by the app. Which is – to have a good credit score. Following is the step-by-step process for this –
Step 1 – Download the Cred App from here
Step 2 – Register to cred using your phone number
If your membership is rejected, improve your credit score and apply after a few months again. It may also happen that you are using multiple mobile numbers for banking, so try again using another number. So, if you have just got your credit card some weeks back, please wait for couple of months before you apply.
Step 3 – Add your credit cards
One registration is successful on CRED app home page all your Credit Cards would be displayed. You just need to verify these cards by entering the last 4 digits of the card. To ensure the active status of these cards, cred will instantly deposit Rs. 1 to each of the cards.
You will not be asked to enter an expiry date or CVV of your cards which ensures the safety of this app.
Once successfully getting your card verified, you can exclusively earn rewards and scratch cards on every bill payment. Master card, American Express, Diners Club, and VISA cards are presently being handled by the CRED app.
Coming to the main point of getting rewards and benefits from the CRED app, below are the following things
Let’s look at each of them
You may earn cashback (all called #killthebill) on every transaction. At the time of payment of more than Rs. 1000, you may be notified that you have won a scratch card and you might earn some amount which will be credited back to your credit card.
Now, this the major part of the benefits. CRED app has associated with various brands and it offers you some discount (cash discount or percentage discount) when spending a particular amount.
For example one of the offer is “20% discount on the next 20 orders from BOX8” , so you can see that you will get 20% on the Box8 for a long time, but you still have to pay the rest amount. So even if you are getting the discount, you need to SPEND for it. So these discount offers are truly good only when you are anyways going to spend money on these brands.
Some times, it may happen that these offers also give you a chance to experience things which you might not have done without a discount, so technically it’s beneficial in that manner, but still, spending has to be done.
There are some rewards which are truly free for you by burning some coins or gems. You don’t have to pay anything to get the benefits. Theses I personally think are the real benefits in a way, because you are not spending anything out of pocket, but just availing an offer.
Below you can see an example, where you can burn 2,00,000 coins and get a pass for 2 people Bacardi NH7 weekender event and even lounge access. Apart from that, I have shown 3 more offers for complimentary benefits without paying any extra from your own pocket.
So you can keep collecting the coins and wait for the right offer or reward to arrive which is useful for you.
One small benefit of the CRED app is that you get some insights on your spending pattern and history of your credit card payments at one single place. This is good for those who have multiple credit cards and want some visibility on how their spending is happening.
CRED app will keep showing your credit score from time to time, so this will help you to stay motivated to make timely credit card payments and you can also keep a track of how your credit score is moving over time. Right now CRED has done tie up with Experian and CRIF and pulls your credit score from both the places.
Paying credit card bills via CRED app is very easy, just click on pay now, enter amount and click proceed. Nowadays the bill amount along with minimum due amount automatically gets pre-populated. You can make payment via debit card/net banking (NEFT/IMPS) or UPI. It may take some time to reflect on the money credited to your credit card account.
On Completion of Bill Payment of your Credit Card, you will be rewarded with CRED Coins and Kill Bill Scratch Card which you will have to redeem.
I am sure that you must be having this question about the safety of this app because you are putting your credit card details and authorizing the app with all details.
First, this is this app is founded by Kunal Shah, the person who started Freecharge and the startup is heavily funded. The past record of the founder is intact so you can trust the company.
Next point is that the CRED app never asks you to provide the date of expiry or CVV on your credit cards, hence you are not giving any critical information to this app.
Then, you should know that when you install any other app, those apps also get various permissions like reading your SMS, making calls on your behalf, tracking your activity etc, and this app is nothing different than others.
If you want, you can deny access to emails and messages then you won’t be able to receive a notification on due dates and also you won’t get any expense analysis.
While it feels great to get great offers and benefits and freebies, remember that nothing is FREE in this world. Behind every thing which looks amazing, there is a business model and the reason why you get those free rewards and offers.
You should be aware that CRED or any other coupon company does various tie-ups and associations with brands and companies and acts as a lead generation company. You are nothing but a lead to some other company and CRED is helping in growing sales for the other party.
They will mostly get something back in return and that’s the business model. Nothing wrong in it, but you as an investor should be aware of what you are getting into.
The discounts and awesome benefits you get from CRED or any other similar app are basically tempting you to spend on the pretext of “great deal”. If you spend on something which you originally did not intend to buy then its an extra expense for you at the end of the day. The coupons are pure rewards only when you were anyways going to spend on something and if you get an additional discount on the deal.
So, we need to be conscious while spending and getting discounts by using CRED coins, it should not happen that you are spending on some unwanted stuff to just redeem Cred coins.
Let’s take my example, I attended two live concerts in Pune, VIP pass of Rs. 5,000 each. No doubt I just paid Rs. 4,000 (Rs. 2,000 each) instead of paying Rs. 10,000. But, if this reward would not be in picture so, I would have never gone for that concert and saved Rs. 4,000.
Download the Cred App from here
The app is more suitable for below-given categories of credit card users –
Do let us know if you have any comments or questions regarding the app?
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