Who doesn’t want rewards or incentives? Especially when you get the rewards simply by paying off your Credit Card bills!!
It sounds too good to be true, but the CRED App has made it possible to earn reward points every time you pay your Credit Card bills.
But wait… Should you trust this app for storing your credit card details and payment mode information?
In this post, we will do the comprehensive and detailed review of this app that will help you decide whether you should pay your Credit Card bills using this app or not!!
Read on and let’s discover its features.
- CRED App: Installation Process
- CRED App: Key Highlights
- CRED App: Major Benefits
- The drawback of CRED App in the recent past
- Analysis of Failed payment with CRED App: My personal experience
- Common Queries regarding CRED App
CRED App: Installation Process
Install the CRED App from Google Play or App Store.
Click this link to install CRED App.
Register your mobile number that is registered with your Credit Cards.
You will get approved only if you have a CIBIL Score above 750 (Experian/CRIF Score).
Or, in case if you are disapproved due to a low CIBIL Score, you can wait and apply after a few months. Also, you can contact their customer support team for the process of Approval.
Once you are approved, you can start adding your credit cards in the CRED app. Details will be discussed in the next section.
CRED App: Key Highlights
1. Adding your Credit Cards in CRED App
You can add as many cards as you want. One thing I like about the Card adding procedure is that it doesn’t ask for Card’s ‘Valid through’ date, CVV Number and PIN; not giving this sensitive information ensures the safety of added Credit Cards within CRED App.
Every time you add a Credit card, CRED App will deposit Re.1 to the respective card.
2. CRED App Dashboard
You will find various options within the app, shown below:
This dashboard will be visible soon after sign-up and adding cards. I have received 854 Cred coins, without any payment so far. Probably these 854 Cred coins added to my dashboard due to my Experian score of 854!
We will discuss Cred Coins and other benefits of the CRED App separately in the later section.
3. CRED App: Scan Score
While using Credit Card, you must be careful about many guidelines such as paying back full amount on time and not utilizing big credit. For more details, you can read this article on Optimizing your Credit Card usage.
CRED App gives you the score on these factors as shown in the image below:
I’ve taken this snapshot from my CRED App Dashboard. As you can see that my repayment score is excellent and credit utilization health is also good.
These are the critical factors to improve your credit score. This app will help you to continuously monitor these critical scores.
Along with that, the CRED App will also provide the monthly spend analysis to track your credit card expenses. But in order to get monthly spend analysis or getting credit card bills on the CRED App dashboard, you need to give CRED App the authority to access your emails. For security issues, this feature is made optional.
You can register a separate common mail id for your credit cards and register that mail id with CRED App.
Please watch this video and get the brief overview of CRED App:
CRED App: Major Benefits
A. Cred Coins
Every time you pay your Credit Card bill, you will be awarded by equivalent CRED coins. For example, if you pay the Credit Card bill of Rs.50,000, you will receive 50,000 cred coins.
Now you can redeem these CRED coins in 2 ways:
1. Go to the reward catalog section that keeps updating with new options every month. Simply tap in the ‘lifestyle’ option in the App and you will get the option to select suitable offers for you.
You will find some offers and benefits which require many CRED coins, so it is beneficial to collect lots of coins.
You can pick rewards from companies like Zoomin, Swiggy, Lifestyle fashions, BookMyShow, Skillmatics, Flipkart, Nykaa, WeWork, EazyDiner and so on. The list keeps growing every month
Here is a sample of some of the CRED Coin offers on CRED app:
- Flight bookings – Rs. 1000 off on using 8,000 coins
- Swiggy – Free delivery for 3 months on using 5000 coins
- Urbanclap – Flat 50% off on all services using 50000 coins
2. In the second method, you can redeem the CRED coins by availing ‘Kill the Bill’ feature, here you will get the cashback up to Rs.10,000; amount varies based on your payment amount.
If you don’t want to avail of services from any Company, then you can use Kill the Bill feature of this App. Otherwise, it is advisable to use your CRED Coins in availing services from various different companies you will enjoy many more benefits as compared to Cashback redemption using ‘Kill the Bill’ feature.
B. Cred Gems
Cred Gems can be earned by referring CRED to someone. Each referral will allow you to earn 10 CRED Gems.
You can redeem CRED gems for
- Getting Cashback up to Rs. 1,000/- for earning 30 Gems.
- In Flipkart, you may get the Gift Card up to Rs. 500/- for 20 Gems.
- 30 gems can be redeemed for Rs. 750 Amazon voucher.
CRED App keeps updating the existing and new offers regularly.
CRED Gem Rewards Current offers:
Starbucks Giftcard worth Rs.200/-; Flipkart worth Rs. 500/-; Crossword Bookstores gift card worth Rs.200; Allen Solly gift card worth Rs.500/-; Keihl’s gift card worth Rs.500/- with the requirement of 30-50 CRED Gems.
Keep checking this feature by tapping the Lifestyle option on the CRED App dashboard.
C. Availability of Credit Score and Report within CRED App:
This feature will continuously update you with the guidelines to follow to improve your credit score. Have a look at the Experian score in my CRED App dashboard.
As you can see that underneath the score there is a ‘Refresh Score’ option, it is very useful to track the quarterly ups/downs in the score. You wouldn’t get such a facility anywhere else except CRED App.
If you scroll down this score-screen further, you will find all the factors that are making your score high/low. You can work-on LOW scoring elements to improve your overall Credit score.
The drawback of CRED App in the recent past
Many people have bitterly accused CRED App due to its failed payments when their amount has been debited from their main account and Credit card did not receive any payments through this App even after a week and even longer wait!
Such incidents kept me suspicious about this app for a long time. Finally, I decided to make a test-payment to check its effectiveness. I have shared my personal experience with the failed payment issue in the next section.
Analysis of Failed payment with CRED App: My personal experience
In the last couple of months, CRED App has experienced a very high rate of failed payments.
So even though I have installed this app long back, payment failure rates kept me de-motivated to use CRED App for any Credit Card payments.
Recently I have noticed that the CRED App team has taken some necessary actions to resolve this issue.
Here is what they have done:
- Disabled the debit card payment of above Rs.2000/- have a look at the FAQ snapshot below
- Encouraging the CRED app users to pay via UPI or Netbanking.
Recently, I made a test payment of Rs.1000/- to my Credit Card via UPI to check how long it will take to get that amount updated in my credit card! I completed the payment on Monday morning at 9’o clock to avoid any risk of delay due to non-working days in between.
After completing the payment, this message was flashed on the app screen:
And finally, at 2 p.m. (after 5 hours) the amount was successfully credited to my card.
So, it was a good experience for me.
Also, I redeemed the earned 1000 coins to avail KillTheBill offer and received cashback of Rs.7, though it is a small amount, but it’s free money simply by ‘test’ paying my Credit Card bill!
Altogether, it was a great experience and now I will continue using this app without any more distrust regarding failed payment. Hopefully, this experience will be useful for you too in answering some of your critical doubts regarding this app.
Therefore, I highly recommend you to go ahead and use the CRED App for your Credit Card payments.
If you have more queries, please ask them in the comment below. In case, if your payment is stuck with the CRED App or you have any other technical feedback to give to CRED App team, then you can e-mail them at email@example.com
or, connect with them on Twitter: twitter.com/cred_club
Common Queries regarding CRED App
1. What is CRED App?
CRED App is a mobile app to pay off your Credit Card bill. You will earn CRED coins equivalent to the amount you pay as your Credit card bill. These CRED Coins can be redeemed to get various awards and cashback.
2. Is CRED App good or bad?
CRED App is GOOD and we recommend using this App to pay your Credit Cards bill.
3. What is the major drawback of the CRED App?
In the recent past, there have been complaints regarding failed payments. The CRED App team is aware of it and working to sort out this issue. Don’t allow this drawback to stop you from using App; maybe you want to make a test payment of a small amount to check how it is working for you. I have shared my experience in this article.
4. Where to contact if my payment is stuck in CRED App?
For any sort of technical issue, you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, you can make use of their Twitter handle to post your queries, they are active there, you can connect with them at: twitter.com/cred_club
If you have any more queries, feel free to post them in the comment section.
CRED App indeed gives a lot of great benefits simply by paying off your Credit Card bills. You have an option to redeem your earned cred coins to avail KillTheBill deal or to get a discount in shopping or movies.
If you are still concerned about Failed Payments, then why not try paying a small amount and figure out how long will it take in your case!
After noticing the necessary improvement steps taken by CRED App authority and my own personal experience with this App, I would suggest you use the CRED App.
If you want to share any of your experience, queries or feedback on CRED App, you can drop them in the comment below
Read this post to know more about the Optimized use of Credit cards.
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