DBS Bank India launches its first, invite-only credit card for premium consumers

Mumbai, May 31, 2023: DBS Bank India, a leading financial institution awarded the world’s best digital bank* announced the launch of the highly anticipated DBS Vantage card, an invite-only, super premium credit card that sets new standards for exclusivity and personalised experiences. This card will initially be offered to a select invitee list and provides benefits that include a host of luxury and lifestyle rewards. The “DBS Vantage Card” is the first of the several meticulously designed credit cards from DBS Bank India’s proprietary card portfolio, to be launched later this year.

The metal card comes with highly sought-after privileges including travel, fine dining, and complimentary sessions at prestigious golf courses. Cardholders will receive benefits such as luxury hotel memberships through either Taj Epicure, ITC Culinaire or Club Marriott. For the discerning global traveller, the card offers low fees on international transactions and unlimited airport lounge access with a 24-hour Visa concierge service. Eligibility for the “DBS Vantage Card” is based on the applicant’s existing liability relationship with the Bank and credit history.

The DBS Vantage Card has made the most of the Bank’s strong ties to Singapore to develop a world class proposition for travellers. The pathbreaking offering includes benefits such as 0% mark up on spends in Singapore (1.75% on spends in other international markets) and exclusive discounts for shoppers at select merchants in Singapore. Cardholders can also enjoy a 24-hour dedicated concierge service for travel, lifestyle, medical, and auto-related assistance, as well as one of the most unique duty-free offerings with 10% cashback (up to ₹1,500 per month).

Prashant Joshi, Managing Director & Head – Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank India, said, “The launch of the DBS Vantage Card is a big step for the bank in India as we continue to reimagine the customer experience, while bolstering our portfolio of retail offerings. As the demand for premium credit cards grows in the country, we believe that the DBS Vantage card will become one of the most sought-after of our proprietary cards and become a key enabler for our customers to ‘Live more, Bank Less’.”

Sajish Pillai, Managing Director, Head of Assets and Strategic Alliances at DBS Bank India, said, “We are confident that the distinctive DBS Vantage Card will delight our HNI customers in India. The thoughtfully designed card offers a range of privileges from complimentary membership to luxurious hotels, to a bespoke rewards program and unmatched global travel benefits. DBS Bank has always been known for its innovative and pioneering suite of banking services and this differentiated card offering is a cut above the rest. It will further strengthen our capabilities to provide affluent consumers with the ultimate banking experience, where they can enjoy convenience, choice and unrivalled access to exclusive offerings.”

Sujai Raina, Vice President, and Head – Business Development, India, Visa said, “High-net worth consumers seek benefits from credit cards that go beyond features; they look for exclusive access and invaluable experiences. We are thus delighted to take our strong credit card partnership with DBS Bank further, with the DBS Vantage Card, powered by Visa. Packed with rewards and distinctive experiential benefits across dining, travel, hospitality and luxury and the promise of safety and security provided by Visa, the card is perfectly suited to the needs of the affluent consumer.”

With the DBS Vantage Card, customers get special access to dining and stay experiences at 5-star hotels. They will also receive a welcome bonus of 10,000 Vantage Points (worth INR 10,000) with their first transaction. While this is an invite-only card, customers can check their eligibility on the DBS India website or reach out to the bank’s relationship managers for more details. In addition to the welcome bonus, DBS Vantage Card provides extra rewards based on spending thresholds. Cardholders can earn an additional 10,000 bonus points on spends of INR 5,00,000 or 5,000 bonus points on spends of INR 3,00,000 in a calendar quarter.

The card offers signature golfing experiences with four complimentary sessions per calendar year. DBS Vantage cardholders will earn 8 Vantage Points on every INR 200 spent internationally and 4 reward points on every INR 200 spent domestically. The DBS Vantage Card has an annual fee of INR 50,000. However, for DBS Bank’s Treasures Elite segment of customers, it comes at a price of INR 10,000 and for the Treasures segment, it is priced at INR 20,000. Further, this fee can be waived on spends of INR 10,00,000 and above in the preceding year, providing significant savings for the cardholders.

DBS Bank India has witnessed steady growth for its co-branded card with Bajaj Finserv, launched last year. As of April 2023, the Bank has onboarded more than 229,000 card accounts and have been adding 30,000+ cards on a monthly basis, targeting to reach at least 500,000 card users this year.

About DBS:

DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia across 19 markets. DBS is known for its global leadership, being recognised as the “World’s Best Bank” thrice by Global Finance since 2018. DBS was also recognised as the “World’s Best Bank” by Euromoney in 2021 for the second time in three years and “Global Bank of the Year” by The Banker in 2021. The bank is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking. It is recognised as the “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney in 2021 and the world’s “Most Innovative in Digital Banking” by The Banker in the same year. Apart from these accolades, DBS has been accorded the “Safest Bank in Asia” award by Global Finance for 14 consecutive years from 2009 to 2022. Additionally, DBS Bank was ranked among the top 3 on Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Banks in India for three consecutive years, from 2020 to 2022.

DBS Bank has been present in India for 28 years, opening its first office in Mumbai in 1994. DBS Bank India Limited is the first among the large foreign banks in India to start operating as a wholly-owned, locally incorporated subsidiary of a leading global bank. DBS provides a range of banking services for large, medium, and small enterprises and individual consumers in India. In 2016, DBS launched India’s first mobile-only bank, digibank, which now has ~1 million savings accounts. In November 2020, Lakshmi Vilas Bank was merged with DBS Bank India Limited. The bank now has a network of ~530 branches in 19 Indian states.

DBS provides a full range of consumer, SME, and corporate banking services. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with customers and positively impacting communities. It established an SGD 50 million foundation to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts across Asia by supporting social enterprises: businesses with a double bottom line of profit and social and environmental impact. In 2020, DBS introduced the “Towards Zero Food Waste” initiative as part of a global sustainability practice to encourage a shift in behaviours and mindsets to reduce food waste. In 2022, DBS committed an additional SGD 100 million to deepen the ability to create an impact beyond banking, catalysing the bank’s various philanthropic and crisis relief measures.