Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates jump to record high of 15.72 percent

Austin, Texas — The national average APR on new card offers inched up again this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

The average is comprised of 100 of the most popular credit cards in the country, including cards from dozens of leading U.S. issuers and representing every card category. Introductory (teaser) rates are not included in the calculation.

Rates for card categories tracked by are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 15.72% 15.71% 15.18%
Low Interest 12.57% 12.56% 12.00%
Balance Transfer 14.99% 14.98% 14.41%
Business 13.64% 13.62% 13.12%
Student 13.92% 13.92% 13.42%
Cash Back 15.77% 15.76% 15.33%
Airline 15.73% 15.73% 15.13%
Reward 15.80% 15.79% 15.24%
Instant Approval 18.23% 18.23% 17.86%
Bad Credit 23.20% 23.20% 22.86%
Updated: 4-12-17

The average APR for new card offers rose to 15.72 percent after two more cards matched the Federal Reserve's March 2017 rate change.

Most issuers have now boosted rates in response to the Federal Reserve's rate change, causing the average APR to rise four weeks in a row. Since March 15, eight of the country's biggest issuers, including Bank of America, Discover, Capital One, American Express, U.S. Bank, Citi, Barclaycard and Wells Fargo have increased rates on most new card offers by 0.25 percent. Several regional banks have also increased APRs.

As a result, the national average APR has risen to its highest point since began tracking rates in mid-2007. The average APR for the year is currently 15.51 percent.

The credit card rate survey (permalink: is conducted weekly, using offer data from leading U.S. card issuers' websites. Introductory offer periods and regular interest rates will vary with applicants' credit quality and issuer risk-based pricing policies.

About is the leading online credit card marketplace connecting consumers with multiple credit card issuers, including a majority of the 10 largest in the United States, based on credit card transaction volume.,, enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for credit cards and offers credit card issuers an online channel to acquire qualified applicants.

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Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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