Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card APR rises to 15.19 percent

Austin, Texas — The average interest rate on new credit card offers rose to a near record high 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 15.19% 15.16% 15.01%
Low Interest 11.96% 11.96% 11.62%
Balance Transfer 14.39% 14.36% 14.12%
Business 13.12% 13.12% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.30% 15.21% 15.27%
Airline 15.17% 15.17% 15.14%
Reward 15.30% 15.26% 15.15%
Instant Approval 18.04% 18.04% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.56% 22.56% 22.73%
Updated: 4-20-16

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) climbed to 15.19 percent Wednesday — a more than four-year high — after remaining stuck at 15.16 percent for 10 weeks. The last time average rates were this high was in December 2011 when rates briefly climbed to 15.22 percent.

First National Bank, the regional bank based in Omaha, Nebraska, spurred this week's rate change by increasing the minimum APR on the First National Bank American Express card from 16.24 percent to 19.24 percent. It also eliminated the card's maximum APR of 23.24 percent.

Wholesale retailer Sam's Club also helped boost the national average by increasing the minimum APR on the Sam's Club MasterCard from 14.9 percent to 15.15 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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