April 22, 2015

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates inch higher

Austin, Texas — Average rates on new card offers increased this week to their highest point this year, according to the CreditCards.com 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 CreditCards.com are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 14.92% 14.90% 15.07%
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 10.37%
Balance Transfer 14.04% 14.04% 12.82%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.80%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.24%
Cash Back 15.26% 15.26% 14.98%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.46%
Reward 15.04% 15.04% 15.05%
Instant Approval 17.93% 17.93% 28.00%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.48% 22.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 4-22-15

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 14.92 percent Wednesday after remaining at 14.9 percent for about a month. The last time average rates rose above 14.91 percent was in December 2014.

Capital One spurred this week's rate change by increasing the APR on the Capital One Secured MasterCard by 2 percentage points. Applicants are now offered a single APR of 24.9 percent. The rate hike caused the average APR for subprime cards to increase to 22.73 percent.

The issuer also eliminated the Capital One Secured MasterCard's $29 annual fee. Now, applicants who are trying to rebuild their credit only need to put down a security deposit of $49, $99 or $200 to qualify for a new card.

The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: https://www.creditcards.com/rate-report) is conducted weekly, using offer data from the 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.

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For more information, contact:

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Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
matt.schulz@creditcards.com
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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Source: CreditCards.com