August 5, 2015

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

Austin, Texas — Interest rates on new credit card offers held still this week, 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 15.00% 15.00% 14.89%
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 10.24%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 12.80%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 14.91%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.52%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 15.89%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 23.33%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 08-05-15

For the seventh week in a row, the national average annual percentage rate remained at 15 percent. None of the cards included in the weekly rate report advertised new interest rates. For the ninth consecutive week, issuers also left promotional terms unchanged.

Issuers have been slow to change credit card terms for most of 2015, but they've been especially inactive this summer. All but two credit card offers included in the rate report have featured the same credit card terms since summer officially began in late June. The last time a card tracked by CreditCards.com advertised a new interest rate occurred during the last full week of June when Gap bumped up the APR on its retail credit 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