December 14, 2011 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers surged to a record high this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

The average is composed 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 15.22% 14.98% 14.83%
Low Interest 11.17% 10.62% 10.73%
Balance Transfer 13.08% 12.77% 12.76%
Business 13.13% 13.13% 13.07%
Student 13.77% 13.77% 13.77%
Airline 14.54% 14.44% 14.24%
Cash Back 14.86% 14.61% 13.87%
Reward 14.86% 14.69% 14.40%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.99%
Bad Credit 24.96% 24.96% 24.96%
Updated: 12-14-11

The average annual percentage rate (APR) soared to 15.22 percent -- up nearly a quarter of a percentage point for its largest increase this year. The previous high was 15 percent, set in mid-October.

Chase spurred the increase, eliminating APR ranges on nine cards that tracks. For some consumer credit cards, Chase now offers only what had previously been the high end of the card's APR range. For example, the BP Visa card changed to a flat 19.24 percent from a range of 15.24 percent to 19.24 percent.

However, for Chase business credit cards, the top end of the range was eliminated. For example, Ink Cash for Business changed to 13.24 percent from a range of 13.24 percent to 19.24 percent.

The credit card rate survey (permalink: 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.

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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Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
Director of Marketing

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