February 3, 2016

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

Austin, Texas — Average rates on new credit card offers rose to a four-year high 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 15.18% 15.13% 15.00%
Low Interest 11.96% 11.88% 11.62%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.30% 14.12%
Business 13.12% 13.11% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.26% 15.23% 15.27%
Airline 15.17% 15.16% 15.10%
Reward 15.28% 15.25% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.21% 18.18% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.88% 22.88% 22.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 2-03-16

The national average annual percentage rate jumped to 15.18 percent Wednesday after several cards increased rates on new card offers.

Eleven cards in the CreditCards.com database posted higher interest rates. Ten of those posting higher APRs this week were bumped by a quarter of a percent, matching the Federal Reserve's December 2015 federal funds rate increase.

As a result, 91 out of 100 cards in the CreditCards.com database have now increased rates by 0.25 percent.

Meanwhile, Pentagon Federal Credit Union significantly increased rates on at least one card this week. The minimum APR on the PenFed Promise Visa rose from 7.99 percent to 10.24 percent, while the card's maximum rate increased from 16.99 percent to 17.99 percent.

The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: https://www.creditcards.com/rate-report) 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.

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

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Source: CreditCards.com