February 4, 2015

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates remain at 14.89 percent for fifth week

Austin, Texas — Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady Wednesday, 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 14.89% 14.89% 15.03%
Low Interest 10.24% 10.24% 10.37%
Balance Transfer 12.80% 12.80% 12.64%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.80%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.91% 14.91% 14.91%
Airline 15.52% 15.52% 15.46%
Reward 14.89% 14.89% 15.00%
Instant Approval 23.33% 23.33% 28.00%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 2-4-15

None of the cards tracked by CreditCards.com advertised new interest rates. As a result, the national average annual percentage rate (APR) remained at 14.89 percent for the fifth consecutive week.

Most issuers haven't changed credit card terms since the beginning of the year. During the first week of January, Pentagon Federal Credit Union slashed the lowest available APR on the PenFed Promise Visa from 9.99 percent to 7.99 percent, prompting the national average to fall to its lowest point in nearly three years. The sporting goods store Cabela's also made a minor rate change on the Cabela's Club Visa, but it was too small to affect the national average.

Average rates are currently at their lowest point since February 2012.

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