February 6, 2013

CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers inched up 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 14.96% 14.95% 14.97%
Low Interest 10.29% 10.29% 10.40%
Balance Transfer 12.59% 12.59% 12.62%
Business 13.13% 13.13% 13.13%
Student 13.31% 13.31% 13.02%
Cash Back 14.17% 14.17% 14.43%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.63%
Reward 14.75% 14.75% 14.81%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.49%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 23.64%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 2-06-13

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 14.96 percent Wednesday. This is the first time average rates have increased since October 2012.

Chase spurred this week’s rate change by raising the APR on the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature credit card from 13.24 percent to 14.24 percent.

The issuer also removed the rewards card from its marketing pages on the Chase website. However, the card still appears on the Amazon.com website, with the slightly higher APR.

The maximum interest rate on the Cabela’s Club Visa credit card also changed slightly this week, from 18.20 percent to 18.19 percent. However, because CreditCards.com only considers a card’s lowest available rate when calculating average interest rates, the change didn’t affect the national average.

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.

About CreditCards.com
CreditCards.com 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. CreditCards.com, https://www.creditcards.com, 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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Contact:
CreditCards.com, Austin
Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
Director of Marketing
benw@creditcards.com

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Source: CreditCards.com