February 08, 2012

CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—The average interest rate on a new credit card offer remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, though issuers are still tweaking APRs.

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 CreditCards.com are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 14.91% 14.91% 14.88%
Low Interest 10.40% 10.40% 10.73%
Balance Transfer 12.60% 12.60% 12.73%
Business 13.13% 13.13% 12.91%
Student 13.77% 13.77% 13.77%
Airline 14.54% 14.54% 14.31%
Cash Back 14.45% 14.45% 14.16%
Reward 14.73% 14.73% 14.50%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.99%
Bad Credit 23.41% 23.41% 24.96%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 02-08-12

For a second straight week, the average annual percentage rate (APR) stayed at 14.91 percent -- its lowest level since August 2011 when it hit 14.9 percent. This is the eighth straight week without an increase in the national average APR, the longest such stretch since CreditCards.com began tracking rates in 2007.

But creditors aren't just sitting on their hands. Wells Fargo changed the top end of the APR range for its Cash Back and Rewards cards from 23.15 percent to 25.99 percent. The low end of the range for each card remained at 12.15 percent. Since only the low ends of ranges are used to calculate CreditCards.com's national average, Wells Fargo's move did not affect it.

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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CreditCards.com, Austin
Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
Director of Marketing
benw@creditcards.com

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Source: CreditCards.com