February 10, 2016

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

Austin, Texas — Average rates on new card offers dipped Wednesday after rising the previous week to a four-year high, 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 15.16% 15.18% 15.00%
Low Interest 11.96% 11.96% 11.62%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.35% 14.12%
Business 13.12% 13.12% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.20% 15.26% 15.27%
Airline 15.17% 15.17% 15.10%
Reward 15.25% 15.28% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.02% 18.21% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.56% 22.88% 22.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 2-10-16

The national average annual percentage rate fell to 15.16 percent after subprime lender Credit One cut minimum interest rates so low they rivaled the rates offered to consumers with above average credit scores.

Consumers who apply for a Credit One Visa Platinum card are now offered a range of APRs starting at 15.65 percent and topping out at 24.15 percent. Previously, the lowest available rate cardholders with imperfect credit could get was 18.15 percent. Credit One also slashed the Platinum card's minimum annual fee from $35 to $0 while leaving the card's $100 maximum fee alone.

The rate cut on the Credit One card caused the average APR for subprime cards to fall to 22.56 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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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