February 19, 2014

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates rise to 15.01 percent

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 15.01% 15.00% 14.95%
Low Interest 10.33% 10.46% 10.46%
Balance Transfer 12.66% 12.55% 12.44%
Business 12.98% 12.98% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.71% 14.62% 14.51%
Airline 15.30% 14.51% 14.63%
Reward 15.03% 14.91% 14.77%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 23.48%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 2-19-14

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 15.01 percent Wednesday after remaining at 15 percent for three weeks. This is the first time rates have increased since November 2013.

Unlike previous rate increases, however, this week's change was due to a minor reshuffling of the CreditCards.com database. Occasionally, CreditCards.com swaps out cards in order to more accurately reflect the current card market.

This week, CreditCards.com replaced several Discover cards that the issuer is no longer promoting online. "Currently, all of our online marketing is geared toward the Discover 'It' card," confirmed Discover card spokesman Matthew Towson in an email.

Cardholders who wish to apply for an alternative Discover card, such as the Miles card, can still apply by phone by calling 1-800-Discover.

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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Daniel P. Ray
Editor in chief

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Source: CreditCards.com