January 9, 2013

CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers remained locked at 14.96 percent for the ninth consecutive 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% 14.96% 14.91%
Low Interest 10.40% 10.40% 10.40%
Balance Transfer 12.62% 12.62% 12.46%
Business 13.13% 13.13% 12.67%
Student 13.31% 13.31% 13.31%
Cash Back 14.30% 14.30% 14.24%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.63%
Reward 14.80% 14.80% 14.75%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.49%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 23.64%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 1-09-13

None of the cards that CreditCards.com tracks featured rate changes this week. However, one issuer did make at least one substantial change to a promotional offer that it uses to lure new customers.

Pentagon Federal Credit Union canceled its unconventional offer on the PenFed Platinum Cash Rewards card and replaced it with a more traditional 0 percent balance transfer offer that lasts for 18 months.

Previously, new applicants were offered a low 4.99 percent interest rate on balance transfers for the full life of the balance. The lengthy promotional rate, which was first introduced in April 2012, was unique in that it was the only introductory offer tracked by CreditCards.com that didn’t have a time limit.

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

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Source: CreditCards.com