Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card APR climbs to record high of 15.42 percent

Austin, Texas — The national average APR on new card offers climbed to an all-time record this week, according to the 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 are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 15.42% 15.36% 15.18%
Low Interest 12.22% 12.16% 11.98%
Balance Transfer 14.67% 14.61% 14.38%
Business 13.41% 13.39% 13.12%
Student 13.67% 13.67% 13.42%
Cash Back 15.57% 15.51% 15.32%
Airline 15.40% 15.35% 15.08%
Reward 15.48% 15.44% 15.29%
Instant Approval 18.03% 18.00% 18.04%
Bad Credit 22.98% 22.98% 22.56%
Updated: 1-18-17

The average APR for new credit cards jumped to 15.42 percent — up from a previous record of 15.36 percent.

J.P. Morgan Chase spurred this week's rate change by revising APRs on its line of credit cards so that Chase cards align with the Federal Reserve's December 2016 rate hike. The federal agency raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent, prompting lenders to increase rates by the same amount.

Chase also hiked APRs by more than a full percentage point on several cards, including the Freedom card and the Slate card. The lowest available APR on the Slate card, for example, was increased to 15.49 percent — up from a previous low of 13.24 percent.

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Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
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