January 20, 2016

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates hold steady at 15.12 percent

Austin, Texas — Average rates on new card offers remained unchanged 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 15.12% 15.12% 15.00%
Low Interest 11.87% 11.87% 11.62%
Balance Transfer 14.30% 14.29% 14.12%
Business 13.11% 12.11% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.23% 15.28% 15.27%
Airline 15.16% 15.15% 15.10%
Reward 15.25% 15.24% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.18% 18.16% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.88% 22.84% 22.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 01-20-2016

Two cards included in the weekly rate report advertised slightly higher rates this week. However, the changes were too small to affect the national average. As a result, the national average remained fixed at 15.12 percent. The changes were big enough, though, to lift the average APRs of several card categories.

The minimum APR on the Credit One Visa Platinum card rose from 17.9 percent to 18.15 percent. Meanwhile, the card's maximum rate increased from 23.9 percent to 24.15 percent.

The APR on the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card also rose by 0.25 percent this week. Most major lenders have responded to the Federal Reserve's December 2015 quarter point rate increase by hiking rates by the same amount.

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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Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
matt.schulz@creditcards.com
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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Source: CreditCards.com