January 27, 2016

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates rise to 15.13 percent

Austin, Texas — Average rates on new card offers inched higher 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 15.13% 15.12% 15.00%
Low Interest 11.88% 11.87% 11.62%
Balance Transfer 14.30% 14.30% 14.12%
Business 13.11% 13.11% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.23% 15.23% 15.27%
Airline 15.16% 15.16% 15.10%
Reward 15.25% 15.25% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.18% 18.18% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.88% 22.88% 22.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 01-27-2016

The national average annual percentage rate rose to 15.13 percent Wednesday after two cards in the CreditCards.com database posted slightly higher interest rates

Capital One narrowed the range of possible APRs on the Sony credit card by increasing the card's lowest APR from 14.15 percent to 14.24 percent and reducing its maximum APR from 25.15 percent to 24.99 percent. This is the second time this month Capital One has altered interest rates. It previously increased both APRs on the Sony card by 0.25 percent in response to the Federal Reserve's December rate increase.

Fifth Third Bank was also active. It raised the Fifth Third Platinum card’s minimum interest rate from 10.99 percent to 11.24 percent and increased the card’s maximum rate to 24.24 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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Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
matt.schulz@creditcards.com
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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Source: CreditCards.com