January 29, 2014
Austin, Texas—Average rates on new credit card offers dropped this week for the first time in nearly six months.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|
The national average annual percentage rate (APR) fell to 15 percent Wednesday after remaining locked at 15.06 percent for 10 straight weeks. This is the first time since August 2013 that the national average has declined.
The subprime lender Credit One spurred this week's rate change by introducing a lower minimum APR to its Credit One Visa Platinum card.
Online applicants who qualify for the Visa Platinum card are now offered a range of APRs, starting at 17.9 percent and topping out at 23.9 percent. Previously, Credit One advertised a flat rate of 23.9 percent.
Credit One also replaced its single $75 annual fee with a range of possible fees, starting at $35 for consumers with the best credit and ending at $99.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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