July 5, 2012

CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers dipped this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

The average is composed 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 14.91% 14.92% 15.14%
Low Interest 10.40% 10.40% 10.62%
Balance Transfer 12.46% 12.46% 12.85%
Business 12.67% 12.67% 13.13%
Student 13.31% 13.77% 13.77%
Cash Back 14.24% 14.24% 14.74%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.54%
Reward 14.75% 14.71% 14.82%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.49%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 24.96%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 07-05-12

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) on new card offers fell to 14.91 percent Thursday.

The rate change was spurred by a new, higher rate on the Texaco Visa card and by the replacement in the CreditCards.com database of the Bank of America Student Platinum Plus card with the BankAmericard for Students.

The APR on the Texaco Visa rose from 23.99 percent to 26.99 percent this week. However, the card’s impact on the national average was canceled out by a change to Bank of America’s student offers. The bank discontinued its Student Platinum Plus card, which featured a flat APR of 14.24 percent. CreditCards.com replaced it in the database with the BankAmericard for Students, which features a range of 10.99 percent to 19.99 percent.

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.

About CreditCards.com
CreditCards.com is the leading online credit card marketplace connecting consumers with multiple credit card issuers, including a majority of the 10 largest in the United States, based on credit card transaction volume. CreditCards.com, https://www.creditcards.com, enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for credit cards and offers credit card issuers an online channel to acquire qualified applicants.


CreditCards.com, Austin
Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
Director of Marketing

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Source: CreditCards.com