March 14, 2012 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas — Credit card interest rates jumped on Wednesday for the second week in a row, according to the 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 are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 15.02% 14.97% 14.96%
Low Interest 10.40% 10.40% 10.73%
Balance Transfer 12.63% 12.50% 12.77%
Business 13.13% 13.13% 12.91%
Student 13.77% 13.77% 13.77%
Cash Back 14.45% 14.45% 14.34%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.44%
Reward 14.84% 14.79% 14.59%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.99%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 24.96%
Updated: 03-14-12

The average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 15.02 percent Wednesday. This is the second time since the first week of January that interest rates have hovered above 15 percent.

This week’s rise in rates was spurred by a rate change on the Carnival World MasterCard from Barclays. The bank increased the bottom end of the card’s APR range from 10.74 percent to 13.99 percent, prompting the national average to rise.

Barclays also decreased the top end of the Carnival World MasterCard’s APR range from 21.74 percent to 20.99 percent. However, because only considers the lowest possible APR when calculating rates, this decrease did not affect the national average.

The credit card rate survey (permalink: 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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Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
Director of Marketing

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