Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rate remains at 15.16 percent for sixth week

Austin, Texas — The average credit card interest rate remained locked in place this week, according to the 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 are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 15.16% 15.16% 15.00%
Low Interest 11.96% 11.96% 11.62%
Balance Transfer 14.36% 14.35% 14.12%
Business 13.12% 13.12% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.21% 15.21% 15.27%
Airline 15.17% 15.17% 15.10%
Reward 15.26% 15.26% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.04% 18.04% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.56% 22.56% 22.73%
Updated: 3-16-16

For the sixth consecutive week, the national average annual percentage rate (APR) remained at 15.16 percent. Most card issuers left interest rates alone this week.

Regions Bank reinstated its quarter point increase on the Regions Visa Platinum card after briefly canceling the card's rate increase in early March. Cardholders are now offered a range of APRs starting at 13.24 percent and topping out at 20.24 percent.

Among the 100 cards included in the database, 94 cards have increased rates by 0.25 percent since the Federal Reserve increased the federal benchmark interest rate by the same amount. Card issuers are now waiting to see if the Federal Reserve increases rates again at its March 15 to March 16 meeting.

The credit card rate survey (permalink: 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
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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