Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rate remains at 15.16 percent for fourth week

Austin, Texas — The average credit card interest rate stayed put Wednesday at 15.16 percent, 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 14.35% 14.35% 14.12%
Business 13.12% 13.12% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.21% 15.20% 15.27%
Airline 15.17% 15.17% 15.10%
Reward 15.26% 15.25% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.04% 18.02% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.56% 22.56% 22.73%
Updated: 3-2-16

Several card issuers tweaked interest rates this week, but the changes were too small to affect the national average.

The retail chains Walmart and Meijer both increased rates on their store credit cards by a quarter of a percentage point in response to the Federal Reserve's 2015 rate increase. Since December, 94 cards in the database increased rates by the same amount.

The Walmart MasterCard now offers an APR ranging from 17.15 percent to 23.15 percent, while the Meijer card offers rates between 20.24 percent and 24.24 percent.

Earlier in the year, Regions Bank also increased the APR on the Regions Visa Platinum Rewards card by 0.25 percent, but then reversed that change this week.

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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