Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates jump to record high of 15.59 percent

Austin, Texas — The national average APR on new card offers inched closer to 16 percent this week, reaching a record high of 15.63 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 15.63% 15.59% 15.22%
Low Interest 12.47% 12.44% 11.98%
Balance Transfer 14.89% 14.86% 14.39%
Business 13.49% 13.49% 13.12%
Student 13.79% 13.73% 13.42%
Cash Back 15.66% 15.63% 15.32%
Airline 15.62% 15.59% 15.13%
Reward 15.70% 15.67% 15.30%
Instant Approval 18.11% 18.11% 18.04%
Bad Credit 23.17% 23.04% 22.86%
Updated: 3-29-17

Interest rates are currently at their highest point since began tracking rates in mid-2007. Before this year, the highest average APR recorded was 15.29 percent.

Citibank and Wells Fargo spurred this week's rate increase by hiking the APRs on most Citi and Wells Fargo credit cards by a quarter of a percent. The banks increased rates in response the Federal Reserve's quarter-point rate hike on March 15.

So far, American Express, U.S. Bank and several regional banks have also matched the Fed's rate change. The national average APR is expected to rise again once other major banks, such as Bank of America and Chase, increase rates by the same amount.

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.

About 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.,, enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for credit cards and offers credit card issuers an online channel to acquire qualified applicants.

For more information, contact:


Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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