May 06, 2011 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers increased this week, 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 listed below. Introductory (teaser) rates are not included in the calculation. The average in four categories rose, three categories fell and two remained the same this week.

Rates for card categories tracked by are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 14.83% 14.67% 14.76%
Low Interest 10.73% 11.18% 11.87%
Balance Transfer 12.76% 12.78% 12.78%
Business 12.91% 12.91% 13.05%
Student 13.77% 13.71% 14.49%
Cash Back 13.91% 13.69% 12.64%
Airline 14.24% 14.33% 14.45%
Reward 14.40% 14.39% 14.43%
Instant Approval 15.99% 15.99% 15.99%
Bad Credit 24.96% 23.95% 24.64%
Updated: 05-06-11

A reshuffling of cards in our database prompted this week’s change. Periodically, we adjust our database – for example, by removing and replacing outdated cards or tweaking current cards’ categories -- to reflect recent market changes. Those changes sent the national average higher this week.

The only new APR change we saw this week came from Discover’s Miles card. The top end of the card’s APR range rose to 16.99 percent, up from 15.99 percent. The low end stayed at 10.99 percent. Since only the low ends of the range are used in our calculations, that move didn’t impact the national average.

Discover declined to comment on the change.

The credit card rate survey 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 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.  

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

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