May 8, 2013 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates rise to 14.94 percent

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers ticked up 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 14.94% 14.93% 15.01%
Low Interest 10.29% 10.29% 10.40%
Balance Transfer 12.62% 12.59% 12.62%
Business 12.98% 12.98% 13.13%
Student 13.16% 13.16% 13.31%
Cash Back 14.17% 14.13% 14.47%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.63%
Reward 14.73% 14.72% 14.85%
Instant Approval 15.49% 15.49% 15.49%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 23.64%
Updated: 5-08-13

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 14.94 percent Wednesday. This is the first time in three months that the national average has increased.

Chase prompted this week’s rate change by increasing the APR on the Chase Freedom card by 1 percentage point. The cash-back card previously featured an APR range of 12.99 percent to 22.99 percent. Now, cardholders may be offered an APR from 13.99 percent to 22.99 percent.

The higher rate on the Chase Freedom card caused other rate categories to rise as well. For example, the average APR for rewards credit cards is now 14.73 percent, up from 14.72 percent. The average APR for balance transfer cards also rose from 12.59 percent to 12.62 percent.

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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