May 21, 2014 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates linger at 15.01 percent

Austin, Texas—Average rates on new credit card offers didn't budge 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 15.01% 15.01% 15.06%
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.46%
Balance Transfer 12.64% 12.64% 12.55%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.91% 14.84% 14.62%
Airline 15.30% 15.30% 14.51%
Reward 14.97% 14.97% 14.91%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 23.48%
Updated: 5-21-14

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) remained at 15.01 percent Wednesday for the third consecutive week.

Interest rates on cash-back credit cards inched up slightly this week to 14.91 percent. However, that was due to a reshuffling of the database, rather than a rate change. Bank of America removed the BankAmericard Privileges card from its website. So replaced it in the database with another rewards credit card.

Most issuers tracked by left credit card terms alone this week. Bank of America eliminated the 0 percent balance transfer offer on the MLB BankAmericard. However, it left the sports rewards card's 0 percent offer on purchases intact. Major League Baseball fans still have 12 months to make interest-free purchases.

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.

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

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