May 22, 2013 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates rise to 14.98 percent

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers shot 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 14.98% 14.94% 14.96%
Low Interest 10.37% 10.29% 10.40%
Balance Transfer 12.48% 12.62% 12.62%
Business 12.98% 12.98% 13.13%
Student 13.16% 13.16% 13.31%
Cash Back 14.95% 14.17% 14.30%
Airline 14.63% 14.63% 14.63%
Reward 14.82% 14.73% 14.80%
Instant Approval 28.00% 15.49% 15.49%
Bad Credit 23.64% 23.64% 23.64%
Updated: 5-22-13

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 14.98 percent Wednesday after Chase increased the lowest available APR on the Chase Freedom card by 3 percentage points.

The Chase Freedom card previously featured a range of possible APRs, starting at 13.99 percent and topping out at 22.99 percent. It now features just one flat rate of 16.99 percent.

The national average was also impacted this week by a reshuffling of the database. Occasionally, updates the database in order to more accurately reflect the current market.

This week, updated the categories for several cards, causing the average APRs for those categories to change. We also replaced a discontinued card for sporting enthusiasts with a similar card that featured a slightly higher APR.

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.

For more information, contact:


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

NOTE TO EDITORS: The information contained in this release is available for print or broadcast with attribution to