May 25, 2011 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers dipped this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after Wells Fargo decreased interest rates on two of its rewards cards.

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. 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 14.83% 14.85% 14.74%
Low Interest 10.73% 10.73% 11.87%
Balance Transfer 12.76% 12.82% 12.80%
Business 13.07% 13.07% 12.91%
Student 13.77% 13.77% 14.49%
Cash Back 13.87% 13.91% 12.59%
Airline 14.24% 14.24% 14.45%
Reward 14.40% 14.43% 14.39%
Instant Approval 15.99% 15.99% 15.99%
Bad Credit 24.96% 24.96% 24.64%
Updated: 05-25-11

Wells Fargo pared down the low end of the APR range offered for its Cash Back and Rewards cards, sending the national APR average downward to 14.83 percent. Both cards carried an APR range of 12.15 percent to 22.15 percent before the movement. Those ranges were tweaked to 11.15 percent to 23.15 percent.

"We regularly review our pricing and take into account the needs of our customers, industry trends, market conditions, and our cost of doing business," Wells Fargo spokeswoman Lisa Westermann said. "Our intent is to continue to provide credit to as many customers as possible."

Rewards cards deals are ubiquitous; eight of 10 new card offers have a reward tied in.

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.

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