November 13, 2008 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas -- Sharp increases for select American Express cards shot overall credit card annual percentage rates higher this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.  

Of the nine credit card categories tracked by, seven advanced, one declined and one held steady.

Rates for card categories tracked by are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Month
Balance Transfer 10.15% 9.87% 10.02%
Business 11.81% 11.38% 10.38%
Low Interest 10.98% 10.75% 10.74%
Bad Credit 10.82% 10.82% 12.49%
Cash Back 12.33% 12.17% 11.38%
Instant Approval 11.37% 11.13% 11.72%
Reward 12.19% 12.12% 11.78%
Airline 12.36% 12.29% 13.35%
Student 13.90% 14.02% 14.86%
Updated: 11-13-08

American Express' increases offset a decline in APRs elsewhere. In the wake of the Federal Reserve's late October rate cut, some major card issuers, including Citi and Chase, lowered APRs this week on variable rate cards tied to the prime rate, which tracks the Fed's key lending rate. However, those changes paled in comparison to AmEx's moves.

Further Fed rate cuts could be pending. In a speech Wednesday, Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn said that with financial markets remaining "impaired in many ways," the Fed must continue to consider further steps to "to re-open credit flows and support the economy." Those comments, coupled with news that jobless claims reached a seven-year high last week, suggest the Fed could again lower rates when it meets in December.

The credit card rate survey is conducted weekly using offer data from the leading U.S. card issuers. Rate movement may be influenced by changes in the composition of offers tracked.

Introductory offer periods and regular interest rates vary with applicants’ credit quality and issuer risk-based pricing policies.

About is a leading online credit card marketplace connecting consumers with multiple credit card issuers, including nine of the 10 largest in the United States, based on credit card transaction volume.,, enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for more than 150 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
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