November 19, 2014

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates slide to 15 percent

Austin, Texas— Average rates on new card offers fell below 15 percent Wednesday for the first time in more than a year, according to the CreditCards.com 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 CreditCards.com are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 14.98% 15.00% 15.01%
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.37%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.82% 12.64%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.80%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.98% 14.98% 14.84%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 15.30%
Reward 14.93% 14.95% 14.97%
Instant Approval 23.33% 23.33% 28.00%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 23.73%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 11-19-14

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) slid to 14.98 percent after Wells Fargo slashed APRs on two rewards cards.

Wells Fargo reduced the lowest available APR on its cash-back card from 13.15 percent to 12.15 percent. It also lowered the minimum APR on the Wells Fargo Rewards card by 2 percentage points, from 14.15 percent to 12.15 percent. In addition, it lengthened the cards' 0 percent APR promotional periods to 15 months.

Citi also revised interest rates this week, but its changes were less favorable. It replaced the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card's single APR of 14.24 with a range, starting at 15.24 percent and topping out at 19.24 percent.

The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: https://www.creditcards.com/rate-report ) 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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Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
matt.schulz@creditcards.com
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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Source: CreditCards.com