Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card APR remains unchanged at 16.15 percent

Austin, Texas — Interest rates on new card offers remained stuck in place this week, 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 16.15% 16.15% 15.79%
Low Interest 12.89% 12.89% 12.66%
Balance Transfer 15.38% 15.38% 15.07%
Business 13.68% 13.68% 13.66%
Student 15.70% 15.70% 13.92%
Cash Back 16.40% 16.40% 15.89%
Airline 16.07% 16.07% 15.77%
Reward 16.24% 16.24% 15.88%
Instant Approval 18.60% 18.60% 18.30%
Bad Credit 23.46% 23.46% 23.23%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 11-21-17

For the 10th straight week, the national average APR held steady at 16.15 percent. None of the cards included in the weekly rate report advertised new interest rates. Issuers also left promotional rates, such as 0 percent balance transfer offers, unchanged.

Interest rates have remained relatively stable in recent months after climbing quickly in the first half of the year. Between January 1 and August 1, the average card APR climbed from 15.36 to 16.13 percent. Since then, it has inched up just slightly to 16.15 percent -- an all-time high. A year ago, the average APR registered at just 15.18 percent.

The CreditCards.com credit card rate survey (permalink: http://www.creditcards.com/rate-report) is conducted weekly, using offer data from 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
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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Source: CreditCards.com