Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card APR falls to 15.18 percent

Austin, Texas — The average APR on new credit card offers fell to a nine–week low on Wednesday, 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 15.18% 15.22% 15.16%
Low Interest 12.00% 11.98% 11.96%
Balance Transfer 14.41% 14.39% 14.35%
Business 13.12% 13.12% 13.12%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.42%
Cash Back 15.33% 15.32% 15.21%
Airline 15.13% 15.13% 15.17%
Reward 15.24% 15.30% 15.26%
Instant Approval 17.86% 18.04% 18.04%
Bad Credit 22.86% 22.86% 22.56%
Updated: 10-12-16

The national average APR dropped to 15.18 percent after staying at 15.22 percent — an almost five year high — for six straight weeks.

Unlike most rate changes, this week's change was due to a reshuffling of the cards included in the database rather than an APRchange.

The Fifth Third Bank Platinum MasterCard was swapped out for the bank's brand–new Truly Simple card after Fifth Third Bank launched a new credit card line. The Truly Simple card carries a slightly higher minimum APR of 12.24 percent.

Meanwhile, the Costco Anywhere Visa replaced the eBay MasterCard after Synchrony Bank stopped accepting online applications for the eBay card. The Costco card offers a much lower APR of 15.49 percent.

The credit card rate survey (permalink: 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.

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.

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Matt Schulz
Senior Industry Analyst
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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