October 14, 2015

CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average credit card interest rates rise to 15.01 percent

Austin, Texas — Average rates on new credit card offers rose Wednesday for the first time since June, 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 15.01% 15.00% 14.90%
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.62%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.04%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.28%
Airline 15.14% 15.10% 15.10%
Reward 15.15% 15.14% 15.04%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
Source: CreditCards.com
Updated: 10-14-15

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 15.01 percent after remaining at 15 percent for more than three months.

Unlike most national average changes, however, this week's change was due to a reshuffling of the cards in the CreditCards.com database rather than a rate change. Earlier this month, American Express stopped taking online applications for the JetBlue card and CreditCards.com replaced the card in the database with another travel card.

In February, American Express announced it was unable to renew its deal with JetBlue to issue co-branded cards with the airline.

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
512-996-8663, ext. 103

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Source: CreditCards.com