Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Weekly Credit Card RateReport: Average card APR remains at 15.22 percent for sixth week

Austin, Texas — The average APR on new card offers remained at a five–year high for the sixth consecutive week, 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 15.22% 15.22% 15.16%
Low Interest 11.98% 11.98% 11.96%
Balance Transfer 14.39% 14.39% 14.35%
Business 13.12% 13.12% 13.12%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.42%
Cash Back 15.32% 15.32% 15.21%
Airline 15.13% 15.13% 15.17%
Reward 15.30% 15.30% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.04% 18.04% 18.04%
Bad Credit 22.86% 22.86% 22.56%
Updated: 10-5-16

Most cards left interest rates alone this week. As a result, the average APR on new card offers remained lodged at 15.22 percent. The last time APRs climbed this high was in 2011 when the national average briefly hovered between 15.14 percent and 15.22 percent. This is the first time since began tracking rates in mid-2007 that the national average has consistently remained at 15.22 percent.

The sporting goods store Cabela's increased the APR on the Cabela's Club Visa by 0.01 percent this week, but the change was too small to affect the national average. Cabela's customers are now offered a range starting at 15.52 percent and maxing out at 21.52 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.

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

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