September 1, 2011 Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Austin, Texas—Interest rates on new credit card offers jumped to a new record high this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

The average is composed 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. Of the nine card categories we track, two rose and eight were unchanged.

Rates for card categories tracked by are listed below:

Credit Card Rate Averages
  Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months ago
National Average 14.94% 14.90% 14.74%
Low Interest 10.73% 10.73% 12.03%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.73% 12.93%
Business 12.91% 12.91% 12.91%
Student 13.77% 13.77% 13.42%
Cash Back 14.34% 14.16% 12.48%
Airline 14.31% 14.31% 14.39%
Reward 14.57% 14.52% 14.36%
Instant Approval 15.99% 15.99% 15.99%
Bad Credit 24.96% 24.96% 24.95%
Updated: 09-01-11

The average annual percentage rate (APR) on new credit card offers shot up to 14.94 percent, topping the previous record of 14.91 set in early July.

This week's increase was prompted by Citi discontinuing its Phillips66 - Conoco - 76 MasterCard, which carried an APR of 19.99 percent to 23.99 percent. We removed the card from our database and replaced it with a card from another major gas retailer: the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard, which is also issued by Citi. That card carries a single APR of 23.99 percent. Since we use a card's lowest available rate in our national average calculations, the swap bumped the national average higher.

The credit card rate survey 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.

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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Ben Woolsey, 512-996-8663, ext. 106
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