CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rate holds steady at 15.16 percent

24 Feb, 2016, 13:10 ET from CreditCards.com

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The average credit card interest rate stayed at 15.16 percent Wednesday for the third consecutive 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

15.16%

15.16%

15.00%

Low Interest

11.96%

11.96%

11.62%

Balance Transfer

14.35%

14.35%

14.12%

Business

13.12%

13.12%

12.85%

Student

13.42%

13.42%

13.14%

Cash Back

15.20%

15.20%

15.27%

Airline

15.17%

15.17%

15.10%

Reward

15.25%

15.25%

15.14%

Instant Approval

18.02%

18.02%

18.00%

Bad Credit

22.56%

22.56%

22.73%

Source: CreditCards.com


Updated: 2-24-2016


None of the issuers included in the rate report tweaked interest rates. Issuers left promotional APRs unchanged as well.

This is the first week since November 2015 that all 100 cards tracked by CreditCards.com advertised the same rates and promotional offers. Since early December, more card issuers than usual have tinkered with terms.

Most issuers increased rates by 0.25 percent after the Federal Reserve announced in mid-December it was increasing the federal benchmark interest rate by the same amount. Some issuers also implemented more dramatic changes. For example, Pentagon Federal Credit Union increased the Promise card's APR by more than 2 percentage points. Meanwhile, Credit One cut the Platinum card's APR by nearly 3 percentage points.

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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