CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates rise to 14.99 percent

Dec 16, 2015, 13:26 ET from CreditCards.com

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Interest rates on new credit card offers inched up this 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

14.99%

14.98%

14.99%

Low Interest

11.67%

11.66%

11.62%

Balance Transfer

14.08%

14.08%

14.13%

Business

12.87%

12.85%

12.85%

Student

13.17%

13.14%

13.14%

Cash Back

15.27%

15.26%

15.28%

Airline

14.92%

14.91%

15.10%

Reward

15.12%

15.11%

15.12%

Instant Approval

18.00%

18.00%

17.93%

Bad Credit

22.75%

22.73%

22.73%

Source: CreditCards.com


Updated: 12-16-2015


 

The national average annual percentage rate (APR) rose to 14.99 percent Wednesday after Capital One increased rates on nearly all of its cards. 

The nationwide issuer subtly raised interest rates this week by increasing the APRs on most of its cards by 0.09 percent. For example, the QuicksilverOne card now charges new cardholders an APR of 22.99 percent, up from 22.90 percent. Capital One also increased the Journey Student Rewards card's APR from 19.80 percent to 19.99 percent.

Variable rate cards tied to the U.S. prime rate may also receive a small rate hike this week. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since June 2006. By law, card issuers may pass along these increases without notice.

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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