CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Average card rates slide to 15.16 percent

10 Feb, 2016, 14:15 ET from CreditCards.com

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Average rates on new card offers dipped Wednesday after rising the previous week to a four-year high, 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%

15.18%

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%

15.26%

15.27%

Airline

15.17%

15.17%

15.10%

Reward

15.25%

15.28%

15.14%

Instant Approval

18.02%

18.21%

18.00%

Bad Credit

22.56%

22.88%

22.73%

Source: CreditCards.com


Updated: 2-10-2016


The national average annual percentage rate fell to 15.16 percent after subprime lender Credit One cut minimum interest rates so low they rivaled the rates offered to consumers with above average credit scores.

Consumers who apply for a Credit One Visa Platinum card are now offered a range of APRs starting at 15.65 percent and topping out at 24.15 percent. Previously, the lowest available rate cardholders with imperfect credit could get was 18.15 percent. Credit One also slashed the Platinum card's minimum annual fee from $35 to $0 while leaving the card's $100 maximum fee alone. 

The rate cut on the Credit One card caused the average APR for subprime cards to fall to 22.56 percent.

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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