CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

Oct 20, 2010, 16:47 ET from CreditCards.com

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The national average interest rate on new credit card offers inched up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after rate hikes from Capital One and Chase.  

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The average is composed of about 100 of the most popular credit cards in the country, including cards from dozens of leading U.S. issuers and representing every card category listed below. 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

14.37%

14.35%

14.42%

Low Interest

11.93%

11.93%

12.11%

Cash Back

12.70%

12.70%

12.57%

Balance Transfer

12.83%

12.83%

12.81%

Business

13.05%

13.05%

12.96%

Reward

14.28%

14.41%

14.49%

Airline

14.45%

14.45%

14.43%

Student

14.49%

14.49%

14.10%

Instant Approval

16.49%

16.49%

18.41%

Bad Credit

21.04%

21.04%

20.32%

Source: CreditCards.com

Updated: 10-20-10





This week's changes lifted interest rates to their highest levels since early August. Driving rates upward were Capital One, which hiked the APR on its No Hassle Cash Rewards card for borrowers with excellent credit, and Chase, which boosted the rate on its Marriott Rewards Visa Signature card. Cap One didn't provide comment, but Chase said its pricing changes are in reaction to numerous factors, with APRs adjusted whenever appropriate for cardholders and the company.

The latest bank moves included more than just APR increases. Bank of America continued its exit from the student/alumni card market, eliminating its Ohio State University Alumni Association WorldPoints Platinum Plus MasterCard offer.

The CreditCards.com 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.

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CreditCards.com 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. CreditCards.com, http://www.creditcards.com, 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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