AUSTIN, Texas, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The national average APR for new card offers broke another record this week, rising to an all-time high, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

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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

15.82%

15.77%

15.18%

Low Interest

12.73%

12.62%

12.00%

Balance Transfer

15.13%

15.07%

14.41%

Business

13.66%

13.66%

13.12%

Student

14.04%

13.92%

13.42%

Cash Back

15.99%

15.84%

15.33%

Airline

15.77%

15.77%

15.13%

Reward

15.85%

15.81%

15.24%

Instant Approval

18.30%

18.30%

17.86%

Bad Credit

23.23%

23.23%

22.86%

Source: CreditCards.com

Updated: 5-31-2017

The national average APR climbed to 15.82 percent, which is the highest average APR CreditCards.com has recorded since it began tracking rates in mid-2007.

Bank of America helped kick off this week’s rate change with a 1-point rate increase on two of its basic, lower rate cards. The BankAmericard and the BankAmericard for Students now charge a minimum APR of 12.74 percent and a maximum APR of 22.74 percent.

Walmart also increased the APR on the Walmart MasterCard by a quarter of a percent this week, causing its minimum APR to rise to 17.65 percent. In addition, CreditCards.com swapped out two cards that are no longer promoted online with rewards cards that charge somewhat higher APRs. 

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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