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2018's Best Low APR Credit Cards

Below are our staff picks for 2018's best low interest credit cards. These cards feature the lowest APR (annual percentage rate) on purchases and transfers for qualified applicants:

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Finding the lowest interest rate on a credit card can be tricky, especially when low-interest offers mix an ongoing APR rate with a special introductory rate. Below is a simply summary table to help you better determine the best low interest credit card for your financial needs.

Here are 2018's best low APR credit cards:

Top Low APR Interest Credit Cards
Rank Card Name Regular APR Intro Rate Expert Rating
1 Discover it® Cash Back 13.99% - 24.99% Variable 0% for 14 months ★★★★★ 4.8
2 Discover it® chrome 13.99% - 24.99% Variable 0% for 14 months ★★★★★ 4.8
3 Discover it® Balance Transfer 13.99% - 24.99% Variable 0% for 6 months ★★★★★ 4.8
4 Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® 13.99% Variable N/A ★★★★★ 4.7
5 Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card 13.74% - 23.74% (Variable) 0% for 12 months ★★★★★ 4.6
6 Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card 14.74% - 24.74% (Variable) N/A ★★★★★ 4.6
7 Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa® Card 15.99%-26.99% (Variable) 0% for 12 months ★★★★★ 4.6
8 Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card 14.74% - 24.74% (Variable) 0% for 15 months ★★★★★ 4.6
9 Discover it® Miles 13.99% - 24.99% Variable 0% for 14 months ★★★★★ 4.6
10 Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card 14.49%-26.99% (Variable) 0% for 12 months ★★★★★ 4.6
11 GM BuyPower Business Card from Capital One® -Get The Card That Helps You Get The Car 18.99% Variable APR 0% intro on purchases for 12 months ★★★★★ 4.5
12 Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card 15.24% - 21.24% Variable 0% Intro APR on Purchases 12 months ★★★★★ 4.5
13 Chase Freedom® 16.99% - 25.74% Variable 0% Intro APR on Purchases 15 months ★★★★ 4.4
14 Chase Freedom Unlimited® 16.99% - 25.74% Variable 0% Intro APR on Purchases 15 months ★★★★ 4.4
15 Wells Fargo Platinum Visa® Card 13.49%-26.99% (Variable) 0% for 18 months ★★★★ 4.2
16 Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card 17.99% - 24.99% Variable N/A ★★★★ 4.1
17 Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card 17.99% - 22.99% Variable N/A ★★★★ 4.1
18 Discover it® Student Cash Back 14.99% - 23.99% Variable 0% for 6 months ★★★★ 4.0
19 Credit One Bank® Visa® Credit Card with Cash Back Rewards 19.99% - 25.99% Variable N/A ★★★★ 3.8
20 OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card 19.14% (variable) N/A ★★★ 2.8

4 Steps to Maintaining a Low Credit Card APR

Brittney Mayer
By: Brittney Mayer
Finance Contributor
4 Steps to Maintaining a Low Credit Card APR
CardRates.com Guide: Low APR

A low credit card APR is a valuable commodity if you ever carry a balance, as the higher your interest rate, the more you’ll be charged in interest fees. Indeed, an increase of just a few percentage points can make a huge difference in how much money you’ll pay over the course of a year.

But, how do you ensure a low interest rate? Here are a few steps to keeping your rates low.

1. Always Pay Your Bill on Time

In addition to paying late fees on late or missed payments, many credit cards will also start charging you what’s known as a penalty APR. Typically much higher than your normal purchase APR, penalty rates can cause your interest fees to skyrocket.

Fortunately, the CARD Act of 2009 makes it much more difficult for credit card issuers to give consumers penalty rates. However, if you have a delinquency on your credit card of 60 days or more (meaning you’ve missed at least two payments), you may trigger a penalty rate. This means the credit card company can increase your rate on your existing balance, and they aren’t required to lower it until you regularly pay your bill on time for the next six months.

Always pay your bill on time. Create reminders in your phone or calendar if you have trouble remembering due dates, or, better yet, set up automatic payments from your bank account. If your minimum payments are too high, call your credit company and ask if you can make other arrangements — before you get in trouble and find yourself with a higher interest rate (and a balance that grows more quickly).

2. Negotiate Your Interest Rate

Believe it or not, some credit card companies will lower your APR upon your request. Call your credit company, sell yourself as a good customer and remind them how many years you’ve been banking with them. Let them know about competing credit card offers from other banks with much lower APRs. Mention how you’d like to stay loyal to them and ask for a lower APR.

If they say no or do not offer a low enough rate, ask to speak to a supervisor or someone in the retention department. No luck? You may want to try calling again a few days later and see if a different representative can help.

3. Transfer Your Balance

In some cases, you may not have any options for reducing your current credit card's APR, which makes a new card the next best option. If you have a current balance being charged a high interest rate, transferring that balance to a new card with a low APR can save you hundreds in interest fees.

If you have at least good credit, many banks offer great introductory credit card offers with 0% interest on balance transfers for a year or longer. Just read the fine print so you know what interest rate to expect once the introductory period ends. If it’s higher than your current rate, it may not be a great deal unless you make major progress on your balance during the 0% introductory period.

Additionally, be aware of any applicable balance transfer fees. Most credit cards will charge a fee — typically 3% to 5% of the total transferred amount — to transfer a balance to the card. While this fee can be well worth it for a good 0% APR offer, crunch the numbers to see if it’s worth paying for lesser APR decreases.

4. Avoid Variable Rates

When you have a variable rate on your credit card, it is tied to an index (generally the US Prime Rate). As the market fluctuates, so, too, will your interest rate. You can avoid this by getting a credit card with a fixed rate so you will always know what your rate will be.

The only problem? Fixed rate credit cards are harder to find since the CARD Act went into effect, so you may need to do a decent bit of hunting to find one. Most major credit card issuers don’t have fixed-rate cards, but you may have better luck with your local credit unions or community banks.

Maintaining a low credit card APR is easy if you follow some basic steps.

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About the Author

Brittney Mayer Brittney Mayer Finance Contributor

Brittney Mayer is a contributing editor for CardRates.com, where she uses her extensive research background to write comprehensive consumer guides and in-depth company profiles. Leveraging her vast knowledge of the financial industry, Brittney’s work can be found on websites such as the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, US News & World Report, CreditRepair.com, Lexington Law, BadCredit.org, and CreditCards.com, among others. Brittney specializes in translating complex financial jargon and ideas into readable, actionable advice on lending best practices.

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