8 wacky credit card rewards

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8 wacky credit card rewards

Credit card points can fund your next vacation or add some much-needed cash to your wallet. But these days, issuers also will let you put rewards toward other unconventional gifts, like autographed sports memorabilia.

These interesting redemption options are meant to attract and retain the most valuable credit card holders.

Bankrate dug up 8 of the more unique items and experiences issuers are offering with their credit card rewards programs and how much a customer must spend to get them.

Keep in mind, the following calculations look at the maximum you would have to charge, based on the card’s lowest points earning potential (typically 1 point per dollar on straight purchases).

You can, however, reach rewards thresholds faster by utilizing bonus categories (which may offer 3 points per dollar), buying items from your issuer’s online shopping portal or securing a lucrative sign-on bonus.

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Drone and a 2-hour pilot lesson

Approximately 250,000 rewards points

How much you have to charge: $250,000 at most on the American Express Gold Card.

Cooler scooter | Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

Cooler scooter

115,600 ThankYou rewards points

How much you have to charge: $115,600 at most on the Citi ThankYou Preferred Card.

17-shelf stainless steel wine cellar © hxdbzxy/Shutterstock.com

17-shelf stainless steel wine cellar

369,707 rewards points

How much you have to charge: $369,707 at most on the Wells Fargo Rewards Visa Card.

Blackjack and card-counting lesson from a professional player © Serg Shalimoff/Shutterstock.com

Blackjack and card-counting lesson from a professional player

Approximately 900,000 rewards points

How much you have to charge: $900,000 at most on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card.

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Kiddo Octopus Jump 'N' Slide Fun House © Brocreative/Shutterstock.com

Kiddo Octopus Jump ‘N’ Slide Fun House

67,700 ThankYou points

How much you have to charge: $67,700 at most on the Citi ThankYou Preferred Card.

Bahamas shark-diving experience © Amanda Nicholls/Shutterstock.com

Bahamas shark-diving experience

Approximately 4,580,000

How much you have to charge: $4,580,000 at most on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card.

Spider-Man first edition cover poster signed by Stan Lee | Mario Tama/Getty images

Spider-Man first edition cover poster signed by Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee

51,427 points rewards points

How much you have to charge: $51,427 at most on the Wells Fargo Rewards Visa Card.

7-day Indonesian yacht cruise for 12 © soft_light/Shutterstock.com

7-day Indonesian yacht cruise for 12

Approximately 19 million rewards points

How much you have to charge: $19 million at most on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card.

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