1.Museums

Title 1Egyptian mummies, hands-on science exhibits, and abstract expressionism aren't exactly things one immediately connects with credit cards, but Bank of America credit and debit cards come with museum access.

2.Wine

A Visa Signature or Visa Infinite credit card comes with special perks at more than 50 wineries in Sonoma County, California.

3.Free Flights

Credit card points that can be redeemed for travel, including flights, is one thing. An actual free plane ticket is on another plane entirely .

4.Cash for Good Grades

Title 1Egyptian mummies, hands-on science exhibits, and abstract expressionism aren't exactly things one immediately connects with credit cards, but Bank of America credit and debit cards come with museum access.

5.Event Tickets

Whoever thought a swipe of the card could land you a spot on the red carpet? Another little-known credit card benefit is tickets to special events.

6.Next-Level Airport Access

The American Express Platinum card ($695 annual fee) includes complimentary access to the American Express Centurion Clubs.

7.Rides

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with up to $200 in Uber credits every year, among other perks.

Credit cards can help you build credit, and, in some cases, give you access to red-carpet events.

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