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Your credit card can be instrumental in planning a great Father’s Day. For instance, you could bank extra rewards points on purchases made in an issuer’s bonus mall, earn cash back on family festivities or score access to dad’s favorite sporting event. As you finalize plans for June 17th, here are some great dad-centric deals and discounts to be aware of.

Over at ShopDiscover, you can find big 10% cash back bonuses on decidedly dad friendly retailers Brookstone, Hammacher Schlemmer, Sharper Image, Foot Locker and Backcountry.

Meanwhile, the American Express “Celebrate Dads” campaign — which, admittedly, is strikingly similar to the “Celebrate Grads” campaign it ran last month — offers cardholders five times the points back on online purchases from the Apple Store, Home Depot, Hewlett-Packard, JR.com, Kohl’s, Land’s End, Omaha Steaks, Saks Fifth Avenue and TigerDirect.com.

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If you’re looking to splurge this Father’s Day, Bank of America customers can get free shipping on grills of $249 or more, plus two points per dollar back on all purchases, at Home Depot.

Free Tool: Credit Report CardYou might want to check out what experiences are on sale in your issuer’s entertainment center. Chase, for instance, is offering 15% off on a golf lesson with a PGA pro and a stock car thrill ride with a professional driver in its Ultimate Rewards mall. The experiences cost cardholders 11,865 points ($118.65) and 8,800 ($88), respectively. Meanwhile, Citi is selling preferred seating tickets to Rush, Peter Gabriel or Santana on its Private Pass website.

Keep in mind, you should also bring along your cash back credit card if you plan to treat dad to a night out. Discover is currently featuring restaurants and movies as the 5% bonus categories associated with its More Card, while Chase Freedom cardholders can get 5% cash back at movie theaters.

MasterCard also offers daily deals on local restaurants in its online marketplace that lets cardholders get great two-for-one type discounts while earning extra Wowpoints.

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