Highlights from the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show

LAT 2014 Travel Show _editedI just spent the weekend at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show. I spoke on a panel both days with Jen Leo and ThePointsGuy.com (Eric Rosen the first day and Brian Kelly the second). Our panel was entitled: More for Your Money: The Best Value for Your Vacation Dollars. Because one of the most common questions we got was, “How can I find cheap flights?” I wrote an article and included all of my tips and tricks so I don’t lose my voice repeating myself to friends, family and readers.

LAT 2014 Travel Show -008Other highlights of the show included watching and meeting some of the other speakers like Alyssa Milano, Henry Rollins, Adam Richman, Arthur Frommer and detective Kevin Coffey. I also did a number of interviews, including two live segments for KTLA Morning News. Because the panel featured representatives from ThePointsGuy website, we were asked a lot of questions about which credit cards are the best. The answer varies by person because it all depends on what you plan on using the card for and what you want to get out of it.

cardBrian, Eric and I both agreed that one of the best cards on the market is still the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard – Earn 2x on All Purchases®, as it still comes with an easy 40,000-mile bonus (after your first $3,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days), which you can use to book with any airline, anytime with no blackout dates—and it comes with no foreign transaction fees! Plus, whenever you redeem for travel, you earn 10% of your miles back with their exclusive Carry-on Miles. There are other perks too, like the fact that they waive the $89 annual fee for the first year and they provide a complimentary subscription to TripIt Pro. Here’s more information on why I carry it in my wallet and how you can basically get $400 in free travel. But do not, and I repeat, DO NOT get a travel rewards credit card if you can’t pay off your entire bill each month. It’s not worth it if you can’t pay them off quickly as these credit cards often come with high APRs. But if you can, it’s a fantastic way to travel for cheap.

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