Go Card Los Angeles: Attraction Discount Program

A Critical Look at a Popular Discount Card

Let's Take a Look at the GO Card for Los Angeles
Let's Take a Look at the GO Card for Los Angeles.

The Go Los Angeles Card (Go LA Card) touts that you can save up to 50 percent on admission to 35 Los Angeles Attractions. The price of the card starts at $89. It sounds like a great money-saving opportunity. But, read all the information on the website and think through your planned itinerary in order to know how valuable the card will be for you.

About the Go LA Card

Go LA Card is a pre-purchased multi-attraction discount pass for the Los Angeles area. You buy the card and use it to get into a long list of places and activities like LegoLand and Knotts Berry Farm. By buying your admission ahead of time, you get a significant discount. The pass gets you into 35 Los Angeles attractions plus one premium attraction on 3, 5 and 7-day cards for one low price. Of course, the pricing goes up with the number of days the pass is good for.

You choose the number of days and build your own itinerary. Then head out to the attractions. Simply show your pass at included attractions for admission between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. You will pay nothing at the gate. Visiting your first attraction activates your card. Then, use it over a two-week period. The days do not need to be consecutive.

The Go LA Card is digital. Order the passes online. You'll then receive the pass via email. You'll print your pass and guidebook before heading to LA or use the pass on your phone with the free Go City Card app.

For those not ready to commit to such an intensive schedule, the company offers a "Build Your Own" option where you can save 20 percent when you purchase two or more attraction admissions. Customers choose from 42 attractions, including museums, tours and harbor cruises. There are also specialty packages where your list of attractions is picked out for you.

Go LA Card Limitations

Universal Studios Offer is Limited - Go Los Angeles Cards of 3-Day durations or longer are good for one visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Admission is NOT included on 1 or 2-day cards.

Savings are Highest for Expensive Attractions - You'll save the most by going to the attractions where admission pricing is high.

The Go LA Card Can Expire - You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire.

The Card is Not Transferrable - The Go Los Angeles Card is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.

Short Guarantee Period - You have 30 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

Some Attractions Are Not in LA - Take a look at the list. You'll see that some attractions are not in Los Angeles but in San Diego or parts of the Los Angeles metro area which may or may not be part of your vacation plan.

Some Attractions Require Reservations - For some tours and activities, you'll not only need the Go Card, but also a reservation. Make sure you check so you don't get left behind.

Will the Go Los Angeles Card Save You Money?

In most cases, yes, you'll save money, but keep in mind their discount is an "up to" number, the maximum possible. Most visitors won't save that much.

Evaluate it for yourself. Pick out the things you really want to do, think about how many you can fit into your schedule and add up the cost of admission. A quick way to get all the prices you need for that is to use the Plan Your Trip page, where you can download their attraction guide and map free. You can also look at their attraction page. Visit attraction websites to see if they offer any special discounts that would reduce the admission cost.

Then pick out the attractions you want to see each day, look at the pricing and the driving time between the attractions. Keep in mind that the major attractions may take up your whole day.

In general, if you can fit in all the big-ticket attractions, you'll save quite a bit of money. But there are those who are not into theme parks. If you prefer visiting museums and taking guided tours, for example, you may not be saving all that much.

While you're evaluating the best way to save money for your trip, you should also check the Southern California CityPASS, which offers more (and different) attractions.

How to Get a Go Los Angeles Card

You need to buy your Go Card ahead of time because local attraction box offices don't sell them. It's easy once you know your travel dates and how many attractions you think you'll want to visit. You can Buy your Go Los Angeles Card online.