The Entertainment Book offers discounts on hotels, rental cars, fine dining, fast food, shopping, attractions, museums, theater, golf and sporting events, airlines, and cruises. Attraction discounts include Universal Studios, Legoland, Knott's Berry Farm, the Queen Mary, the LA Zoo and Catalina Express, but not Disneyland. Most offers are two for one or 50% off. Some are dollars off. The Entertainment Book comes with a discount card for the higher-end restaurants.
Pros and Cons of Buying an LA Entertainment Book
- A wide variety of discounts on every kind of thing you might want
- Inexpensive; 2 nice meals out and the book has paid for itself, 1 meal for digital
- Additional coupons and discounts can be accessed from their website.
- Some Hotel and Car Rental discounts are available nationally with your local card.
- It's good 12 months Nov 1 to Nov 1, so if you travel to LA often, you can keep using it.
- Digital subscription version now available
- The book is bulky to carry around.
- Coupons in the Book are organized by discount value, not by location or alphabetically.
- Although there is a neighborhood index, it lists Hollywood restaurants as Los Angeles.
- Fast food coupons are often only good at specific locations.
- Some of the businesses go out of business before the book comes out so call before heading out.
Get the Most out of Your Los Angeles Entertainment Book
Entertainment Books are great to use when traveling, including in LA. However, there are a lot of other ways to save money on dining and entertainment in LA. But for the sheer number of discounts, Entertainment Books are still a pretty good value. The Entertainment Book now offers a Digital Book version that costs less and includes most of the same discounts, which can either be printed or used on your smartphone. The website has also gotten much more user-friendly, making it easier to find discounts close to you.
Here are some tips for making the most of your paper Entertainment Book:
- Allow plenty of time before your trip for shipping.
- As soon as you get the Book, chop it up and sort it into categories that work for you. If you are only going to Hollywood and Santa Monica, you won't need the dining coupons for Sylmar and Goleta.
- Stick the offers that interest you in an envelope for easier transport.
- Get the book before you start your travel planning so you can take advantage of hotel and rental car discounts. Hotels listed in the Best Available Rate section will offer the same prices you see on Travelocity or other wholesalers, but the Hotel Direct section gets you 50% off rack or 10% off promotional rates, which can sometimes get you a better-quality room for less.
- Consider using the grocery or drugstore coupons if you're stocking up for a picnic on the go or in your hotel room.
Bonus: You can sometimes find online specials for a discount off the price of the Entertainment Book or free shipping. The closer to the Nov 1 expiration, the bigger the discount, so if you're traveling in summer or early fall, wait until the spring sales to get the book for less.
Caution: When you buy an Entertainment Book online, they will usually offer you a discount on your purchase now if you sign up for automatic renewal to receive future books. You may be tempted to do this, even if you won't be in LA next year since it says they will send you a notice next year before they ship the book, so you can cancel. Don't do it unless you really want next year's book. There's too great a chance you'll change your email address, the email will get caught in your spam filter, or you'll just delete it as junk, and it will cost you money and hassle to return the unwanted book.