When you’re planning a trip you always want to make sure that you are not overspending. Yes, Los Angeles can be an expensive place to visit but there are still ways that you can save. Luckily for you, I have learned quite a bit during my time living in the city of angels. And because I am always learning and always looking for ways to save I will be updating this post as I learn about how to save money on your trip to LA.

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How to Save Money on Your Trip to LA

How to Save Money On A Trip to LA

Earn Free Giftcards To Use Towards Your Trip

The following programs will help you earn gift cards that you can use towards your trip. 

Bing Rewards

You can create an account through the Bing search engine. You can do searches through Bing daily on both your mobile device and desktop. Once you have enough points you can redeem them for items like Starbucks and Chipotle. You’ll find both of those places all over LA. Who doesn’t love getting free food?


This is one of the easiest ways to earn gift cards. ShopKicks is an app you’ll need to download on your phone. The app rewards you for walking into certain stores. You can also earn points for certain purchases and for scanning items in select stores. Points can be redeemed for PayPal cash, Cheesecake Factory gift cards, Disney gift cards, and more. I have redeemed more than $100 in gift cards through them.

Click here to download Shopkick. Want a free gift card? Sign up with code DEAL347755 & we’ll both get a bonus!


Have you heard of Swagbucks? It is a site that is free to join and rewards you for completing tasks with points. Those points can be redeemed for gift cards. Recently, I signed up to drive for Lyft through Swagbucks. All I had to do was complete one ride for Lyft and thirty days later I got 20,500 points credited to my Swagbucks account. You can redeem the points for a PayPal gift card and get that transferred directly into your account. That is money that you can put towards your trip. Or you can redeem your points for a Southwest gift card and get a huge discount on your flight. There are so many ways to earn points with Swagbucks. Swagbucks is the fun rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online!

This list shares information on how to get great deals throughout the city

Attend Events for Free By Purchasing My E-Book

Did you know that anyone who purchases my ebook on how to meet celebrities in Los Angeles gets access to my private Facebook group? In that group, I share information and tickets for free events like red carpet movie premieres. If you’d like to be able to attend really fun events while you’re in LA I highly recommend purchasing the book & joining the group.

Birthday Freebies

the best birthday freebies in los angeles

Are you visiting during your birthday? Check out this post to make sure you claim all the birthday goodies you can.


Goldstar has deals for all types of activities throughout the city that will help you save money. I have purchased discounted tickets to see shows at the Pantages Theatre and concerts. When you are picking out activities I highly encourage you to check out Goldstar to see if they offer any discounts.

GO City LA Pass

warner bros studio
Warner Bros Studio

I have used the Go City LA Card as well as the Go City Boston pass. These cards are an incredible money saver. How does it work? You pay one fee but get access to several hot spots around town. The only catch? The card only works from 9 am to 5:30 pm. But every day you add on to your card the more money you save. This card can get you into fun places like the Warner Bros Studio Tour, Six Flags Magic Mountain or use it for rides on the Santa Monica Pier and more!

Sprinkles Perk

sprinkles cupcakes

Sprinkles cupcakes are a favorite among locals in LA. If you have not joined their rewards program called Sprinkles Perks do it! You will get a free cupcake from joining the program. And trust me. They are delicious. You can join perks here.

VIP Access Card from Hollywood and Highland

You can get this card for free by visiting the discover LA offices at the Hollywood and Highland shopping center. The card gives you deals like a free cake pop with a purchase from Starbucks, a discount on the Dolby Theatre tour, and more. It takes just a few minutes to get the card but the potential savings make it more than worth your time.

Packing List for Los Angeles

Are you trying to figure out what to bring on your trip? Check out this post on What to Pack For a Trip to Los Angeles.

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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