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American and United offer a sure bet for saving money: a $77 round-trip fare to Las Vegas

You could drive, but you could also fly to Las Vegas for $77 round trip, including all taxes and fees, from LAX.

You must buy your ticket at least 14 days in advance from United or American. The fare, subject to availability, is good for travel through May 17.

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Hear the TSA Chorus sing, check out our California Bucket List and ponder 'Strange Travels' at Festival of Books

Do you know how to foil pickpockets when you’re on the road? And why you should ask for a room on a hotel’s upper floors?

Former L.A. police detective and travel security expert Kevin Coffey will appear 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Coffey shares insights and proven tips to help travelers avoid trouble when traveling in the U.S. and abroad.

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A cruise that costs $59? Yes, and you'll need to bring your passport

More than 25 million travelers worldwide are expected to take a cruise this year, according to Cruise Lines International Assn., and not all of them will be experienced sailors.

First-timers may want to consider a short and inexpensive cruise to get started. Here are six West Coast sailings good for those who want to master Cruising 101.

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Four places to find sea life in the desert that is Vegas

Just because Vegas is a desert town doesn’t mean you won’t find plenty of sharks (not just card sharks), stingrays, tropical fish, jellyfish and other creatures. Sea life abounds along the Strip and beyond, if you know where to go.

Here are places where kids or burned-out gamblers can take a quick trip to the ocean.

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HotelTonight offers deeper discounts at some L.A. hotels, but only if you're in the right spot

Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight is offering cheaper room prices to some Los Angeles users starting Friday. The company is partnering with sports and entertainment giant AEG to offer deeper hotel discounts to people attending an LA Live event in downtown L.A. or an L.A. Galaxy soccer game in Carson.

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Why visit this 'desert beach'? Get back to nature for a weekend escape at the Salton Sea

“A day trip to the Salton Sea?” my family sputtered during our golf holiday in the desert. OK, true, its heyday as the “desert beach destination” of Southern California ended decades ago, but c’mon guys. I did find kayaking and bird watching for us.

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