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I had a great time being a panelist at the LA Times Travel Show last year, and I’m back in the City of Angels for this year’s show this weekend, January 18-19. I’ll be appearing on a panel on Sunday at noon titled, More for Your Money: The Best Value for Your Vacation Dollars along with Johnny Jet and moderated by LA Times Web Buzz columnist Jen Leo.


We’ll be talking about everything from the best travel credit cards, to how to find great deals on airfare and hotel stays, award program devaluations and our personal top destination picks.

So for this week’s Thursday Giveaway, I’ll be inviting two lucky winners and one guest each to hear me speak at the travel show at the Los Angeles Convention Center and to lunch afterwards in downtown Los Angeles.

Here’s how you enter: Before 12:00pm noon Pacific Time tomorrow, Friday, January 17, leave a comment on this post telling me what one question you’d ask me in the Q&A session at the travel show. One entry per person. Shortly after the contest closes, Team TPG will select two winners at random and contact them to give them the details for Sunday. Each winner will receive a ticket for themselves and their guest.

The prize only includes tickets to the travel show and lunch. Winners will be responsible for getting to/from the show and to the lunch location, and any other expenses they incur – so this is probably most suited to our West Coast readers who can get to Los Angeles on their own.

I always love meeting up with readers on my travels, so I hope to see many of you at the LA Times Travel Show whether you win or not since there will be plenty to discuss! If you are planning on attending, but won’t be there on Sunday, TPG Managing Editor will be appearing on the same panel at the same time on Saturday.

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