Entertainment Books have been around for decades and many of us have experience with the local additions for restaurant savings, discounts on events, dry cleaning coupons and other money saving offers. Whether the $35 books are a good deal or not depends on how much you eat at restaurants and how much you normally use companies featured in the book. People tend to either love the books or hate them.

Using Entertainment Books for Travel

The Entertainment Book can be a great resource when you travel…if you know how to use it. There are a couple of ways you can use the book when you travel. The general travel coupons are inserted in all city books. In addition, there are city-specific coupons in the books for the areas you’ll be visiting. Here’s how to make these offers work for you:

In the 2012 book there were coupons for the following travel items:

  • American Airlines – $10 off any airfare; good for up to six tickets. This offer should pay for the book, depending on the size of your family.
  • Car rental discounts on Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Budget, National and Alamo Rental Cars (no specifics are given.)
  • Hotwire.com and Southwest Vacations –  discounts on vacation packages (no specifics yet given.)

Another way to use the Entertainment Book is to buy a book for the destination you’ll be visiting. Books take two to three weeks to arrive, so plan ahead. For example, the Orlando book contains coupons for $10 off a $30 bill at Houlihan’s restaurants, buy one-get one meal at Steak n Shake restaurants, 50% off admission for the Orange County Regional History Center, 50% off admission to Gatorland and buy one-get one admission at Arabian Nights dinner theater. The New York City book has coupons for buy one-get one meal at the Grand Cafe on Park Avenue, buy one-get one admission to Historic Richmondtown on Staten Island, 15% New York Yankees baseball tickets, 2 for 1 admission to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 2 for 1 admission to the Long Island Children’s Museum and 2 for 1 admission to the Intrepid Sea-Air and Space Museum. There are more than 100 cities offered in the Entertainment Book program.

You can see what deals are offered in the city you’ll be visiting before you commit to buying the book by checking out the Entertainment Book Web site and entering the city you’re interested in. Resort and tourist destination cities tend to have more offers.