How to Take on LA with AMEX

I recently visited Los Angeles for work. The last time I was back in the City of Angels was two years ago and I was ecstatic to revisit as nothing quite beats the food and instascene in LA. Quite a few of my friends had been raving about the American Express Explorer Credit Card and how it allowed them to upgrade to Business Class seats during their recent travels. I had never owned a credit card let alone an AMEX, so I decided to look into it because I thought it was the perfect opportunity to sign up and give it a go.

Upon signing up, I received 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points after spending $1600 on my flights. I also used the complimentary $400 Travel Credit to pay for my accomodation at the Line Hotel which I found incredibly beneficial. Before flying I was invited to spent time at the beautiful American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport before flying to LA.

The best part about my AMEX card is that for every $1 spent, I earn up to 2 Membership Rewards points which eventually allows me to upgrade to Business Class or goes towards accomodation or travel credit. Whilst in LA, I didn't have to withdraw a single cent and used my AMEX for all my payments for accomodation, car rental, food and entertainment. Unlike most cards, there was no additional International conversion fees with the AMEX - which saved me a heap of money! 

Check out my travel guide on instaworthy recommendations as well as best places to stay in collaboration with AMEX.


PREFLIGHT SPOILS IN THE AMEX LOUNGE


WHERE TO SHOP


WHERE TO STAY

Waldorf Astoria - Beverly Hills

Public transport can be quite tough in LA and I would highly recommend renting a car from the airport. Once you have a car travelling around this large city is much more convenient. If you're on a tight budget i'd suggest hitting up the Line Hotel in Koreatown. It's a contemporary, minimal and chic hotel with an incredible rooftop pool and is located in close vicinity to Skyspace and LACMA. Visiting the Urban lights at midnight in LA was a first for me and was the most memorable moment of my trip! I had been once before during the day when it was swapped with large crowds and visiting at night - when the art installation was empty was an ethereal experience. 

The Line Hotel


WHERE TO EAT


WHERE TO VISIT


INSTAWORTHY LOCATIONS

Visiting the Urban lights at midnight in LA was a first for me and was the most memorable moment of my trip! I had been once before during the day when it was swapped with large crowds and visiting at night - when the art installation was empty was an ethereal experience. 


@LICHIPAN X AMERICAN EXPRESS VIDEO

Excited to share a little behind the scenes video on my latest campaign which I worked on with the American Express crew. A special mention to Madeleine, the film crew: Daniel, Jason, Milkcrate and Helen for all your hard work! I am always so humbled to work with such talented individuals. 


To get more information & to sign up for your travel perks and benefits with American Express Explorer Credit Card : CLICK HERE

Photography: Killian Pham & Li-Chi Pan
Creative: Karen Lin & Li-Chi Pan
Video: Arvin Prem Kumar
Words: Li-Chi Pan

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