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Where did all those high rollers come from? Las Vegas' newest hotel is adding more VIP gaming salons

Los Angeles Times

Less than four months after it opened, the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is already remodeling. A larger-than-expected number of high rollers are driving demand for private salons that cater to VIPs. A major makeover of the casino is underway at the hotel that opened with a casino, four restaurants, a tea garden and 203 hotel rooms. "We find that we're doing more business out of the higher-end players than we had originally anticipated," Lucky Dragon's chief operating officer, Dave Jacoby, said. "That has sparked some increased focus … on making sure we dedicate enough of our resources to that type of play."


The land of Pirates and Steelers on sale for $268 on Southwest from LAX

Los Angeles Times

You have a sporting chance at a good fare to Pittsburgh with this round trip from LAX for $268, including all taxes and fees. You must buy your fare by Thursday, March 16, but remember, Southwest does not charge cancellation fees. The fare, subject to availability, is for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through June 14 and again Aug. 22-Sept. You must buy your ticket 21 days in advance. The National Park of American Samoa, a haven of rainforest and empty beaches that includes pieces of three South Pacific Islands, is about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii.


Remember the good old days when you didn't have to bring your own food on an airplane but instead got Champagne and macadamia nuts?

Los Angeles Times

Regarding "Please Don't Share That" [Letters, March 12]: I agree that bringing foods on an airplane where the air is recirculated (stale) is not the nicest thing. With people demanding low airfares, and labor costs high, what's an airline to do? I try to ignore folks who carry on stinky food, dress as though they're on their couch at home and act as if they were brought up in a bad environment. For those of us who flew when airlines had a different model, the memories of macadamia nuts, orchids on food trays and Champagne or a mai tai in economy are a pleasant memory. Sourcing local products was a nice touch as well.


A tour of Florence, Italy, preparing to hike Mt. Whitney, and a tide pool walk in San Pedro

Los Angeles Times

Patty Civalleri, author of the upcoming book "Florence: A Traveler's Guide to Its Gems and Giants," will discuss her favorite historical, architectural and artistic spots in the city. REI experts will discuss how to apply for a permit, plan a hiking route and choose proper gear. Spanish-language presentation offered on March 12. Please email announcements at least three weeks before the event to travel@latimes.com. The National Park of American Samoa, a haven of rainforest and empty beaches that includes pieces of three South Pacific Islands, is about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. The National Park of American Samoa, a haven of rainforest and empty beaches that includes pieces of three South Pacific Islands, is about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii.


Taking a smelly sandwich on board an airplane? Think twice

Los Angeles Times

Regarding Letters, March 5: I have traveled to New Orleans many times, and I love po'boys as much as anyone. However, I would ask readers to consider the assumption by the letter writer who brought the sandwich onto the plane that all passengers were appreciative of his food. The stench of convenience food being brought on and consumed in the close quarters of an airplane cabin is considered insensitive at best, if not rude, by many air travelers. Regarding Letters, March 5: I always find it amusing the things that bother folks. Most airport websites have a link to its location to help those unfamiliar with that particular airport.