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New Orleans Jazz Fest Travel Deals

Next to Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest is perhaps the second most popular time to be in New Orleans. Although the city’s reputation as a jazz-filled city isn’t without merit, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (most commonly known simply as Jazz Fest) runs the musical gamut from Dixieland to hip-hop to rock, and lots of stuff in between – not to mention scores of music fans. This is one of the many reasons why a trip to New Orleans Jazz Fest requires a little pre-planning.

To help you plan your own trip to see New Orleans Jazz Fest, then, here are some articles we’ve published recently – including tips on finding cheap airfare and other ways to get to New Orleans and the festival grounds. You’ll also find links below for accommodation in the Crescent City to help complete your travel planning.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2012 is April 27 – May 6. 

How to Get to New Orleans Jazz Fest

When you’re asking about how to get to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the easy answer is that since the location is in the event’s name it shouldn’t be hard to locate.

In point of fact, the Crescent City’s famous jazz festival has been held in the same location since 1972 (the Fair Grounds Race Course), and it happens to be pretty close to the popular French Quarter – so once you get yourself to the city it’s actually not hard to find at all.

If the question is a broader one about the best way to get to the city and then to festival grounds, then here are your main options.

>> The 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest runs from April 29-May 8.

What Airports to Use for New Orleans Jazz Fest

It shouldn’t surprise you that the closest airport to the New Orleans Jazz Fest is the main airport in New Orleans – but if you’re scouring the web for potential savings on airfare to New Orleans for the big music festival, then one thing you shouldn’t overlook is the option of flying into a different airport (and a different city) altogether.

Often, flying right into New Orleans’ main airport will be the cheapest option – but, depending on where you’re flying from, that’s not always going to be the case. The airports listed below are, after the primary New Orleans airport, between 70-120 miles from the Crescent City. In other words, it doesn’t hurt to check on flights into those airports in case you find a spectacular deal – especially if you don’t mind a little bit of a road trip after your flight.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest is from April 29-May 8 in 2011.

How to Find Cheap Airfare to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Unless you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of New Orleans, the first order of business upon planning a trip to see the popular annual music festival known as New Orleans Jazz Fest is to find yourself a cheap flight. Airfare is almost always the biggest part of any travel budget, so the more you can cut down on that expense the more you’ll save on your trip overall. And as we all know, the more you save on airfare, the more po’boys you can buy. Or something like that.

Flying to New Orleans for Jazz Fest isn’t usually as expensive as flying to the city for its most famous festival, Mardi Gras – but it’s not unheard of for airlines to raise their prices on flights to New Orleans right around Jazz Fest. They know more people than usual are traveling to the event, and when demand is higher it’s the ideal time (in the eye of the airline) to raise ticket prices.

The good news is that Jazz Fest occurs before the height of the busy summer travel season, so prices on airline tickets aren’t quite at their peak yet – and if you do a bit of homework before you buy, you can avoid paying the highest prices for your trip. Here are some tips to help you save money on your airfare for New Orleans Jazz Fest.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2012 is April 27 – May 6. 

New Orleans Mardi Gras Travel Deals

mardigrasYou don’t have to be Catholic or even really understand the religious background of Mardi Gras to enjoy the party. In fact, it may help if you don’t know about the religious background. But either way, there is plenty to love about the famous Mardi Gras celebrations that take place in New Orleans every year – and plenty of people flock to the city to see the festivities first hand.

Because the crowds are so substantial for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it definitely pays to do your homework when it comes to finding cheap airfare and saving money on your accommodation. The holiday itself is something of a moveable feast, since it relates to a religious holiday that isn’t always on the same day, but it’s always around the same time of year (and, if you’re in a counting mood, it’s always 47 days before Easter). This does make it a bit easier to plan your trip.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips to finding travel deals for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, including how to find cheap airfare to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras party and some general tips about celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

>> New Orleans Mardi Gras is on February 21, 2012. 

New Orleans Mardi Gras Hotels

budfrogs.jpgMardi Gras in New Orleans is an American tradition that everyone should experience at least one in a lifetime. It helps if you are a young, willing to consumer large quantities of unknown red punch or at least put up with people who do, and if you can put away your inhibitions and simply enjoy the madness that comes about when a million people party like there is no tomorrow.

As a veteran of one Mardi Gras, I can tell you that hotel rooms are very hard to come by, especially if you are looking to stay anywhere near the action. This is likely to be even harder with Hurricane Katrina having destroyed so much of New Orleans. Even if you plan well in advance, you are going to pay quite a bundle to stay in the Crescent City during Mardi Gras. That is simply a fact of life and unless you want to spend a week sleeping in a car in the Tulane medical school parking (not that I am speaking from experience or anything), you better get your hotel situation sorted out.

Orbitz has a few offers on Mardi Gras hotels. They are expensive, but they do have rooms available. You can also try your luck with the cheap hotels search tool.

Have fun, be safe and don’t drink too many of those red drinks before noon (again, not speaking from experience).

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Week Five: New Orleans, Louisiana

The historic French Quarter, the renowned restaurants, the colorful nightlife, the rich culture, the jazz, the zydeco music and, yes, the warm, sugary beignets. They’re all waiting for you in magical New Orleans.

Hotel St. Marie New Orleans 4 Stars $342 per person based on double occupancy (flights + 3 nights)
The Hotel St. Marie is located in the heart of the French Quarter. Surrounded by 18th century architecture, this hotel is only half a block from infamous Bourbon Street nightlife. Experience authentic New Orleans grace and charm in our lovely guest rooms – most feature balconies overlooking the street or the tropical, private courtyard and pool.

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New Orleans – $75 off Vacation Packages

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$75 Off New Orleans Hotels & Vacation Packages

$75 Off New Orleans Hotels & Vacation Packages

New Orleans is on the up and up! Thankfully, you can still get back to the Big Easy for less with CheapTickets!

Book your trip to New Orleans by August 31 and get $75 instant savings off with promotion code NEWORLEANS75!

How to redeem:
1) Select a hotel or vacation package for 4+ nights for travel August 1 through November 26.
2) When reviewing hotel or package details, click the “I have a promotion code” link under the total hotel or package cost.
3) Enter promotion code
* NEWORLEANS75
– $75 off 4+ nights
4) Click “Continue booking” and the discount will appear on the next page.

You have through August 31 to get $75 in instant savings!

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New Orleans 3-star hotels from $61

New Orleans 3-star hotels from $61

As New Orleans slowly stirs back to life, the tourism sector is calling out to budget seeking travelers with some awesome rates.

We especially liked the 3-star hotels in the city listed via Hotwire. At $61 a night, you can snag a place downtown or in the French Quarter.

Want even more glitz and glam? Up your stay to a 4-star hotel for only $10 more a night, or a 4.5 star room for an extra $20. And while you’re there, don’t forget to eat some good ‘ol Cajun cooking for us.

New Orleans 3-star hotels from $61