Tips on cutting your travel costs
- Pick your airline and your routing carefully. New Orleans is served by several discount carriers, including AirTran, JetBlue, and Southwest. And you might want to check alternatives to nonstop flights to New Orleans ... it may be way cheaper to allow yourself to routed through your airline's nearest hub city. (But note: nonstops have a lower carbon footprint ... takeoffs and landings are where they really burn jet fuel.) Use a travel-search website like Sidestep.com or Kayak.com that gives you multiple comparisons and routing choices.
- Stay over Saturday night. Airlines have recently started giving discounts again for Saturday-night stayovers. If you are planning on arriving Sunday, March 13, consider coming a day early. You might save enough on airfare to more than cover the extra night’s room charge and your food for another day. You can also beat the long registration lines by registering on Sunday afternoon.
- Consider a roomie. You can cut your hotel room costs in half by doubling up. If you don’t have someone to room with, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with others seeking roommates.
- Partial room tax exemption for government employees. Government employees will be able to exempt themselves from the state portion (but not the local portion) of the 13% state and local sales tax on the hotel room by filling out the State of Louisiana Department of Revenue's form R-1376. Download a copy here, fill it out, make a copy for yourself, and bring the original signed copy with you at check-in. NOTE: there is no exemption from the $3/night pillow tax.
- Skip the rental car. The Sheraton New Orleans is right on the edge of the French Quarter, the city's most famous district. You can also get around the rest of the city by public transport. It's all explained here. Parking at the Sheraton is also more than $33 per day. All in all ... you don't need a rental car!
- Cheap eats nearby. You can grab low-cost lunches at several places near the Sheraton. Two large shopping complexes are located 3-4 blocks awat. There are also plenty of moderately priced places for dinner in the French Quarter. Here's a list of nearby attractions.
- Stay in a hostel. Google "youth hostels New Orleans" and you'll find several choices.