New Orleans, Air/4 Nights, From $409
Budget Travel readers score exclusive Big Easy package savings from Southwest Airlines.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare on Southwest Airlines to New Orleans; four nights at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel; a $50 per reservation discount ($25 per person) for Budget Travel readers; 1,500 Rapid Rewards points on the flight portion of the package; free bag check for two pieces of luggage per person; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $409 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $36.
When Depart Sundays, July 10–Sept. 25, 2011.
Gateways Dallas; add $40 for Orlando; $70 for Baltimore; $90 for Chicago; $120 for L.A., New York City; $270 for Seattle; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print The discount starts from $50 per reservation for vacations totaling $750–$1,199. Save $75 per reservation for vacations costing $1,200 or more. The discount is already included in the starting rate. Breakfast not included. Estimated airport taxes and fees are about $36. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $240. Round-trip airport-hotel transfers are $38 per person. To book this offer, refer to promo code BUDGET 7. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By June 24–Aug. 1, 2011.
Contact Southwest Vacations, 800-243-8372, southwestvacations.com.
Why It’s a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip airfare between Dallas and New Orleans starts from $274 with taxes for travel in late July (Delta). Add to that $366 per person, including taxes, for four nights at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, and your total for air and accommodations would be $640 if booked separately. For $195 less, this package from Southwest Vacations includes a round-trip flight, four nights’ hotel, and a $25 per person exclusive discount.
More Optional activities include a tour of Oak Alley Plantation ($54 per person), a sightseeing tour of New Orleans ($31 per person), and an evening walking tour of the French Quarter ($21 per person). Adding extra nights is possible, but the cost depends on your travel dates and the difference in airfare.
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