Deal alert: Fly to New Orleans for less than $100 round-trip

Jan 24, 2022

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New Orleans is a fun place that is known for its party atmosphere and jazz music scene. But this city has so much more to offer than the bars on Bourbon Street. Whenever I go to the Big Easy, I discover something new that keeps me coming back for more. You can explore New Orleans with this deal from American Airlines, which currently has round-trip fares starting at $80.

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Listen to jazz music at Preservation Hall. (Photo courtesy of Visit New Orleans)

We learned about this offer from our friends at Secret Flying. These fares on American Airlines are available for travel from February to March, just in time for some Mardi Gras celebrations around the city on March 1.

Deal basics

Airline: American Airlines.
Routes: CLT/DFW/EWR/MIA/ORD/SEA to MSY.
How to book: Directly through American Airlines or through Google Flights.
Travel dates: February-March.

Related: A beginners guide to celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Sample flights

We found some great rates for people traveling from Florida and Texas (less than $100 round-trip!) and fares from the West Coast and Northeast are only around $150 round-trip. We looked for the lowest fares, so some are economy and others are basic economy, which only allows you to take a carry-on and you don’t get to select your seat.

The cheapest deal we found was for a basic economy flight from Miami (MIA) to New Orleans (MSY) for $80 round-trip at the beginning of March.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Texans can head to New Orleans (MSY) from Dallas (DFW) for a few more bucks at $98 round-trip from Feb. 9-16.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Chicagoans can get a break from frigid temperatures and warm up with a flight to New Orleans (MSY) from Chicago (ORD) for $133 round-trip for a main cabin ticket in mid-February.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

For a weeklong stay starting in the middle of February, you can fly from Newark (EWR) to New Orleans (MSY) for $143 round-trip with stops in Charlotte (CLT) each way.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Direct flights are available from Charlotte (CLT) to New Orleans (MSY) for $152 round-trip at the beginning of March.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

On the West Coast, travelers can go from Seattle (SEA) to New Orleans (MSY) for $158 round-trip. The departure flight has a short stop in Phoenix (PHX) and the return trip has a layover in Chicago (ORD).

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Related: Would you eat at an airport even if you aren’t flying? New Orleans is betting yes

Maximize your purchase

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The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Anyone who loves music and appreciates well-seasoned food will learn the vibes and tastes of New Orleans are layered and undeniable. As the saying goes, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll), especially when flights are this cheap.

Related: The first-timers guide to New Orleans: Everything you need to eat, see and do

Featured photo by typhoonski/Getty Images.

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