I just saved around $800 on a flight to New Orleans for Jazz Fest

Jan 16, 2020

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Stop what you’re doing and book a flight to New Orleans. Right. Now.

We’re serious. Delta is having a sale on flights to the Big Easy during Jazz Fest weekend. I may be biased, but Jazz Fest is pretty much heaven on Earth. It’s a week filled with amazing music, incredible food and thousands upon thousands of people just celebrating life. If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out, and if you have … well, you get it.

The official lineup was just announced and it is good. Think: Dead & Company, Maggie Rogers, The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lizzo, the Avett Brothers, the list goes on. And on.

Not surprisingly, flights usually climb into the $1,000 range, but we’re seeing some ridiculously cheap award flights during both weekends right now … as in 14,000 SkyMiles round-trip cheap.

In our book, that’s the equivalent of paying $168.

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Take this flight from LGA–MSY, for example.

While it’s in basic economy with a short layover in Atlanta, you’ll get in with plenty of time to catch John Mayer jam out with Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann the following day. Just pay the rough equivalent of some Crawfish Monica in taxes and fees ($11.20) and you’re golden.

The same flight, if you paid in cash (on a credit card, naturally), is still only $255.

Again, still a very solid deal, especially considering how insanely expensive these flights can get.

If you’d rather pay for regular economy — we know ticket changes and seat selection are important — there are a bunch of options to play around with for a handful thousand more Delta SkyMiles.

I also checked a handful of other cities such as Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD) and Washington, D.C. (DCA), and flights hovered around the same range. No matter where you’re flying from, I’d be willing to bet that this deal won’t be around long.

If you are opting to pay in cash and save your SkyMiles, be sure to pay for your flight on a credit card that earns you bonus points on airfare. Our top picks are The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x points on flights booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel), the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x) and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x).

Book sooner rather than later and laissez les bon temps rouler.

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