Last Minute Flights to New Orleans

New Orleans is a popular tourism hotspot in the United States renowned for its jazz scene, iconic streetcars, distinct culture, rich cuisine and infectious spirit. Take cheap flights to New Orleans to enjoy vacation in a magnificent city which is ready to delight you with its museums, art galleries, restaurants and happening nightlife.

With over a hundred festivals, Big Easy invariably continues to attract millions of tourists throughout the year. With flights to New Orleans starting $99 from FlyOfinder, embark on an enjoyable, fun-filled holiday that you must have been waiting for long! 

Flying to New Orleans

Airport

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Airport Code

MSY

High Season

January to May

Low Season

June to September

Cheapest Month to Fly

September

Most Expensive Month to Fly

April

Best Time to Fly

February to April

Cheapest Day to Fly

Tuesday

Most Expensive Day to Fly

Friday

Cheapest Time of Day to Fly

Morning

Most Expensive Time of Day to Fly

Noon

Time Zone

Central Standard Time (GMT -6)

Must see Places in New Orleans

St. Louis Cathedral: The St. Louis Cathedral is North America’s oldest cathedral and one of the most recognizable landmarks of New Orleans. It was originally built in the early 1700s and continues to hold religious services, cultural events and free concerts. The interiors are lavishly decorated and breathtaking.

National WWII Museum: The National WWII Museum is a great place to know about the history of World War 2. The museum showcases an impressive collection of artifacts related to the war. The museum in fact offers a great learning experience with its educational films as well.

Cabildo: The Cabildo was built in 1799 as the seat of the Spanish government when New Orleans was under the Spanish rule. Later, the Cabildo also served as City hall and the Supreme Court. However, the Cabildo is presently home to the Louisiana State Museum, proividing insight into Louisiana’s history through colonial-era paintings and Native American objects.

The ‘Crescent City’ and ‘Big Easy’ as New Orleans is often called, offers diverse attractions for people of all ages. Some of the major places of tourist interest which are a must-visit in New Orleans include New Orleans Museum of Art, Chalmette Battlefield, Backstreet Cultural Museum, Frenchmen Street, Studio Be, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Steamboat Natchez, Jean Lafitte National Park, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Louisiana Children's Museum and Mardi Gras World.

Best Time to Fly to New Orleans

The months from February to May are the best time for taking flights to New Orleans. This is the time when most of the major festivals are held. Festivals like Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are the most famous of them all attracting tourists in large numbers.

Book last minute flights to New Orleans right away if you are planning to be a part of Mardi Gras festivities currently going from February to March. Apart from these two festivals, other key events held during this period include French Quarter Festival (April) and New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May).

Getting Around in New Orleans

New Orleans is a city with small and compact neighborhoods, and thus can be easily navigated on foot. However, navigation in the Big Easy isn’t a problem at all. There are varied transportation options. You can consider taking the famous streetcars, buses, bikes, taxis and rental cars. When arriving at the New Orleans airport, it’s better to take the Airport Shuttle to reach downtown New Orleans, which is at a distance of 15 miles from each other.

Best Things to Do in New Orleans

Enjoying a vacation in one of the oldest and greatest cities ever in the USA is a unique experience in itself. It’s no wonder that New Orleans offers lots of things to do and see to the quintessential visitors.

  • Begin your tour to the vibrant neighborhood of French Quarter to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in New Orleans. Also called Vieux Carré, the French Quarter is a National Historic Landmark and also the heart and soul of this wonderful city
  • Consider taking a walking tour of the Garden District, situated nearly 3 miles southwest of the French Quarter, to catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful homes in New Orleans. The historic neighborhood is dotted with gardens, beautiful houses and architecture
  • Enjoy wildlife sightings by taking a swamp tour. In fact, New Orleans owes its existence to the bayous, a mix of freshwater and saltwater. The swamp tour provides an opportunity to see alligators, deer, shrimp and crawfish. Avoid visiting during winter as there will be fewer wildlife sightings
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at the expansive 1,300-acre City Park prominently featuring a 12-acre New Orleans Botanical Garden with 2,000 different varieties of plants, an 18-hole golf course, two football stadiums, 12 soccer fields and 26 tennis courts. The City Park is also home to the largest grove of mature live oaks in the world. It’s surely a quiet place for spending few hours
  • Explore family-friendly Audubon Nature Institute, which is home to a zoo, a butterfly garden and insectarium, an aquarium, a golf course, and the Entergy Giant Screen Theater. This massive facility with varied attractions is great favourites with the kids

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Frequently Asked Questions

The airlines offering direct flights to New Orleans from different parts of the world include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Allegiant Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Air Transat, Allegiant Air, Air Canada, British Airways, Copa Airlines and Condor.

The flights to New Orleans will generally depend on your origin airport. If you are taking flights from New Orleans to Washington or Chicago then the duration will be of around 3 hours, while flights from New Orleans to New York, Boston or Los Angeles will be of about 4 hours.

New Orleans is generally one of the cheaper tourist hotspot when compared to other important tourist cities in the USA, except during the busiest Mardi Gras week when everything is costly. However, you will find your stay in New Orleans of great value and within your budget. You can find great meals even at lower prices.

If you are planning to explore and stay in the French Quarter for a day, seeing local museums, eating amazing NOLA food, sightseeing and outdoors, and enjoy jazz music, then you should consider spending at least 4 days in New Orleans during your holidays.

When flying to New Orleans for a vacation you will need to spend around $191 per day, on average. A day’s meal will cost $36 and local transportation expenses will be $41. This is excluding your accommodation cost. The average hotel room for a couple will be priced at $200.

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