Are you having problems finding an affordable room for Jazzfest?
In the last few years, some folks have gotten outstanding deals using the "opaque" online travel booking agents: Priceline and Hotwire. With Priceline NYOP (Name Your Own Price), you offer a price for a hotel, specifying quality level and neighborhood. With Priceline Express Deals and with Hotwire, they show you the discounted price. In both cases, you don't find out the specific hotel until after your offer is accepted and your credit card has been charged.
Do not consider using these services unless you can live with their terms:
What about flights?
Priceline and Hotwire may save you money on flights as well. This is especially true for last-minute bookings, or trips that do not include a Saturday night stay, when direct-booked airfares may be astronomical. What's surprising to me about the hotel savings is that folks are saving 50% or more, even months in advance. I don't know if I'd expect similar airfare savings far in advance. Also, remember that with flights on Priceline, your flight may depart anytime between 6 am and 10 pm, so you can't count on being able to Fest and Fly both on the same day.
Sure, give it a try if you like. Typically rental car savings are much smaller, and the booking fees eat into the savings, especailly for shorter term rentals. On the other hand, unlike hotels, where you may not like the location, or flights, where you may not like the times or connections, all rental cars are pretty much the same, so you don't need to be worried about what company you end up with.
If you do decide to give Priceline a try, please consider using these links. The price you will pay stays the same, and I get a small referral fee, about enough for a beer at the Fairgrounds.
Please click here for Priceline , or use the search box below. Make sure you click the Name Your Own Price or Express Deals link once on the Priceline site.
I'm not a Hotwire affiliate any more, but will still track deal results here.
In fact, the referral fee is given for any Priceline travel purchase - hotel, airfare, rental car - and any destination - not just Jazzfest - so feel free to bookmark this page and use these links for all your Priceline travel, anywhere, anytime. Thanks!
Rates change all the time, so there's no guarantee that these deals will still be available, or that better deals might not be available. And there's no guarantee that the same offer will result in the same hotel for you as others got. Still, these should give some indication of the sorts of offers that these booking sites have been giving.
If you are comfortable with the process and see a price you like, act quickly. Some deals don't last long.
If you book a Jazzfest room throught Hotwire's opaque product, or if you place a Priceline bid (whether accepted or not), please email me at and I'll add your result to the list. The more folks contribute, the better this site will work. Please include all the info on the chart, including booking date and star level.
All rates shown are per night, before taxes and fees.
New: View the latest successful results using RSS, via feed of Swag's Fest Journal: http://swag.livejournal.com/data/rss.
1st weekend dates in Green
2nd weekend dates in Blue
Rejected Priceline bids shown in Orange
For accepted multiple-zone bids, actual hotel zone is in Blue
|Dates of Stay||Bid||Zone||Level||Accepted?||Hotel||Date of Bid|
|Tu 4/21 - Mo 5/04||$112||DT||4*||Express||Royal Crescent (Magnolia)||8/15/19|
Priceline Zone Key - Click to View Map. Zones are occasionally re-drawn. Always double check before bidding, and if you notice any changes, please let me know.
French Quarter Canal St
|Includes the whole Quarter plus an extra block in each direction, from the River to past Rampart St, from past Canal to past Esplanade.|
|From the River to Loyola Ave, between Canal and Poydras St.|
Convention Center & Warehouse Arts District
|From the River to Carondelet, between Poydras St and Andrew Higgins Dr|
|Includes the Garden District along St Charles, from US-90 out to about Jackson Ave.|
New Orleans Airport (MSY)
Metairie - Harahan
New Orleans East
New Orleans West Bank
|Dates of Stay||Rate||Zone||Level||Hotel||Date Booked|
(B) means the hotel shows the Boutique amenity in the Hotwire listing.
Hotwire Zone Key - Click to View Map Zones are occasionally re-drawn. Always double check before bidding, and if you notice any changes, please let me know. When searching, make sure you set the city to "New Orleans, LA" and not "New Orleans, LA (MSY)", or you'll only see the airport and Metairie area hotels.
|FQB||French Quarter / Mississippi River||
From Canal St (including the downtown side of the street) to Esplanade, from the River to between Decatur and Royal.
|FQM||French Quarter / Mississippi River||
From Poydras (including the Hilton) to Esplanade, from between Decatur and Royal to Rampart St.
Roughly from Common St to Poydras and Girod St (including the Superdome area)
Roughly from Poydras St to US 90, from St Charles to the River (including the Convention Center area)
About 5 blocks on either side of St Charles, between US 90 (Ponchatrain Expy) and Napolean Ave.,
Airport - New Orleans International MSY
The Airport area, Kenner
Airport - New Orleans Midtown
From I-10 to around Canal St, from Broad St up to City Park
Across the River, including Harvey, Gretna, Algiers Point
New Orleans East
Around I-10, east of Gentilly
The ratings on the different opaque sites are different. Often, Hotwire rates hotels about one star higher than Priceline does, so a Priceline 3* may be a Hotwire 4*.You can see a list of known Priceline hotels in New Orleans and their star ratings here on the biddingfortravel site.
Past Years' Jazzfest Bidding Results:
Here are results gotten by folks in the past. Rates and success will vary by year, based on the state of the economy, what conventions may be in town, and who the Jazzfest performers are.
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