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Southwest has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to New Orleans (MSY) for $122, NONSTOP. $61 each-way. Flights March to May. A good amount of Saturday departures. Origin/Destination reversible.
Note: Frontier has slightly cheaper flights with inferior, fee encumbered fares that charge a $60 to $76 dollar fee for to bring a bag. Frontier also has an inferior schedule with only two nonstop flights per week on Thursdays and Sundays. You’ll want to avoid Frontier unless you plan on packing extremely lightly and have rock-solid travel plans already. We don’t consider the Frontier fares to be worthwhile unless they go on sale for less than $55.
Note: Southwest doesn’t charge bag fees, change fees, or cancellation fees. If you’ve already purchased a Southwest ticket, and the fare drops, you can call them to have the difference refunded to you in the form of a travel voucher.
Note: You can save an additional $150 if you purchase your Flight+Hotel together as a package on Southwest Vacations and use the TRAVEL19 coupon-code. Before you commit, always compare the prices of the individual Flights and Hotel with other hotel booking sites like Tripadvisor or HotelsCombined.
- Example Dates: (Southwest / BookingBuddy) Mar 23 – Mar 26 / Apr 06 – Apr 09 / Apr 20 – Apr 23 / May 04 – May 08 / May 05 – May 11 / May 08 – May 14 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own. Use the Fare Calendar on Southwest Airlines.
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- Tips: Vacation rentals on Vrbo are usually cheaper per night for longer stays than shorter stays. This is due to three main factors; The first is that most properties have a cleaning fee that is a fixed rate, the second is that many hosts provide discounts for stays longer than 6-days, the third is that the Vrbo service fee percentage is higher on short stays.
- Tips: You can (and should) sort the Vrbo vacation rental search results by “Total” price. Doing so exposes properties with high fees. For example, a $140 per-night property with $100 fees will rank as being more expensive than a $150 per-night property with $30 fees, when sorted. Sorting by “most reviews” is also a good option, as this will show you the most popular properties.
- Tips: Rent a car for cheaper by using Priceline’s “Express Deals”. The rental car company will be hidden until after you purchase, but this allows those companies to undercut the published rate indirectly. You can remove low quality companies from those hidden results. The trick is to use the quality filter on their website to remove any rental car company with a review rating under 7.0 and then pick the deals that survive the filter.
- Tips: Use Tripadvisor to create a Hotel “short list”. First, plug in your dates and destination. Then select “Sort by Traveler Ranked”. Finally, select the “Traveler Ranking” filter to show “only 4* and up”. Use this resulting “short list” of hotels to find the cheapest one with a high ranking.
- Tips: Hotel rates for Weekend dates are usually higher than the rates for Sunday through Thursday. Tripadvisor has a color-coded date calendar, red when the average hotel price for that day is more expensive, green for less expensive. You can use this to get an overview of what dates in the month are at a discount.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Southwest. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.
Note: OTAs such as Travelocity and Priceline allow free cancellation without penalty within 24-hours after you purchase. As deals sell-out or expire quickly, this policy will allow you to “lock-in” the cheap fare while you sort out a plan. Just keep in mind that after 24-hours, you will not be able to cancel without the regular penalty.
- Previous Lowest Price Average: $193
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