Fly to New Orleans for as low as $117

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Right now there are multiple U.S. cities with flights to New Orleans for less than $200.

Southwest has routes from Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Denver, while JetBlue has options from New York and Boston.

These options are all for the most basic fare offered by each airline, but they are discounted by up to 65% off their typical price. The longest route is from Boston, coming at just under four hours. Sweet deals and short flights — the ideal combination.

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Deal basics

Airlines: Southwest and JetBlue.
Routes: Chicago, Miami, Denver, Dallas, New York and Boston to New Orleans.
How to book: Directly through the airlines’ sites.
Travel dates: August to December, depending on the route.
Book by: Friday for Boston and New York, or one to two days for the rest of the routes.

Related: Weekend getaway: Heading to the Final Four in New Orleans

Sample flights

There are a lot of routes to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) with discounted flights right now. We’ve just rounded up the best deals from bigger airports as a sample.

If you live in the South near a smaller international airport like Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) or Charleston International Airport (CHS), it may be worth checking Google Flights to see if you come across any cheaper tickets in the next few months, because we’ve noticed some of those too.

Some of the most notable routes to MSY that we’ve found include:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), starting at $117.
Dallas Love Field (DAL), starting at $138.
Midway International Airport (MDW), starting at $138.
Miami International Airport (MIA), starting at $138.
Denver International Airport (DEN), starting at $158.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), starting at $158.

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), starting at $177.

This JFK option is a nonstop JetBlue flight.

(Screenshot from jetblue.com)

JetBlue does not include baggage in its Blue Basic fare, only permitting a single personal item (like a backpack) per person. If you want a bigger carry-on you’ll pay $65 to have it checked at the gate if it’s your first bag.

On the other hand, Southwest includes two checked bags even with its most basic tickets.

Most of the routes in this deal are operated by Southwest, like this option from Miami for $138.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

Here’s another option from Denver starting at $158.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

The Boston flight on JetBlue is the most expensive option in this roundup. Also, if you plan to bring a checked bag that’ll add to the price. However, $177 is close to 42% cheaper than usual, so it’s still a good deal for those located closer to BOS than any other airport.

(Screenshot from jetblue.com)

Most of the options at these discounted rates are direct flights — which is a godsend this summer. You won’t be stressed about the (dare we say it) potential to miss a connection, so you can really relax during your downtime.

Read more: 6 reasons I deliberately planned a 6-hour layover between flights

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, which earns 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year. The Citi Premier® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve earn 3 points per dollar on airfare and the American Express® Gold Card also earns 3 points per dollar on airfare (when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel). The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2 points per dollar on travel. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Bottom line

These prices are hard to come by, especially for flights from this many departure points. New Orleans is a great place to visit, whether it be for the culture or the party life. These discounted flights make it just a little more affordable to see this destination before the year’s out. 

From Boston, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, Denver and Atlanta to New Orleans for less than $200, we’d add this deal to our list of things to check out ASAP.

Also, if you live in the Northeast, remember that Boston’s and New York’s deals only last through Friday.

Featured photo by Stevens Fremont/Getty Images.

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