Who doesn't like saving money when they're traveling? We know we do! That's why when we spot a travel package, we can't resist clicking on it and checking it out.

But are hotel packages a good thing? What are the pros? What are the cons?

The pro of a hotel package is pretty obvious: When you make a room reservation and something else (like a shuttle to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport), you save money! Its win/win, isn't it? Most of the time, the answer is yes! However, it's always a good idea to do your homework. You need to do the math and make sure that you're really saving money. The hotels that we recommend on Best New Orleans Hotels don't do this, but when I've been traveling in other states and I have come across hotel packages that aren't really deals.

Popular New Orleans Hotel Packages

Free Airport Shuttle At Royal St. Charles
Coming to New Orleans via plane? Reserve a superior king room and you'll receive a free shuttle ride to and from the hotel. Book a superior double and you'll get a vouchers for two.

1/2 Off Valet Parking At The Royal St. Charles
Parking in New Orleans isn't always easy and it can get expensive quickly if you want a parking spot that isn't a mile from the hotel. Royal St. Charles offers valet parking and if you reserve a superior double or king, you'll get half off valet parking. That's $15 off per night that you stay! That savings can add up quickly.

50% Off Creole Queen Paddle Wheeler River Cruise At The Ambassador
Planning on exploring the Mississippi River? Stay in select rooms at the Ambassador and you'll get a half off voucher for a trip on the Creole Queen. Want to experience their jazz dinner cruise? They have a discounted package for that too.

Free Valet Parking At The Ambassador
Who doesn't like free? Stay in a Superior King room at the Ambassador and you'll get free valet parking.

You must book directly with the hotels for these specials. You can check out all of the details as their website.

It's all further proof that goes back to one of our earlier articles. It's always a good idea to book directly with the hotel, and not some giant third party site.

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