We put together a great list of money-saving tips for a more affordable #FinCon14…
Conferences can get expensive, especially if you attend more than one a year. It is why we do our best to make FinCon not only affordable, but a great value for the amount you are paying.
We also strive to find ways to make FinCon more affordable than it already is. Besides the meals that come along with your #FinCon14 pass, there are other ways you can save money and still have a great #FinCon14 experience.
Getting to New Orleans
According to a Bureau of Transportation and Statistics report released in January, passengers flying into New Orleans paid $349.38 on average during the 3rd quarter last year.
We’ve been monitoring flight prices, and although it’s still early to book a flight, it’s not a bad idea for you to set a fare watch through a site like Bing or Kayak. You never know when there might be a sale.
Editor’s note: Another tip would be to take advantage of credit card signup bonuses and earn enough reward points or miles to travel for free. This isn’t for everyone, but it’s how I travel for free these days and worth looking into if you’re comfortable leveraging your credit.
Some of you have a cheaper option than flying, though. New Orleans is a Megabus destination with a drop-off site located not too far from the hotel in the French Quarter. In case you haven’t heard, Megabus is not your parents’ generation’s Greyhound. It has modern double-decker buses, free wi-fi on board, reclining seats, and best of all, it’s cheap. For example, a typical Megabus trip from Houston to New Orleans is less than $50/round-trip.
Megabus only has a limited number of routes, so stopping in every city is not a problem either. On the aforementioned trip from Houston to New Orleans, the only stop is Baton Rouge.
If you live in/around Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Houston, Jackson (MS), Memphis, Mobile, Montgomery (AL), Oxford (MS), or San Antonio, you might want to see if Megabus is a good option for you.
Airport Shuttle and More
Upon arrival to the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans, you can take a taxi to the hotel for approximately $33 each way.
If that’s a bit pricy, we’ve also arranged a discounted rate for the New Orleans Airport Shuttle. It’s van-share, like Super Shuttle, and the discounted price is $35/round trip or $20/one way. You can make your reservation here.
If you’re choosing to drive your own car to New Orleans, the hotel has valet parking for $35/day. However, if you’re willing to walk two or three blocks, Premium Parking has a garage on Iberville, and they offer 24-hour parking for $21/day. They also give in/out privileges. If you want to reserve a parking spot in advance, you can book it here.
Hotel and Room Share
We’ve negotiated the rate of $139/night for the conference hotel, the New Orleans Marriott. When you arrive, we think you’ll agree that it is a great deal given the proximity to the French Quarter and the hotel itself.
However, if you want to save even more money on your hotel room, consider sharing a room with one, two, or three roommates. We’ve created a Room Share doc to help you find other attendees who might be interested in room sharing, too. (Note: After you’ve found a roommate, please delete your name so we can keep the document as up-to-date as possible.)
We’ve compiled a list of articles with other useful tips for saving money at FinCon:
- How to do FinCon for cheap – Kylie Ofiu
- How I’m Flying to (and Staying at) FinCon for Free this September – Bald Finance
We look forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans in September!
If you’ve got a tip for a more affordable FinCon, please leave it in the comments below…