Visiting ARNO

Below is information we hope you find helpful as you make arrangements to volunteer. If questions are not answered here, always check back for updates.

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Getting to New Orleans

Affordable Travel & Rideshares

Please begin by trying to make your own travel arrangements, using the information below and your own contacts and creativity. However, you may also email for help locating affordable travel options or rideshares.


Fly into New Orleans or Baton Rouge.
Rent a vehicle with room for supplies. Vans and SUVs appreciated.

Searching for affordable flights: Often contacting the airline directly will yield the best rates. Talk to them about your volunteer status! Some, such as Delta and Northwest, have been very helpful.

Airline options to search: Always check for their specials available and/or call and ask them if they will give you a special rate due to your rescue volunteer status!


America West & US Airways*:
(Airlines marked with * are discount airlines)

Airfare Bargains:

Posted as available; may expire.

Flight Coupons: Available for United Airlines.
Up to $75 off RT tickets/and fly into N.O. Prices below do not include airport or luggage taxes:
$150-$299 = $25 OFF
$300-$474 = $50 OFF
$475 or more = $75 OFF

Email Lisabeth at if you plan to book a flight on United Airlines and may be able to use these coupons.

Trains & Buses

Amtrak: now operating into New Orleans. Weekly specials often really low. See "Hot Deals" at the top of their home page.

Greyhound: is operating a limited schedule into New Orleans.

Car Rentals

Check for specials available and/or call and ask if they will give you a special rate due to your rescue volunteer status!

New Orleans Airport Shuttle

Stop located outside baggage claim.
See agent at shuttle ticket booth for next available shuttle (they run intermittently).
Cost: $13 one way

To schedule a pickup to return to the airport:
Call 504-522-3500, 24 hours in advance
Cost: $13 one way

Rental Bargains

(posted as found; some may expire) $199 per week for intermediate SUV, Ford Explorer
Deals valid for pickup between August 14-December 15, 2005 at participating
U.S. airport locations.

Car Rental Coupons: Available for Avis, Budget, National, Alamo, Hertz, and Enterprise.
To use coupon send requested information to Lisabeth at
at least one week prior to your departure. You?ll receive coupon via mail to
present at rental agency:

Phone number (best time to call)
Name of rental company
Location of reservation (i.e. New Orleans airport)
Whether reservation has already been made

To use coupons, you must have the coupon number when making reservation (by telephone). You will then present coupon at rental counter when you pick up vehicle. To rent a vehicle, you must have a valid drivers license and a major credit card (a debit card will not work).

Important: If coupon is not used, please mail it back immediately for use by another volunteer.

Discount Sites

For travel, rentals, and hotels. Remember booking through these sites usually makes it difficult, if not impossible, to cancel.


Rooms for Revitalization program sponsored by New Orleans Fine Hotels

In the aftermath of one of our nation’s most severe natural disasters, New Orleans Fine Hotels has launched Rooms for Revitalization to provide special offers on hotel rooms for individuals wishing to volunteer in the Crescent City this summer. We know that one of the biggest hurdles for people coming to volunteer from out of town is housing, and we hope our Rooms for Revitalization program will make the decision to visit and volunteer easier for you.

How does Rooms for Revitalization work?
Anyone wishing to visit and volunteer in New Orleans between May and September 2006 will receive their third night free of charge at any one of the nine New Orleans Fine Hotel properties. Other offers are available, for example, book five nights and receive two nights free. continue reading

New Orlean's Vacation Rentals
Listing of N.O. vacation rentals still in
operation. Some as low as $75 per night. Inexpensive if shared. Individual
owners post places, so worth asking if they'll offer discount to volunteers.


Some hotels in New Orleans or Metairie are open.
Research sites:

Volunteers in NOLA Have Told Us About...

Days Inn, in Harvey ($99; sharing makes it reasonable) 504-366-8531

Quality Inn, in Gretna ($112; Two beds) 504-366-8531

Wyndham New Orleans, 504-566-7006

Chateau Hotel, 504-524-9636 1001 Chartres Street, New Orleans

Creole Gardens Guest House Bed and Breakfast
1415 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Toll Free 1 866 773-8700
Phone 1 504 569-8700
Fax 1 504 525-6555

Joe & Flo's Candlelight Hostel, in French Quarter ($50.00 per night)
Free bus service that runs from 5am - 6pm daily, and goes right by the hostel.
1129 N. Robertson Street, New Orleans

Real Adventures

Other New Orleans Hostels & Budget Hotels

Hostel World

Other Research

Search for rideshares: Look under your own cit'?s page, any cities nearby,
and the New Orleans page. Search the "Volunteers" section, the "Pets"
section, and the "Rideshare" section.
Search for rideshares: Search the "Volunteers" section, the "Pets" section,
and the "Transportation" section.

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