Summertime in the Big Easy brings a lot of heat, but it also brings bargains:
*The International House is offering the Red Hot Summer Special, with nightly rates starting at $89 in July and $79 in August. Rates are based on availability, and blackout dates apply. Specify package when booking. 800-633-5770; ihhotel.com.
*The Royal Sonesta Hotel is offering a French Quarter Fling promo, with nightly rates starting at $99 for double occupancy, including champagne and a coupon book worth more than $150 for local restaurants and attractions. Use promotion code FQF when booking. 504-586-0300; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans.
*Hotel New Orleans' Summer Sizzler package has rates starting at $89 per night, Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 for standard or king rooms (with free continental breakfast for two, free parking). Blackout dates are Aug. 9-14. 888-524-1881; hotelneworleansconventioncenter.com.
*The New Orleans Marriott's Summer Getaways promotion offers nightly rates starting at $109. The offer is valid for Friday through Sunday stays through Sept. 30. A 14-day nonrefundable advance purchase is required. Use promotional code ADV when booking. 888-364-1200; marriott.com.
*Save 10 percent off rates at the Prince Conti Hotel with the Summer Delights promotion. Use access code Delight when booking. Info: 800-366-2743; princecontihotel.com.
*The COOLinary New Orleans celebration through Aug. 31 means that three-course menus are available for $20 and less per person for lunch and $30 and less for dinner. The offer is available at 28 restaurants, including Bayona, Brennan's, Commander's Palace and Tujague's. Go to coolinaryneworleans.com.
*Jazz fans will enjoy the eighth annual Satchmo Summerfest, which runs July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Old U.S. Mint. The festival celebrates the life and music of Louis Armstrong with music, a Second Line Parade, a Jazz Mass, seminars and food. Most events are free. 800-673-5725; satchmosummerfest.com.
Tom Parsons is publisher of Bestfares.com.