Plan Your Trip

New Orleans Is Among the  Top 15 U.S. Cities!

Travel and Leisure has ranked New Orleans #4!

This year New Orleans will celebrate its 300th birthday! To prepare for all the excitment, visit New Orleans, 24/7 since 1718.

You're invited to celebrate NAMI New Orleans' 40th Ruby Anniversary aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler boat. Tickets can be purchased at registration. For more details, visit NAMI-New-Orleans-40th-Anniversary-Celebration-Invitation.

Flying to New Orleans

IMPORTANT information for convention travelers.

Traveling with your Emotional Support Animal?

If you are traveling with an emotional support animal, please be aware that some airlines have recently updated their policies regarding advance notification, documentation and other requirements for approval of service animals on planes. We recommend you visit airline websites or call for details well in advance of our planned travel.

What is REAL ID?

Before leaving for the airport, please check if your drivers licence meets the Department of Homeland Security's REAL ID standards or be prepared to present another form of acceptable identification when  flying to New Orleans. 

REAL ID is part of legislation passed in May 2005 to make all states comply with upgraded ID requirements such as bar codes and other machine-readable formats, holograms, and anti-forgery technology. 

Starting January 22, 2018, travelers who do not have a license from a compliant state or a state that has been granted an extension (a complete list of non-compliant states/ territories can be found here) will be asked to provide alternate acceptable identification. If the traveler cannot provide an acceptable form of identification, they will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.

Discount tickets: Convention attendees are entitled to discounted tickets when booking flights with the following airlines.

Delta Air Lines

NAMI meeting discount code is NMRDD. Reservations and ticketing are available via

Select Book Your Flight and this will bring you to the Book A Flight page. Enter the meeting code in the box provided.

Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328- 1111, Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm CDT.

United Airlines

Visit and enter ZEJY637247 in the Offer Code box, when searching for your flight.

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at 800-426-1122 Mon-Fri 8am – 10pm ET and Sat/Sun 8am – 6pm ET.

Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. Please give them the following information:  Z Code ZEJY and Agreement Code 637247.

Please note that travel must be booked between 6/21/2018-7/4/2018 in order to receive the discount. 

Where to Stay

Convention Headquarter Hotel
Located on Canal Street in the heart of New Orleans the Sheraton New Orleans is offering an exclusive discount of $159/night* for attendees to the 2018 NAMI National Convention. 

To take advantage of this special price, click the hotel link on the convention confirmation page after you've registered. You will be asked for a one night deposit when reserving your room.

*Standard single/double room. State and local taxes are additional.


Getting to New Orleans 

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (airport code MSY) services the New Orleans area. Information about airport transportation options is available at Transportation and Parking Info.

The Sheraton New Orleans offers special guest transportation options at My Airport Trip.

Additionally, Uber, UberPool, & Lyft apps all provide services to the airports and throughout the New Orleans area. 

Things to Do in New Orleans

New Orleans is a magical place with a unique culture and way of life. To make the most of your stay Visit New Orleans for information about tours of historic neighborhoods, great dinning, music, art and culture.