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 excitement, visit New Orleans, 24/7 since 1718.

SOLD OUT. You're invited to celebrate NAMI New Orleans' 40th Ruby Anniversary aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler boat. 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 license 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
The Sheraton New Orleans is the convention headquarters hotel. The Sheraton is sold out of NAMI's room block. 

Overflow Hotels
New Orleans Marriott, located across the street from the Sheraton, has limited number of rooms available at $159/night*.

The Whitney Hotel, located at 610 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, is a 6-minute walk from the Sheraton. The special NAMI room rate is $109/night* and a one-night room deposit is required.

To take advantage of these special prices, click the hotel link on the convention confirmation email you receive after you've registered. These rates are available until June 6, 2018, or until it sells out. 

The Whitney Hotel Cancellation Policy: Two-night minimum stay is required. Reservations must be cancelled 7 days prior to the date of arrival. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival will forfeit the one-night deposit.

*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.