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Hotel Reservation Information

As an ALA attendee or exhibitor, you are eligible for special hotel rates. You can only make reservations at the ALA rates by booking through the ALA Travel Desk.

Online housing is now open.

ITS Group is ALA’s travel management company for both hotel and airline reservations. To reach the ALA travel desk, please call 1-800-974-9833 or 847-282- 2529 and identify yourself as an attendee or exhibitor of the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The ALA travel desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

Hotel reservation requests will be accepted until April 28, 2006, subject to availability. Rates are quoted for the room, not per person, and all rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Special rates are available only when you book directly with the ALA travel desk. All rooms are subject to applicable tax, currently at 14.9% for hotel tax. All requests must include six choices. Make sure to give accurate dates of arrival and departure for everyone occupying the requested room. Please note that the ALA travel desk does not assume the responsibility of pairing guests for double occupancy or in multiple housing units.

After April 28, 2006, the ALA travel desk will continue to make reservations on a space available basis only (i.e., book early to get the hotel of your choice).

Hotel confirmations, cancellations or changes
Confirmation of the room reservation will be acknowledged by the travel desk and sent within 72 hours. If you have any questions regarding your reservation, or to make changes or cancellations, contact the ALA Travel Desk at 1-800-974-9833 or 847-282-2529, not the hotel. A first night’s room and tax deposit (payable by credit card) is required to hold hotel reservations. Your first night’s deposit is refundable with at least a 72 hour cancellation notification to the hotel, prior to the day of your arrival. Check your confirmation for details on your hotel’s policy.

Airline Reservations and Discount Information

The ALA travel desk has negotiated exclusive airfare discounts to New Orleans for all ALA members and exhibitors.

United Airlines is offering special meeting discounts for attendees of the ALA Annual Conference. Simply call (or have your travel agent call) our Special Meeting Desk at 1-800-521-4041 and refer to Meeting ID Number 502CQ to receive a 10% discount off applicable fares, including First Class. If you purchase your ticket at least 30 days prior to travel, you will receive an additional 5% discount. This special offer applies to travel on domestic segments of all United Airlines, United Express, TED and United code share flights (UA*) operated by US Airways, US Airways Express and Air Canada. THERE ARE NO FEES TO USE THIS 800 Number.

International attendees will receive a 10% discount off the lowest applicable fare (excluding First Class), or a 15% discount off the fully refundable, unrestricted coach fare when they call their local United Airlines reservation number and refer to meeting ID number xxxxx. An additional 5% discount will apply when tickets are purchased at least 60 days in advance of your travel dates. Discounts apply to United and Lufthansa (code share) flights.

Purchase your ticket online at and receive a 10% discount off the lowest applicable fares. After you link to, enter your origin and destination, travel dates and your promotion code number, 502CQ; then we’ll display the available flights. Flights that qualify for the discount will be clearly identified with a green star symbol, which means that the itinerary is "electronic certificate eligible." When you select an electronic certificate eligible flight, we will automatically calculate and present your discounted fare. This special offer applies to flights to or from the US only. There are no fees for booking on line. Note the CODE 502CQ is case sensitive and the characters need to be capitalized.

To check schedules and to take advantage of this offer, please visit

Delta Air Lines has partnered with the American Library Association for association member and staff travel. Confirming your reservations via Delta.Com, Delta Air Lines is offering the ALA members:

  • 5% discount in Economy (excluding fares booked in K, L, U, T, I, A, D)
  • 10% discount is being offered for First Class fares
  • 1,000 SkyMile frequent flyer bonus points
  • No service transaction fees
  • Skip the airport lines; issue boarding passes and check-in on-line
  • Re-issue tickets
  • Redeem E-Vouchers
  • Redeem SkyMile frequent flyer awards
  • Manage your itinerary on your own 24/7
Visit the Delta website and make bookings and get your discount.

Airport Shuttle Reservations

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Airport Express, the airport and hotel shuttle in New Orleans wants to make sure they are fully staffed for ALA’s arrival in June. So to avoid long waits for yourself and other ALA attendees and save $2 on a round trip ticket, please make your reservations in advance for your shuttle ride to and from the airport. It’s easy, just click the link and follow the instructions. Avoid the wait and any delays...reserve your place in advance.
Please note: You will be charged for your shuttle when you make the reservation.

Train and Bus Travel to New Orleans

Amtrak: three Amtrak train routes terminate in or pass through New Orleans at 1001 Loyola Avenue. For reservations or information, contact Amtrak at 800-872-7245 or go online at

Greyhound: all Greyhound buses arrive and depart from the station at 1001 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans. For information, contact Greyhound at 800-229-9424 or go online at

Rental cars

ALA has negotiated exclusive rates with Avis for rental cars during the meeting. For rates and reservations call 800-331-1600 or access the website at You must mention the Avis Worldwide Discount Number (AWD), D005980, when calling or using the website to receive the special discount.

ALA Shuttle Bus Service - Sponsored by Thomson Gale

Free shuttle buses, sponsored by Thomson Gale, will operate between all participating hotels and the Morial Convention Center during the conference. Complimentary bus service is provided by Thomson Gale. Don’t forget to stop by their booth and say thanks for the lift!

Shuttles will run Friday-Tuesday, between the Morial Convention Center and all ALA hotels. , and will be published in Cognotes (the daily show newspaper available during the conference) and will be available onsite. The service includes accessible buses on all routes upon request. A phone number to make reservations will be available closer to the Conference.

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