June 26, 2012 16:47 ET Launches the Big Easy Upgrade -- Free "Lagniappe" for Travelers

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - Jun 26, 2012) - Oysters on the half-shell and a cold beer. Gumbo. Pralines. is all about "lagniappe" -- a little something extra for visitors. With the brand new Big Easy Upgrade, travelers who book a hotel, tour or activity on automatically receive vouchers for free food and drink from some of the city's top restaurants, bars and shops.

"Southern hospitality is the cornerstone of our business. The Big Easy Upgrade is 'lagniappe' -- our way of welcoming visitors with a taste of New Orleans," says Bo White, President of "It's just one of many ways separates itself from the pack of other online travel sites. With our Best Rate Guarantee, travelers automatically pay the best published rates on hotels, and the Big Easy Upgrade adds more value -- you pay the same price, but you get more for your money."

Chosen from a select group of popular restaurants, bars and shops favored by locals, the current Big Easy Upgrade partners include:

  • A FREE half-dozen raw oysters and a FREE draft beer from New Orleans Seafood and Hamburger Company (541 Decatur St.).
  • A FREE praline, plus 15% off purchase at Royal Praline Company (300 Royal St.).
  • A FREE bowl of gumbo from Vacherie (827 Toulouse St.) at Hotel St. Marie.

And, to top things off, will buy customers a shot of moonshine at Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas St.), the city's premier Cajun restaurant from James Beard award-winning chefs Donald Link and Steven Stryjewski.

Click here for more details about the Big Easy Upgrade:

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