World Balloon rides
World Balloon
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Albuquerque's Original Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Balloon Rides in Albuquerque for Over 40 Years!

Missing a balloon flight in Albuquerque would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower!

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The city of Albuquerque has the distinction of being "The Balloon Capital of the World", because of the beautiful flying conditions, being home to over 300 balloon pilots, and hosting the largest balloon event anywhere. Every October, for nine days, hundreds of balloons fill the sky during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. In fact, the founder of World Balloon, Sid Cutter, was also the founder of the Fiesta, so it's no surprise that World Balloon has been, and continues to be

Albuquerque's #1 "Go-to" place for balloon rides!

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Professionalism and Safety

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Our FAA certified commercial/instructor pilots are seasoned, professional experts in hot air balloon flight. Each World Balloon pilot has an excellent FAA safety record. In keeping with FAA regulations, which hot air balloon pilots are required to do, each pilot undergoes a rigorous training program in order to earn his/her pilot license through the FAA. Each pilot must then "renew" their ratings every two years by taking a required Flight Review (exam) administered by an FAA commercial balloon pilot. We value our passengers' safety as well as our own, and thanks to strict federal regulations, hot air ballooning is one of the safest forms of aviation today.

Why Fly with World Balloon

  • We meet all of our passengers directly at our dedicated launch site. This saves you significant time in the morning and allows you to begin the rest of your day quicker after the flight.
  • Unlike our competition, we DO NOT charge you in advance for your reservation. Others will charge non-refundable booking fees, so even if the weather cancels your flight, you are left holding the bag. We don't believe that is right. When you book with us, you pay when you fly. Please call us at 505-293-6800 for more details so that you don't end up paying for a flight that may get weathered out.
  • We are fully licensed and insured. All of our pilots are FAA certified commercial pilots with many, many years of experience. Our pilots are some of the safest in the industry and as a result, we are proud to say we have a perfect safety record. We can emphatically make a statement like this because we are very conservative in our flight decision making, and if the weather conditions aren't right, we will cancel the flight. We have a very strict operations guide that all of our pilots must follow that defines what we will fly in and what we won't. This ensures there is no ambiguity in flight decision making and ensures your safety remains our top priority in everything we do.
  • We are NOT the largest balloon ride operator in Albuquerque. This is intentional. This guarantees you won't get lost in the crowd. We focus on you to ensure you have the highest quality experience possible. We could be bigger, but we don't want to lose the personal attention that it takes to deliver a World Class experience.
  • We maintain a City of Albuquerque business license so that we can operate legally within the city, We also have an A+ rating with the BBB, are members of the Balloon Federation of America and the Professional Ride Operator Division as well as the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additionally, no one has a higher percentage of 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor or Yelp than we do. The reviews will speak for themselves.
  • We carry the best insurance available in the industry. If you would like to see a copy of our policy, please call us and we will gladly email you a copy of our insurance.

World Balloon's commitment to safety is always foremost.

  • World Balloon is a zero tolerance workplace. All of our pilots, crew and office staff are subject to random drug screenings.
  • We will not fly in unsafe conditions.
  • Our equipment requires a full FAA inspection annually or every 100 hours (which ever comes first) by FAA certified aircraft inspectors.
  • Before every flight our Pilot and ground crew inspect the balloon, envelope, rigging and gondola.
  • Watch us prepare for flight and you'll see the many safety checks we make.
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Flight Pricing

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All balloon flight options are listed below

 

The Flight Experience

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Your adventure begins at sunrise when you arrive at the launch site in time to watch us inflate the balloon. Shortly after the sun rises over the Sandia Mountains, we will lift off for a peaceful journey down the Rio Grande Valley lasting approximately one hour. After your flight, when your feet find their way back to earth, the World Balloon crew will be there to greet you and help you celebrate your voyage with the traditional champagne (or sparkling cider) toast, light continental breakfast, commemorative flight certificate suitable for framing, and memories to last a lifetime.

Are you ready to join us?

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Special Offers

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This special applies to Champagne Balloon Rides only. Not valid during Balloon Fiesta. Can not be combined with any other discount or special offer.

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10% discount for all of those who have served in the Military, Fire, Police or EMT services.

We will never forget, and are grateful for your service. The least we can do is offer anyone currently serving, or who has served a 10% discount for them and any other adults accompanying them. Discount only applies to military, police, fire and EMT. You must provide proof of service in the form of a military ID, DD214, a badge or ID card. Should you not have this proof on flight day, the discount will have to be removed and full price of flight will be charged.

Flight Restrictions

  • We require a minimum of four (4) passengers in any one balloon to fly. All flights are group flights, so you will likely be with other guests to ensure we have at least 4 people per balloon.
  • A minimum of two (2) passengers are required for any Private flight. 
  • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children must be at least 8 years old and 50" tall.
  • Weight limit of 250 lbs. / person or 430 lbs. / couple applies
  • Pregnant women may not fly 
  • Anyone having recent surgery, broken bones, or joint replacement within the past two years may not fly.
    (We still recommend you clear any issues with your doctor prior to flying.)
  • All flights are weather dependent.
  • All passengers are required to read and sign our Passenger Release (PDF)
Download it here

Policies

Flight Certificate Delivery

All flight certificates are emailed within 24 hours of order receipt. If you are unable to receive and/or print the flight certificates via email, please call us and we will mail the certificates via US Postal service. When US Postal Service delivery is requested, we will ship them within 48 hours of order receipt.

Passenger Check-in on flight day

Once your reservation is completed, and you have received a confirmation from us, you are confirmed for that days flight. Your check-in time is included in the email confirmation you received. If anything changes on your end, please call us. If something changes on our end, such as weather, we will call you at the contact number you have provided. It is your responsibility to ensure we have a valid contact phone number and you are available. Please arrive at the given meeting location on time. We will leave for the launch site approximately 10 minutes after the meeting time. If you are not present, it will be considered a no-show. Please see the policy below on no-shows. If the weather changes after you check-in, and it becomes unsafe to fly, we will contact you to let you know as soon as a decision is made. We will then work with you to reschedule.

Scheduling Flight Certificates

Once you purchase flight certificates, we will mail the certificates and other documents via United States Postal Service. Present the flight certificates and other paperwork to whomever you intend to give the ride to and have them contact us to schedule. Since we have no clue who you give them to, we will not contact you to schedule. It is your responsibility to make sure the recipient contacts us to schedule their ride. Please have your calendar handy so we can pick a mutually agreeable time when you contact us. If we are unable to fly the first opportunity for any reason, you can contact us to reschedule at your convenience.

Refund Policy

All of our flight certificates are fully refundable at any time prior to check-in for your first scheduled flight. All refunds will be issued to the original purchaser in the original purchase method (Credit card purchases will be refunded via the same credit card) if possible. If not, a refund will be issued via company check. No refunds will be issued to no-shows, those that show up intoxicated or anyone who has forfeited their flight certificate for any reason covered in these policies. Additionally, no refund will be granted after one (1) year of no contact either from the time of initial sale, or for one (1) year after a cancellation of a flight. This does not mean the flight is forfeited, even if you call us after not hearing from you for more than 1 year, we will still schedule the flight and honor the certificate. It is just no longer eligible for a refund. Please note though that we dispose of all records after ten (10) years. Flight certificates are considered abandoned and are discarded after ten (10) years of no contact and are then considered forfeited.

In short, just stay in touch with us so we can get your ride accomplished. We want to fly someone for every certificate sold and will work with you however possible to make it happen, but honestly, after 10 years of not hearing from you, we are going to give up.

No-Show Policy

No-shows is anyone who failed to show up for a flight after reserving and checking in. No-shows have a substantial impact on our business. As a result of no-shows we either flew an aircraft only partially full, or we didn't fly at all. Either way we incurred the same expense to fly whether we were able to fly you or not, therefore a no-show will result in a forfeiture of your flight fee or deposit and we will consider our obligation for that flight to be fulfilled. No refund will be possible since we incurred the cost of the flight in your absence. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for arrival at the meeting location, and call us if you are running late.

Weather Cancellation Policy

Even in Albuquerque, weather is always a concern and does force cancellations and rescheduling of flights. If it clearly isn't going to be flyable for your date and time, we will tell you when you call to check-in. If all appears well, or we aren't sure, we will schedule the flight. If the weather changes after check-in and becomes unsafe to fly, we will call you to cancel and reschedule the flight at the next available opportunity. Please make sure we have a recent phone number to contact you. If we cancel your flight due to weather, simply call us to reschedule your flight.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight there is no charge. If you cancel with less than the required notice, fail to call to check-in, or fail to show up the morning of your flight, we will charge the full amount to the card on file as a cancellation fee, or your flight certificate will be considered forfeited. Should we cancel for weather or safety concerns, we will call you to let you know. Even if you have already called to check-in, we will still call if anything changes. Of course, should we cancel, you will have the option of rescheduling or incurring no charges at all.

Payment Options

We are pleased to accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and cash.

FAQs

Are we insured?
We are insured by an American-owned, A+ rated insurance company.
What time are the balloon flights?
We meet about 30 min. before sunrise. Click here for a sunrise chart, find your month and day. The exact meeting time will be included with your balloon ride confirmation.
Where do we meet?
The address to our meeting location is: 6390 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. ( Map)
Where will the balloon land?
A balloon flight is dependent on wind speed and direction. Every flight is different and our landing sites vary.
What should I wear?
Ballooning is an outdoor sport activity, so you should wear whatever you feel comfortable in and the type of clothing that you would expect to wear for a walk in the countryside on the day you fly. For women, climbing into the gondola will be very awkward in a dress or skirt. It is strongly recommended that all shoes worn should have flat soles. Please do not wear flip-flops or open-toed shoes.
Can I take a camera?
Absolutely, there is always plenty to photograph both prior to the flight, during and afterwards. You may bring a video camera also. We recommend that you have a suitable soft case, including carry strap, with you to stow and protect the camera during the landing. Bring extra memory cards and batteries. Panoramic cameras are nice for scenery.

Please Read Before you Buy

You will hear all kinds of crazy things when you start shopping for a balloon ride. Some of the things we hear that are shared with potential guests are just completely wrong, some are bold faced lies, and some of the stuff is just downright comical. Our view has always been that part of our responsibility is to educate anyone who is looking for a balloon ride, and help them make an educated and informed decision on who to fly with, even if they don't in the end choose us.

Here are the facts:

Fact: All balloon ride companies are required to have F.A.A. certified commercial pilots in order to fly passengers for hire, It's the law.

Fact: All balloons are inspected annually or every 100 hours, whichever comes first to the exact same safety and maintenance standards as a brand new aircraft, regardless of the age of the aircraft, It's the law.

Some things to watch out for:

  1. Make sure the company you are speaking with actually owns and operates their own balloons and isn't just a certificate reseller. There are MANY scams out there on the internet that will sell you a flight certificate they never intend to honor just to get your money. We have always owned and operated our own fleet of balloons and do not honor any 3rd party flight certificates.
  2. Assuming they own their own aircraft as mentioned in item 1, and if you are buying a flight certificate, always ask if it is refundable, transferable, and if it has an expiration date! Our flight certificates do not expire, and are refundable up to your first scheduled flight date or one year from purchase.
  3. If the company you are researching charges non-refundable booking fees, or requires you to pay a portion of the flight up front as the only option for booking with them, we urge extreme caution. While it is customary to get a credit card number to hold/confirm a reservation in case of someone not showing up, it is not customary to require a non-refundable booking fee or to pre-charge for the entire flight as the only option for booking a reservation. While we do sell flight certificates to be used at a later date, we do NOT charge any booking fees or charge up front for reservations. You should not be required to prepay to make a reservation.
  4. What are their policies for rescheduling and cancellations due to weather? Mother nature never listens, we all know that. We DO NOT charge in advance for reservations. If we are canceled due to weather, you can either reschedule or incur no charges at all. Our check-in and no-show policies do apply though, so read through those.

Balloon Flight Vouchers

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Voucher Info

Flight Vouchers make the perfect birthday, Christmas, anniversary, wedding, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, graduation or Valentine gift. They are emailed within 24 hours, and are fully refundable at any time prior to check-in for your first scheduled flight.

Champagne Flight Vouchers and Private Flight Vouchers are emailed within 24 hours of order receipt. If you are unable to receive and/or print the flight certificates via email, please call us and we will mail the certificates via US Postal service. When US Postal Service delivery is requested, we will ship them within 48 hours of order receipt.

All of our flight certificates are fully refundable at any time prior to check-in for your first scheduled flight. All refunds will be issued to the original purchaser in the original purchase method (Credit card purchases will be refunded via the same credit card) if possible. If not, a refund will be issued via company check. No refunds will be issued to no-shows, those that show up intoxicated or anyone who has forfeited their flight certificate for any reason covered in these policies. Additionally, no refund will be granted after one (1) year of no contact either from the time of initial sale, or for one (1) year after a cancellation of a flight. This does not mean the flight is forfeited, even if you call us after not hearing from you for more than 1 year, we will still schedule the flight and honor the certificate. It is just no longer eligible for a refund. Please note though that we dispose of all records after ten (10) years. Flight certificates are considered abandoned and are discard after ten (10) years of no contact and are then considered forfeited.

In short, just stay in touch with us so we can get your ride accomplished. We want to fly someone for every certificate sold and will work with you however possible to make it happen, but honestly, after 10 years of not hearing from you, we are going to give up.

Once you have your flight certificates, present the flight certificates and other paperwork to whomever you intend to give the ride to and have them contact us to schedule. Since we have no clue who you give them to, it is your responsibility to make sure the recipient contacts us to schedule their ride with a calendar handy. If we are unable to fly the first opportunity for any reason, they can contact us to reschedule at their convenience.

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Our Location

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Our meeting location is easy to find.

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Cinnamon Morning Bed & Breakfast

Cinnamon Morning Bed & Breakfast

Located in the heart of Albuquerque, minutes from the airport, historic Old Town, museums and local attractions.

The outdoor cantina, the restful garden courtyard with kiva fireplace, and the bright, colorful Southwestern decor will welcome you. But, it is the warmth and depth of Sue's hospitality and her gourmet breakfasts that make you realize you have found your Southwest oasis.

2700 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
(Tel) 505-345-3541
Cinnamon Morning Website

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