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!
World Balloon is Albuquerque's original hot air balloon ride, being in business for 43 years and counting. We fly each day, meeting just before sunrise. A typical World Balloon ride in Albuquerque will take you over the Rio Grande valley and may include the river itself, with El Bosque (the forest) on either side. You'll enjoy views of the Sandia Mountains, the mountains surrounding the high desert, and maybe even the Petroglyph National Monument depending on the winds that particular day. Our rides range in length from 45 minutes to an hour, but they may go as long as an hour and a half depending on weather and available landing sites.
All balloon flight options are listed below
The Champagne Flight - our most popular - takes place in a hot air balloon that may carry up to 12 passengers.
All the amenities of our popular Champagne Flight in complete privacy. This is the perfect flight option for marriage proposals!
World Balloon flies two flights each morning during the Balloon Festival October 6-14, 2018.
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Enter Discount Code: 2018 when booking or purchasing to receive $60 Off adult rates.
Our balloon flight gift vouchers don't expire making them the perfect gift that will be remembered forever!
* Adult fares only. This Special Offers can not be combined with any other specials, discounts, or 3rd party offers.
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.
* Kids pricing ONLY available when purchasing from worldballoon.com.
* Kids must be accompanied by a fare paying adult.
* Kids discounts and Special Offers can not be combined with any other specials, discounts, or 3rd party offers.
All passengers must be able to climb in and out of the basket, stand for the entire flight, and possibly walk out of a field if necessary. We cannot fly any passenger who has had recent surgeries or broken bones, hip or knee replacements in the past two years, is pregnant, or is unable to stand for the duration of the flight. Children must be a minimum of 6 years old and any passenger under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Maximum individual weight is 280 pounds / 127 Kilograms / 20 stone. Your safety is our main concern. If you are concerned about any health issues, please consult with your physician prior to scheduling or call our office to discuss your individual situation.
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.
Simply present the flight certificates and other paperwork to whomever you intend to give the ride, and have them contact us to schedule, or they may schedule on our website using the codes on the flight vouchers. Since we will not know to whom they have been given, we will not contact you to schedule. It is your responsibility to make sure the recipient contacts us to schedule their ride. Please ask the recipient to have a calendar handy when calling so we can pick a mutually agreeable time. If we are unable to fly the first opportunity for any reason, they can contact us to reschedule at their convenience. Flight Certificates issued by us do not expire unless they are forfeited or were donated by us for a charitable donation. Any charitable donation certificates will expire 1 year after the issue if no expiration date is on the certificate.
Once your reservation is completed, and you have received a confirmation from us, you are confirmed for that specific day's flight. The email confirmation will include the flight status line number to call before your flight. You are required to call that number at the time indicated in the email to get the status of your scheduled flight. The flight line will inform you of three options: 1. that the flight is a go, 2. on a weather hold, or 3. canceled. It will also provide instructions about how to proceed based upon the flight status. If the flight is on, it will include the meeting time at our welcome center, the address of our welcome center, and hotel pickup information for those who reserved round trip hotel pick up transportation. Please note hot air ballooning is weather dependent and that we do expect all guests to be in the local area prior to your flight; to avoid being late or missing your flight please make necessary preparations. Orlando Balloon Rides will not be responsible in the event you do not arrive for your flight. This is true even if the flight is placed on a weather hold. If something changes on our end, such as weather, we will amend the flight status line, so please check the flight status line one more time in the morning prior to leaving for the welcome center. 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, you will be considered a no-show. Please see the policy below on no-shows. If the weather is unsafe to fly, we will work with you to reschedule your flight.
A "No-show" is anyone who fails to show up for a flight after scheduling a flight. 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, certificate, voucher 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. If you are using a third party certificate of any type to pay for your flight, that voucher will be redeemed and considered used and you will not be entitled to a refund from that third party agency. Should you manage to get a refund from them, we will charge the card you provided us at scheduling for your flight fee. There are no exceptions to this policy under any circumstances.
Weather is always a concern and does force cancellations and rescheduling of flights. If it clearly isn't going to be safe to fly on your date and time, the flight status line will announce this as soon as the decision is made before the flight. Please call us the next business day to reschedule your adventure. If the flight is on, we will provide specific meeting times and locations for the morning's adventure. If the weather forecast isn't clear for the next morning, we will place the flight on a weather hold and ask everyone to call about 1 hour before the morning's expected meeting time to get an updated forecast. At that time we will let you know for sure if the flight is on. If we must cancel your flight due to weather, simply call us to reschedule your flight. If you are unable to reschedule, and you paid us directly for your flight, please call us for your options.
If you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight, there is no penalty and you may reschedule. If you cancel with less than the required notice, 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, voucher or prepayment will be considered forfeit and you will not be allowed to reschedule that reservation. No credit will be given in any way for cancelling with less than the required notice or for no-shows.
All flight certificates and prepaid flights purchased directly from World Balloon are fully refundable within one (1) year from the date of purchase as long as either no flight has been scheduled, or you cancel your first scheduled flight at least 48 hours prior to flight time. 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 whose flight certificate, flight, or voucher has been forfeited for any reason. No refund will be granted after one (1) year from sale. Even if the certificate is not refundable, as long as it hasn't been forfeited or used, it can still be used. There are no exceptions to this policy.
f you are eligible for a refund, we will process the request within 7-10 business days. If your flight was purchased through any third party, you will have to discuss any refund request with them. We are not able to provide refunds for any third parties for any reason.
We are pleased to accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and cash. We do not accept checks as a form of payment.
Our Albuquerque balloon adventures all begin 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 Balloon flights last 45 - 60+ minutes depending on the days weather..
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.
Below are a few of the questions we're frequently asked:
World Balloon is Albuquerque's Original hot air balloon operator providing you with the safest, highest quality ballooning experience you can possibly receive in Albuquerque. Maybe that's why so many of our competitors learned to fly or got their start in ballooning right here at World Balloon over the past 40+ years.
World Balloon is NOT the largest balloon ride operator in Albuquerque, and that's intentional. We believe in quality over quantity, and we don't want to lose the personal attention that it takes to deliver a World Class ballooning experience.
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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Don't take our word for it. Read what others have to say!
"Super 4th Fun"
Fabulous time! Very gracious w reservation adjustments, photo ops and safety guidelines. Randy knew his stuff! Boom! Awesome crew too. Thnx for the mimosas toast.
"A BUCKET LIST MUST DO!"
Such a beautiful way to see Albuquerque. The entire staff was friendly and informative. I was surprised that they could fit so many people into a basket. We really enjoyed sharing our experience with the other passengers. The pilot include everyone in the flight preparation, landing and packing the balloon which added to this unique experience.
"Excellent Experience and MUST Do!"
My pilot, Murray, was very entertaining and a true professional. I have lived in Albuquerque for 33 years and just barely had my first ride to realize I cannot believe I waited so long to experience this. Highly recommend this company!
This was my first balloon ride and I had a great experience. There was a little too much wind when we got to our meeting spot so the team moved us and we were able to enjoy a great morning ride. It doesn't hurt that you end the trip with a mimosa! Bring a few layers though, it warmed up quite a bit and you are under the flame.
If you have questions or comments, we'd love to hear them!
Tel: 505-293-6800 (8am - 7pm daily)