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“Amazing Hot Air Balloon Flight” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hot Air Expeditions

Hot Air Expeditions
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US$179.00*
and up
Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hot Air Expeditions is proud to provide hot air balloon flights in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. We've been operating locally in the Valley of the Sun for over 25 years and rated the "Best Ballooning in Phoenix" by Fodor's Travel for 21 years in a row! We provide morning flights daily, year-round and afternoon flights are offered seasonally, November through March. All flights include gourmet catered fare from Vincents on Camelback, along with a champagne toast and flight certificate!
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Peoria, Arizona
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63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing Hot Air Balloon Flight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

My husband and I went ballooning for my "65" birthday. Watching the crew set up the balloon was fascinating and the flight more so. Once in the basket we ascended about 7,000 ft. As we glided across the terrain it was so quiet and calm. Our captain, Walter, was very friendly and informative. It was wonderful seeing an arial view of our home and community. We landed smoothly and then the crew set up tables for a delicious champagne breakfast. What an amazing experience. Now I can cross ballooning off my bucket list even though I'd love to do it again.

Visited February 2012
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AeronautScottsdale, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
Hi,

Belated Happy Birthday!

Thank you for spending your birthday with us. We appreciate it very much. And we hope to see you in the air again soon!

Margie
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Helena, Montana, USA
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“Awesome morning adventure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

I booked at the last minute and Margie made accomodation to have us go up due to a cancellation. Unfortunately, the wind was too much and too gusty and we had to cancel late, but it was for our safety. But Mark (pilot) and Margie (owner) made it up to us! We were able to book for the next morning and we had a blast! Wonderful pilot and gound crew (the driver wasn't much for personality and seemed to be having trouble the whole morning with organization and understanding, but he was a newbie). Travelled safely from ground level to 5000 feet+ with lots of information about the area. What a thrill and wonderful experience, almost wholly attibutable to Mark, Eugene and Margie (I have to give some credit to AZ you know)! Plan for about 3 hours, with 1 hour in the air, and fantastic breakfast with champagne toast and conversation afterwards. Great fun!!

Visited February 2012
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AeronautScottsdale, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Hi,

Thank you very much for joining us and for sharing your experience on Trtp Advisor! We hope to see you in the air again soon!
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Phoenix, AZ
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Real adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

This hot air balloon flight was my birthday present, and everything went just terrific.
Captain Walter and a crew were not only extremely professional - but entertaining as well. Flight went very smooth, and the experience was extraordinary. Champaine and Hors d'oeuvres were of excellent quality as well! That's the best birthday present ever! I want to do it again!

Visited February 2012
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Prescott, Arizona
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Birthday Let Down”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

This company made what should have been a wonderful celebration for my sister and my husband's birthdays a disappointment and embarrassment. The size of our party (16) made it necessary to be split up into two balloons. I was assured that would not be a problem as we'd launch together, fly together as much as possible, and then land together for the picnic afterwards. This did not happen - the pilot, Walter, supposedly knew nothing about this and was reluctant to accommodate us to get our groups back together for the celebration afterwards. Then after being quoted a rate of $99 person, they tried to charge us $175 person! A phone call to headquarters did straighten this out. There were other issues that I won't go into - a missing banner, birthday cake not put out, dirty glasses, no call from the owner as promised, later start time, etc. Despite my confirming all the details the day before, and a call by the company the day of to confirm people and time, things still went bad - very poor communication and follow through!

Visited February 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“Phoenix Rising...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Staff was excellent from start to finish. Captain Mike offered insightful comments on the journey and highlighted various points of interest. Amazing views! No worries about fear of heights...just like going up in a small elevator...and worth the trip. Great way to see the Valley of the Sun from a heightened perspective. Not cheap but once in a lifetime bucket list item...and worth the money with this group. Only cheesy moment came when being treated to snacks and champagne after the flight landing. Offer to purchase the champagne glass as a keepsake was a bit tacky. At the price of the adventure...just toss it in if anyone really wants the glass. Overall, I would certainly highly recommend Hot Air Expeditions team!

Visited January 2012
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AeronautScottsdale, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, 11 February 2012
Hi Dave,

On behalf of Capt'ain Mike and the entire team, we thank you for joining us for your hot air balloon flight!

As you can see, we love what we do and are glad that we could share it with you!

We hope to see you back in the air with us again!
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