Happy Hot Air Balloon Day!

It’s one of our favorite days of the year – Hot Air Balloon Day!

Today we are taking a moment of gratitude for all that encompasses our operation – the passion, drive, and determination of our staff, our wonderful passengers and supporters who make ballooning daily possible, the beauty and inspiration we find at 5,000 ft, and the memories continuously made up in the air, that wouldn’t have been made otherwise.

Thank you for your support + flying with us! Happy Hot Air Balloon Day!

Hot Air Expeditions May Newsletter

Happy May balloonists!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. Check out what’s new at Hot Air Expeditions in our May Newsletter below!  If there’s something you’d like to see featured in our next newsletter, leave us a comment below.


Staff Q&A with Kim Young

You’ve seen them out with the balloons, but how much do you know about the Hot Air Expeditions staff? Get to know the people that make it all happen with our Staff Q&A! This time we are checking in with our Director of Operations, Kim Young, we hope you enjoy!

Kim Young
Position at Hot Air Expeditions: Director of Operations
Age: 45
Hometown: Phoenix AZ

How did you get into ballooning?
I was studying aviation in college and accidentally found ballooning, it was love at first flight!  It was 1989 when I first began crewing for a hot air balloon company part-time.  In 1992 I sunk my teeth in and started full-time and got my balloon repairman’s certificate.  From there, I acquired an FAA-certified repair station.  I began doing work for Hot Air Expeditions in 1994 and we ended up merging operations into one building in 1997.  Ballooning has given me so many unique experiences that you can’t get anywhere else!  My Dad told me when I was young to do what you love…I truly can not think of any other thing that I would like to do every day.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been ballooning?
There are many places I have ballooned…all are hard to compare! I have flown in the Black Hills in South Dakota, the Red Rock Valley and White Sands areas in New Mexico, Palm Springs, Del Mar and Napa Valley in California, as well as Colorado Springs, Rocky Point Mexico, and of course, all over Arizona. They are all beautiful in their own ways but I’m biased to my home here in Arizona.

Any tips for first time passengers?
You need to do this for fun and for the amazing uniqueness of free flight ballooning.  There is nothing like hovering over the desert and watching it come to life for the day!  Knowing what you are getting into makes all the difference.  Don’t hinder yourself on this experience!  Just remember to bring close toed shoes.

You wake up at an ungodly hour, how do you get going?
I have always been a morning person, never a night owl.  I like to wake up around 2-3am; it’s my personal time to prep, have coffee and check the weather.  One aspect that is unique to ballooning is that every flight is different.  You never know what kind of flight you’re going to miss by not getting up early and heading out!

What can we find you doing in your spare time?
I’m basically the “soccer mom.” I’m a single dad who loves my kids; I have three in marching band, and one in track.  I’m shuttling them around, and being an active parent to support them in their efforts.

Ballooning is on many a Bucket List, what’s on yours?
I’ve never been to Alaska, and I’d love to see and explore the area. Lots of different terrain to experience.

We <3 Moms


We <3 Moms!

That’s why this Mother’s Day we are helping you treat Mom to a hot air ballooning experience, with $20 off all Hot Air Expeditions gift certificates. This special offer is only available through Mother’s Day, May 14, so take advantage while it lasts!

As a reminder, all Hot Air Expeditions ballooning experience gift certificates include:

  • 1 hour hot air balloon flight
  • Post-flight champagne toast
  • Gourmet cuisine in the desert
  • Commemorative flight certificates

How to Purchase:
Simply visit our Online Gift Shop, select the gift certificate and number of passengers you think is best for Mom, and the discount is taken automatically at checkout.

We hope to see you and Mom up, up and away!

High on Love Valentine’s Day Package

This Valentine’s Day take your love to new heights with the W Scottsdale and Hot Air Expeditions.  We’ve teamed up with our friends at the W Scottsdale hotel to bring you a fun and unexpected Valentine’s Day experience that is sure to wow that special someone in your life!  The appropriately titled,
High On Love package, includes:

  • Accommodations at the W Scottsdale
  • In-room chilled champagne amenity
  • A personal in-room intimacy kit
  • A morning hot air balloon flight for two with a catered champagne breakfast in the desert from Hot Air Expeditions

The High on Love package is valid for stays between February 6 and February 23, 2017 and must be booked at least three days in advance with the W Scottsdale.  Rates for the High on Love package at W Scottsdale begin at $699 for stays including a sunrise hot air balloon tour, accommodations, champagne, and an in-room intimacy kit.

Book your High on Love package before they’re gone!
To book, visit www.wscottsdsalehotel.com or call (877) 822 2000 and reference rate plan LVPKG1.

Hot Air Expeditions January Newsletter

Happy January Everyone!

We hope everyone is enjoying this crisp winter weather while it lasts, the summer will be back all too soon! With Valentines Day right around the corner, now might be the perfect time to consider crossing an item off your bucket list! Check our our newsletter below for what’s new at Hot Air Expeditions and we hope to see you in the air soon!

Is there something you’d like to see in our newsletter ? Let us know, leave a comment below!

Pilot Q&A with Captain Chad

You’ve seen them up in the air, but how much do you know about your pilot? Get to know the people that make it all happen with our Pilot Q&A!
This time we are ringing in the New Year with some information about Captain Chad, we hope you enjoy!

Chad Cassell
Age: 34
Hometown: Chester County, PA
Hot Air Balloon Flight hours: 500+

How did you get into ballooning?
A family member was starting a ride operation about when I was born. My mother would take us along to chase the balloons and even go to balloon rallies on weekends. Since my youth I have had the balloon bug.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been ballooning?
That is a very tough question. There are so many things that make balloon flights uniquely cool. Flying in Lake Havasu City is amazing, with some of the coolest people you will ever meet.  Also seeing the geysers of Yellowstone from my balloon in Teton Valley, Idaho was incredible.  Flying amongst other balloons in various balloon rallies is a cool experience as well.

Any tips for first time passengers?
If you have a question, please just ask!  We pilots are there to guide the balloon through a safe, wonderful journey, but we are also there to see that you have a good time.  If we can help you do that in any way, we will.

What’s one thing you hope passengers take away from their ballooning experience with you?
Amazing memories.  Flying in a hot air balloon is a unique experience and it is something that should be cherished.  Take lots of pictures and even videos but be sure to take a moment and soak the whole experience in before it is over.

You wake up at an ungodly hour, how do you get going?
Just knowing that there is a chance of flying usually has me up and about before the alarm clock even goes off.  Knowing that the day potentially holds my favorite flight ever is also plenty of motivation to start the day a little early with a smile on my face.

What can we find you doing in your spare time?
Hiking or hanging out with other balloonists.

Ballooning is on many Bucket List’s, what’s on yours?
More ballooning!  I would love to be able to travel the world and see it from above in a balloon.