Hot Air Expeditions July Newsletter

Happy July!  Check out our newsletter to catch a glimpse of what it’s like to take a ride with us, our summer special, and fun ways to stay cool during this summer heat!

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Summer in Arizona: Fun Ways to Stay Cool

With most days of the week being well into the triple digits during summer, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do that requires you leaving the coziness of your air conditioning. Here are a few activities that will get you out of the house and into some cool fun!


Morning Hot Air Balloon Experience:

With morning hot air balloon flights offered daily, year-round at the coolest time of day, beating the heat has never been more fun! Enjoy a 60-90 minute flight and take in the sights and sounds of the stunning Sonoran Desert.  Flights come complete with chilled champagne and a gourmet post-flight breakfast, and you’re wrapped up before 9:00am.  For more information on Hot Air Expeditions’ offerings or to make a reservation visit or call (480) 502-6999


Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

BYOF! Bring your own flashlight for a self-guided tour of the Desert Botanical Garden on Thursdays & Saturdays throughout the Summer from 7:00-10:00pm through September 3rd.  Immerse yourself in nature while learning fun facts about Arizona’s environment and seeing/hearing wild desert nightlife. Bonus: Children ages 2 and under are free!  For more information visit the Desert Botanical Gardens here!


Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo

Who said we don’t have snow in Arizona?  On Saturday July 16, from 7:00-11:00am the Phoenix zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 30 tons of snow, creating a winter playground for children, as well as for some of the zoo’s residents! Ruby, the Asian elephant will also be receiving a cold shower, courtesy of the Phoenix Fire Department. Click here for more information!

Wet n Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix

What better way to cool down than with water?  Located in Phoenix, this watery oasis has fun to keep the family entertained for the entire day!  With multiple slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool as well as dining options, this is a great full day activity that will help you shake the desert heat.  More information on Wet ‘n’ Wild can be found here.


Musical Instrument Museum

In just six short years since opening, the Musical Instrument Museum has been recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the top 20 museums in the United States, and is rated the #1 attraction in Phoenix by TripAdvisor reviewers. The MIM provides a fun, interactive music experience that is perfect for guests of all ages.  Admission includes state-of-the-art wireless headsets and headphones so you can take the self-guided tour at your pace, and explore music and instruments from around the world, all under one roof.  Get more information on the MIM here.

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Resort Staycation

Who says you have to leave town for a vacation? Many hotels and resorts in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area are running deals and specials for staycations.  Relax by the pool, sip some chilled bubbly, or cool off with a relaxing spa treatment once you arrive! Many rooms from top resorts are under $100 per night – enjoy these deals while they last! Some of our favorites are:

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia – rooms are starting at $99 a night

The Wigwam – rooms starting at $89 a night

We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center – rooms are starting at $89 a night

Hot Air Expeditions June Newsletter

Happy June!  Check out our newsletter for fun info on our flights, what’s inspiring us this month, and tips to take the best photos up, up and away!

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Best Photos to Take on Your Hot Air Balloon Flight

If you’re like us, you love adventuring and exploring the great outdoors, soaking it up one ray of sunshine at a time.  We love sharing our adventures with friends and family, and are always looking for the perfect profile picture or frame-worthy shot.  When it comes to our hot air ballooning experiences, there are definitely some unique and stunning photos to capture up, up and away.  Check out these essential shots to capture on your flight with us!

Make all your friends jealous with an adventurous profile picture!  Try to get another balloon in the background for a real ‘wow’ factor.selfie

Helping Out
You don’t really have to help, but you can trade places with our flight crew members to snap a fun photo!  Our staff is always available to take photos for you.
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The Top
The top of the balloons are so gorgeous and colorful, but are often overlooked.  Remember to look up every now and again!
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The Flame
Show your friends that you were flying in an aircraft a little bigger and more powerful than your average propane grill…

The Surrounding Landscape
The Sonoran Desert we fly in is absolutely gorgeous! Try shooting a panoramic shot to capture a larger viewpoint, and don’t forget to look down for wildlife.

The Champagne Toast
Cheers to an adventurous morning with a champagne toast!  The Sonoran Desert is the perfect backdrop.Toast

When’s the last time you had a gourmet breakfast in the middle of the desert?  Take your memories home with a quick snap of the scrumptious breakfast!

Group Photo
Recall the fun new friends you made on your flight, and your skilled pilot, with a group photo!
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Flight Certificate
It’s official! You’ve flown in a hot air balloon and come safely back to ground!
These are just a few ideas to get you going on your adventure! Get creative, ballooning is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and should be captured to remember for years to come!

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Hot Air Expeditions May Newsletter

Check out what’s new in our May newsletter below!

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Hot Air Expeditions Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Phoenix, AZ – May 27th, 2016 – Hot Air Expeditions today announced that it has yet again received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

In a joint statement, Co-Owners of Hot Air Expeditions, Stephanie Long and Amanda Long, stated, “It is an honor to receive this award for the fourth year in a row on behalf of our team and operation. It is our goal to provide the best in fun and safety, and we are thrilled that our passengers have spoken to our capabilities. We look forward to many more years of providing exceptional hot air ballooning experiences and leaving guests with smiling faces.”

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Hot Air Expeditions
Hot Air Expeditions, rated the “Best Ballooning in Phoenix” for 21 consecutive years by Fodor’s Travel, provides daily hot air ballooning experiences, featuring upscale touches like roundtrip hotel transfers and gourmet cuisine, in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. Family-owned and operated, Hot Air Expeditions has been providing hot air balloon flights in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area for over 25 years, and can accommodate groups of 1-100 passengers on any given day. Visit Hot Air Expeditions at for more information.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site**, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:,,,,,, (including,,, and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016
***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

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Press Release: April 18th Hot Air Balloon Landing


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April 18th Hot Air Balloon Landing
Inaccurate Reporting – Emergency Landing Story

Phoenix, AZ – On the morning of Monday, April 18th, 2016 Hot Air Expeditions had three balloons operate scheduled hot air balloon flights in Phoenix, Arizona.  One of the three balloons, piloted by a Hot Air Expeditions pilot, was inaccurately reported by local media to have had an emergency landing and run out of fuel.  The pilot of the hot air balloon, who holds over 20 years of experience in hot air balloon piloting and facilitated over 2,700 hot air balloon flights, had a precautionary landing due to a wind shift, in order to avoid an emergency landing.  A precautionary landing is defined by the Federal Aviation Administration as a premeditated landing, on or off an airport, when further flight is possible but inadvisable.

The hot air balloon in question maintained a safe flying experience and environment for passengers as well as the surrounding area, while minimizing any disturbance to the landing area.  The hot air balloon landed in approximately 1mph wind conditions, and maintained standard fuel levels for the duration of the flight and landing.

For any questions related to Hot Air Expeditions flight operations or services, please contact (480) 502-6999 or

Tuesday’s Are Meant for Dreaming…

DreamHappy #TravelTuesday balloonists!

This Tuesday we’re dreaming of floating up, up and away among the clouds, and leaving our problems on the ground.  Having this same dream? Let’s go together! Book your flight at:

See you up in the air!

What’s New in March

It’s been a busy month at Hot Air Expeditions with tons of fun going on! Check out the latest Arizona ballooning news in our March Newsletter with important information on our sunset flights, prepping for your flight and more. We hope to see you up, up and away soon 🙂
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