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You want the adventure, romance, and thrill of a hot air balloon ride but you also don’t want it to cost your newborn son. Unless he is wailing like a banshee, then…maybe.

Many turbulent feelings begin once you step into a hot air balloon. However, one of them shouldn’t be guilt for spending too much. Are you ready for a lift into the five tricks to capture a cheap hot air balloon ride?

Put on some layers and hold onto your nerve!


Before your hot airlift, decide where you want to enjoy this slow-moving carriage. Perhaps close to home or far, far away. Either way, decide where you want to enjoy this endeavor and use your internet search engine of your choice to see what is available in the area.

The next stop in this hot air affair is looking for various venues. This will give you an idea of how much it will cost. Prices change by location; hot air ballooning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota may be less than say anywhere in Greece.

While you’re shopping around be sure to pursue reviews too. These nuggets of insight can give you tips on who is a better pilot or if a company is good at expelling unhappy passengers.


Groupon has more than discounted food and clothes. This site is great for looking at discounted prices on excursion activities too. Use the various vendors you found with your casual search, to see what shakes out of the magic ball of Groupon results.


Similar to a flight with engines and wings, a common tip to finding cheaper prices is flying in the shoulder season or during the week. This advice is valid for this large yet slow-moving explosion. The savvy companies may not list these price changes on their website but it would be to your favor to ask when your price checking. The savings could be….explosive!


Now, that you are now a lean, mean, knowledge-filled hot air balloon machine! Next comes the part that is going to cause discomfort for my fellow introverts. It is time to put on your alter ego who may or may not be named Beyoncé and call to ask about discounts.

During your internet search, you may have stumbled across expired discounts. Be sure to ask about those and if they would be willing to extend the offer. If you didn’t find anything like that, think of typical discounts like student, veteran, or senior discounts. The trick is you have to ask.

The worst they can say is no, right? At the least, you will have lost nothing but at the most, you will have saved a bundle!


Credit card rewards are the best! I use my Discover card a lot because of their 5% revolving cashback rewards. I pay my bill off every month but I accumulated cashback for things I have to purchase like groceries, gas, and insurance. Except for ice cream, I get that for free.

I let my Discover rewards accumulate until the end of the month and then transfer them over to my savings account. Now, I have free money waiting to be used for expeditions like a hot air balloon ride. Life is better when people are paying you to do fun things.


How many times have you felt anxiety, awe, majesty, and pure joy? These complex emotions await you when you travel unrestricted at 2,000 feet. This experience shouldn’t be tempered with a heavy burden of expense. Its well worth the effort and time of finding a cheap hot air balloon ride.

Have you lifted off with a hot air balloon ride? How did you save money with this hot air affair?

Keep exploring!

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