What You'll Get
Every time a bell rings, an airplane pilot laughs at the implausibility of the television show Wings. Experience the friendly skies from the air instead of your TV set with today's Groupon: for $199, you get a Catalina Mountain tour from Balloon America, plus a one-week health club membership to the La Mariposa Resort (a $389 total value). This deal is only valid for low season flights from January 2–31 and November 1–30; January reservations must be confirmed by December 31 of this year, and November reservations must be confirmed by October 1, 2011.
Balloon America's professional ballooners are all FAA-certified pilots and only fly when dressed in pressed uniforms and freshly groomed epaulets. During the mountain tour (a $349 value), which lasts up to two hours, ride-alongs will soar toward Sabino Canyon and hover above the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, where the keys to the city of Tucson were forged long ago. Mid-flight, an on-board Nikon camera will snap a wide-angle photo of the loaded passenger basket, then email the 8x12 result to your the digital mail service provider of your choosing. To seal the experience deep within your soul, the excursion concludes with a mimosa toast served in crystal flutes chilled by the breath of penguins. A one-week health club membership to the La Mariposa Resort gives you access to lighted tennis courts, a junior Olympic pool, driving range, fitness classes, strength and cardio equipment, and more.
Four Insider Pagers give Balloon America an average of four stars.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required by 12/31/10 for January dates or 10/1/11 for November dates. Valid only for Jan. 2-31 or Nov. 1-30. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.