This weekend marks the end of the 46th annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, which brings hundreds of hot air balloons and thousands of people to the city in New Mexico every year. And while traffic on the ground is hectic, at 2,000 feet there’s a little more room to breathe. That’s why Uber, never one to miss an opportunity to take things to next level, is giving six lucky riders the chance to request an Uber Balloon.
On Saturday, riders in the Albuquerque area can request a hot air balloon ride (which comes with entrance to the Balloon Fiesta) starting at 4 a.m. local time. Using the Uber app, Albuquerque locals and festival visitors will be able to select “Request Balloon,” and upon connection, those six riders will be contacted by Uber representatives to confirm their ride. (If you don’t get a balloon ride your first time, try, try again.) Uber balloonists will then be picked up in an UberX, driven to the festival, and dropped off with Rainbow Ryders, the area’s most famous hot air balloon service, to head up in the air.
Now, before you freak out about that early wake-up call, it’s actually the perfect time to hit the road to see the festival’s Mass Ascension, which starts at 7 a.m. and offers views of more than 500 hot air balloons taking off into the sky, even if you don’t make the Uber Balloon cut.
Best of all? The experience is free. That’s some serious savings when a weekend ride with the Rainbow Ryders can cost nearly $500.