Buyer Beware | Watch out for before booking!
Protect yourself and your pocketbook. Read this page before you make your decision!
Everyone want to find the best possible deal. Price shopping is being a responsible consumer. Remember these are aircraft and not a carnival ride. A lot of money goes into making sure that our aircraft and equipment is in top operational shape. Failing and fiduciary distressed companies resort to third-party certificate sales.
If they can’t afford marketing for their company, what kind of condition is the balloon you are flying in going to be in? Why risk your loved one’s safety? Kansas Balloon Rides will not only sell a memory, we sell a piece of mind. Do not get stuck going home with an overpriced piece of paper that cannot be redeemed in Kansas like other customers in the past!
So, you have decided to book a hot air balloon ride in the Kansas City area. We have created this buyer beware page for all of our potential customers to protect them from fraud. It’s a shame we have to warn our customers. This is information that is important for our customers to know.
You log into Google and you begin to search for a hot air balloon company in the Kansas City area. The page results are overwhelming and it looks like Kansas has a hundred hot air balloon companies! We don’t, in fact there is only a small handful of hot air balloon companies in the Kansas City area. Kansas Balloon rides is going to help you navigate the frivolous hot air balloon ride business models.
Because of how popular the kansasballoonrides.com companies brand is. Companies having strife in branding will often use a name close to ours to deceive the customer. There is only one Kansas Balloon Rides. We DO NOT use Groupon for your protection.
It’s appalling a company will go this far to hide their identity. This is just one of many examples of frivolous business activities that fake companies will go to deceive the consumer. Why not build your own brand?
The above two posts in the “Google Maps” search is the same company. They are the same company with two different names. Many times, the speak about their 240 nationwide locations. They will send your information to a company that may not have the spotless safety record we possess. It’s about customer volume and not the experience.
If you read the fine print, it says they are not responsible for anything. The liability falls on the distressed company that takes their customers.
As you can see many of our valued Kansas City area customers get caught up in the “Discount prices”. Our customers are trying to be smart shoppers.
The balloon ride company that works with these certificate companies will use you as the consumer as a “Fill In” option. You may think you have a solid balloon ride reservation, but you will be canceled for a full fare paying customer last-minute if applicable.
The certificate companies & Groupon will take 50% of the amount you pay. Wonder why Groupon won’t let you click their 3-star rating? They don’t want the customer to know the truth. Why risk the last-minute cancellation for a full fare paying customer? This is your memory!
You want to buy a hot air balloon flight certificate, make sure you call us direct.
Hundreds of websites give false information to make you think they are local companies.
We’ve been warning our visitors about misleading websites that seem to be run by a local company but are all run by one company with a long history of consumer complaints. The company operating these misleading sites has added false contact information in response to our suggestion to look for local contact information.
A sampling of these websites is below. When comparing these sites, you’ll see many shares the same page design and use the same street address but in the local city for the specific website.
This is false and misleading information designed to make you think they are a local company, when in fact they are not.
These sites not only share false addresses, but fake testimonials, too. See this google search to discover over 100 different websites with an identical fake testimonial:
Fake Testimonial search
Or how about nearly 2000 websites with the same phone number?
Identical phone number search
An additional 300 sites from the same company, using a different toll-free number:
Second phone number search
A very small sampling of misleading sites that are NOT local companies:
Distressed businesses use Group-on & Nationwide certificate companies.
Then there is the Group-on hot air balloon ride certificates. How does it work? They say “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”. Unfortunately, that is NOT the case with these types of balloon ride certificates.
You as a customer, calls Group-on and you book a hot air balloon ride in the Kansas City area. Only thing is, you just bought a Kansas City hot air balloon ride certificate and not a ride.
Many times, the companies that honor them give you shorten flights about half the normal time. They will do what the industry calls “hops” where they have an influx of angry passengers wanting the same day.
They will dedicate a hot air balloon for the “discounted” audience and they will give you a thirty-minute flight to give you sensation of a hot air balloon flight. They will land and will switch half the flown passengers out with new ones shuttled out to the landing site.
After the switch, then already flown passengers will be shuttled back to their cars without a post balloon flight ceremony, no 200-year traditional champagne celebration and no post flight hors d’oeuvres!
The Group-on business model is ideal for a restaurant that can give a cheap breakfast to get you in the door. These distressed companies are rolling the dice that you will come into their establishment with others and not order the special.
They are betting that someone in your party will decide to get a more expensive plate. This is not an ideal business model for a hot air balloon company. In fact, hot air balloon companies that accept these types of certificates are many times struggling distressed companies.
Rather than spending their marketing dollars in advertisement, the distressed Kansas City area balloon company will take them and sadly often never redeem them and the customer ends up on the short end of the stick.
We have seen very reputable Kansas City area hot air balloon companies that have been in the valley for year go out of business with the use of these certificate companies.
kansasballoonrides.com is not a starving company that needs to resort to their customers being sold back to them. As an industry standard, we do not take a pre-payment for your hot air balloon ride in the Kansas City area. We do however take a debit/credit card to hold the reservation.
We will never pre-bill or pre-authorize your card on file for a reservation with us. The ONLY time we will make a point of sale on a merchant card is when you want to buy one of our company’s hot air balloon flight gift certificate.
Pay per click campaigns are often another way nationwide flight certificate companies use to sneak into the market place. Reputable companies use this to offer specials and discounts for hot air balloon rides in the Kansas area. Make sure the company that you use does not have an 800 number.
When searching for a reputable hot air balloon ride & Kansas City area hot air balloon ride provider look for the local number. If you ask the company the name of their pilots they will say “We have many pilots throughout the US”. HANG UP!!
We are a local company, doing local business. We value the relationship with you and not your checkbook. When you are with us you become our family, and not just another balloon ride number.
As always, we want to keep our customers informed. For more information feel free to call our motivated staff, so we can custom design your memory of a lifetime with us!
Always remember, you have a friend in the ballooning business.
Our office number is 1-913-220-2244