114th Aviation Company
"Knights of the Air"

Travel Plans


Reunion Headquarters Hotel

Best Western The Academy Hotel
8110 N Academy Boulevard,
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920-3904
United States

Phone: 719/598-5770
Fax: 719/598-3434
Toll Free Reservations: 800-766-8524

 From: The north, Exit 150 from Interstate 25, turn left over the bridge, the Best Western The Academy Hotel is the first drive on the right.

 From: The south, Exit 150 from Interstate 25, stay in the far right lane, the Best Western The Academy Hotel is the first drive on the right.

 From: The east and west, US Highway 24, take Interstate 25 north, Exit 150 North Academy Boulevard, stay in the far right lane, the Best Western The Academy Hotel is the first drive on the right..
Important: Map and directions are for information purposes only. While we hope to provide the best mapping information for Best Western hotels, some mapping details may not be as accurate as we would like. Please contact hotel directly to obtain the most current and complete location information and driving directions.

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Think Ahead for the Reunion - Hassle-Free Deals on Car Rentals

If you plan to use a car when attending the 2009 Reunion, thinking ahead at this time will save you some dollars. I recommended that you have a vehicle to get around.

You can rent a vehicle at the hotel starting at $24.00 daily/ $139.00 weekly for a sub-compact vehicle with unlimited miles, and $36.00 daily/ $229.00 weekly for a higher end vehicle unlimited miles.

There is a shuttle from the Colorado Springs Airport to the Hotel, there is a nominal $5.00 fee per person each way.

If you fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) is an easy one hour drive to Colorado Springs. Sometimes the airfares are less expensive into Denver.

You can also get a shuttle service for $45 for the 1st person; $88 for 2 people $134 for 3 people and $168 for 4 people. E-mail for them is: Reservations@coloradoshuttle.com ; These prices are military prices.

Here are a few other hints to consider: 

If you don’t find anything to suit your budget with the major car rental companies, you may want to try a consolidator. Car rental consolidators work much like those for airlines and hotels. They rent cars for major car rental companies but at a discount price. The down side is that the majority of them make reservations only through the Internet. 

Here are some others to try:

CarHire4Less claims to have rates discounted up to 30 percent off what the rental companies themselves are charging. The company is in London but books rentals worldwide. You can contact then at www.CarHire4Less.co.uk

CheapCarRental also claims to have prices 30 percent lower than the rates of major car rental companies. They rent vehicles worldwide, including some vehicles you would not expect to see. Their selection includes cars, vans, limousines, heavy trucks, all terrain vehicles, and luxury cars. They can be reached at www.CheapCarRental.com

Car-Rentals-Discounts has its web site set up so you can compare prices of all rental companies before making your reservation. They can be reached at www.Cars-Rentals-Discounts.com

A-thru-Z Discount Car Rentals provides discount car rentals throughout the world. You can pick the class and type of car you would like and location where you would like to pick it up. Check them out at www.Car-Rental.from-A-Z.com

There will be ample methods of travel while at the reunion. However, should you choose to travel a little out of the metropolitan area, then maybe you will need the rental car. Good Luck!

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Flying to the Reunion? How To Find The Cheapest Flights

Many members that have pre-registered for the 2009 reunion have indicated that they intended to arrive by air. Flying obviously is the fastest way to travel but also one of the most expensive. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg though. Airline consolidators specialize in selling discounted fares for major airlines, and you can save a bundle by using their services. Consolidators either buy airline tickets in bulk or have a special agreement with airlines to receive discounted tickets. In the past, consolidators only made their tickets available to travel agents, but many now offer tickets to the general public. 

Here are a few you may want to try: 

OneTravel sells discounted are tickets, hotel rooms, cruises, and vacation packages. Contact 800-929- 2523 or www.OneTravel.com

l 800 Fly Cheap offers discounts on advance-purchase tickets. Call 1-800-FLY-CHEAP

Cheap Tickets Inc. specializes in selling discount tickets for travel within the United States. Contact 800- 672-4327 or www.CheapTickets.com

SkyAuction auctions airline tickets, as well as hotel rooms and vacation packages, over the Internet. Check www.SkyAuction.com

If you’re willing to travel on short notice, check into 11th Hour Vacations at www.11thhourvacations.com/index_home.php?ver=B You tell them your interests and desired vacation spots, and they will send you an e-mail when trips matching your description come up. You could save up to 70 percent off regular prices. 

And for you adventurous types, PriceLine com allows you to set your own ticket price and take the chance they can find it for you. You have to be flexible enough to travel at any time on the dates you choose, and you must pay in advance by credit card. The ticket is non-refundable, so once your offer is accepted, there’s no turning back. Check with www.PriceLine.com for more information. Try one or more of the above ideas and tell your “war story” at the reunion.

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