Hotel and Travel Information

Show Dates: October 11-13, 2012

Palm Springs Convention Center (exhibits, seminars, and Airportfest)
277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262

AOPA Official Hotels

Make sure you book online through the official AOPA hotel Web site. When you stay at an official AOPA hotel, you are guaranteed to receive the lowest rates during that week, and if the hotel is sold out, your reservation is always secure. In addition, staying at one of the 11 official AOPA hotels provides you and your guest or family with a great networking experience. All hotels are either within walking distance to the convention center or will provide a shuttle to the convention center for your convenience.

Hotels for American Bonanza Society Members

The American Bonanza Society has a block of rooms especially for ABS members at the Spa Resort Casino and the Hotel Zoso; both are within walking distance of the convention center. Click here to book your room now.

ALERT: AOPA Summit Housing is the only authorized housing organization associated with our show. While other companies may contact you offering their housing services, they are not endorsed by, or affiliated with, the 2012 Aviation Summit.

Be careful before entering into a financial agreement with any unofficial company, as their legitimacy and policies may be questionable, and the 2012 Aviation Summit staff will not be able to provide a resolution to issues related to such reservations.

Why should you use our official AOPA Summit Housing organization?

  • AOPA Summit Housing only requires a one-night deposit in advance on or after September 14.
  • Your rate at each official hotel is guaranteed to be the lowest at that hotel.
  • Should the hotel inadvertently overbook, they must “walk” other guests before they ask AOPA guests to relocate.
  • Official hotels are a great place to network with fellow attendees.

General Aviation Travel

Arrival and Departure Procedures

AOPA will provide transportation from two GA airports—Palm Springs International (PSP) and Jacqueline Cochran Regional (TRM), formerly known as Thermal. Download the transportation schedule. Pilots who elect to use Bermuda Dunes (UDD) should be aware that AOPA does not provide transportation to that airport. Pilots using Bermuda Dunes should contact the airport directly to learn more about transportation options.

Transportation To and From Palm Springs International (PSP) and the Convention Center

AOPA will provide the following shuttle service:

Wednesday: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. (one run; download the transportation schedule for stop order)
*Beginning at 5 p.m., shuttle transportation will be provided directly to AOPA Official Hotels. For hotel drop-off before 5 p.m., contact hotels directly.

Transportation To and From Jacqueline Cochran Airport (TRM) and the Convention Center

AOPA will provide the following shuttle service:

Wednesday: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. (one run; download the transportation schedule for stop order)
*Beginning at 5 p.m., shuttle transportation will be provided directly to AOPA Official Hotels. For hotel drop-off before 5 p.m., contact hotels directly.

Please note: The tailwheel, warbird, hot air balloon, and refresher flights are offered out of TRM. This shuttle schedule will provide access to these flights at Coachella Valley Aviation. Frequency will be at least once per hour.

Commercial Airline Travel

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Hotels in the AOPA Aviation Summit block provide shuttles to and from PSP. Once arriving at PSP, see the Palm Springs Welcome Desk at the main terminal building for information on your shuttle.

Other airports that are approximately two hours or less from Palm Springs:

American Airlines Discount

American Airlines will provide our attendees a 5% discount off any published airfare on for the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs. The valid travel dates for this discount are October 7 through October 18, 2012. You can easily access American’s fares and apply this discount by going to to book your flight. Place the below Promotion Code in the promotion code box, and your discount will be calculated automatically. The code is valid for travel into not only Palm Springs (PSP) but also the surrounding airports of Ontario (ONT), Orange County (SNA), and Los Angeles International (LAX). This special discount is valid off any applicable published fares listed for American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection. International originating guests will need to contact your local reservation number and refer to the Promotion Code.

You may also call 1-800-433-1790 to book your flights; please refer to the Promotion Code below when you call. Please note there is a reservation service charge for all tickets issued by phone. Please use American Airlines when you can because of the benefits provided to you as a traveler and to our organization.

Promotion Code: 71H2BW

Are you an AAdvantage member? Click here to become a member today.


Amtrak operates a route between Los Angeles Union Station and Palm Springs. Use codes LAX and PSN to view routes and prices at

The Amtrak Sunset Limited runs between Louisiana and California, Amtrak’s southern-most route. Settle back and watch the bayou country, Mexican border, southwestern deserts, and California mountains pass by your window.

Three trains depart weekly in each direction. Services on the Sunset Limited include Superliner Sleeping and Dining Car accommodations and spectacular views from the renowned Sightseer Lounge Car.

Car Rental Discounts

Take advantage of car rental discounts from our newest Strategic Partners: Alamo, Enterprise and National. Call 1-866-315-9155 to reserve your rental or book online below to receive your member discount.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Book online to receive your member discount. Be sure to provide your AOPA member number at the time of reservation. Plus, if you’re flying in to PSP, TRM or UDD for the Summit, We’ll Pick You Up. Once you’ve reserved your car, contact the rental location to schedule a pick-up/drop-off service during your time of rental. * Pick-up and drop off service is subject to geographic and other restrictions.

National Car Rental

Book online to save up to 25% on your rental. National Car Rental serves commercial airports and general aviation at FBO locations. That means if you’re flying in to PSP or TRM Signature locations for the Summit, National will help get you on your way. Get rewarded for traveling by enrolling in National's Emerald Club® - the premier customer loyalty program in the rental car industry. For more information click here.

Alamo Rent A Car

Book online to save up to 25%, get one free additional driver and unlimited mileage. Available at commercial airport locations, Alamo will help you get to the fun faster.

Taxi Cabs

Taxi cabs are available from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), as well as hotels and prominent points of interest in downtown Palm Springs. Rates from Palm Springs International to the downtown area are approximately $12 to $15 (without tip) and subject to change.


Download the transportation schedule.

American Bonanza Society Convention Transportation: ABS attendees will utilize all of the transportation outlined in this section, plus there will be shuttle service from Hotel Zoso after the Falcon DayBreaker specifically for ABS members. The Falcon DayBreaker held at Spa Resort and Casino is within walking distance to the convention center.

Mobility Equipment Rental

Rent a mobility scooter, wheelchair, power chair, and more from Scootaround. To make reservations, visit the Web site or call 888-441-7575.

Parking for the Show

Palm Springs Convention Center

There are approximately 750 spaces available for this year’s show surrounding the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the fee is currently $6 per day for attendees.

Hotel Parking

Parking is available for guests of each of the official AOPA hotels. Downtown hotels will also offer limited paid daily parking for non-guests. Pricing and availability vary for each hotel.

Downtown Palm Springs Parking

All parking spaces in the downtown Palm Springs area are free. Please note that some of the spaces have a two-hour limit.

Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

Happy Traveler RV Park is conveniently located one mile from the Palm Springs Convention Center. Attendees can call 760-325-8518, e-mail, or visit the Web site to check rates and make a reservation. Please note that the spots fill up quickly, and attendees should book in advance.

Summit Sponsors

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