Direct Flights from Phoenix to Santa Fe Celebrated by Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder

Daily Direct Flights Make Santa Fe the perfect getaway for Phoenix Residents

Have you heard the news? Starting December 15, 2016, residents of the Phoenix area will have daily direct flights to Santa Fe, NM on American Airlines, opening a new gateway to northern New Mexico’s authentic adventures. (This is just in time for my birthday, I might add.) A nice frosting on the cake for my Flagstaff and Northern Arizona friends is that an early connecting flight from Flagstaff to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport makes Santa Fe just “a hop, skip and a jump” for us, too.

American Airlines CR-700 70-seat aircraft

Flight 5916 gives Arizona residents easy access to Northern New Mexico art and recreation

Flight 5916 will give Arizona residents easy access to Northern New Mexico’s:

  • skiing and snowboarding (some of the best in the southwest, BTW),
  • scenic hiking and river rafting, 
  • Santa Fe’s Native American art and cultural experiences, 
  • world-class shopping and galleries, 
  • acclaimed dining and much more. (Northern New Mexican cuisine could be my fave style of cooking.)
The new flight departs Phoenix daily at 8:48 am and arrives in Santa Fe at 11:12 am.  Another departs 6:42 pm arriving SAF 7:24 pm. The outbound flights depart Santa Fe daily at 12:15 and 6:42 pm, arriving in Phoenix at 12:49 and 7:24 pm respectively. The new CR-700 70-seat aircraft with two-class configuration ensures passengers will traveling comfort and have access to WiFi.

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder celebrates direct flights

In celebration of the new daily flights, Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder is offering a weekend getaway package featuring great savings and ultimate comforts for first-time visitors exploring the destination. The package includes continental breakfast, late checkout, complimentary Internet access and more. (Visit to see if this travel deal is still available.)

“We are looking forward to sharing the wealth of cultural and recreational activities unique to our region with Phoenix residents”, said Matthew La Vine, general manager. Continuing the celebration, Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder will be hosting complimentary tours of the resort’s $2 million Native American art collection, home to hundreds of pieces of unique art, sculptures and architecture.

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder resort across lake with blue New Mexico skies reflecting in the water

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder located on sovereign Native American land

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder offers one of Santa Fe’s most unique resort experiences located on the sovereign Native American land of the Pojoaque. Featuring traditional Pueblo architecture, the AAA Four Diamond resort is home to:
  • a world-renowned Native American art collection valued at over $2 million, 
  • 27 holes of golf at Towa Golf Club, 
  • Pojoaque-influenced spa services at the Wo’ P’in spa, 
  • world-class fine dining at Red Sage and 
  • Las Vegas-style gaming at the adjacent upscale casino.

This article was updated recently to reflect new flight times and flight numbers — even so you will want to reconfirm with American Airlines as flights are ever-changing.

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Arizona travel writer “UNSTOPPABLE Stacey” was hosted by Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder for airfare, hotel and meals as is typical in the travel industry. Although that does not affect her opinions expressed here, the travel journalist believes in full disclosure.

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