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Flying to San Diego


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We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel.

To make flight instructions online please click on discount code *ZNWR923790.

MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426-1122.

  • Monday – Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Saturday – Sunday:  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

*Please note that any airfare discount extended by United Airlines is provided as a courtesy and is not affiliated with ALA. Any inquiries or issues regarding the discount should be directed to United Airlines.

Getting to and from the Airport


San Diego International Airport (SAN)
3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
(202) 991-4659


Getting to the San Diego International Airport takes approximately 10-15 minutes by car or shuttle. The airport is serviced by 22 major and commuter airlines including non-stop flights from Mexico, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the UK, and receives more than 16 million passengers a year.Some hotels offer shuttles to and from the airport; be sure to check with your hotel. The airport is located just three miles away from the Convention Center.

Note: From June 2022 through 2024, the airport will be constructing a new, modern Terminal 1 to replace the outdated terminal. Travelers are encouraged to give themselves extra time when going to the airport. See the timeline and details.


Getting around San Diego

Convention Center & Downtown San Diego Parking
Parking - San Diego Convention Center (visitsandiego.com)

Convention Center Parking:

Enter the parking garage on Harbor Drive. There are no in-and-out privileges. Parking rates range due to event activity and payment is due upon entry. ACE Parking sets the rates. See this month's projected parking rates, which are subject to change based on event activity in and around the Center.

Downtown San Diego Parking:

On the corner of Harbor Dr. and Park Ave., there is a 2,000-space parking structure adjacent to the Hilton Bayfront. Off-site parking is available at numerous nearby parking lots and garages in downtown San Diego, and many are within walking distance of the center. Metered street parking is available in some areas. City of San Diego parking meters are enforced Monday through Saturday, from 8am until 6 pm, unless otherwise posted. Metered spots are free on Sunday and designated holidays. 

Car Rental

Auto Rental - Budget

Make your budget go further by getting a great deal on a great car from Budget. As an ALA member, you’ll get an amazing deal every time you rent – up to 25% off Budget’s great rates. To book your car, visit Budget Car Rental or call toll free 1-800-527-0700 and mention the ALA Budget Discount number (BCD): R584716 to receive your discount. Make the smart choice, rent Budget and start saving today!

Auto Rental - Avis

You can save up to 25% off your next car rental while experiencing the comfort and reliability that come with renting from Avis. With 4,800 locations in over 140 countries, there's always an Avis nearby to help you with your car rental needs. To rent a car, visit Avis or call toll free at 1-800-331-1212. And remember to use your ALA Avis Discount number (AWD): B155116 to enjoy these special savings.


Public Transportation

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Trolley
With two stops in front of the Convention Center, the MTS Trolley is a convenient public transportation option for exploring Little Italy, Old Town, Fashion Valley and more. See this overview of how to take the Trolley. and plan your trip at sdmts.com.

Amtrack Train
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Santa Fe Depot offers a variety of bus and rail services. Enjoy a one-mile walk to the station, or hop on the trolley to get there. Take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner from San Diego through Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. Or, board the NCTD COASTER for a scenic ride to Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside.

Public Transportation (cont'd)

(FRED) Free Ride Everywhere Downtown
A unique form of transport in San Diego is the electric, open-air vehicles called FRED. This completely free service works through a mobile app and can be a great option if the pick-up times align with your schedule. Download the Ride Circuit app to request a ride. Hours of operation can be found at ridecircuit.com/fred.

Local Ridesharing

Uber - San Diego
Lyft - San Diego

Shuttle Buses

To/From the San Diego Convention Center and the official ALA-blocked hotels.