The readers have spoken, and they love the Palm Springs International Airport.

The Points Guy, a travel website and blog, asks its readers every year to vote on their favorite airport, and for the 2021 TPG Awards, Palm Springs came out on top. The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is the only commercial service airport in the Coachella Valley, with 11 airlines providing nonstop service to more than 30 destinations across the United States and Canada. It’s also known for its extensive art collection.

In a statement, Mayor Cristy Holstege and Visit Greater Palm Springs President and CEO Scott White said they are “thrilled” by the honor.

“With its open-air walkways and lushly landscaped courtyards that lead within minutes to baggage claims and its breathtaking mountain views, PSP is a surprisingly welcomed and stress-free experience for visitors,” White added.

It will soon be easier than ever for people around the country to fly into Palm Springs.

Southwest Airlines announced earlier this month that it will launch year-round service through Palm Springs International Airport later this year. The low-fare carrier flies out of more than 100 locations, and in a statement, Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said Palm Springs is “a great California destination.” 

Palm Springs City Manager David Ready said local officials worked for years to get Southwest to the Palm Springs International Airport, and thanks to “our year-round sunshine, relaxed desert lifestyle, and multi-million dollar public and private reinvestments in our city’s hotel stock, Convention Center, and downtown, Palm Springs has experienced a sensational renaissance and we are now one of Southern California’s premier resort destinations.”

Allegiant Air also recently revealed that this fall, it will start offering nonstop flights from Palm Springs International Airport to Boise, Idaho, and Eugene, Oregon. Already, the low-cost airline has service from Palm Springs to Bellingham, Washington. Boise flights will begin on Nov. 19, followed by Eugene flights on Nov. 20, with fares starting at $49 each way. Allegiant said both routes will operate twice weekly.

While Los Angeles and Palm Springs are only about two hours away from each other by car, those who want to go back and forth faster can take Delta’s new year-round daily service between the two cities. The flight from L.A. will leave at 7:45 p.m., arriving in Palm Springs at 8:35 p.m., and the flight departing Palm Springs will take off at 7:15 a.m., landing in Los Angeles at 8:08 a.m. This service will begin on Nov. 20.

“We’re very excited to have that,” Palm Springs Mayor Geoff Kors said after announcing the news. “That obviously is good for people who prefer not to drive, especially on busy weekends.”

Additionally, Alaska Airlines is adding non-stop service to San Jose, Reno/Lake Tahoe, and Boise from Palm Springs starting on Dec. 17, and JetBlue will launch non-stop seasonal service to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida beginning Dec. 17, with flights twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. American Airlines is also adding a seasonal weekly flight to Philadelphia, starting Dec. 19. 


Coronavirus spores

Under California’s current stay-at-home order, hotels in Southern California — including those in Palm Springs — are only open to “essential workers” or people who are quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure. No leisure traveling should be taking place at this time.

The order will be in effect until at least Dec. 27. The coronavirus is spreading at an uncontrollable rate in the state, and the order was triggered in Southern California when hospital intensive care unit capacity dropped below 15 percent in the region.

Here are some things to keep in mind while this order is in place:

  • The city of Palm Springs told the Los Angeles Times that “short-term lodging is available to in-state travelers only if those travelers are traveling on essential business or for COVID-mitigation purposes.” 
  • The state of California considers health care providers and caregivers, members of law enforcement, grocery store employees, and mass transit workers among essential employees. Click here for a full list of essential workers.
  • The California State Public Health Department says nonessential travel includes people going on trips that are “considered tourism or recreational in nature.” 
  • One example of a permissible hotel stay is if your spouse was diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to the virus — you could book a room in Palm Springs while they are quarantined in your home.

Throughout this crisis, our hotels have gone above and beyond to keep their guests and staff safe. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety guidelines here.

Didn’t see it the first time?? Here’s a short media round-up of recent coverage about several Palm Springs boutique hotels and what’s happening in the desert.

The pool at Los Arboles. Photo credit Lorena Lopez

Lorena Lopez over at Traveling Soulo shares her stay experience at Los Arboles, the Palm Springs hotel that’s known for its chill, come-as-you-are vibe.

Roanne Adams — who runs the creative studio, RoAndCo — threw a (vaccinated) 40th birthday in Palm Springs with 25 friends.  Here’s her story for NY Mag.

Linda Milks with Bella and Catie in Palm Springs. Photo Credit Todd Montgomery.

It’s a dog’s life. Enjoying the Dog Days in Palm Springs as seen in Food, Wine, Travel Magazine, page 29.

And speaking of dogs…this AP story pick up will have you ready to take your furry darling out to the desert

The story about the Boutiquely Palm Springs newsletter was picked up all over the world.

Palm Springs offers blue skies, palm trees, and snow-capped mountains. Photo courtesy of

Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels — a collection of more than 70 boutique hotels — have reopened just in time for those who crave the sun and need a change of scenery from the recent California lock-down orders. Many hotels have special offers to celebrate the reopening, including free nights and percentages off.

“Palm Springs small hotels are ideal for those who need a change of scenery but aren’t ready to be around many people,” says Michael Green Chair of the Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels/TBID commission. “It’s the perfect time to escape to somewhere bright, sunny and safe.”

The comfort and safety of guests continues to be a top priority. Over the past few weeks, the owners and general managers of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels have collaboratively created a baseline of safety sanitation standards.

Most Palm Springs boutique hotels have fewer than 30 rooms, making them easier to thoroughly clean and keep sanitized. Common areas are typically outside, and a majority of rooms have their own private entrances and HVAC.

Hoteliers will continue to take every precaution during this time, from sanitizing surfaces throughout the day to rearranging patio furniture to ensure social distancing,” says Green.

As Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels are independently owned with unique property designs and configurations, each one will have its own safety guidelines in addition to the requirements set forth by the city of Palm Springs and the ones they collectively developed. This information will be shared with guests when they receive their reservation confirmation. Those who have visited before can expect some changes when it comes to checking-in and food and beverage services.

Some hotels, such as The Alcazar Palm SpringsLa Serena VillasLos ArbolesVilla Royale, Holiday House, and the iconic Ingleside Inn, have restaurants on site. Additionally, many Palm Springs restaurants and bars offer cocktail and food curbside pickup and hotel delivery services for those who don’t plan to leave their pool lounge chair.

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Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels is a consortium of independently owned boutique hotels, which are an essential part of this desert resort town’s uncommon culture and economy. From quirky to charming, mid-century modern to clothing-optional, Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels has got your stay. Follow the fun on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Pinterest. Please visit Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels special offers page for details.


What’s happening? Here’s a short media round-up of recent coverage about several Palm Springs boutique hotels and what’s happening in the desert.

LA Times: Cool vibes, splash-worthy pools at these 7 new or updated Palm Springs hotels, $114 and up

LA Times covers cool boutique hotels in Palm Springs

AFAR: Tim Masters shares the scoop on the reason L.A. types have been flocking to the desert since the Rat Pack days in How to Enjoy a Weekend in Palm Springs.

Los Angeles Magazine partnered with the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism to highlight the glory of Palm Springs, including fabulous photos of the iconic Monkey Tree Hotel in Ready for a Change of Scene? Palm Springs Beckons.

Elaine Master Interviews the new owners of the Inn at Palm Springs

Trip Well Gal: In Big Hearts, Small Hotel – Meet Your Inn at Palm Springs Hosts, travel writer Elaine Masters interviews hoteliers Paul Kurdian and Samantha McDermott about what makes their hotel so fun and special.

WeHo Times: Award-winning journalist and Palm Springs homeboy Thom Senzee writes frankly about his mood in Palm Springs as the world of travel opens up. This is the first of his three-part series on clothing-optional boutique resorts that cater to gay men. Check out Postcards from Palm Springs.