Joint Mathematics Meetings - January 6 - 9, 2008 - Sunday - Wednesday - San Diego Convention Center

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Air Travel

San Diego is on Pacific Standard Time. San Diego International Airport (SAN) is served by all major airlines and is slightly over three miles from the downtown area and the Convention Center. For reference, the floor plan of the San Diego International Airport can be seen at Airlines arriving and departing at each of the three terminals are listed, and the locations of the baggage claim areas and ground transportation areas are marked. While you are at the airport, you might need to travel between terminal buildings. The airport provides free transportation between the terminals on the Red Bus.


Special Discounts!

The official airline for the meetings is Delta. The AMS and MAA have made an agreement with Delta that will enable meetings’ participants to enjoy exclusive discounts in Y- Q classes and in First class! Discounts vary depending on the cabin and available airfare level.

We cannot guarantee that these will be the lowest fares when you make your arrangements. However, we strongly urge participants to make use of this special deal if at all possible, since the AMS and MAA can earn complimentary tickets. These tickets are used to send meetings’ staff (not officers or other staff) to the Joint Mathematics Meetings, thereby keeping the costs of the meetings (and registration fees) down.

To make reservations, click on the Delta Air Lines logo below:

This will bring you to the Delta Air Lines website – where you can make your reservations and have your tickets issued. The applicable discount will automatically apply and the total airfare noted included all taxes and fees – convenient, fast and NO MEETING CODE NEEDED.

Reservations must be made through the link above to be recognized as a Joint Mathematics Meetings participant. If you go to the website directly you will *not* get a discount. Your benefits include:

  • No airline or agency booking fees
  • Delta SkyMile frequent flyer bonus miles, 500 round trip, 250 one-way
  • Skip the airport lines! Check in on line and print your boarding pass within 24 hours of your flight time.


Traveling from the Airport

To depart the San Diego airport, head for the baggage claim area at any of the terminals. The shuttles, taxis, car rental companies, and the bus can be accessed from this location.

Airport Shuttles

Please note that Embassy Suites, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and the Holiday Inn on the Bay provide complimentary airport shuttles. In the Baggage Claim area, either locate the nearest courtesy phone and call the hotel, or call the hotel directly from your cell phone. Identify yourself as a person who has a reservation and you will be given a pickup location and an estimated time of arrival. Guests are advised to call the hotel only after they have claimed their luggage and are actually ready for pickup, as vehicles are not allowed to wait in the pickup area. The last airport pickup for the Embassy Suites is at 10:30 p.m. Please check with the other hotels to see when the last pickup is available.

Shuttle service is available from the airport to the downtown hotels for approximately US$8-11 per person one way and US$16-22 per person round trip. See for shuttle information. Shuttles can be picked up from the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside at the Commuter Terminal. From Terminal 1 you must cross the skybridge, and take the escalators or the elevators to street level. From Terminal 2, cross the Terminal 2 skybridge and take the escalators or the elevators to street level, or use the pedestrian crosswalk conveniently located outside the Terminal 2 Baggage Claim Area to access the Transportation Plaza. A Transportation Coordinator will assist you with getting a shuttle.

Special Deal!

Don’t Wait At The Airport For A Shuttle- Sign Up Now For Quick Service

To avoid long waits for yourself and save US $2 on a round trip ticket, please make your reservations in advance at "Cloud 9 SuperShuttle" for your shuttle ride to and from the airport. It’s easy, just click the link and follow the instructions. Avoid the wait and any delays...reserve your place in advance.


Public Transportation from/to the Airport

General information on San Diego public transportation is at


The Metropolitan Transit System Bus, Flyer Route No. 992, runs every 10 minutes between 5:00 a.m. and 12:50 a.m. to and from the airport and downtown San Diego, stopping between Terminals 1 and 2 and the Commuter Terminal of the San Diego International Airport. Flyer Route No. 992 connects with Trolley, Coaster and Amtrak stations and is wheelchair accessible. Information on Flyer Route No. 992 is available at The price is currently US$2.25, exact fare is appreciated. Flyer Route No. 992's final stop is at 5th Avenue and J Street in the Gaslamp District not far from the Convention Center. However depending on your destination, it may be more convenient to transfer to the downtown trolley route when the Flyer stops at Broadway and Kettner Blvd, (where the Amtrak station is located). Trolley information is located at: trolley has a regular stop at the San Diego Convention Center.


Taxicabs: Taxi fare to the downtown area is approximately US$10 to 12 dollars one way. In the airport, follow the signs leading to the Ground Transportation Plazas, and a Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi.


The Union Station (Santa Fe Depot) train station is conveniently located in downtown San Diego at 1050 Kettner Boulevard. There is a trolley stop at the train station. For additional information on Amtrak service to or from San Diego, telephone 1-800-USA-RAIL, or visit Amtrak or Amtrak California at


Driving Directions from the Airport to the Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center is located at 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Upon leaving the airport, drive out of parking lot, and follow signs to Interstate 5/Downtown. The ramp will put you on Harbor Drive going south. Follow signage to the parking entrance for the San Diego Convention Center. For driving directions from other points, see The hotels being used for the Joint Mathematics Meetings are downtown and locations can be ascertained by checking the map.

On-site private vehicle parking is available at the San Diego Convention Center's 1,950-vehicle underground garage located below the building. Enter the parking garage on Harbor Drive between First Ave. and Fifth Ave.

The cost is $8 per vehicle per day for Convention Center events and $10 for events held at PETCO Park. Payment is due upon entry and there are no in and out privileges. No overnight or RV parking are permitted.


Car Rental

Avis Rent A Car is the official car rental company for the meeting. All car rentals include unlimited free mileage and are available to renters 25 years and older. Avis offers special convention rental rates effective January 6, 2008 ­ January 9, 2008:


Car Group



Weekend Daily



US $38

US $151

US $22



US $43

US $162

US $24



US $48

US $184

US $26

Full Size 2-Door


US $50

US $194

US $29

Full Size 4-Door


US $54

US $206

US $33



US $60

US $270

US $41



US $87

US $368

US $66



US $60

US $302

US $60



US $60

US $305

US $60

Sport Utility


US $60

US $302

US $66

12 Passenger Van
US $117
US $591
US $119

The above rates are guaranteed. Return to the same renting location or additional surcharges may apply. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Weekend daily rates are available from noon Thursday - Monday at 11:59 P.M. (vehicle must be checked out by 3:00 PM Sunday).

Should a lower qualifying rate become available at the time of booking, Avis is pleased to offer a 5% discount off the lower qualifying rate or the meeting rate, whichever is lowest. The attendee must use the assigned Meeting Avis Discount Number (J098887) and meet Avis rate requirements to receive the discount. (Rate discounts are available at all corporate and participating licensee locations.)

Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages or gas refueling charges. Renters must meet Avis' age, driver, and credit requirements.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at


Information for International Participants

International participants should view this important information about traveling to the United States. For official information on the visa application process, go to

Generally, the travel appropriate for a business B-1 visitor includes travel for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or conference on specific dates. For more information, see Frequently Requested Info.


Invitation Letter

International attendees of JMM Meetings often need a letter of invitation from the Director of Meetings in order to obtain a visa to visit the US. Because of increased scrutiny of visa applicants, many potential attendees of scientific meetings in the United States have experienced unusual delays in obtaining travel visas.

If you need a letter of invitation from the Director of Meetings and have not yet requested it, please send email to and an invitation will be forwarded as soon as possible. In order to compose and send your letter, we will need your document number, email address, and your complete mailing address.


Reminder: Machine Readable Passports Required

The Department of Homeland Security reminds travelers from the 27 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries that as of June 26, 2005, they must have a machine-readable passport to enter the United States without a visa. Beginning June 26, 2005, transportation carriers will be fined US $3,300, per violation, for transporting any VWP traveler to the United States without a machine-readable passport. Similarly, VWP travelers arriving in the United States on that date without a machine-readable passport should not anticipate being granted one-time entry into the country. As an alternative for persons with immediate travel plans who are unable to obtain a machine-readable passport in time, the individual may apply for a U.S. visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.

Frequently Requested Info



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