Flying GRR NOW: What to Expect
Took a flight back to Grand Rapids (GRR) from (PIE) St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL and wanted to let you know what it like to fly right now.
Pros: Prices are still very low, but now on busy days around the weekend prices have jumped up. A quick check of flying to Tampa Bay area for July 4th weekend is coming in at just over $250 round trip before seats and luggage charges on Allegiant Airlines.
Passengers were being good as Social Distancing upon entering the plane.
Food/Drinks: Unlike other airlines you can actually get food and drink service. They offered some nice snacks for purchase and a wide range of drinks including 3 wines, Margaritas and one beer Stella. Southwest wasn't serving any alcohol as recently as last week.
Cons: If you're flying out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport your food and drink options are still limited to takeout in the "A" terminal and vending machines. So no reason to come early to hang out. Founders bar is still closed for now and they are remodeling the bar/restaurant in the "A" terminal, too.
Full-Flights: Planes are very full. Don't expect middle seats to be open or having a row entirely to yourself anymore. My flight this weekend was very full. Allegiant does not alert you to the amount of people on the plane as some other airlines are doing during the COVID-19 crisis.
Masks: while each passenger is offered a safety kit with mask and sanitizing wipes, a vast majority of passengers were not wearing their mask.
No Social Distancing on exiting the airplane, but did see more people wearing their masks on the way out.
Transportation: Trying to get Lyft or Uber has always been a wait at GRR. Expect wait times from 18 minutes to over an hour. This just isn't that many cars in service right now. My Lyft driver said he had passengers last week that had waiting for two hours for a ride home.
The weather is great right now, so you're probably not in a hurry to go anywhere except up to the lake. You may want to book your fall flights before prices jump back up again.