As the states, nation, and world begin to open back up, what does that look like to the traveler as they begin to consider flying again? Well, I can recount for you first-hand, my daughter’s flight this weekend to Memphis, Tennessee from Newark, New Jersey. As things started to ease, her father and I, finally decided we could set-up a trip for her to visit which had originally been set for earlier in the year. So, yesterday, she made her way to Memphis.
First, I must share, trying to book this flight a few weeks ago was crazy. Her dad started sending me screen shots and then I said, just let me look. Normally, Newark has a variety of direct flight options on United from Newark to Memphis making it a quick select, click, and book for our preferred drop-off and pick-up times. Not so right now. I proceeded to actually check 4 airlines from both Newark and Philadelphia. No one had the direct flight. When I began looking at the connections, they were crazy! Most of the connecting flights had her travel time for the day around 15hours. For that kind of travel time, you should be flying long haul overseas. After about a good hour or maybe more, I settled on American Airlines for price and schedule. They had the most options and I could get her there in about 6 hrs.
As the trip approached, I received an email asking if I wanted to change her flight due to her current one being crowded. Unlike what you have heard, the airlines are not keeping middle seats open. I kept her flight as is. On the day of check-in, again there was a notice offering $150 air voucher if you wanted to change to a less crowded flight. I did read on American Airlines site that it looks like this option to opt to change your flight due to crowding will be offered until September. Again, we left things status quo.