SSR 2014 Travel and Transportation

Traveling to Grand Rapids

By Air

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) is 11 miles from DeVos Place and is serviced by the following airlines, some of which offer travel discounts to SSR participants:

  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines

SSR is pleased to offer the following discount options to participants in SSR 2014:

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is pleased to offer the following special benefits to SSR meeting participants:

  • For U.S.- & Canada-originating airports, with travel dates between 15 and 26 July 2014, please use meeting code NMGWA to receive 2% to 10% discounts on airfare. Discounts apply only to flights arriving at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR)
  • For all non-North American-originating airports, with travel dates between 12 and 30 July 2014, please use meeting code NMGWB to receive 3% to 10% discounts on airfare. Discounts apply only to flights arriving at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR)

To take advantage of this special offer, please visit the Delta Reservations website, enter your travel information, and place the appropriate Meeting Event Code in the box indicated (the discount will appear at the end of the process).

Delta may have additional terms and restrictions that apply. SSR does not represent that this information is complete, and does not guarantee Delta rates, terms, or service.

United Airlines

United Airlines is pleased to offer the following special benefits to SSR meeting participants:

  • For travel dates between 16 and 25 July 2014 to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR), please use offer code ZR24191991 to receive 2% to 10% discounts on both domestic and international airfares.

To take advantage of this special offer, you must make your reservations through the United Meetings reservation page.

United may have additional terms and restrictions that apply. SSR does not represent that this information is complete, and does not guarantee United rates, terms, or service.

American Airlines

American Airlines is pleased to offer the following special benefits to SSR meeting participants:

  • For travel dates between 16 and 26 July 2014 to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR), please use promotion code 7374DA to receive 5% discounts on AA.com flights operated by American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection.

To take advantage of this special offer, you must make your reservations through the American Airlines Meeting Travel page ("Book Your Destination" on right; enter promotion code 7374DA).

American Airlines may have additional terms and restrictions that apply. SSR does not represent that this information is complete, and does not guarantee American Airlines rates, terms, or service.

By Car

Grand Rapids is within driving distance (less than one day) of many major U.S. cities:

Starting Point Distance to Grand Rapids
Detroit, Michigan 58 miles (254 km)
Chicago, Illinois 178 miles (286 km)
Indianapolis, Indiana 253 miles (407 km)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 277 miles (445 km)
Champaign, Illinois 277 miles (445 km)
Columbus, Ohio 325 miles (523 km)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 361 miles (581 km)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 409 miles (658 km)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 417 miles (671 km)
Lexington, Kentucky 436 miles (701 km)
St. Louis, Missouri 444 miles (714 km)

Discounted parking is available at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for registered SSR guests: $8/night for self-parking and $12.50/night for valet parking, with unlimited in and out privileges. SSR parking rates are 50% off the regular rate; subject to change.

By Bus

The Greyhound Bus Station is located at 250 Grandville Avenue Southwest, less than a mile from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. After arriving, take a cab; or, if you are in need of exercise, you may walk the 1 mile to the Amway Grand Hotel. Go north on Grandville Avenue Southwest 4 blocks; turn left onto Weston Street Southwest and walk half a block; turn right on Market Avenue Southwest (becomes Monroe Avenue Northwest) and walk 4 blocks. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be on your left.

By Train

The Amtrak Station is located at 431 Wealthy Street Southwest, about a mile from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. After arriving, take a cab; or, if you are in need of exercise, you may walk the 1 mile to the Amway Grand Hotel. Head east on Wealthy Street Southwest for half a block; turn left onto Ney Avenue Southwest and walk 1 block; turn right onto Market Avenue Southwest (becomes Monroe Avenue Northwest) and walk 7 blocks. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be on your left.


Getting Around Grand Rapids

Airport Transfer Shuttle Service

Coach shuttle service for people attending the SSR Meeting will be available between Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel every hour, on the hour. The service is managed and operated by Gail Andrus Travel, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cost: $20.00 per person, Round Trip or One-Way.

Schedule

Arrivals: Shuttle service departs from the baggage claim area once per hour, and drops off at the Lyon Street entrance of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • Friday, 18 July 2014
    ​12:00 p.m. (noon)–12:00 a.m. (midnight)

  • Saturday, 19 July 2014
    8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Departures: Shuttle service departs from the Lyon Street entrance of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • Wednesday, 23 July 2014
    ​​4:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Car Rental

Car rental companies available at the airport are:

Discounted parking is available at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for registered SSR guests: $8/night for self-parking and $12.50/night for valet parking, with unlimited in and out privileges. SSR parking rates are 50% off the regular rate; subject to change.

Cab

The average cab fare from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to the Amway Grand Hotel is $30 one-way. SSR does not represent that this information is complete, and does not guarantee rates, terms, or service.

City Bus

The Rapid bus line has a route from the airport to downtown Grand Rapids. Take Bus 17 Airport/Northbound to 28th Street/East Beltline Southeast; transfer to Bus 6 Eastown/Northbound to Lyon/Ottawa. The trip takes approximately one hour. Get off at the Lyon/Ottawa stop and walk 1 block west on Lyon Street Northwest to Monroe Avenue; the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place are across the street.

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