If you want to be fully prepared with regards to parking, then follow these tips. When you book airport parking, you need to make sure that you choose something that will meet all your needs. It does not matter if it is your first time booking airport parking or if you have been doing it for years, you still need to follow these tips to save money.
Book in advance
You will save time and money if you book in advance. You can actually save up to 60% if you pre-book instead of paying at the gate. You will also have a guaranteed parking space and you have the opportunity to compare different companies to make sure that you get the best price available.
Some travel agents and airlines will sell airport parking as an added extra. And they will often sell this added extra at a premium rate. It is wise to shop around independently for this and you will be happy to see how much money you can end up saving. Look online for discounts/voucher codes, as often there are some great bargains to be had and you can save yourself a few quid for the sake of 5 mins on a computer! Check out the Netvouchercodes – travel section for offers.
Allow plenty of extra time
You need to allow for extra time over and above your airport check-in time. You need to have time to drop your car off, especially if the car park is offsite where you will need to catch a shuttle bus to get back to the airport. You would not want to miss your flight!
Choose the right product
There are so many different products to choose from and it is very important that you choose one that suits you – off airport, on airport, short stay, long-stay, or a personal meet and greet service. Think before you book your airport parking. Check out this video that contains an in depth breakdown of how to save money on your airport parking:
It makes sense to choose a parking option that offers a flexible and free cancellation policy. One that allows you to change and cancel bookings up to 24hrs before the date of your departure will save you a lot of heartache and cash.
Arriving back home
Make sure that you know exactly where to go when you arrive back at the airport to collect your car. If there is a shuttle bus that takes you to your car, make sure you know where it will pick you up as it could be in a different place to where it dropped you off.
Make sure that you always check that the airport parking company has security measures in place. This will ensure that your car is safe while you are away on holiday. Look for the ‘Park Mark’ sign and park in that area to make extra sure that you car is safe.
The Park Mark scheme was set up by the Association of Chief Police Officers in conjunction with the British Parking Association in a bid decrease the number of crimes committed when vehicles are left unattended.
When you book airport parking with certain companies, you are allowed to add cancellation protection to your booking for a minimal fee. What this means is that if you need to cancel for any reason, you will get all your money back, as long as you give the company at least 24 hours notice.
Airport hotels or regular hotels?
You might want to consider staying at an airport hotel on the night before you fly. This really makes a lot of sense, especially if you have a very early flight booked. Many times park and fly packages can end up costing more than parking only. It is important that you consider all your options before you book anywhere.