There are plenty of ways to save money when planning your holiday, but saving on airport parking is often overlooked. It can be expensive to book at the airport and there are many different options to choose from. Prices can vary by airport, parking type and time of year, making finding great value deals a bit of a headache. But with the tips below you will easily save some money for fun during your trip!
Book through a Comparison Website
One of the best ways to find the best airport parking prices is by using a price comparison website. They save you time researching the different available options by providing you with all the information you need in one place in just a few minutes. You will be able to see all the different options available to you and find the best one for your holiday needs.
A great example is Parkhero.co.uk. It is a comparison website designed specifically to help travellers find the best prices on airport parking across the UK. If for example, you are looking for Stansted parking, you simply need to choose Stansted Airport and enter your travel dates. The comparison tool will then return all your available options from the least to the most expensive parking options. It is also possible to filter the results by ratings given by past customers or the distance from the airport. This is important if you want to be within walking distance of the airport. You can also quickly see this from the icons accompanying each parking service. Once you have chosen your service, you can book directly from the results page in just 5 minutes. Unlike many similar websites, Parkhero does not require you to make an account and does not charge you a booking fee!
Comparison websites help you gain an overview of exactly what options are available at your chosen airport and make the booking process so much quicker.
Book in Advance
When booking a holiday, you are often advised to book in advance and airport car parking is no exception. By booking as far in advance as possible you give yourself the best chance of finding a good parking deal. Many leave booking their airport parking until last minute and miss out on the cheaper options.
Car parks only have a certain number of spaces and prices often increase as more and more are filled. This is especially true during the peak holiday seasons. As soon as you know your travel dates, make sure to head over to a comparison website, such as Parkhero, and get one of the cheap parking deals.
Types of Airport Parking
Another effective way to save money when booking airport parking is to be aware of the different types of parking available. Most airport give you the choice of Park and Ride, Meet and Greet and Park and walk services.
With a Park and Ride service you either park your car yourself and keep the keys or drop it off the car park reception and hand in your keys so that it can be parked securely for you. You will then be directed to an on-demand or frequent shuttle bus to the airport terminal. Park and Rides are typically between 5 and 20 minutes’ drive away from the airport. These services are almost always the cheapest options available, as they are the least convenient in terms of time. However, by arriving at the airport a bit earlier, you can easily save a significant amount of money!
Meet and Greet services are valet services allowing you to drop your car off just outside the terminal. It will then be parked for you and returned to the same spot when you get back. It is an extremely convenient service as you do not have to wait around and can just walk a few minutes to the terminal. Park and Walk services are just as convenient, as they are usually situated right next to the terminal allowing you to walk to check-in in under 5 minutes. Both of these services are more expensive due to their proximity to the airport and the amount of time they save you. They are only good value for money when you are planning a short-term trip, otherwise Park and Ride is the best value option.
At most airports you will find car parks operated by the airport itself and off-site car parks operated by external companies. Airport services are closer to the terminal and offer you the extra security of being on the airport terrain. In contrast, off-site car parks are located a few miles from the airport and are often unable to provide an as convenient service, at least in terms of time. If you want to save money, it is always a good idea to opt for an external service. External car parks also offer excellent security facilities for your vehicle, just ensure that they are Park Mark certified for your peace of mind. While you may need to leave yourself a bit more time to get to the check-in desks with off-site services, you will save yourself money!
Follow the advice above and you will easily save money for the fun things during your trip!