Plan ahead and pre-book your parking before you go to the airport.
While traveling is a refreshing activity, it does not usually come easy—from the preparation of your things and booking a flight to the settlement of your hotel bills, you’ll most likely meet at least one problem. An example of a problem you may encounter is your transportation from the house to the airport.
Rather than riding a taxi, or asking a friend or family member to give you a ride towards the airport, you can use your personal car and just park it around the area. After all, it’s always nice to know you can quickly ride your own car after a long flight.
However, there are a lot of people who unknowingly break the law in order to get a parking spot in the airport. As ignorance is not a valid excuse to do any illegal activity, it’s best that you equip yourself with the right knowledge with regards to airport parking. Here are wise tips that you can use without breaking the law.
1. Identify the distance of the parking area to the airport.
The closer the parking area is to the airport the cheaper it will be. For those who require a shuttle towards the terminal, there will be a cheaper parking fee.
2. Use valet service.
There are many airlines that offer valet services. Thus, you can simply hand over your car keys and they will take care of the rest for you. They will park your car and retrieve it once you’re back. Since these kinds of services are offered by the airport, they are guaranteed safe. The only downside to this is that it can be costly.
3. Use the hotel parking.
If you have stayed at the airport hotel before your flight, then your best option is to leave your vehicle in the hotel. It has high security and is accessible from the airport. Thus, you’ll have less trouble retrieving your car.
4. Take a photo of your chosen parking space.
Taking a photo with your smartphone or camera of the parking space will be enough to remind you where you parked your car. Doing this will save you a lot of worry and effort in looking for your parked car once you return home from the trip.
5. Get cheaper parking before you head to the airport.
You can actually search some off-airport parking spots online. The best thing about online parking reservation is that there’s always a way to get a discount, coupons, codes, etc..
6. Sticking with an airport’s own parking space.
If you can afford the airport’s parking fee, you can stick to it. You might like it there as it’s a safe location. It’s the most convenient, too.
Now that you know some hacks to park your car more conveniently and more cheaply, you can apply them the next time you go on a trip. Just remember always to come to the airport earlier than scheduled so you can still have time to deal with an emergency car parking problem. Plan ahead and pre-book your parking before you go to the airport.
Stories by Subha Bhattacharjee