One of the most dreadful aspects of flying isn’t a fear of planes or even the long lines in baggage checks. Rather, most people dread finding a place to park when flying on a return trip package. Sometimes you can’t find a car park near enough to your flight and other times car parks are cost prohibitive.
For that reason, many passengers pay the expensive cost of taxis or other means of public transport as they would rather hassle with their luggage in and out of a taxi or train than locating a place to safely leave their car whilst away from home. If you are one of those people who dread parking at an airport, here are five tips every traveller needs to know about airport parking.
1. Choose a Car Park/Flight Package Online
You can always get a hassle-free flight and car park package online. All main airports in the UK are likely to provide “park and fly” packages, depending on what airline you’re flying with. For example, jet2 have recently developed new park and fly packages with Birmingham Airport in the West Midlands.
2. Book Early to Get the Best Deals in the Car Park of Your Choice
Do the research before booking your car park. Which terminal will you be flying in and out of? How close will it be to your flight? For example, once you know the time and concourse you will be flying in and out of, you may want to look at online resources. For example, the website birminghamparking.com allows you to book a spot in advance for Birmingham Airport Car Park 7, as well as 1, 2 or 3. If the information is available early on, you can almost always get the car park of your choice by booking early.
3. Check Your Car Park’s Safety & Security Rating
If you are concerned for your own safety when parking in an airport car park or the safety of a vehicle once it’s unattended by you, check out Park Mark to see if the carpark of your choice has the Park Mark award. You’ll be happy to know that most of the larger UK airports have designated car parks that have made the grade and are considered safe and secure.
4. Add Hotel Accommodations to your Flight/Park Package
You’ve already agreed on a travel/park package, why not add to your savings and convenience by adding hotel accommodations to the package? This gives you a stress-free way to get the prices you need within your budget, whilst ensuring that everything is pre-arranged before the date of departure. This is truly worth its weight in gold if you are looking to reduce the stress of travelling.
5. Choose the Best Parking Option for Your Needs
There are a number of car park options you can choose from. Some are park and ride where shuttles run regularly from the car park to the terminals. Even some on-site car parks at airports have shuttles running regularly while meet and greet (valet) may be an option, but obviously not as inexpensive as park and ride.
Are you still dreading car parks when flying? Book a package deal and you will find the easiest way to reassure yourself of great deals, great car park locations, and transport between your vehicle and the terminals. If these tips don’t reassure you, nothing will! Enjoy your trip without the worry of where and how to park your car.