When you have an early morning flight, and you know you're going to have to leave your car somewhere at the airport, what are the best options for you to be able to catch your flight on time?
If you're like me, you do not want to pay exorbitant airport parking fees at the airport longterm parking lot. And you do not want to leave your nice car there to be vandalized or broken into. So what are your options?
Well personally I like to know where I'm going to park in advance so when I get to the airport, I know exactly where to go. Without having to drive around looking for an open lot thats not already full.
So the first thing I do is check available deals online. With rates available from around 6.25 per day to upwards of 20.00 a day, I am very careful to make sure I am getting the best deal.
Since I do not live too close to the airport, I also do not want to deal with early morning rush hour traffic, worrying whether or not I will get to the airport on time.
So My first choice is always a park sleep fly package at an airport hotel that I can trust to get me to the airport on time. I look for deals where I would pay just about the same as parking alone would cost, at a hotel who's shuttles run all night in case my flight is really early in the morning.
You've been surprised at the deals you can get. Sometimes I pay less than if I was to use an airport parking lot alone, and I get to stay at the hotel the night before or the night after my trip. It all depends on your needs.
For instance, if I know my flight is coming in late when I return, I do not want to drive home all tired. So I will get my room for when I return.
The same if my flight leaves early in the morning, I do not want to be half asleep driving to the airport. So I book my room for the night before.
These park sleep fly packages are very flexible, and if you need to leave your car a few extra days, there's usually only a small per day fee compared to other lots.
With gas prices these days, you'll be glad you planned for your airport parking and booked it in advance, so you do not have to drive around wasting gas just to park your car.