One of the most frustrating things that most people experience at the airport is locating a parking spot. You can spend several minutes or even an hour searching for an empty parking spot, simply moving from parking lot to parking lot. This can get bad, especially if you had not considered reserving a space for your car or if you will be parking for a long period of time. You don’t want to experience the stress of searching for a parking space at the risk of missing your flight.
During the holiday season or in the summer when people are flying off to vacation destinations things can be particularly difficult where parking is concerned. You need to plan ahead and you also need to look at the available options. Parking on-site may be convenient, but the costs associated with it can be quite intimidating. With proper planning, an off-site option can be the saving grace needed for parking long-term during busy times.
If you would like to avoid this parking nightmare you have several choices:
- You can have a friend or family member drop you off and pick you up
- You can catch public means to the airport or take a taxi
- You can take the airport shuttle or;
- You can use an off-site parking lot
The first three options can be quite troublesome since they involve more meticulous planning and reliance on somebody else to get you to the airport on time. Should the person not do so, you will be at risk of missing your flight. Using an off-site parking lot is a great idea because you don’t have to rely on anyone else to get you to the airport and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for airport parking. In fact, whether you are opting for short-term or long term parking, you will be able to save money and enjoy the conveniences that go with it.
Most off-site parking lots are run by private companies and may include other perks as well. You may find that they have a car wash service, valet parking and more. One thing that’s for sure is that they will have a complimentary shuttle bus that will take you to and from the airport terminal. The shuttle is a great convenience and works well even if you have heavy luggage.
Whereas you are not able to reserve a parking spot at the airport, you are able to reserve a parking spot with an off-site parking lot. You don’t have to spend valuable time trying to find an empty spot to park in. This is a great advantage especially when travel is at its peak.
Locating a lot that allows you to park long term is easy. Simply search the internet for parking lots in your area or look through the phone book. If you will be leaving very early in the morning and you prefer to spend the night at a hotel, most parking lots are usually located close to a hotel and may even have a discount package if you spend the night at the hotel and park your car at the lot.
Robert John has been working as an Airport parking attendant for 5 years now. He advises that, When it comes to long term parking at the airport one should have several options but the best by far is off-site parking. Visit his blog for more information on off-site packing.