The flights and the hotel are all sorted: now to find a deal on airport car parking
You could leave airport car parking until the last minute, and end up spending a fortune for the privilege. Donâ€™t do that: simply planning a little in advance to find the best deals can save you a fortune. Here, we show you how.
Car parks like it when people sign up, and will often reward them with some deals not available anywhere else.
2. Advance booking
Donâ€™t underestimate the power of booking in advance, even if itâ€™s only 24 or 48 hours before you fly. Want evidence of how much you can save? At London Heathrow, youâ€™ll pay Â£178 at Long Stay if you simply turn up on the day. Book in advance and youâ€™ll pay Â£95 â€“ an Â£83 savingâ€¦
3. Book early
You book your holiday in advance, so why not get the car parking sorted there and then? We guarantee you, prices will only go one way as you get nearer to departure…
4. Search comparison sites
Comparison sites can often be your friend, but there are also some special sites dedicated to car parking: try gosimply.com, parking4less.com and travelsupermarket.com, along with holidayextras.co.uk and parkbcp.co.uk.
5. Search reviews and reputation
Donâ€™t risk leaving your car with cowboys: make sure any car park is a member of the British Parking Association, and has Park Mark accreditation â€“ this means itâ€™s been vetted by the police. It canâ€™t do any harm to read online reviews either.
6. Try â€˜meet and greetâ€™
Meet and greet parking, where you simply drive up to the terminal and hand over your keys to someone whoâ€™ll park your car offsite, is currently a very competitive business. This means prices have never been lower â€“ try getting a quote, as you may be surprised.
7. Book parking and hotel together
This is a very clever trick: staying over in a hotel near to the airport, and leaving your car in their car park. Often, special deals are available, which sometimes means staying over the night before is cheaper than using a car park elsewhereâ€¦
8. Look for price guarantees
Online agents sometimes offer price guarantees: find a better deal elsewhere and theyâ€™ll refund the difference.
9. Look for refund options
Imagine if you have to cancel your holiday but then still fork out for car parking. Itâ€™s worth checking terms and conditions for any penalties.
10. Avoid drop-off charges
This is a sneaky one: at some airports, theyâ€™ll charge you just for dropping off people. Other airports are more generous: Gatwick, for example, will let you use Long Stay car parking for up to two hours for free â€“ although itâ€™ll charge you Â£12 to use Short Stay parking for the same time. Research it to make sure youâ€™re not caught out.