Top 10 tips to save money on airport parking
This option lets you drive up to the Departures building or short stay car park and hand your keys to a waiting driver who will drive your car to a car park; your car will be brought back to the drop-off point when you return to the airport.
It used to be a far more expensive option than off-airport parking, but as more companies have begun to offer it prices have fallen, and if you can find a good deal it may cost little more than off-airport alternatives.
Again the same caveat applies – check the credentials of the company and read online reviews to ensure they are reputable.
It’s also important to ensure that your car will be kept in a locked compound with security so you can be sure it will be there when you come back.
7. Save by booking a hotel and parking deal
You can add a night in a hotel to your car parking deal for less than £50, which is far cheaper than booking both things separately. Check if there’s a fee for using the hotel’s airport minibus – they’re usually less than £5 each way.
8. Look for price guarantees and booking incentives
Some online agents, such as holidayextras.com, operate a price match guarantee, so if you find the same parking deal cheaper elsewhere it will match that price. Others will send you discount vouchers if you register for email newsletters with them.
9. Does the deal let you get a refund if your trip is cancelled?
It’s bad enough if circumstances force you to cancel your holiday, so you won’t want added expense of having to pay for car parking you can no longer use. So check the terms and conditions to see if you can cancel and get a full refund if you have to cancel, and note if there is a cut-off date after which you can’t cancel.
10. Don’t pay to drop off
If you’re just dropping a friend or relative off at an airport check the cost of parking in the long stay car park for a short time. At Gatwick you can park in its long stay car park for up to two hours for free – park in the short stay car park for the same time and you’ll pay £12. Some airports even charge you simply to drive into the drop-off/pick-up area.