Why Book Short-Term Airport Parking in Advance?

Posted on: 30 July 2019

If you're planning a trip and need to park your car at the airport for a few days, then you may have decided to use a short-term car park on-site. It makes sense to book your parking in advance rather than just turning up on the day and booking a spot then. Why?

Save Money on Parking Costs

Airport car parking companies often offer discounts to people who book in advance. So, if you do this, you'll pay less than if you just turn up on the day.

It's often worth booking your space as soon as you have booked your travel even if this is months in advance. The more in advance you book, the better the discount you may get.

For example, parking companies sometimes use sliding scale discounts for advance bookings. Higher discounts tend to be offered for early bookings, and the percentage you save decreases the closer you get to your travel date.

Tip: Even if you're close to your flight day now, you won't necessarily miss out on getting a discount. Some parking companies give an automatic discount to online bookings even if they are made a few days before travel or even on the day of the flight itself.

Make Sure You Get a Good Spot

Short-term airport car parks may not have as much space as larger long-stay ones. These car parks also tend to be closer to terminals and may not involve a bus transfer from a park that isn't within walking distance of the airport.

So, spaces in these car parks can be at a premium, especially during busy travel and holiday times. They are often popular with drivers who aren't parking long enough to justify a long-term stay fee or who simply want the convenience of being able to get to and from their cars as quickly as possible.

This popularity can affect availability. Smaller and closer car parks are more likely to book up quickly. So, if you leave booking a space until the last minute, then you may be out of luck. If a short-term car park is full, you may have to pay for a long-term alternative or make other arrangements. You stand a better chance of getting a space in a short-term car park if you book early.

To find out more about the benefits of booking short term airport parking in advance, contact car park operators at your airport.