60% of travelers still use airport parking as the preferred method for getting to the airport. So how do you know if on-site or off-site is better for you? Our friends at TravelCar, the global leading platform for booking airport parking, are breaking down some of the differences and benefits of airport parking.
On-site airport parking are garages or lots owned and operated by the airport and are typically the closest parking to the terminals. Because they are the closest, they are also typically the most expensive. Usually, airports offer daily, short term and long-term parking and some of the lots may require shuttle service.
Off-site airport parking are garages or lots not situated on the airport property. There is a daily fee, which usually includes shuttle service to and from the airport, and is typically less expensive than the on-site airport parking.
For some travelers, they’re willing to plop down the extra bucks for on-site parking to be closer to the terminal, because they believe it has better security, and they think it’s easier. For others not willing or able to spend the extra cash on on-site airport parking, off-site garages are adding options they hope will lure travelers to their lot.
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LAX)
In Los Angeles, for example, departing travelers who book TravelCar’s LAX Premier Valet service, will upon arrival, enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea or water while the attendant unloads luggage from the vehicle and loads it on to the shuttle. The attendant will then move the car to its designated spot for the trip duration. For an additional fee, car owners can upgrade for a full car wash, exterior only, and even complete detailing.
LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT (LHR)
For a truly VIP and extraordinary convenient experience in London, try one of TravelCar’s Meet and Greet partners. It goes like this. When you book your Meet and Greet, you get assigned to a concierge who will meet you and your car the departure terminal drop-off allowing you to avoid the shuttle and instead show up to the terminal. You call the concierge when you’re a few minutes away and upon arrival, he helps unload the luggage, does an inspection of the vehicle and after seeing you off, drivers your car to a secure location. Upon arrival, your assigned concierge, who has been tracking your flight, will be waiting for you at arrivals to hand you your keys. That’s parking like Royalty!
BALTIMORE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL (BWI)
Even if you’re not flying from across the pond, you can still enjoy curbside valet stateside. Out of BWI, TravelCar’s partner guarantees you can drive right up to the airport terminal and they will park your car and return it back upon arrival. Similar to the London experience, they promise travelers a friendly agent will ensure a seamless parking experience. And if you want your car returned sparkling clean, travelers can add a car wash for small fee.
BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL (BOS)
No need to worry about shuttles or wait times. No need to look for a parking spot. Travelers can get the VIP parking treatment at Boston Logan Airport with TravelCar’s Premium Curbside Valet Service partner. The valet driver will meet travelers at the terminal at the reservation time. The valet fee is included in the daily rate so there’s no need to pay anything extra. When you land, simply give the Valet Service a call and they’ll have the car waiting curbside when you arrive with your luggage.
All in all, off-site parking offers the most affordable options and now with garages and lots offering cool, new services, it’s picking up in popularity. Sign up for TravelCar’s newsletter today and you’ll get discounts for your next parking reservation. They’re also launching a rewards program later this year which promises to have a number of additional benefits. For more information, visit them at TravelCar.com.