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Saving Your Spot: A Traveler's Guide to Airport Parking

by Lloyd Pearson

Parking at the airport can be stressful for some. Lots may be situated far from the airport, and the rules for each lot can sometimes be confusing. Knowing where to park in advance and knowing how to reserve your spot can help make your next trip a little more relaxing. Here are some tips you can use to navigate the parking options at your local airport. 

Short-Term and Long-Term Lots

 Large airports typically offer short-term and long-term parking lot, so it's a good ideal to understand the basic differences before you head out. Short-term parking is great for picking up and dropping off friends and family, while long-term parking is ideal for those who will be traveling out of town. When it comes to costs, long-term lots tend to be lower in cost, so be sure you are selecting the right option for your needs and your pocket book,.. While long-term lots may be situated further away from the airport, shuttle buses and airport railway systems can transport you to and from terminals quickly. 

Private Lots

In some areas with smaller airports, private lots are available for travelers. These parking lots are not operated by the airport or airline, but are typically situated close by. As you research different lots ahead of time, make sure you know whether you're parking in an airport or private lot. Rates may be a bit higher for a private lot, and you'll also want to make sure there is adequate security to protect your vehicle while you travel. Ask in advance about shuttle services to the main airport terminals to ensure you arrive in time for your flight. 

Parking Reservations

During peak travel times, spots in short-term, long-term, and private lots may be difficult to come by. Reserving your spot in advance can make your trip go smoothly and prevent you from driving in circles as you look for a place to leave your car. Reservations can also help prevent you from settling on a more expensive short-term option when long-term spots are filled up. You can make reservations directly on the airport website in some cities, but parking apps can also come in handy. Reservations with the airport typically come with a confirmation email and instructions about how to get to the correct parking location. With a parking app, a parking pass is sent to your phone. The pass is good for certain hours in a pre-determined lot, though the specific spot is not held for you. The parking app company works with the management at different lots to ensure availability when you make a reservation. Parking apps are also a convenient option because they let you pay for your car's stay in advance. 

If you're looking for hourly airport parking reservations, be sure to look at apps and your airport's website.