Parking at the airport can turn a budget holiday into a costly venture in no time at all if you’re not careful, but there are ways to get around the unwanted expense. Whether you choose to take a cab or pick up the tab, some of the little things you do can make a big difference, and making those smart financial decisions starts before you even leave the house.
Do your research
One of the easiest ways to make sure you spend less on airport parking and more on your holiday is to get online. No two airport parking lots are the same, and the rates offered by some are far more wallet-friendly than others. Price comparison websites and parking apps make it easy to find the best deals on offer for your location, while some have the added the capability of allowing you to reserve your Perth airport parking spot from anywhere in Australia. Additionally, if you’re a frequent flyer, then you might already be privy to certain deals and discounts that can be exclusively offered via email communication or in conjunction with the relevant partners and travel agencies.
As is the case with many booked services, you can expect to score a cheaper deal by booking an airport parking space ahead of time. Being an early bird could net you generous discounts, as well as guaranteeing your spot in advance.
Get friendly online
Like any other business, airports generally value their regular customers and want to keep them happy. Following and interacting with them on social media is a simple way to get on their radar, as well as an opportunity to spot specials they might share with followers. The same goes for the airport’s website – going direct to the source gives you a good chance of getting a better deal. Moreover, airports today, also use social media to alert travellers to any potential delays that might affect their journeys.
Get a lift
It might seem obvious, but the easiest way to save on airport parking is not to park at the airport. If you can rope a friend or family member into driving you, it will save you the cost of a taxi fare, and help you dodge airport parking fees. In situations where you can’t find a willing chauffeur, your next best option is to book a ride in a taxi or an Uber. Admittedly, these hired services may not come cheap, depending on the distance from your home to the airport, so it’s best to weigh up your financial options before deciding on that alternative.
Take public transport
There’s no question that public transport is one of the least expensive options when it comes to navigating to the airport, and the train is safest when it comes to avoiding delays (most of the time). In most major cities, you should be able to find a train line (or lines) that will take you to the airport (with some notable exceptions). Buses are a less reliable option in terms of travel time, although your local route could be helpful in connecting you with a train station. If you do intend to take public transport, make sure you plan your route ahead of time and make allowances for potential delays – the benefit of a cheap ride doesn’t look so good after arriving late to the terminal.
Take a package deal
It’s no secret that those who fly interstate or overseas often require a hotel room for the duration of their stay. Airlines know this as well as anyone, and some even use that knowledge to strike up mutually beneficial deals with hotel partners. Plan ahead of time and you could net yourself a better price on accommodation and parking in one hit. Additionally, if you’re considering renting a vehicle at your destination, you could leverage that for an even better accommodation package.
Shaving the extra cost of your travel plans don’t have to be a complicated affair if you remember to plan ahead and take the smaller details into account, and if you’re a valued customer, you could find yourself with a much better price. Keep an eye out for deals and discounts, use useful applications and services that are offered online and remember that in case of emergencies, there’s always the humble taxi. Safe travels!