You need to factor in the cost of airport parking versus any form of getting to the airport when booking a holiday. Last year when booking a holiday I looked at the same holiday departing from two different airports. It was actually cheaper from Southend airport than Gatwick. However, before booking I checked the cost of car parking and once that (and the same driving time) was factored in, it was cheaper to go from Gatwick.
So how can you make sure you don’t get stung and end up paying more than you might otherwise need to do!
1)Always do your research on the cost of travel – do the flight times mean that public transport is out of the question? Would altering the flight times make a difference to overall cost even if the cost of the flight goes up?
2) Use comparison sites for airports as well as looking direct as prices can vary enormously.
3) Use cashback sites like *Topcashback to get money back on the cost.
4) Sign up for emails – sometimes you can get good discount codes in advance of booking your holiday, but always check with and without.
5) Clear your cookies each time you go back to a site so the cost doesn’t go up.
6) Look at getting a taxi it could be cheaper.
7) Book the car park as much in advance as possible, prices tend to go up nearer the date of flight.
8) Check terms and conditions, do you want to pay a few quid extra for free cancellation for example?
9) Make sure you are comparing like with like, e.g. off airport parking, local sites, meet and greet, transfer times etc.
10) Most car parks book within 24 hour periods so give yourself leeway in case the flight is late coming back which will mean you will avoid a possible late arrival fee.
11) Check out other places to park, could be someone rents out their parking space outside their house, or it’s cheaper to park at a train station!
12) Consider a hotel which offers parking, sometimes when you take public transport instead of driving and parking it may be cheaper.
In order to avoid any possible issues, take photos of the car before you leave your keys including one of the mileage. If you do it will be much easier to complain to gain redress. Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 the car park must provide services with reasonable skill and care. If it does not do so then you are entitled to redress.
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