When you've got a morning flight, the hardest part of the journey is dragging yourself out of bed pre-dawn, then fighting traffic to get to the airport on time. Depending on how far you live from the airport, this can easily add on hours to what's likely to already be a much longer than usual day. Today, many airport hotels offer travelers a great way to avoid all the stress and discomfort associated with early flights.
Park, sleep and fly packages include an overnight stay at an airport hotel, plus several days' worth of parking. Hotels typically offer between 5 and 7 nights of free parking, and some offer extended parking options for a small additional fee. Travelers are provided with free shuttle service to the airport located just a few minutes away, and return shuttle service is also provided.
Instead of arriving at the airport exhausted, you can sleep in to a reasonable hour, enjoy breakfast at the hotel and still be at the airport in plenty of time for check-in. When you return, you take a shuttle back to your hotel, hop in your car and drive away. In the case of a very long flight or late arrival, you could also plan to spend the night of your return at the hotel.
One of the best things about park, sleep and fly packages is how affordable they actually work out to be considering what's included. In most cases, the price of an overnight stay at the hotel is much less than paying for 7 nights of airport parking. Even if the hotel charges a modest fee for parking while you're away, the package is still likely to cost much less than long term airport parking alone.
In the past, travelers sometimes opted to book later flights just for the sake of saving on the hassle of getting to the airport at an early morning hour. Yet given a convenient option like park, sleep and fly, most people would prefer to take that morning flight.
Morning flights tend to have fewer delays. Business travelers can attend afternoon meetings or conferences, and leisure travelers can comfortably fly early and arrive at their destination as soon as possible! There's no need to make a compromise when you take advantage of a park, sleep and fly package.
Today websites that specialize in pre-booking airport parking often include park, sleep and fly package options. You can check with specific airport hotels for information on their policies regarding how long you can park for free, what the cost would be to park longer and other details.
Although you can book with hotels directly, it may be cheaper to pre-book your package with an airport parking website. They may offer coupons or special discounts off the regular prices charged by hotels.
As a final benefit, many hotels offer frequent park, sleep and fly customers special rates or discounts. If you fly on a regular basis,you may want to choose a hotel that offers frequent package purchasers discount rates. You'll save on the cost of airport parking, plus enjoy an additional discount the next time you need to park, sleep and fly.