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LAX Parking Made Easy at Courtyard LAX/El Segundo

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 05:48 by Mandy

Searching for a parking space at LAX doesn't have to be so hard and expensive!  Reserve your next LAX airport parking online with Airport Parking Connection for the Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo hotel.  Park for $10.00 a day, and get a free shuttle ride to Los Angeles International Airport.  Stop by Airport Parking Connection and visit the more details section for the Courtyard LAX.  Don't waste time and hassle driving in circles, reserve now and get to LAX hassle free!  

LAX Airport Parking Tips

Monday, 16 July 2012 03:04 by Mandy

Do you loath getting lost in the busy traffic of travelers, taxi’s and shuttle busses all trying to funnel into a few lanes at the airport entrance? Or my personal favorite, lugging your suitcase across the entire parking lot and terminal because the only available parking spot was on the other end of the airport! Perhaps for you it’s getting stuck in those long exit lines when the only thing you want to do after your travels is go home and lay in your own bed. Whatever your pet peeve may be we all have them when it comes to the frustrations of airport parking and even more so when we are talking about a large busy airport like LAX.

Los Angeles is the third largest metropolitan city in the US and LAX is the 8th busiest airport in the world, with numbers like these it is easy to see how your on time schedule can quickly turn into a missed flight schedule; and with airfares and fees climbing who can afford to miss their flight? This is why using Airport Parking Connection comes in handy when trying to avoid the displeasures of parking at the airport, with top notch partners like QuikPark LAX and Airport Center parking your car and getting to your terminal is a convenient breeze. With 24/7 business hours and shuttle services to and from the airport, covered parking, close proximity (about a block) to the airport, great low rates and friendly employee’s to help you with loading and unloading your luggage why would you want to park anywhere else? So leave behind the cold impartial customer service and hassle at the airport parking structures for the friendlier and more customer service oriented pastures of QuikPark LAX and Airport Parking Center, we think you'll find that the grass really is greener on this side. Remember to book in advance online with Airport Parking Connection and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive special promotion codes for discounts on parking for your next trip. 

Know Before You Go: 5 Airline Fees to Watch For

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 01:15 by Mandy

With vacation season upon us, you’re probably already all packed up and ready to take on all that the world has to offer. You’ve found a great deal for a hotel room, but before you purchase those plane tickets, know that airlines tend to add numerous fees to that ticket. Here is a quick rundown of a handful of airline fees to watch for.

1. Reserving your flight in-person or on the phone: $5 to $25

The vast majority of flyers books tickets through the Internet. It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it takes a few minutes, but talking to an actual person will cost you. A simple ten minute call with an airline could cost you up to $25. The worst part: that fee applies even when the website is down.

2. Getting a refund for a reduced fare: $25 to $200

You bought a TV from your average retail store. A week later, the price of that TV goes down. That retail store should give you a refund without much of an issue. Even Apple, known for releasing new models and lowering prices frequently, offers store credit when prices drop. It’s a simple service that any shopper can appreciate and take advantage of.

Airlines, however, don’t go by the same rules. Some airlines, especially international carriers, won’t refund you a penny. Others will actually charge you up to $100 for a refund for both domestic and international flights. This “administrative fee” often defeats the whole point of getting a refund in the first place.

3. Charging for babies on laps: $0 to 10 percent of adult fare

Just because you’re going on a trip doesn’t mean baby needs to stay at home. She may not be old enough for her own seat, but she can ride just as comfortably on your lap. As it turns out, your lap will cost her.

For international flights, the fee for infants is generally 10 percent of the full-priced ticket. On a $1500 fare, you’ll have to pay $150 just to hold a child in your lap. For domestic flights, you’ll have to check with the airlines. American Airlines, United, and several others don’t charge a fee for infants under the age of two. Others may charge as much as $10. However, your infant may have to pay the fuel surcharge on both domestic and international flights.

4. Checked luggage: $0 to $400 each way

A few airlines allow you to check your first bag for free. Others are not as accomodating, charging as much as $25 for a single checked bag.

Of course, that’s not even taking into consideration the fees for multiple bags and overweight or oversized luggage. For instance, checking an overweight bag with United on an international flight could cost you up to $400 each way. Choose your airline wisely and try to reduce the amount of stuff you bring to minimize the fee. Better yet, if it’s a short enough trip, try to limit yourself to your carry-on and personal item.

5. Bringing a pet into the cabin: $69 to $125 each way

You’re on vacation and you want to share it with your favorite four-legged friend. Having Fluffy in the cabin with you gives you that extra peace of mind. Unfortunately, having your dog or cat with you comes at a price. Even though Fido won’t be carrying bags or taking advantage of the in-flight snacks, you’ll still have to pay for them to be with you. AirTran charges the lowest at $69 each way while most other airlines charge $100 each way. United charges the most at $125 each way, which means you might be paying more for your pet than for your own roundtrip ticket.

If you think checking your pet into cargo is a cheaper option, think again: the price for cargo pet tickets range from $100 to over $1000, based on your pet’s weight and the size of his crate. Check with your airline and know that they all have size and weight limits, and most airlines restrict cabin travel to species of cats, dogs, and birds.

Fees 101

Tuesday, 3 July 2012 06:26 by Mandy

Fees seem to be the new trend amongst airlines these days, seems like every time you try to book a flight some new fee is being added on to your total airfare. These fees can range from but are not limited to: baggage, canceling or changing your flight and even re-banking your unused frequent flyer miles. As air travel becomes more expensive travelers are forced to look for ways that will help to avoid paying these pesky and expensive fees; first travelers have to identify all the different fees out there that can rack their airfare up followed by educating themselves as to which airlines are the biggest fee offenders.

Common amongst most airlines is the preferential seating fee, imagine traveling with your family and your 8 year old having to sit by themselves in the middle of a row because window and row seats are too expensive as a result of this new fee, unless you fly Southwest airlines who have a first come first serve policy for seating arrangements. Southwest’s first come first serve policy allows you to check in for your flight 24 hours in advance for boarding group purposes, so be sure to do this as close to the 24 hours as possible to help improve your early boarding chances.

Another common fee used by a majority of airlines (with the exception of Southwest and Jet Blue) are baggage fees, baggage fees account for a little over $3 billion dollars a year in the airline industry proving to be a lucrative industry practice. To help avoid these baggage fees be sure to weigh your bag before you leave for the airport to double check that it is under the 50lbs. limit, also make sure your bag does not exceed the following measurements: 22”x14”x9” since these measurements are acceptable by the majority of airline standards. Southwest and Jet Blue however, do not charge for carry –on or first checked bag which in the long run seems significantly easier.

As mentioned earlier, re-banking your frequent flyer miles can come at a cost. Purchasing a flight with your miles then for whatever reason deciding not to use them can cost you anywhere from $50 to $100 just for canceling your ticket and refunding your miles back to your account, this fee unfortunately is hard to avoid considering that canceling your flight is usually due to unforeseen circumstances you can’t help. Speaking of frequent flyer miles, if you plan on using your miles to book a flight make sure that you do it in advance. Although Airtran, Jet Blue, Northwest and Southwest do not charge a fee for booking a flight with your miles up to the day of your travels airlines like Continental, Delta and United will charge you $75 for booking without enough notice and American will charge $100 if you book 6 days or less in advance.

If you have fought the “do it yourself online” movement all these years then next time you’re booking a flight would be a great time to stop. Airlines charge anywhere from $5-$50 dollars for taking your call and assisting you with booking a flight; who said customer service was dead? Northwest and Virgin will charge you $5, American, Jet Blue and Southwest will charge you $10 and United will charge you $15 so make sure you familiarize yourself with the online booking process.

Airline fees may be considered a joke by many travelers but those jokes quickly become a cold reality when you get the “real” total value of your air travels. In times like these travelers must use every trick in the book and resource available to them to save money that will help make up for the extra costs of fees imposed by airlines, with that in mind consider usingAirport Parking Connection when planning your next trip to save on lax parking fees and hassle.

Comic Con 2012 Comes to San Diego

Thursday, 28 June 2012 02:33 by Mandy

If you haven't reserved your airport parking with Airport Parking Connection online for this year's Comic-Con opening in San Diego, CA in just a couple of weeks, you better get started!  This highly anticipated annual event will have most airport parking lots filled to the brim with excited visitors and comic book heroes alike.  

Once you arrive in San Diego, you will notice that most of the downtown parking will be locked up and most likely have to walk many blocks to reach the pavilion.  If you are travel savvy, many hotel locations around the San Diego International Airport and downtown Hotels will have shuttle buses driving visitors to and from the pavilion.  You can reserve parking with Airport Parking Connection online for a day of parking at any one of our partnered parking facilities.  If you are staying in a hotel, there is no need to reserve parking online.  There are no in and out privilages allowed by most hotels and parking will be included in your stay.  

You can also search online for available parking vendors for groups like Ace Parking, 5 Star Parking, and more!  Plan ahead and enjoy Comic-Con 2012!  As always, Happy Travels!