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How to Save Money on Your Last-Minute Weekend Getaway

Wednesday, 9 May 2012 06:47 by Mandy

Vacation season is just around the corner. Although many of us like to plan trips ahead of time, plenty others have the procrastination gene, or simply enjoy a spontaneous getaway now and then. Last-minute planning can lead to higher costs; but you’ll be able to save some cash by following the tips below.

Frantically Finagling Flights

Before you can relax at that beachside resort, you need to figure out a way to get there. Booking a flight can get more and more expensive as the departure date approaches, but with a few tricks and patience, you can get some great deals.

·         Timing is everything. Book your flights in the middle of the week. Airlines announce sales on Tuesday mornings that last through Thursday. The closer you can get to booking on a Tuesday morning, the better.

·         If you have any control over your departure and return dates, depart on a Saturday, Tuesday, or Wednesday and return on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Fewer people travel on these days. Airlines would rather have people paying a low rate for seats that would otherwise be empty.

·         Be flexible. Not being tied into any specific travel dates will help you find better last-minute rates. This includes varying your length of stay, compromising on airport location, or leaving at an odd hour of the day.

·         Don’t hesitate when you do find a good deal. Last-minute deals go fast—by the hour, in some cases. You could easily miss out on a great deal looking for a better one.

·         Waive travel insurance. You’re booking your trip last minute, so you’re probably well-aware of weather conditions and the health of your party. However, if you’re traveling out of the country, you may want to purchase basic medical coverage.

·         If online travel sites are proving fruitless results, consider calling an airline representative directly. You can bargain with the representative and potentially negotiate a cheaper price. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know, right?

Keep in mind that purchasing last-minute tickets online almost always yields the lowest price. Be aware of any fine print as well. Many sites have booking fees or hidden costs.

Hurried Hotel Havoc

You’ve booked your flight, so now you’re in the clear, right? Unless you’re lucky enough to stay with a friend or family member in the area, you must still sort out your hotel accommodations.

·         As with the flight, be flexible with the type of accommodations you want. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to settle with the one-star, flea-ridden motel room. Make do with what you find. If, for example, the only room available is a single for your entire family, ask if hotel officials can set up cots or roll-away beds.

·         Find out all the hotels that are in the area you intend to stay and contact each one directly. Many hotels don’t publish their last-minute rates online. The hotel manager may offer you a deal if you agree to take the room immediately. Remember that hotel managers want their rooms filled and are willing to work with you to book that room, which means potential discounts.

·         A hotel in the middle of the downtown area will cost more than one just outside the city. Consider staying a little farther from your intended destination, especially if the area has plentiful and reliable public transportation. You can save a lot of money on accommodations if you’re willing to take a short ride on the bus or train each day.

·         Ask about AAA discounts, state resident discounts, and any other offers you might be eligible for. You’d be surprised at the discounts you can get just by asking.

·         As with booking a flight, timing is everything. Hotels aren’t always as predictable as flights though and depend on where you’re staying, the season, and other factors. Las Vegas, for instance, is popular for weekend leisure, so reserving a hotel for the middle of the week is cheaper. However, other major cities that see frequent business travelers will have cheaper hotel rooms on weekends.

·         Look into package deals. Many online travel sites have last-minute deals that include airfare, hotel accommodations, and even car rentals or airport parking like Airport Parking Connection.  Find LGA parking, MCI parking, MCO parking deals for your entire stay.  

Hopefully these tips will help you in your last-minute travels. Good luck, and bon voyage!

Welcome FlyNSave and ParkNTravel

Thursday, 3 May 2012 03:10 by Mandy

Memorial Day Weekend is arriving and it is time to plan for a celebration.  If you are flying out of San Jose International Airport or Oakland International Airport, you can find great new airport parking options at FlyNSave and ParkNTravel.  Look for low rates, extra amenities, and a free shuttle for SJC parking and OAK parking.  Stop by Airport Parking Connection view the latest deals on airport parking!

QuikPark Oakland Now FlyNSave

Friday, 27 April 2012 06:06 by Mandy

If you are used to flying out of Oakland International Airport and frequently park at QuikPark OAK, you will find a new management in place on May 1st, 2012.  FlyNSave will be offering Oakland Airport Parking options at the former QuikPark OAK address.  They offer 24 hour service, free shuttle, and friendly staff with the new arrival of a Valet Parking option now at 250 Hegenberger Rd. Oakland, CA 94621.  

Have a reservation for the QuikPark location for after May 1st?  Don't stress, FlyNSave is happy to assist you with your airport parking needs.  Check out FlyNSave on Airport Parking Connection, to find more details and rates.  Don't forget to use your promotion code to get an additional 10% off online payment.

 Have a question?  Visit Customer Service to find advice and options.   Happy Parking!

JFK Airport Parking Deals and Ideas for Summer 2012

Monday, 23 April 2012 03:27 by Mandy

Every year, it seems like there are new hot vacation spots that everyone wants to go to, as well as new ways to book trips and other fads to make travel easier. 2012 is no exception. Here are some of the top travel trends for 2012 that everyone is talking about.

·         Using social media to get travel information

In the past, many people relied on reviews from strangers to find out which hotels and destinations were the best. These days, everyone is using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to find out what people they trust think of certain hotels and vacation hot spots. Travel experts predict this to continue in 2012 and beyond.

·         Apps for Travelers

Look for new apps that can make your traveling experience much easier in 2012, such as those that help you to book your flight in seconds, find a restaurant in your area, and even those that can tell you where the popular sights are in the town you are visiting. Download new apps to make your travels easier and the planning process faster.

·         Mystery Trips

Some travel agencies put on mystery trips, where you pay and then they surprise you with where you are going and what you are doing. This is great for those who are very adventurous and want to leave the planning to someone else. These have been around for awhile, but have gained popularity in the last few years as people are looking for new travel experiences. This year, many of these tours also loan travelers a smart phone that features their itinerary each day and other apps to help them navigate.

·         More Travelers to Panama and Ecuador

The European debt crisis has left countries in the Eurozone a lot less desirable as travel spots for Americans. Many are looking for a trip where they do not have to worry about exchange rates and where their budget is not affected by the state of the currency in the country they are visiting. This is why Panama and Ecuador are so appealing. They have both just adopted the U.S. dollar, so Americans do not have to worry about exchange rates and can use their dollars everywhere they go. This makes travel easier and much more seamless.

·         Hotels Increasing their Amenities

Many travelers have been complaining for years about the growing cost to stay in hotels all over the world and the hotels finally seem to be taking notice. A large number of hotels are starting to offer much more to their customers including free movies, cheaper drinks in the mini bar and free bottled water. Other hotels are giving customers coupons to various area attractions and offering them deals if they book a stay for a vacation in the future before they leave. Hotels want to keep your business, as there is a lot of competition among hotels all over the world, and they will be going above and beyond in 2012 to keep you loyal; to their chain.

Airport Parking Deals at JFK

If you are looking to fly out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, rest assured you can save money by doing a little research and pre-planning.  Airport Parking Connection offers discount airport parking reservations at the best JFK airport parking locations such as, AirPark JFK, JFK Long Term Parking, SmartPark JFK, and USave JFK.  Select, reserve, and save! 

How to Pack Lightly for Your Next Vacation

Monday, 16 April 2012 02:23 by Mandy

One of the hardest things for many women, and even some men, is to pack for a vacation. With high fees being charged for checked bags, many people are trying to do their best to cram everything they want to take into one bag. This can be quite a challenge if you are the queen (or king) of changing clothes. Unfortunately, if you are flying on a budget, you need to find a way to pare down your luggage and fit as much as you can into one bag. Here are some top tips for packing lightly that you can use on your next vacation.

    Only bring one pair of shoes

This piece of advice may shock and horrify some women, but only bringing one pair of shoes can significantly reduce the amount of luggage that you need to bring. Shoes take up a ton of room in your suitcase, and most of the time you do not even wear more than one or two pairs. Wear one comfortable pair to the airport, such as a pair of sneakers or flats that can be worn with all of your casual clothing items. Then, pack one pair of dressy shoes in your suitcase that can be worn for dinners out or fancier events. Paring down the amount of shoes that you take on vacation can give you a lot of extra room for clothes.

    Leave the accessories at home

Do you really need to bring every piece of jewelry, every belt and every scarf that you own? Of course not and if you leave most of your accessories at home, you will have plenty of room for the things that you really need. Accessories generally just get in the way. Many pieces of jewelry are also very valuable and easily broken, so if you bring them you are just putting added stress on yourself.

    Opt for neutral clothing that blends well

Instead of bringing your entire wardrobe in varying colors and fabrics, just bring a few neutral colored pieces that all blend well together. For example, bring a couple of t-shirts, a sweater and a tank top that all look good together in order to avoid having to bring extra pieces. Stick to one pair of jeans, one pair of slacks and a skirt that all match the tops and can be mixed and matched together. If taking a beach vacation, one bathing suit and one cover-up will suffice.

    Call ahead to find out about hair dryers and toiletries

Instead of lugging all of your hair tools and products on your next vacation, call ahead to the hotel to find out what products and hair tools they have on hand. Most rooms today come equipped with hair dryers, so you do not need to bring yours. They also usually have the basics, like shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, so you can leave yours at home.

Packing light can help you to be a frugal traveler, as you won’t have to pay excess fees at the airport for your luggage.  Save extra money by reserving your airport parking online at Airport Parking Connection for example if you are flying out of Jacksonville International Airport.  Find JAX parking options such as Travel Time, VIP Park & Ride, Park EZ Fly, and The Parking Club.  Happy Travels!