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How to Streamline the Travel Experience

Thursday, 21 July 2011 02:46 by Mandy
Whether you’re flying for business or for pleasure, the airport can be a stressful place.  The latest security restrictions keep us safe but at the same time are making travel more inconvenient.  Here are some ways to help streamline your next travel experience.
 
Pack Lightly
 
Keep your suitcase neatly packed with some room to spare.  Jamming in your items will only make things worse if your bag needs to be opened.  Don’t bring anything questionable.  Always check your airline’s online regulation list so that you are prepared.  Hold a small carry-on bag with you in case you may need it. Make sure that you bring liquids in the properly sized containers or you’ll end up throwing them away.  
 
Know Where to Park
 
Parking can be a hassle at the airport.  Not only is it crowded, but it’s also quite expensive.  To keep parking easy, use an offsite parking lot.  These lots offer lots of features that make traveling easier.  For example, you can reserve a parking spot for the exact day and time you need it.  You can also prepay your parking.  You’ll also be able to use valet parking, making the experience easier than ever. 
 
Get Through Security
 
Heightened security measures can make travel more difficult.  Getting through security is easier if you’re properly prepared.  Look up the latest security regulations so that you can follow them. Don’t try to bring anything that is not allowed.  If you’re bringing gifts, be sure that they are unwrapped.  Otherwise, you’ll have to wait while security unwraps each one.  Wear loose clothing and empty your pockets so you won’t set off the alarm.  Pare down your purse or carry-on so that it is organized and easy to look at.  Wear sandals so that you can more easily take off your shoes to go through security.  
 
Wait Patiently
 
Unfortunately, there is a lot of time spent waiting at the airport.  With increased security measures comes the mandate to arrive even earlier than ever for your scheduled flight.  There is no sense in getting stressed out over the process.  Instead, know that you’ll certainly be waiting at the gate and possibly on the plane as well.  Bring along plenty of things to do.  Grab yourself a book to read or a newspaper and magazine.  Airports have WiFi so you’ll be able to use your laptop or Blackberry while you’re waiting.  Bring along a sweater or jacket that you can use to hold your seat in the gate waiting area.  Arrive at the gate early and choose a seat that has a good view and plenty of space around it.  
 
Be Organized
 
Keep all your travel papers neatly in one place.  You’ll likely need to refer to them often and it’s much easier to find them if you have them organized.  If you made your own travel arrangements type out your own itinerary so you’ll have all the information you need on one easy-to-read sheet.  Bring your passport and driver’s license with you for identification. 
 

Extra Car Airport Parking at SeaTac Joins APC

Thursday, 21 July 2011 01:10 by Mandy

Airport Parking Connection has expanded again in the Seattle-Tacoma area!  Extra Car Airport Parking has become the newest addition to the APC family of facility partners.  Want to know more?  Here is what they have to say..."Extra Car Airport Parking is family owned and operated and offers free and continuous shuttle service to and from the parking garage level 3, 365 Days a year, 24 Hours per day. Because we are located only 4 blocks north of the Seattle Tacoma Airport, it is a very quick and convenient ride."  Next time you fly book your Seattle airport parking ahead of time and save time, hassle, and money!

Park Shuttle & Fly Out of Bradley International Airport

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 02:13 by Mandy

Save big this summer and find great airport parking deals out of Bradley International Airport's Park Shuttle & Fly!  Located just 1.5 miles from the airport, Park Shuttle & Fly offers a great rate for both Self Park and Valet Services.  Why choose Park Shuttle & Fly?  "When searching for Bradley International Airport parking, Park Shuttle & Fly at Dollar Rent-A-Car offers a convenient economical alternative to Bradley Airport parking. With both Park and Loc or Valet Parking available, customers have the luxury of parking in the manner that best suits them. With our low prices and discount reservations we offer a tremendous savings over Bradley parking.  

With our lighted, fenced lot we give the comfort of knowing you are parked in a safe area. We have prompt, free transportation to and from your airline – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our convenient courtesy phones are located in all baggage areas. During the winter season, valet parked vehicles are cleared of snow and ice. While Bradley Airport parking customers are tracking through the snow and ice, cleaning off their own vehicles and parking and outdoor booth, your car with Park, Shuttle & Fly will be cleared, while paying in a heated building.

 
Park Shuttle & Fly is located at 593 Elm Street in Winds Locks, CT. This is located just behind McDonalds restaurant on Rte.75. When Bradley traffic is at its worst, traffic congestion is easily avoided by using Park Shuttle & Fly. Airport parking for Bradley International at Park Shuttle & Fly is a simple alternative over other Bradley Airport parking areas.
 
For the customer’s convenience. a car wash is available for a nominal fee."
 

More Parking Choices for Orlando International Airport MCO

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 01:07 by Mandy

If you are looking for a great parking deal for your next trip out of Orlando's MCO Airport, check out Economy Park & Fly.  Low rates, close to the airport, free shuttle, and valet services can be found at their new location starting at 6 am to 10:30 pm.  

Here is what they have to say..."Our parking property is located approximately 1.5 miles (on McCoy Road)  from the Orlando International Airport, we are open 6:00am to 11:00pm daily and provide complimentary shuttles to the airport.  Our location is easily accessible for all major airport roads including Semoran Blvd (S.R. 436) and the Beach Line Expressway (S.R. 528).  Our lot is safe, secure, lighted and gated.  We also have 13 cameras on property and provide 24 hour video surveillance.  And the best part…Economy Park & Fly LLC is always very competitively priced!"

For more information click on Economy Park & Fly's FREE SHUTTLE/DIRECTIONS/MORE INFO link.   

Finding the Best Savings on Travel Deals

Friday, 8 July 2011 03:43 by Admin

Taking a vacation can be expensive, yet you may be tired of the typical staycation.  Instead, consider taking a travel vacation that you can afford.  If you plan ahead you will be able to have a wonderful vacation using travel deals and discounts to keep you within budget.

Get a Deal Online

The Internet offers a great way to find some of the best prices on travel.  You can easily compare prices until you find the one that works best for you.  Keep in mind that the travel options and deals that are offered change often.  You’ll want to return to the site several times to see all that they have to offer.  Check various travel sites to find the latest special deals that are offered.

Reserve Early

There are often some good price savings to be had when you book your trip early enough.  The prices may go up but if you’ve already booked your trip you’ll be able to pay the lower rate.  Be sure that you check to see if extra charges apply for making date changes or if you cancel.  You can also pre-pay for your hotel and meals so that you’ll have fewer charges during the trip.

Wait Until the Last Minute

If you’re considering a last-minute trip you may be in luck.  You’ll often be able to find really good prices on airfare and hotel rates when you book at the last minute.  This works the best during the off season.  If the hotel is under-sold they will often try to reduce rates on the rooms to increase their occupancy.  You may be able to get a room upgrade for a lower price as well.

Look for Savings 

Good preparation will ensure that you’ll find the best deals.  For example, if you need to park at the airport consider choosing an offsite parking lot rather than the airport lot.  You’ll often be able to get a substantial savings.  If you plan your trip well, you should be able to locate several such savings options throughout your vacation.  If you have kids, consider choosing a suite hotel.  You’ll be able to save money by cooking light breakfasts and keeping snacks on hand. 

Group Savings

Traveling as part of a group is often much cheaper than going it alone.  Group travel packages are a great way to find savings on your trip.  One of the biggest areas of savings will be on airfare since groups may use a charter flight.  Of course, be cautious of any changes.  Most of these trips are for specific dates and cannot be changed or refunded.

Set a Budget

It’s always a good idea to set a travel budget.  Determine the total amount that you can spend on the trip as well as the daily spending allowance for food and incidentals.  Be aware of your budget so that you don’t overspend.  It’s very easy to end up going way over budget and spending more than you should on your trip.  Plan some activities that don’t cost anything so that you’ll be sure to save money for other activities.