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The Foxier LAX Parking Option

Thursday, 23 August 2012 02:24 by Mandy

Traveling out of LAX anytime soon? If so then be sure to give Fox Auto Parks a look when it comes to your parking needs. Open 24/7, Fox Auto Parks is located about a mile from LAX airport at 10121 Glasglow Place,Los Angeles, CA 90045but be sure to pay close attention to street signs because Glasglow Place is easy to miss from 104th street if you aren’t looking. Fox Auto Parks offers complimentary valet and shuttle services to and from your terminal when you park with them, just pull up and leave your car in the front while you check in with the attendant to get your reservation ticket (Which also has the shuttle services phone number (310)342-6445 on the back).

You should plan to get to Fox Auto Parks at least twenty minutes before you want to arrive at your terminal, and upon your return call the shuttle service to let them know you’ve arrived so you won’t have to wait long to be picked up; you can also wait under the purple sign that reads RENTAL CAR PICK-UP ONLY, this can only be found in arrivals. Aside from great service, Fox Auto Parks has some of the more competitive rates in the LAX area that definitely make it worth giving it a try next time you’re planning a trip citizens of Los Angeles!  Visit Airport Parking Connection online to reserve your Fox Auto Parks parking reservation for the best deal around town. 

Airline Baggage Fee Guide

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 02:49 by Mandy

Summer is the prime season for travel. Airlines ready themselves for the throng of travelers trying to check in and get to their gates on time. Unfortunately for us travelers, baggage restrictions and fees are putting a heavy damper on our vacation plans, so here is a guide to help you manage and avoid those pesky airline baggage fees.

1. Choose an airline that offers free checked luggage.

If you don’t want to pay baggage fees, you should fly with Southwest or JetBlue. The first checked bag with either of these carriers is free. Other carriers offer a free checked bag with only international flights. Choose an airline that works best for you. If you have more than one bag to check, choose an airline that spreads fees evenly between bags, as opposed to dumping a huge amount of fees on the second or third bags. Many budget carriers will charge higher baggage fees in lieu of reduced airfares.

2. Know the baggage fees.

It’s not particularly surprising that most travelers show up to the airport without knowing how much a checked bag will cost. That’s partly because there is no standard rule for baggage fees across all airlines. Make sure you spend that extra bit of time researching your airline’s baggage fees. You’ll have to do a little digging as most carriers don’t present that information on the home pages of their sites.

3. Understand carry-on limits.

In the heyday of air travel, when checked baggage was free, people used overhead compartments to store a purse, backpack, or small bag. Now, many travelers are shoving their primary travel bags into those spaces. It’s not exactly uncommon to see people almost come to blows over that overhead space. Like baggage fees, there is no standard size for carry-ons. Check your airline’s website for appropriate size limits to avoid being forced to check your carry-on at the gate.

4. Consider one-bag travel.

No airlines charge for a carry-on (at least, not yet). If you can limit what you pack down to one carry-on and one personal item, you can completely avoid baggage fees. You also won’t have to waste time checking your bag and picking it up from the carousel, and you won’t have to worry about your airline losing your bag. It’s also a lot easier to get through the airport and mass transit when you don’t have to lug a heavy suitcase around.

5. …but don’t overpack.

Even with one bag, you’ll probably be tempted to over pack, to fill that carry-on until the seams are about to burst. More airlines are imposing weight limits for carry-on bags. Not following those limits could lead to some hefty fees, or you may be forced to check your carry-on.

Buy a bag that won’t let you over pack, a bag that allows enough space for your essentials without going overboard. If you’re still having trouble, follow the old rule of thumb: lay out all that you plan to pack and leave half of it at home.

Over packing goes for checked bags as well. Bags that are overweight or oversized are subject to fees that might cost you more than your plane ticket. On United, for example, an overweight bag on an international flight will cost you $400 each way.

6. Pay for fees online.

If you’re already planning on checking your bags, make the arrangements before you reach the airport. Pay your fees through your airline’s website. You’ll save time by avoiding those long lines.

7. Ship your bags via mail.

Shipping a heavy package seems just as expensive as checking your bag, but this handy chart proves otherwise. Shipping your suitcase may actually be cheaper than paying the baggage fees, especially if you want to pack more than the airlines allow. However, this method takes a little planning and forethought. If your packages need to be stored at your hotel before your arrival, you will be charged a fee.

8. Be prepared for those fees.

Even with your best efforts, you’ll still be charged with baggage fees. Make sure you’ve set aside some money in your travel budget to take care of these fees. Accept it. You’re not alone when it comes to paying those fees. Whining or complaining will only keep you down. Don’t let those baggage fees ruin the entirety of your trip, and above all else; don't forget to plan ahead and reserve your airport parking online with Airport Parking Connection!

 

Safety Tips for Traveling with Children

Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:38 by Mandy

From malls to shopping centers to popular restaurants, no venue can really match the hustle and bustle inherent to the airport. Luggage, long security lines, and the straggling traveler trying to catch his flight leaving in a few minutes are all common sights at the airport. For adults, all that craziness borders on annoyance, but for kids, being at the airport can be distressing.

Traveling with a child puts that extra bit of responsibility on your shoulders, so here are some safety tips to keep in mind when you’re traveling with your kids.

•Plan ahead. As you’re packing and preparing for the trip, ask yourself what you and your kids will need before, during, and after the flight. This includes any motion sickness medicine, snacks, tissues, a blanket, and books or other items to help pass the time.

•Pack any essential items in your carry-on luggage. You don’t want to experience a mid-air emergency and realize that the diapers were stuffed into your checked bag. Having everything in your carry-on also helps if the airline accidentally loses your checked luggage. Check with the airlines to see what kinds of bottles and containers are permitted.

•Keep an eye on your children at all times. It sounds simple enough, but when you’re in a busy, hectic airport, it’s easy to lose track of people in your party. Hold your child’s hand through the airport and do not let him roam or wander.

•Pack an identification card. This can be strapped to his backpack. Keep a recent picture of your child on yourself. Both will come in handy if he does get separated from the rest of the group.

•Explain security line procedures to your kids. Going through airport security is a big pain for many air travelers, but it can be entirely frightening for kids. Help them with their shoes and other items. Reassure them that their backpacks, toys, and stuffed animals will pass through the X-ray machine unharmed.

•Inform flight attendants of any special needs your children might have. Flight attendants are quite hospitable. They want to make the flight as comfortable as possible for you and your family. They’ll show a little extra care and ask if you and your kids are doing well throughout the flight.

•For younger children, use a restraint system. The Federal Aviation Administration recommends that kids be placed in a secure restraint system or other device for the duration of the flight, not mommy’s lap. Your arms aren’t enough to hold your child securely, especially through turbulence. Besides, the flight will be much more comfortable for you without having to hold a toddler for hours.

•Seat your child away from the aisle. Kids like to explore and touch things. If they’re on the aisle, there’s more chance of them getting bumped by service carts and people passing through. Ideally, you should have an adult sitting on either side of the child.

•Keep your kids belted at all times. Turbulence happens frequently and unexpectedly. Keep the belt on at all times to maintain safety.

•Monitor your kids during the flight. An unsupervised child can wander the aisles or find themselves in more dangerous areas of the plane. When walking around the plane with your child, make sure he keeps his hands to himself.

•Bring toys and other entertainment. Kids get restless pretty quickly; even adults get pretty restless on long plane rides. Bring along safe toys that aren’t sharp, heavy, or fragile. For any electronic games, make sure your kids don’t use them until after takeoff, during the cruise portion of the flight. Electronics devices can interfere with the plane’s navigation systems.

•Have a pacifier, snacks, or drinks ready. To reduce ear pain, have something that your kids can suck or munch on. The act of swallowing helps keep the Eustachian tubes open while normalizing the air pressure in the ears.

With these tips, you and your kids are sure to have a safe, enjoyable journey to your next vacation destination.  Don't forget to reserve your LAX parking online with Airport Parking Connection and save time, money, and the hassle!

Best Parking at LAX

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 05:40 by Mandy

LAX can be discouraging for many travelers in the LA area and rightfully so, with no shortage of traffic, full parking garages and long security lines it’s no wonder why. With conditions like these it makes sense why travelers would choose to park with a company like Airpark LAX who not only makes finding a parking spot quick and easy but also help you to navigate the large overwhelming terminal system of LAX with their free shuttle services that strive to maintain frequent pick up rates averaging a pick up every 10 minutes or so; their friendly shuttle bus drivers will even help you with loading and unloading your luggage along the way.

Airpark LAX offers self-parking options and valet services with the option to have your car detailed if you choose to valet your vehicle or if you’re trying to save a couple bucks the rooftop self-parking option is the most economical rate you’ll find; not to mention, when you sign up for the Airport Parking Connection monthly newsletter you can receive discounts for your next visit that you can redeem when you book your parking online.  Airpark LAX is located on La Cienega Blvd. with easy access to the 405 and 105 freeways and only 4 blocks from the airport making getting to and leaving from Airpark LAX a refreshing breeze. So next time you’re traveling out of LAX give Airpark LAX a try and see just how much it can simplify your travel plans.

Airline Travel Recommendations for Plus-Size Passengers

Monday, 23 July 2012 03:19 by Mandy

Flight is an amazing experience. You’re soaring majestically over the earth towards your destination in a matter of hours. Unfortunately, air travel itself can be extremely stressful, from getting through the airport to boarding the plane. For the plus-size traveler, the airplane experience can be something else entirely, so here are a few recommendations to keep you comfortable.

Booking Your Flight

Your entire experience starts when you book your flight. Make sure you choose an airline that is friendly to plus-size individuals. Try to avoid busy times. Red eye flights are less likely to be full, leaving more space for you to travel in comfort. 

Most airlines will enforce the purchase of a second seat under the general rule that you must be able to lower both arm rests and fasten the seat belt using one extender. Some airlines will offer the second seat at the lowest possible fare with refunds if the flight is not full. Check with your airline before you purchase your ticket.

If you need to purchase a second seat for comfort, most airlines require that book directly through a reservation agent, instead of on the website. This ensures that you select the correct seat.

Another option would be to book a seat in premium, economy plus, or first class. The seats in these sections tend to be bigger, though the arm rests in first class do not go up between seats.

Window or Aisle

Request a seat assignment for the window or aisle seat. A window seat offers a little more shoulder room, while aisles provide more room for hips and shoulders. Avoid bulkhead seats, which offer more room for your legs but don’t have moveable arm rests. Furthermore, the tray tables for bulkhead seats come directly out of the armrests across your lap.

Consider choosing an aisle seat where the outside armrests are moveable, making it easier for you to slide into your seat.

Before Your Flight

When you make your reservations, make sure you inform the booking agent if you need any special services, which might include an attendant, a wheelchair, or the airport tram. It’s also a long walk from check-in to the gates. Take advantage of any services that will get you around quickly and comfortably.

Use the airport restroom before you board the plane. When booking your trip, ask if the plane has handicapped facilities. If not you may consider changing your plans to fly on a plane that has an accessible restroom.

Pre-Boarding

Squeezing into the center aisle of a plane is hard for everyone, big or small, especially when the plane is already brimming with people. Ask your gate agent if you can pre-board the plane with the other passengers that need that extra bit of time boarding. Most gate agents should be more than accommodating, but if he or she asks, just tell them honestly that you’re a large person who needs the extra time and room to board.

As you’re boarding, ask a flight attendant for a seat belt extension. Don’t wait until the flight attendant is demonstrating safety procedures. If you’re a frequent flyer, consider purchasing a seat belt extender to save yourself the trouble.

During the Flight

Try to stay as comfortable as possible. If you are sitting next to someone, smile and make small talk. 

The tray table directly in front of you may not work for you, even in Executive/first class, in which case you should use the table in front of your second seat.

Arrival

Once your plane lands, everyone will be in a rush to get up and get out of there. Hang back. Let just about everyone around you leave first. You’ll see them again at the baggage carousel anyway. This gives you ample room and ample time to get your overhead bags and head out.

Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. From getting off the plane to getting to the carousels, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Airport staff are more than happy to bring you a wheelchair or scooter or assign an attendant. Airports will help you all the way to the curb, going so far as to get you a cab service.  If you want even more convenience stop by Airport Parking Connection and reserve your airport parking spot today!