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PHX Int. Airport Now Offers Discounted Pre-Paid Parking Options Online

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:57 by Admin

Airport Parking Connection is excited to announce its newest partnership with  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport! The Phoenix Airport is one of the top 10 busiest airports in the U.S. as well the 27th busiest in the world serving over 40 Million passengers each year. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, PHX is now  one of the first major airports in the U.S. to not only offer its customers(no apostrophe) onsite airport parking via pre-paid online reservations, but    to discount their terminal garage parking nearly 50% off the daily drive up rate with a pre-payment.  

Phoenix Sky Harbor’s forward thinking offers its customers both convenience and savings. By partnering with Airport Parking Connection, PHX Airport has created an easy to find and use reservation process by implementing APC’s reservation system directly onto their website with amazing discounts to help kick this new partnership off with a BANG! So hurry and join in on the savings and convenience by booking parking for your upcoming trip out of Phoenix Airport at: skyharbor.com

 

If you are curious which terminal you should book parking reservations for based on the airline you are flying , try PHX’s find a spot program to find the best up to date parking options and availability based on your needs -truly another shining example of the Phoenix Airport’s creative thinking and exceptional customer service.

You may also reference the airline by terminal list for the Phoenix Sky Harbor Int. Airport below:

Terminal 2:

-          Alaska Airlines

-          Great Lakes Airlines

-          United Airlines

Terminal 3:

-          Hawaiian Airlines

-          Sun Country Airlines

-          Jet Blue Airlines

-          Spirit Airlines

Terminal 4:

-          American Airlines

-          British Airlines

-          Southwest Airlines

-          US Airways Airlines

-          West Jet Airlines

-          Aero Mexico Airlines

-          Air Canada Airlines

-          Delta Airlines

-          Frontier Airlines

-          Volaris Airlines

 

 

The Return of Quik Park Los Angeles

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 02:20 by Admin

Attention LAX APC fans, Quik Park Los Angeles is opening its doors for business again! Quik Park is currently accepting new reservations for their brand spanking new garage located closer to the airport than ever before at the Radisson Airport Hotel located at 6200 West 98th street, Los Angeles CA, 90045 just a couple blocks from LAX. If a brand new clean garage located close to the airport wasn’t enough, Quik Park is planning to install some state of the art equipment that will help make you, the customer’s total experience an easy and enjoyable one!  


Happy and Safe Travels APC Fan's!

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TRAVEL EMERGENCY 3W’s! What do you do - Where do you go - Who do you contact?

Friday, 19 April 2013 02:07 by Admin

It is with an angry and broken heart that I am writing this- as I hear and read these horrific reports of Monday’s Boston Marathon Bombings along with the Baghdad Bombings that killed some and injured many. While I am beside myself as you may be too wondering what kind of evil is consuming our country/world today with these recent unsought massacres, rogue attacks and terrorizing bombings, I ask: “what would I do?”

In some of the news reports relating to Boston I kept hearing how people could not get a hold of loved ones to see if they were ok or vice versa via cellular networks. Others resorted to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, etc. to reach out. Able bodied locals were able to navigate there ways to safety, but what about the masses that were visitors? Reports of participants and supporters that had traveled afar to be part of the events were suddenly in a more vulnerable state than locals, they were not only devastated by what had just happened but completely lost and out of their surroundings. Luckily they were still in the U.S. what about those out of the country? What about being completely out of your element, out of your country, different laws, language barriers, foreign geographical locations and experiencing a “Travel Emergency”. This would prompt me to ask myself these TRAVEL EMERGENCY 3W’s after the initial what just happened?!

What do I do?

Where do I go?

Who do I contact?

In a Travel Emergency, what is the protocol? Are there centralized locations to go to for further instructions, an emergency number aside from 911, is this posted in plain site for visitors, or are they debriefed of such protocols upon arrival? It seems as though these unforeseen tragic circumstances are becoming more of a trend and at that I say, “we must mobilize to be prepared in the best way possible!”

My advice: Get to know your surroundings and there emergency protocols.

LOCALS: Contact your city/county and see what systems are in place and get connected and share this with your family and friends, establish a plan to get to safety and meet up in a designated area.

VISTORS: No matter where you’re traveling to if it’s out of your surroundings, get educated and be prepared! Research your destination, see if they have specific locations, numbers, etc. to go to in case of an emergency, plot and save those in your smart phone, device or notebook. Make sure to share this as well as your accommodations info. with a trusted source from your hometown that may be able to help others contact or track you in a case of emergency.

Examples of helpful systems in place- Upon doing some research I’ve found different ways that Govt., State, County and City entities have put systems in place just for this purpose. Most heavily rely on a landline, internet or satellite connection, but prove to be very effective. As a local to some of these I never even knew these existed so please check with your local community and GET PREPARED TODAY!

Govt. Emergency Website: Source for Travel Emergencies and Crises: Travel.State.Gov - A Service Bureau of Consular Affairs/U.S. Department of State http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1212.html

City/County Websites- San Diego Emergency Websites: http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/ http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/oes/

SD Emergency App- Though this seems more directed towards natural disaster preparedness “the App can be customized to address any emergency situation, it’s an informational platform”- William Smith, County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services), some of the APP features that would help any extreme emergency are: • Maps • Get involved (where your help may be needed) • Shelter locations • Social Media • Latest News stream http://www.readysandiego.org/SDEmergencyApp/?nomobileredirect=true

As humans we have a “fear of the unknown”, while we may not be able to predict what can happen, we can harness that fear and have better control of it by being prepared to handle any situation in any surrounding. Unfortunately in our world today it seems as though “being prepared” is necessary and becoming a way of life. Instead of just earthquake and fire drills our children have terrorism drills and security with special ops training. I don’t know what is going so wrong with the world today, but I know we can’t live in fear, instead live in the state of mind “We won’t stand down!”

Traveling before Marriage?

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 06:36 by Admin

 

Want to stay in one of those amazing overwater bungalows in Bora Bora? Maybe you’d like to climb the Swiss Alps, or perhaps you may be geared up for a South American Jungle excursion…

From what I’ve experienced and gathered, by the time you are able to afford these types adventures you’re generally more settled down in life; a career, steady income, possibly even married and/or children (fur babies included, naturally). That being said, at this point you now have somebody else to plan with, be considerate of and ready to brave unknown circumstances together in new places. Completely out of your comfort zones.

While notable wedding sites such as theknot.com advertise beautiful Bliss Honeymoons for those who made that leap, Ryan Murphy’s widely acclaimed “Eat Pray Love” portrays a woman who discovers she needs to travel and find herself AFTER the fact of being married. Coming to this conclusion leads her down the road of divorce and through a long journey of self discovery. It’s a great movie, I highly recommend it, however I’m not meriting divorce to find yourself in another country.

Now there seems to be a trendsetting of traveling BEFORE marriage hitting the bucket lists. However this doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. In the fourjandals blog It’s actually recommended that before settling down, every couple should experience a couple’s travel together for at least six months and more than somewhere that’s full of relaxation and romance. In this article, they discuss how this can be the perfect test for a relationship because you both will be out of familiar areas and can be put into your most vulnerable state and have ONLY your partner to help you through it. See the full article for details and also couples travel tips. Maybe this still isn’t for you and you want these experiences all to your self before the ol’ ball and chain… Well you’re not alone (figuratively speaking), studies show that getting married has taken a backseat to traveling beforehand. In a recent research poll by Bing, a woman’s desire to get married before seeing the world seems to be sliding down the To Do list

So what’s your take? Do you say “to hell with it” and start this exciting journey, together? Do you table it and file in the “things I should’ve done before marriage” memory bank? Or do you fly solo and see the world and all it has to offer before committing yourself to someone that you can “tell” those stories to, rather than “with”?

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Quiet Zones VS Kid Friendly Airlines

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 07:17 by Admin

“My Personal, recent flight with kids Story” Last year about this time my 3 sons (ages: 1, 4 and 7) and I took a trip to Hawaii to visit family. The whole process was a task getting a ride, getting unloaded, checking in the drama at security because of freezer packs for medication (my youngest has heart medication that I had to take on board and needed to be refrigerated). Nevertheless we made it through the airport and were finally aboard and excited for our family getaway! After having all 3 kids sleep on me for 4 hours, they awoke and I had the much-awaited need to take a bathroom break! Face to face, told my two oldest how important it was that they be on their best behavior while I take their brother and myself to the bathroom and that it’d only be a few minutes, they nodded in complete understanding sipping on their little cups of water. Five minutes later, I strolled down the aisle back to my seat only to find that my 7 year stand there eyes big & wide, hand over mouth trying not to scream and my 4 year old justifying what he’d done and to top it off, an elderly woman in front of me pleading on their behalf “oh they were being so good, trying so hard, they’re just tired”… I then asked my boys “what happened?” long story short- the 7yr old year old accidentally bumped the seat tray that was holding the 4 year old’s water, causing a bit of a splash so my 4 year old punched his brother in the mouth, knocking out his loose tooth which he then swallowed! Laughing about it now, but it was very embarrassing and frustrating for me as a parent and annoyed fellow passengers.

Quiet Zones VS Kid Friendly Airlines

As many of you may have read yesterday, AsiaAirX announced their implementation of a “Quiet Zone” aboard their flights (for an $11 fee), banning children under the age of 12 from specific sections of the plane. A new trend that seems to be on the upswing, a Malaysian Airline “Budget Airline” announced today that they also implemented Child-Free Zone” FREE of charge.

With respect to “Sans-Kids Travelers” business-based or otherwise, it seems as though the airlines are capitalizing on what they/sans-kids irritated passengers consider “inconveniences” and charging you even more money for premier seating. Adding to the long list of “upgrade fees” already being offered wouldn’t it be smarter to instead, initiate a plan that will help provide comfort to ALL passengers alike, further diffusing from situations such as upset children which displaying their discomfort by acting it out (the way most children know to communicate)? In the plethora of passenger-convenient options that are offered during ticket purchase, airlines have constructed many costly plans that almost make it impossible (financially) to travel with children; charges for car seats, not allowing pre-made bottles, no longer offering the ability to warm up formula, not allowing you to purchase seating together and in some cases not allowing some children to even sit with their parents (I’ve personally been in this situation)! Then some people wonder “why won’t that kid shut up?!” How else would we expect children to act out of their comfort zone, no bottle amenities, not seated with the people they are secure with, no entertainment- while poor Mr. X is irritated and has a beverage on ice watching the newest blockbuster release with a neck pillow and internet capabilities to keep him entertained.

Most airlines and countries worldwide are campaigning for tourism to boost the economy wouldn’t we want to make it more inviting for everyone? Family vacations=more seats sold right, happy family traveling=repeat business. Let alone let’s not forget the ultimate, but true cliché “our children are our future” that being said remember they are our: future travelers, pilots, flight attendants, airport attendants, travel agents, tour guides, etc… So let’s display the same “quality of service” that each and everyone one of us as a consumer desires and expects, especially when we pay for it. I see this trend of banning children in select areas of planes being the beginning of potential unruly and costly effects for air travel as a whole, here’s why: Price hikes to accommodate family block seating drives away business due to budget constraints Implementing “quiet zones” further take up sections of seating making it even harder for families to book desired flights Eventually someone will turn this into a discrimination issue and demand a “rude, inconsiderate, Sans-Kid Free zone” catering to children and their parents only, then a tourist zone, those who voted for Obama zone and so forth…. I was impressed to see that Emirates Airline provided a variety of child-friendly amenities that kept the little ones occupied, entertained and pampered, literally. This solution proved to be a “win win” for ALL passengers, children were happy, parents were happy, providing a more calm and enjoyable atmosphere for the duration of the whole flight for everyone aboard.

I think this is a great solution and money well directed and spent! As a parent (and by my short story above), I can personally vouch for the fact that we do NOT enjoy when our children act up on flights, in the movies or even in the grocery store- but I don’t see local grocery chains making “kid-free” lines for an extra cost to avoid the meltdowns! It’s life, people have bad days and children are not exception, instead of segregating ourselves from “life” let’s work together to make it a little better, why not try what’s been proven to work in other airlines worldwide- let’s try offering a few perks to our little ones to make their experience an enjoyable and unforgettable one.

Resources that have kid-friendly traveling (feel free to post additional suggestions): Emirates Airline and Southwest Airline Reserve airport parking online and make the check in, boarding process that much more seamless: airportparkingconnection.com