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Why Self Parking is the Best Option

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 02:12 by Mandy
When you are on vacation, there are many different expenses that can eat away at your budget. One of these expenses can be parking if you do not make smart choices. One of these choices has to do with how you choose your parking. There are many occasions when valet parking may be available, and since you will not know the area parking lots, this may seem like the better option. However, there are numerous reasons why you will want to choose self parking. Consider these reasons and you will soon find a great way to make your vacation all the better. 
A Difference in Fees
Self parking does not usually charge as high of a fee. Chances are, you will be given the option of valet or self parking no matter where you visit. In almost all cases, both types of parking will charge a fee, but if you take a moment to look at the fee schedule, you will find that self parking is usually several dollars cheaper. When you add those dollars up over the whole extent of your vacation, you will find that you can save anywhere between fifty and one hundred dollars or even more. 
No Need for a Tip
When you use valet parking, it is customary to tip the valet. This tip may only be a couple of dollars, but those dollars can add up as well. If you choose self parking, you will not have to tip yourself, and you can save yourself that amount of money as well. When you add the tip to the difference in fees, you will be surprised at just how much you can save. 
Easier Access to Locations
When you choose self parking, you will have the ability to park where you want and when you want. Often, valet parking is limited to certain hours and certain areas. If you will be visiting more than one location in the area, you may want to choose a parking option that is central to all the areas you will be visiting during that day. This way, you will not have to pay to park at every location that you choose and you will not have to walk as far either. 
Control Over Your Own Vehicle
Sometimes, the idea of a complete stranger parking your vehicle can be a little worrisome. After all, you will have to depend on them to drive safely and park your vehicle in a safe location. While most valets are completely trustworthy, there are those few who are not. If you feel uncomfortable with the idea of someone else parking your vehicle, then self parking would be the best option. 
When you are planning your vacation, there are many reasons why self parking is the best option. It can save you money as well as time and frustration. If you choose self parking, be sure to familiarize yourself with the parking garages available in the area that you will be visiting so that you can quickly and easily find the best places to park during your stay. 
 

Saving Money on a Family Spring Break

Thursday, 17 March 2011 06:10 by Mandy

Spring break is an excellent time for a family to take a fun and exciting vacation. However, it seems like any vacation you could plan for that week will be more than most budgets can handle. If you want your family to be able to enjoy a spring break vacation, then here are some helpful tips for saving money while still enjoying your vacation. After all, your children are growing up fast; you do not want to miss a chance to spend quality family time with them while they are still young. 

Accommodation

Of course, with any vacation, one of the priciest parts is finding a hotel. The worst part is, most accommodations will charge even more during busy times like spring break. When it comes to finding accommodation for your family, it is important to look for ways to save money. The earlier you can book your hotel, the better for saving money. Additionally, if you spend time looking for discounts, you can usually find a much better price. Visit the discount websites that offer hotels as well as car rentals and flight packages. If you have to fly, then you can even package the plane and accommodation for better prices. 

If you do not feel that you can find a hotel that fits within your budget, you could consider something a little different for family spring break. You and your family can enjoy the great outdoors by going camping. There are plenty of camping locations around many different attractions, so your family can enjoy a combination of “roughing it” while still being close to fun activities. Camping will save an immense amount of money since you will not have to pay for a hotel and you can even save money on food. 

Meals

The second most expensive part of your family spring break vacation will be the food. After all, you and your family will have to eat, and restaurants are not cheap. The best way to save money here is to do research in advance on the Internet. Many restaurants include coupons right on their website, and many larger cities have discount websites where you can access coupons and discounts to many different restaurants. 

If you take your family camping, you can pack food and enjoy cooking around the campfire, which will save you a great deal of money. 

Think Ahead

One of the more expensive things that can come up by surprise on a family spring break vacation is having to buy incidentals like sunscreen, disposable cameras, batteries, hats and others. When you forget these things and have to buy them on vacation, you will end up spending more money if you buy from touristy locations. If you start planning your packing at least a week in advance, you can make sure you do not forget these incidental things. 

 

The Joy of Valet Parking by the Airport

Friday, 4 March 2011 01:16 by Mandy
Whether you’re accustomed to parking at the airport, or parking at an offsite facility, one option to consider is valet parking. Many offsite parking facilities offer the valet option because it offers several advantages to fliers. And because offsite parking is less pricey than airport parking, you can afford to splurge a bit.

How does valet service work at an offsite lot? Most services work about the same way, and they offer something known as “curbside to curbside” valet service. You reserve a valet spot with the company ahead of time, and then you stop at the curb of the offsite lot before your flight. A valet then escorts you to the curbside of your terminal, which is usually just minutes from the lot. You leave your keys and car with the driver, who then takes your car back to the offsite parking facility. Your car is either kept in a garage or an outdoor lot, but either way, security is provided. On your return flight, you simply call the company before you land. The valet driver will have your car waiting for you at the curb of your terminal.

Safety and Security

Valet drivers have clean driving records, and many companies require them to keep impeccable driving records as a condition of employment. Drivers who can’t comply are history; this brings peace of mind to customers with luxury vehicles.

Most offsite lots have considerable security measures in place, and it’s simple to confirm their security methods before you reserve your spot. From gates to surveillance tapes to well-lit lots and guards, most companies make every effort to protect your car 24 hours a day. Some security systems are connected directly to the police.

Security is the main concern of any customer using a parking facility, so reputable companies do whatever it takes to bring peace of mind to clients, particularly in cities with higher crime rates. Look for offsite parking services that are licensed, bonded, and insured if you’re concerned about your car’s safety. 

When you opt for valet service, you don’t have to worry about being dropped off by a shuttle in some remote area. You and your family are that much safer with curbside to curbside service.

Simple and Stress-free

How can you beat the convenience? Because there are no shuttles involved in valet service, you don’t have to load and unload your heavy suitcases. You also don’t have to wait for a shuttle bus to pick you up and transport you back and forth. It’s the ultimate timesaver for fliers in a hurry to get to the airport or get home.

For an extra fee, some companies offer to have your car washed or detailed, so that you can come home to a squeaky-clean vehicle.

Pricing

When you compare prices, you may find that the slightly higher valet price is well worth the money. The service that you receive is a sort of “treat” to yourself. When you compare the price to regular airport parking or to cab fare, you’ll probably realize that valet service is a win-win situation.
 

Flying Out of JFK, LGA, or EWR? Check FlightStats.com!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 04:31 by Mandy

Airport Parking Connection will be found through FlightStats.com during March and April!  Now you can check the status of your flight out of JFKLGA, or EWR and book your airport parking all at the same time!  Save yourself time and hassle by reserving your airport parking and guaranteeing your spot!  Get Parked!

Delayed at the Airport? Make It an Adventure!

Monday, 21 February 2011 02:49 by Mandy

If you’ve got hours to kill before your connecting flight, or you sadly discover that your flight is delayed, you’ve got no choice but to make the most of your time. Remember Tom Hanks being stranded for months at JFK Airport in his movie, The Terminal? His character certainly made the best of a difficult situation. He met a fascinating flight attendant played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and he also got a full-time job in construction. While your downtime won’t be quite as exciting, you may as well die trying.

Spa It Out

Delays are now commonplace, but fortunately, airports are responding by offering new entertainment options. Spas are the latest fixture in airports across the country, and you may be surprised to learn that their biggest patrons are men. Foot massages are a huge hit for stressed travelers. So whether you want to get your nails done or just get a relaxing massage, you’d be amazed at your options. U.S. airports are planning on adding more and better diversions in the next few years across the nation.

Stretch It Out

If you don’t have enough time for a salon service, you can at least take the time to do some simple stretches before your flight. It’s no revelation that sitting in an airplane for hours can be detrimental to your neck, back, and legs. So don’t sit around before the flight – stretch your body a bit. No one will look at you strangely, because they should be doing the same thing. It’s important to move around before, during, and after your flight to prevent a dangerous condition known as traveler’s thrombosis, which is caused by sitting for prolonged periods.

Treat Your Taste Buds

You don’t want to destroy your diet while waiting at the airport, so you don’t want to go overboard, but it is okay to enjoy a special treat. And your indulgence doesn’t have to be food – it can just be a new beverage you’ve been meaning to try. If you usually drink cappuccino, shake things up and try something else. Try an exotic tea blend instead. You may just find a healthier infusion than your usual standby. If you usually have a cocktail at the bar, why not slow down and sip a glass of wine instead? Alcohol is so dehydrating, so be careful not to overdo it.

Be a Boy or Girl Scout

If you were ever a scout, you know that “Be Prepared” was your scouting motto. When you’re trying to kill time at the airport, you’ll be much happier if you are prepared and equipped for your downtime. Perhaps you normally pack a few books, only to realize at the airport that they’re just no good. This is why investing in an e-reader is a smart move for you. Kindles, Nooks, and other e-readers have all come down in price, and they come with free books. The Nook is compatible with your library’s e-pub format, so it may save you money in the long run.

The airport is no longer a dull, drab place. Revel in your downtime and make it an enjoyable leg of your journey.