Let’s try some air travel word association:
First-class upgrade? Paradise.
Parking at LAX?
If this were actually a conducted psychological experiment, chances are the words associated with parking at LAX would heavily coincide with words like “disaster” and “stress-inducer”. Honestly, why wouldn't they? If you’re talking Los Angeles, you’re almost certainly mentioning overpopulation and overcrowding in the same breath. So why would something like airport parking, which can be stressful in any city in the country, not be stressful at one of the most hectic air travel hubs in the world?
How hectic are we talking here? For starters, over fifty million travelers use this airport every single year. Hundreds of employees are accommodating travelers while sifting through the over two million tons of cargo, luggage, and goods that are flying in and out of the airport throughout the year. While many of the millions of travelers are simply connecting on their way through LA, tens of thousands are looking for parking spots at any given moment, and at this moment – you’re one of them, and you’re stressing out.
Everyone wants a great spot, but with only about 20,000 parking spaces available in LAX, not everyone can get one. Here are a couple tips to make sure that you lock down a fantastic parking spot and remove the stressful parking variable out of your travelling equation:
Make contact. A simple phone call or email never hurt anyone. It only helps. Google provides a service that allows you to quickly find phone numbers of various lots in the area, making it easy to make a price comparison. Social media tools like Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter will give you up to date information about blackout dates, lot capacities, and other tips to make your experience smoother.
Plan Ahead. We know. Easier said than done. Transportation to and from the airport is often logistically conceived mere minutes before its execution. We all have deadlines and responsibilities swirling around us like a frantic torrent of personal burden. However, there are a couple questions you can quickly ask yourself that can potentially save a travel nightmare:
How far am I travelling to get to the airport?
It’s a simple question, but one that is not asked nearly enough. Do you have a way to avoid airport parking all together? Do you have friends or relatives that can drop you off right at the front gate? Will the cost of a cab to and from the airport be cheaper than what you would spend on airport parking?
How much time am I giving myself for finding parking?
Too often people don’t consider the fact that they aren’t going to get a parking spot right by their gate. It’s important to realize that if you do decide to pay for airport parking, there is a likelihood that you may need to wait for a shuttle to take you from an off-site location to the airport, and when you’re running behind schedule, every minute is precious.
Reserve Online. How do you make contact, compare prices, and plan ahead all at the same time? Online airport parking reservation systems like Airport Parking Connection allow you to compare multiple locations on the Google Maps engine and then arrange your options by price, availability, or distance from airport. In 3 simple clicks, you’ll have a voucher in your email inbox for you to take to the parking lot, saving you the time and hassle of fumbling for change at the gate or circling the lot looking for that elusive last space.