Find Cheap Airport Parking on the Web

by Dan Allen 
Posted Feb 18th 2011 03:00 PMUpdated Feb 23rd 2011 11:14 AM

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For any number of reasons – fear of cabs, lack of reliable nearby friends or family, etc. – sometimes it's just not possible to leave the car at home when taking an air trip. Indeed, for street-parking New Yorkers, ignoring the car while traveling simply isn't an option, since alternate side of the street parking laws require auto-shifting to facilitate street cleaning four times every week. But with the exorbitant prices of on-site airport lots – seven days at most of LaGuardia runs a staggering $231 – parking can easily cost more than airfare.

Fortunately, several websites now make it easy to find and reserve safe and reliable off-airport parking at substantially discounted rates. An ever-growing number of individual lots have entered the airport parking game in recent years, be they local hotels, car rental companies, or dedicated parking operations. "Cheap airport parking" websites, in turn, help would-be parkers navigate through what would otherwise be a bewildering array of options. The best sites even offer frank reviews from actual previous lot users, allowing easy weeding out of any possibly sketchy outfits.

We put the web's five main discount airport parking sites to the test to see who delivers. Using the popular week of Easter/Spring Break 2011 as a sample, we sought out parking from April 17 to 24 at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Chicago's O'Hare (ORD), and Los Angeles International (LAX). Taxes and fees have been included in all rates, and all lots mentioned offer free shuttle buses. By way of comparison, the cheapest parking on offer for the period at any of the airports' official lots is $156 at LGA (Long Term Lot 3), $63 at ORD (Economy Lot E), and $84 at LAX (Lot C).

BestParking.com

BestParking.com
Coverage: 79 airports and 18 cities in the U.S. and Canada
Media hype: Recent shout-outs by both New York Times and New York Post
Field test: $120.92 at LGA (Clarion Hotel at LaGuardia), $54.50 at ORD (Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare), $53.65 at LAX (Johnny Park)
Pros: The most tech-forward of the bunch, BestParking.com has free mobile apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry; search results are shown with rates on Google maps, making it very easy to instantly see how close lots actually are to the airport in question; wide selection of lots at each airport; space availability constantly updated.
Cons: Payment of first day required to secure reservation, though this is refundable with 48 hours notice prior to departure (a $5 service fee is non-refundable); rates slightly higher than those found at About Airport Parking.

AboutAirportParking.com

About Airport Parking
Coverage: More than 400 lots at 100+ airports in the U.S. and Canada
Media hype: Travel+Leisure named it one of their Top Travel Websites for 2008
Field test: $109.28 at LGA (U-Save, which showed as sold out for the period on BestParking.com), $41.34 at ORD (Days Inn O'Hare), $46.41 at LAX (LAX Airport Parking Center)
Pros: In all three field test cities, About Airport Parking returned the best rates; easy-to-see user ratings and full reviews for each lot; search results can be listed in order of lowest price, highest rated, or distance from airport; searches can be refined to include only those lots that are valet serviced, self serviced, covered, or those offering oil changes or car washes; wide selection of lots at each airport.
Cons: It's a small gripe, but since weekly rates aren't factored into the main results page, actual reservation rates can differ slightly; deposit required for reservation, but fully refundable if cancelled 24 hours prior to departure.

ParkRideFlyUSA.com

ParkRideFlyUSA.com
Coverage: 57 airports around the U.S.
Field test: $119.89 at LGA (U-Save), $66.24 at ORD (Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare), $49.80 at LAX (Fox Auto Parks)
Pros: None discernable, other than a rewards program that offers one free rental day after ten paid rentals.
Cons: Full payment required at time of reservation, though fully refundable with 24 hours notice prior to departure; higher rates than available elsewhere for same locations.

AirportParkingReservations.com

AirportParkingReservations.com
Coverage: 73 airports around the U.S. and Canada
Field test: $120.92 at LGA (Clarion Hotel at LaGuardia), $54.50 at ORD (Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare), $53.65 at LAX (Johnny Park)
Pros: The groundbreaker in the field, AirportParkingReservations.com offers exactly the same rates available at BestParking.com. A sister site, ParkSleepFly.com, offers special parking deals at many airport hotels nationwide. (At least two other sites, AirportParking.com and ParkingAccess.com, also loop back to the AirportParkingReservations.com system.)
Cons: For now, there's no accompanying mobile app or user reviews, though both are reportedly on the way.

LongtermParking.com

LongtermParking.com
Coverage: 130 airport lots around the U.S.
Field test: $129.11 at LGA (Dollar Car Rentals Parking Service), $77.27 at ORD (AviStar), $53.52 at LAX (Fox Auto Parks)
Pros: No deposit required
Cons: Very small selection of lots per airport; no prices given with search results, making comparison extremely time consuming; coupons required for lowest rates, and even with coupons, rates are higher than elsewhere for same lots.

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Antoine

There's only one website that does not charge a booking/reservation fee. Where available, http://www.letsgoparking.com is the best way to park.

February 01 2014 at 3:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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May 12 2013 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stacy

Yes, I saw it too. I read about a year ago in a blog called Traveling Revealed. Tips and money saving advice from travelers. About traveling on the cheap.

February 23 2011 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

I don't mean to be rude, but isn't your responsiblity to ensure your registration is current? It isn't a shock that it came do, most of us know about what month it's comming due. If you have a trip planned around that time, pay your registration current before you leave. We all have to pay it, so no reason to get all upset you got a ticket for being expired. In California, the police have to give some grace period, because you are allowed to mail in your renewal payment the day it is due, and they have no way to know if you did that. I know this as I used to be a Police Officer. Most of us would usually give it a couple weeks before we took enforcement action. Your state may be different, I do not know, but you know your registration is required every year. Also DMV sends out renewal notices a couple months early. If you procrastinated, as I do as well, it's still your fault for letting it expire because you were traveling. I'm not blaming you for doing something I haven't been guilty of myself, but if we push the limits and get caught, it's our own fault isn't it?

February 23 2011 at 2:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven Alpert

The most incredible rip-off is in the NY Area. The crooks at the Port Authority of NY and NJ operate the 3 major airports, and they offer so-called "long term economy lots". At Newark Airport, the Economy Lot is a remarkably expensive $18 / day. Hardly what I would call "economy". But then in the NY area if the parking price doesn't kill you, the tolls will. For example, it now costs $21 in round trip tolls to go the mere 9 miles each way between Fort Lee NJ and Astoria Queens. Out of control.

February 23 2011 at 2:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alex

You gotta use a reputable service, and read online reviews before making a decision.

I personally use http://www.airportparking.com when I need to book long-term airport parking. I travel regularly (every 4-6 weeks for about 5 or so days per trip) and love it. After I booked a couple times, they gave me a coupon code that saves me an addition 20% on top of normal savings. Check 'em out!

March 19 2013 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Uh, here in Massachusetts, where parking is not only incredibly expensive but also at a premium, the rapid transit has a stop called, gues what....... AIRPORT!!!

February 22 2011 at 11:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gerald

I have used Avistar Parking from LaGuardia and JFK for many years. Their prices are competitive and the service is good.

February 22 2011 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed

Park in the private lots. If you park in the city owned lots they come through and check the sticker on your plate. We went on a trip and our plate expired while we were gone. Hundred buck ticket written the day after it expired. Private lots don't allow the cops in to ticket your car. Boycot city lots.

February 22 2011 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela

That's lying! That's dishonest! Shame on you.

February 22 2011 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stacy

The secret to park FREE at the airport is to go the general aviation side of the airport and park in their lot. This is the area where all the corporate/private jets fly into and get serviced. All their customer park free all the time. Their shuttle will take you to the main terminal and pick you up. All you have to do tip your shuttle driver.
Look for popular name FBO's like, Million Air, Landmark Aviation, Signature Flight Support or Atlantic Aviation. Check with AINonline.com to see if your airport has any of these chains. Just tell them your friend/father/cousin is a corporate pilot and your in, FREE.

February 22 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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