New feature alert: compare drive-up prices vs. pre-booked rates

  • 15 May, 2015
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Price Cost Saving

Here at Airport Parking Shop we all know that our price comparison engine is able to find the cheapest deals available out there. However, just knowing is not enough – we like to see the actual saving made by booking at the moment of browsing and researching and not leaving it until later, i.e. the day of the departure!

A picture tells a thousand words; a few digits crossed out next to the current price have the same effect. This week we rolled out a new feature – drive-up price comparison – for some of the car parks where it is possible to simply drive up and park. That figure crossed out is what you would pay if you turned up on the day!

When looking at search results, look for this:

drive-up-vs-prebook

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How being lazy can save you time and money

  • 28 Apr, 2015
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Save time and money

We know that when it comes to parking at the airport, most people pre-book their parking, want it to be cost-effective, are concerned about the location of the car park, and that most people pick Long Stay parking as their parking option of choice.

Long stay parking may seem the savvy choice – you’re going away for more than a few days and you’re willing to put up with a transfer to the airport. In most cases, the Official Long Stay car park may be more reasonable than Short Stay parking or Meet and Greet and therefore it all makes sense… or so you think! Read More

Strike action and your airport parking

  • 15 Apr, 2015
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Airport Parking

The strikes proposed by French air traffic controllers scheduled for the 29th April – 2nd May could still go ahead, despite the one for this week having been cancelled. Read More

Parking ticket appeals on the increase

  • 17 Jul, 2014
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Parking warden issues a fine but parking ticket appeals are on the rise

More motorists are likely to complain after receiving a parking ticket, figures show. In the period of two years (March 2013 – March 2014) 12 times as many car owners appealed their parking tickets, an official watchdog revealed.

The level of appeals has now reached more than 600 a week, according to the Parking on Private Land Appeals service (POPLA), which deals with contested tickets from car parks at locations including supermarkets, service stations and sport / leisure centres.

POPLA assessed a total of 23,500 appeals in the year ending March 2014, and made the decision to quash more than 10,000 tickets.

Complaints usually involved motorists receiving an invalid ticket, or purchasing the correct ticket but being accused of not displaying it properly.

Established in October 2012, POPLA handles appeals against parking charge notices involving parking on private land in England and Wales.

The report found that one of the main reasons people felt they’ve been issued a parking ticket unfairly was unclear, missing or confusing car park signage.

Please note that parking tickets are not likely to be issued if motorists are using long-term airport car parks, and most airport parking fines are incurred when dropping off or picking up passengers without using the short-term car park. Read this blog post where we’ve explained how to appeal if you were issued a parking ticket at one of the UK’s airports.

14% of Brits forget where they parked their car

  • 16 Jul, 2014
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Car parking space from birdseye

We’ve all been there: you park it, lock it, leave it, forget it. A recent poll by Direct Line DrivePlus shows that as many as 14% of British drivers in the last two years forgot the exact spot where they parked their trusted travel companion.

Even though it is not applicable to those who park at airports, as with some airport parking services such as Meet and Greet you don’t even get to know the location of the secure compounds your car gets driven to, the findings reveal some interesting facts about our parking habits.

Women were found to be slightly more absent-minded than men, as only 16% forgot the exact place of their parked vehicle, compared with 12% of male drivers.

Interestingly, the survey of over 2,000 adults showed that men took much longer to track down their car (an average of 50 minutes), whilst women took much less, an average of 27 minutes, to get back behind the wheel of their car.