Those who do not have any traveling experience, either domestic or international, probably do not know what park and fly means. In simple terms, it means leaving your car at the airport or a nearby agent while you are away on a trip. Some people might say that they would rather have someone drop them off at the airport and pick them up when they arrive. However, there are those who prefer the park and fly setup and think that it would be more of an advantage for them. The popularity of this practice is evident in various Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking operator) locations all over the US and worldwide.
There is also what is called a park and fly hotel. Since many of the best airfares are for flights that leave early in the morning, this option might be more practical than long term airport parking for you to save money and for your comfort and convenience. This is especially beneficial to people who live far away from the airport. It will save you the hassle of driving for two hours in the middle of the night and you will get on the plane feeling more rested and less stressed. For instance you will go on a 10-day trip with parking at the departure airport at $11 a day. Your total parking bill will cost $110. Compare that with staying at a nearby hotel with free airport shuttle and booking a room the night before that costs $79 (with 15-day parking privileges) plus $11 for taxes. You will be able to save $20.
But then that is a case to case basis though. While at the same time you also have to remember some things like choosing a hotel in a safe area and not leaving any valuables inside the car. Some airport hotels have park and fly packages offering unique deals and detailed information for customers to find what is right for them. Certainly a pre-flight hotel stay with the added advantage of shuttle transport and free parking for either a short stay or long term parking is the best way to start your trip.
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