This summer I will be making a trip over to Sweden like I always do. I am sure many of you will take 1 week or longer trips as well. That brings up the issue of how to get to the airport or where to park.
The first simple choice for many is just to UBER to the airport and then you don’t have to worry about having to pay a ton for parking. But if you have a ton of luggage you may have to pay for a larger UBER SUV and that can cost as much as parking your own car for some time.
There is always the “hit your friend up for a ride” option but that can be a pain in the rear as well and you will probably end up having to buy your friends dinner or a round of golf (and maybe lunch) and end up paying again as much as parking.
So what are some good choices to consider? Here is a simple one: HOTELS!
Now I am not saying to “stay” at the hotels or do a mattress run before your flight (unless you need to for status points) but to just park at the hotel. Also, clearly, I am NOT saying to do a “dine and dash” that is to just park for free but please call and ask the hotel if they have a parking “ONLY” fee or offer. I think you will be shocked how many offer this service and larger discounts for longer stays.
Let’s take my own home town airport as an example. Long term airport parking is either $8/day or a max. rate of $40/week. However, there is an airport hotel right at the entrance to the SBN airport. It is so close you can walk to the airport from the hotel. They only charge $3/day if over 7 days of parking. That my friends is a savings of almost 50% – just amazing.
But I stated at the opening of the post that I will be saving about 80% off the long term airport parking rate. Just how will I do that? I will pay with my Barclays Arrival+ card, since parking at the hotel and it will show up as a hotel charge that means I will have up to 120 days to “pay myself back” with points. I can buy Visa Debit Gift Cards (VDGCs) and dump them to my Bluebird account and reduce my out of pocket expense to park by 80% off of what it would have cost to park at the airport.
This is by no means a perfect solution but most times it is a big money saver. Some hotels DO require a one night stay to park but then do not charge anything for the parking and have a free shuttle to the airport. Just please, if you are going to take a one week or longer trip, call around to the hotels near where you are flying from and see if they have any similar deals and compare how much you can save. – René
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