Special Feature: Six ways to save on airport parking

If you're planning a budget holiday then the last thing you want is to be hit by a large bill for airport parking. Follow these top tips to ensure that you're not paying over the odds.

1. Always pre-book: If you pre-book your parking rather than simply turning up at the airport, you could save up to 60% on the overall bill. Bear in mind that many car parks will massively reduce their prices if you reserve your space early, so it's a good idea to organise airport parking as soon as you have your holiday booked.

2. Don't be put off by distance: The cheapest prices are often available at car parks located outside the airport boundary: but a more distant location doesn't always mean a longer transfer time. Check the transfer service and time estimates before you dismiss this option.

3. Monitor special offers: Airport parking is a highly competitive service, and you can often find special offers if you're prepared to look. Common deals include a day's free parking, 50% off the first day's parking fee, reduced price parking for members of certain organisations and a complimentary chauffeur service. Some car parks also offer cheaper prices if you book online.

4. Shop around: Don't simply go with the first deal you find: look at price comparison sites and request quotes from individual companies to get the best idea of what�s on offer. Remember that rates will vary depending on the length of your stay, so it's important to get a personalised quote rather than a 'day by day' price breakdown.

5. Avoid extra costs: Be aware that some car park operators charge extra for services such as bus transfers and additional security. Make sure before you book that the services you require are included in the original quote.

6. Don't park at all: If you book in advance, then airport parking is almost always cheaper than getting a taxi to and from the airport. However, if you're travelling from central London to Stansted, Luton or Gatwick, another option is to get the easyBus. Prices start from just £2 one-way to Gatwick airport and this service is available to everybody, not just those flying with easyJet. Also, when visiting Melbourne, be sure to use our partner parking company - United
Airport Parking. Cheap rates, secure well lit undercover facilities near the airport - you are sure to be in good hands!

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