Should You Use Airport Parking or Not?
Airport parking? Lyft? Uber? Taxi?
When should you park your car at the airport and use airport parking or have a transportation service, such as a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to take you to the airport? If you’re wondering what’s the best bang for the buck or the most convenient “way” getting to an airport, then look no further!
In my opinion, it starts out with your situation. Such as:
- Do you have a car you need to take care of?
- What’s your parking situation?
- How far do you live from the airport?
- What’s your neighborhood like?
- Does it really matter to you to save money?
Do you have a car you need to take care of?
If you have a car you need to take care of, then your best bet would be to go to the airport parking route. You can find a parking lot with relatively high security, in a gated garage, and have a 24/7 attendant. If your car needs extra care, then you can opt for extra airport parking services such as a car wash. The sky is the limit for airport parking based on your preferences, how much you’d like to spend, and what’s around you (w.a.y.). You don’t need airport parking if you are able to safely store your car away and of course, if you don’t have a car or any responsibilities to one!!
What’s your parking situation?
Your parking situation can also play a major part in your decision making. If you have to park your car outside on the street and you will be gone for more than 3 days, then I’d definitely recommend you booking an airport parking spot. It would definitely be a vacation or trip ruiner if you return to find out your car has been towed for staying in one spot for too long. If you have people watching your car and moving it around here and there, then the option to use Uber, Lyft, or a taxi may be a good idea.
How far do you live from the airport?
So how far you live from the airport you need to be getting to, in my opinion, plays a huge major part. If you have no one available to drive you to an airport that is 30+ minutes away, then driving yourself and using airport parking could be significantly cheaper and more convenient. If you also have no one available to take you back after you land, then the cost could add up to be pretty high. Parking your car at an airport parking lot could be a lot less than having Uber, Lyft, or a taxi to drive roundtrip or even just one day. It really depends on how long your trip is coupled with how far you live. If you live pretty close to the airport or have someone convenient to take you then I’d stick with the free ride or Uber, Lyft, and taxis.
What’s your neighborhood like?
Figuring out how safe your neighborhood is can be detrimental as well. If you have a relatively decent car and live in a neighborhood where car break-ins have been occurring lately, then I’d choose to go to the airport parking route. I’d definitely park my car at an airport parking lot even more if the neighborhood is also prone to house break-ins. At least my car would have a lower chance of getting looted! However, if I’m able to park somewhere safe that’s free and all things being equal, I’d definitely choose that option.
Does it really matter to you to save money?
Lastly, does your wallet feel happy about keeping those couple federal reserve notes a.k.a, money? I mean, I know at the end of the day, they are really just federal issued IOU notes but they sure can make a difference in our wallet! Airport parking can save you a few dollars that might or might not make a difference for you, but everything adds up! If your wallet is ok letting those savings go and it’s more convenient to Uber, Lyft, or take a taxi, then go for it! If savings is your “way” to go, then check out parking companies with coupons or ones that are known for low prices, such as Way and it’s more convenient to search with their app.
Your situation definitely will point you in the right direction. However, your situation doesn’t always make the final decision. We have something called, personal preferences and freedom of choice, to choose certain things even if it makes absolutely, no sense! Welcome to the life of a human being.