Decent ‘airport parking and hotel’ deals via little-known IHG link

Most people are aware that – if you need airport parking whilst you are on holiday – it is often cheaper to book a nearby hotel which offers a ‘free parking’ package and stay there the night before.  Companies such as Holiday Extras specialise in arranging these.

IHG, the Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza group, also has a pan-European ‘Park, Stay & Go’ offer.  It does not always come up when you search local hotels from the main IHG website.  You need to book via this dedicated link.

The offer covers pretty much every airport in the UK – this is not a London-centric offer by any means.

Holiday Inn Glasgow

As a test, I looked at Glasgow Airport.  I was looking for a hotel stay for one night on Saturday 7th November with up to eight days of car parking included.

The rates offered were:

Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport (photo above) – £75 (cheapest room without parking £65)

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport – £103 (cheapest room without parking £65.70)

I understand, with both of these deals, that you do not leave your car at the hotel – you drop it at the long-stay car park at the airport the next morning.  With the Holiday Inn package, your parking effectively costs you £1.25 per day over and above the standard cost of the hotel and may even be cheaper than just booking the car parking on its own.

Note that the Holiday Inn deal was NOT available via the main ihg.com website.  The Holiday Inn Express deal WAS on ihg.com.  It pays to check the ‘Park, Stay & Go’ site.

This is another interesting deal to store at the back of your mind next time you need airport parking.

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Club Carlson 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 rates - a great deal for Gold members (ie Amex Plats!)
Good deal on the IHG Rewards Club credit cards - sign-up bonus DOUBLED
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Comments

  1. The rates you found for Glasgow are fairly typical of those for these properties and can be obtaibed most of the time, especially if booked in advance. In the past they have usually been available on the main site too. Regarding these hotels, both are great for GLA departures. The HI is about a 30 second walk from the terminal, and although dated, it is in reasonable condition. The lobby bar and coffee shop are often very sociable at times and it is certainly not a soulless place typical of many chains. The food in restaurant is poor and overpriced (as is the terminal itself) so best get in the car and find something in nearby Paisley or Braehead (lot’s to keep kids entertained. HIE is a 3-5 minute walk away via signposted covered walkway. It is exactly what you would expect of an HIE.

    • Before I started collecting miles and points more seriously, I had stayed at the Holiday Inn GLA that often that I received IHG Gold status just from these stays! 😀 I’m actually there right now and, while the hotel IS dated, they have obviously recently replaced some of the furniture. They also make you feel welcome and recognise your elite status. James, you have mentioned the excellent location – it takes you less time to reach the check-in area than from the Sofitel at Heathrow’s T5!

      I’m on my way to the Alps, and when I come back I will have a car (which I hadn’t planned when I booked the hotel). Reception told me yesterday that staying at the (usually jam-packed) hotel car park will cost me £14 for the night which I consider reasonable, given the location.

      • Agreed, the staff there are friendly and welcoming, ao much so you can have a bleatger with them at checkin. My platinum status was always recognised and front desk always popped points certificates directly in my account. Despite opting for points the snacks were always in the room too.

    • cheekychappie says:

      If you have a car, better to go 10 mins further and hit the West End, Ubiquitous Chip has much to recommend it but there is a huge choice & a lively atmosphere.

  2. There are also park stay and cruise deals.

    We stayed at the holiday Inn Eastleigh and got an executive room, breakfast, return taxi to the cruise terminal and 15 days parking for £135.

    Rate was no refundable and full payment made at the time.

  3. Talking of parking.

    I need to park my vehicle for around 5 weeks next April at Heathrow.

    Any suggestions?

    • Leave your car at home and do two one way rentals.

    • One of the lovely things about Heathrow (and Luton!) being situated in towns is that there is plentiful parking free and on street free within a short bus ride or even walk of the terminal.

      This is what I do – I haven’t checked the Osterley and T4 situations recently – but I believe these are free because they are TfL enforced trunk roads which the boroughs do not enforce parking in. Where parking bays do exist on these roads in London (which isn’t in many places) they are always free – although can have limited hours of operation.

      Depends where you are coming from but I regularly leave my car for two weeks at a time at W7 2BT which is non controlled and five minutes walk from Boston Manor tube. (last used 3 months ago)

      The pavement bays 100m east of Osterley on the A4 (TW7 4PU) are not controlled either but can be in short supply. (last used 2 years ago)

      I’ve also used UB3 4EZ and the 140 bus for T123. (last used two weeks ago)

      For T5 you’d be looking at somewhere in West Drayton and the 350. (never used)

      To be honest you could park pretty well anywhere north of the M4 on the 140 bus route away from the controlled parking area of Hayes Town and no-one will bat an eyelid – but you probably wouldn’t want to leave anything particularly nice round here.

      For T4 there are parking bays on the A30 5 minutes walk (up a grass bank) from the terminal immediately to the west of the sliproad. (last used three years ago)

      Remember all buses in London are now cash-less. If you don’t have an oystercard you use a bank card with contactless which is £1.50 for any journey.

      I can’t think of any long term free parking within the free bus area – although for weekend breaks the area near Longford McDonalds / Premier inn is good for T5 as it’s only controlled Monday to Friday.

      Hillingdon Council don’t make it easy – it’s hard to find CPZ information online – but google street view is your friend.

      Ealing’s website is much better.