How to earn points and get the best deals on Gatwick Airport car parking

Now that British Airways has moved into the South terminal at Gatwick, and you have a brand new check-in area, impressive new lounges and no need to use the monorail any longer, I thought it was worth a look at the various Gatwick Airport parking deals.

“How to get a discount on Gatwick Airport car parking” is a difficult and long-winded question.  This article has a particular focus on the ‘miles and points’ angles.

Saving money at the official Gatwick Airport parking

The official Gatwick Airport car parks (click here) are certainly not the cheapest option but are certainly convenient.

If you want an Official Gatwick Parking promo code, you’re in luck.  You can save 10% on the on-site car parks by signing up to the myGatwick special offers website.  I wrote about that here.  A discount code will be sent to you once you have given your flight details.

Official Gatwick Parking promo code

Earning Avios from offsite airport parking

You will usually save money by parking at an unofficial car park near an airport, although the trade off is a longer transfer time to and from the terminal.

Holiday Extras is the British Airways Executive Club partner and you earn 5 Avios per £1 when you book via ba.com.  Their home page for these offers is here.

American Express is also offering a 15% statement credit on Holiday Extra purchases at the moment.  You need to check your online statement to see if you have been selected.  The offer runs until 2nd April.

ba.com also offers a range of airport hotels which offer inclusive parking.  You will also earn 5 Avios per £1 when you book these.

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Earn Virgin Flying Club miles from offsite airport parking

Virgin Flying Club has a partnership with Purple Parking.  Full details are on the Virgin site here.

Purple Parking offers the option of a ‘meet and greet’ service.  They will collect your car at the terminal and bring it back on your return.  All Flying Club members get a discount – even those on the free Red level – and you will earn 250 to 850 miles depending on what service you book.

Using Clubcard vouchers for offsite airport parking

Whilst most HFP readers use their Clubcard vouchers for Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles, Tesco Clubcard also has a partnership with airport parking group APH.  You can see details of the deal here.

You receive 2 x the face value of your Clubcard vouchers if you redeem them for APH parking.  You need to be booking for a minimum of eight days in order to use vouchers.

Do a one-way car rental to the airport for just £1!

As I outlined in this articleEuropcar is offering one-way UK car rentals for a flat fee of £1, including basic insurance.  Most of these are to or from major airports, including Gatwick.

This is not a marketing ploy.  The company is trying to save itself money by using you as free labour to get cars back to their original location or to re-allocate vehicles across sites.  Why pay a truck to haul a vehicle across the country when you can find someone willing to pay you £1 for the privilege?!  The Europcar £1 rental page is here.

Earning hotel points with ‘hotel and parking’ packages

I wrote an article in 2015 on the semi-secret ‘park and fly’ rates offered by IHG Rewards Club via a little-known corner of their website.  This is worth a look.  You may find that you can book a hotel room for the night before plus solve your parking problem for less than the cost of an official car park.

The benefit of booking an ‘official’ IHG package rather than using a consolidator like Holiday Extras is that you will earn IHG points for your stay and your elite benefits should be provided if you have status.

Get an ‘under the carpet’ deal at one of the Gatwick hotels!

Some of the hotels at Gatwick sell their parking spaces – with no obligation to book a room – via the JustPark website.

…. or borrow the drive of someone nearby!

If you want a really cheap deal, there are also private individuals on JustPark who rent out their driveways!  I wrote a full overview of JustPark in this article.

Conclusion

There is no simple answer to the cheapest airport parking at Gatwick Airport, or elsewhere in the UK.  It is all about the trade off between the distance from the airport and the price you want to pay. If you would need a hotel the night before anyway, then a ‘hotel plus parking’ package is probably your best option – but remember that these packages, unless booked direct, are unlikely to earn hotel points or give you elite status benefits.

If you are price conscious, then don’t be distracted by the Avios points on offer from various operators like Holiday Extras. Focus on the bottom line price.  If you are spending your employers money, the official Gatwick car parks are the quickest and easiest choice.

My review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick South (Part 2)
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Comments

  1. My experience with the Airport Car park is the longer ahead you book the better the deal. If you value being a walk from the terminal rather than a shuttle bus the difference in price can be significant. Booked in advance, the price can, for a UK airport become fairly ‘reasonable’ although ‘reasonable ‘still remains questionable a statement!
    Plus you can cancel up to 24 hors before and get your money back if you change your mind or see something cheaper.

  2. Don’t forget purple parking including meet and greet via Virgin website for 500 VS miles and a good discount compared to booking direct.
    Virgin is often overlooked and the parking can be booked and miles obtained even if flying BA

  3. GnarlyOldGoatDude says:

    I may be an old contrarian, but I would like there to be a hotel option of parking before the stay rather than the other way around.

    I typically fly in the evenings in and out, which means I am more likely to need a hotel when I get back to the UK. If the hotel deals allowed for a week’s parking followed by a night’s accommodation, I would take them up on the offer.

    Of course many of the above options are on cashback sites.

    • Holiday Extras offers that option.

    • Speak to a manager at your desired hotel and they should be able to offer you something

    • Never had any difficulty at MAN with this: book the hotel + x days parking, then e-mail the hotel and explain that the parking is for **before** the hotel stay rather than the other way round.

      That said, I always try the off-airport options first. Last year I got 2+ weeks valet parking for just over £50 (small travel trade discount included). Online I had to specify the pickup terminal, but I e-mailed them afterwards to say that I wanted them to pick up the car at the Hilton. No problem at all.

  4. the real harry1 says:

    if it’s your own money, almost impossible to beat the MSE discount link + the 15% Amex statement credit link http://www.moneysavingexpert
    com
    /travel/cheap-airport-parking#holidayextras

    eg Purple Parking for 8 days in March comes out @ £24 – 15% = £20.40 or £2.55/ day – I’ve used PP @ Gatwick before & it’s convenient enough

    • Totally agree Harry!

      Using this ‘tick’ i have booked 5 lots of parking for the year ahead all with massive discount and AMEX credit.

    • Whats Purple Parking like @ T5? Or do you use Drivefly Meet and Greet?

      • the real harry1 says:

        I use DF M&G @ LHR – just go for the cheapest terminal then ring DF (not HE) to change the terminal for free, not sure DF serve every terminal, though, T3 for sure is OK :)

        Don’t forget you should be looking for 30% discount thru the MSE link, if you’re only offered 15% let it hang & go back 30 mins later etc

      • the real harry1 says:

        sorry – to answer part 1, PP @ T5 would be the same as I have used many times (same car parks for all terminals) – very good, we tend to go cheap on departure (more time) then pay for chauffeur collection on return – to get the quick getaway – you can exit T3 & be on the M4 in 10 mins

        there’s often only a couple of £ difference between PP Business carpark and their cheaper long-stay option, so worth going for Business in that case – the long-stay option is 10 mins further & suffers during term-time if your flight is badly timed as it is on the school run = shorter lounge time

        if you are caught in a jam you can easily switch (by phone) to chauffeur drop off on departure to avoid missing your flight, did this for my wife & they’re used to it, wasn’t expensive

    • Definitely a good deal, although for EDI if looking to use on site parking to avoid a shuttle bus then worth going through Quidco and keeping an eye out for deals – have booked some excellent ‘on site for price of off site’ ones recently.

  5. I priced the official airport parking using the MyGatwick 10% discount. I left the details in the basket as wasn’t entirely sure of timings. Within 48 hours MyGatwick upped the discount to 15% off.

    • Thanks for this, but I can’t find any basket to save the details, it just wants me to pay

      I’ll wait 2 days and see what happens

  6. O/T but has the Gold American Express stopped the sign up bonus of 20,000 MR? I already have the card but thinking for my next churn/referral.

  7. There is a sometimes a huge difference in Short Stay prices between North and South Terminals

    Would check both (no matter what Terminal flying from) as it’s just a short train transit between them

  8. John you might be able to use this link to register for the Amex discount

    https://network.americanexpress.com/connect/uk/en/doe_offer_detail.html?offer=GCOR_82668

  9. Don’t often use Gatwick but have a flight in August with VS. Are parking prices usually double that of LHR?

  10. Semiprotraveller says:

    Don’t forget.. TopCashback back with just park. Used JustPark more than 5 times now. And pretty good for me. I’m conscious of price and I get cash back converted to Avios

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