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

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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.

In the UK, the offer covers pretty much every airport – this is not a London-centric deal 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 October with up to eight days of car parking included.

The rates offered were:

Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport (photo above) – £107 refundable (cheapest Best Flexible room without parking £89)

Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport – £106 non-refundable (cheapest non-refundable room without parking £76)

With both of these deals, you do not leave your car at the hotel.  With the Holiday Inn, you drop your car at an offsite car park and are shuttled back to the hotel  With the Holiday Inn Express package, you leave your keys with the hotel and they will store your car offsite and return it to the hotel for collection on the day you come back.

With the Holiday Inn package, your parking effectively costs you £2.25 per day over and above the standard cost of the hotel.

Some of these packages are also via the main website.  If you are specifically looking for hotels which offer parking packages, however, it is more convenient 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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  1. Jean Paul says:

    OT: tried the Hilton status match with marriott gold from amex plat, but was only matched to Hilton gold, not Hilton diamond as I hoped.

    Has anyone has any luck contacting Hilton CS and requesting a match to diamond, or used any other method to get a match to diamond? Any tips?

    • Yes, they matched to diamond for us from another top status. You would need platinum to match to diamond, I think. Gold is a *match* for gold… 🙂

      • Jean Paul says:

        There have been reports here of people having marriott gold matched to Hilton diamond, but clearly not for everyone

        • Just a follow on….

          I’m Hilton gold and have a reward stay at the doubletree in Key West. Would it be worth me having a cheap stay at an Accor hotel (Accor Platinum), just to show proof to Hilton for a status match to diamond? Would I likely receive any extra benefits there for my 4 days?

        • The extra benefits will be 1000 points, so if you can find an accor stay for £5, go for it.

        • Complementary Breakfast. Plus if you want an extra night re-book and get 5 nights for the 4 nights of points you have used.. Maybe an upgrade.

        • You should get breakfast as Gold.

        • Genghis says:

          And 5 for 4 as a measly silver.

  2. Yes.

    But *where* and *how secure* is the offsite parking?

    • A lot of them sound iffy.. That recent one of the Gatwick company that went bust with cars in unknown locations sounded fun. Also cars not parked in a secure lot, just random council or other street parking places.. I considered Purple Parking but too many bad reviews put me off that so prefer long stay

      • the real harry1 says:

        purple parking prides itself on very secure parking compounds – and it’s true

        engage brain before dissing

    • RussellH says:

      I have used off-airport parking for years. Everyone I have used has been fine; they usually have ParkMark accreditation with cameras all over the place.

      I usually booked through Touchdown (a travel trade operator) or Holiday Extras or Money Saving Expert. The rogue firm at Gatwick never featured on any of these sites.

  3. Jovanna says:

    The Holiday Inn Express is offering one night and fours days parking for £55 at Heathrow. It says there’s a ‘shuttle ride’ to the airport. Do they mean the Hoppa?

    • Exactly. I believe the Hoppa charges £4.50 per person each way from the hotels around Heathrow. £36 for a family of four.

  4. Flying from Heathrow T3 in October & need a hotel the night before ( 2 adults & a 16 year old). Can anyone recommend any of the hotels nearest to T3 please – they all seem to have mixed reviews online! Thanks

    • I’d go for the Ibis Styles – check out Anika’s review on here. It’s probably the closest hotel to the Central Bus Station, the free local buses stop outside, the rooms are decent value and breakfast is included.

    • Memesweeper says:

      Holiday Inn Aerial is quirky but I like it. In the free travel area.

      Some what more money but very nice is the Hilton Grden Inn, also in the free area, walk to the nearby tube if you don’t fancy the hoopa.

    • Doubletree is good for T3

  5. Down The back says:

    I’ve used Holiday Inn at Glasgow a few times for Stay and Park and it’s always been airparks, it is less than 10 mins from the airport and is a proper secure manned 24 hours a day car park with a shuttle bus running every 10/15 mins back to the terminal (which is where Holiday inn is) Air Parks will be one of the biggest at the airport.

  6. Crowne Plaza Liverpool Airport you enter yourself the number of days parking and your car registration you want into a keypad on reception. I guess there’s nothing to stop you booking a standard room and entering 14……..or not even staying there……..

  7. IHG Hotels in Ashford offer this deal for people travelling on Eurostar I believe

  8. Jonathan says:

    Holiday Inn @ Southend Airport – It’s their own car park.

    Not sure if the parking element of the booking earns you points. Last time I used ‘Park, Stay, Go’, I think I only earned points on the room booking.

    • Lady London says:

      That must be why the Holiday Inn car park at Southend airport was impossible for a lot of current guests in the hotel to park their cars in when I stayed there.

  9. I did a quick test and Crowne Plaza plus 14 nights was £10 cheaper than Holiday Extras. But discount and cash back would make HE cheaper. But But booking direct would get points etc.; would the night count towards Accelerate target?
    Crowne Plaza Heathrow is surprisingly cheap; anyone know why?

    • Russell says:

      It’s really old-fashioned and quite run-down. Worth it for the parking, but don’t expect a luxury experience.

      • It’s outside the free travel area, though there’s a regular bus about 200m away. Not ideal with luggage. Big hotel, lots of Asian crews staying there. Old on the outside, but nice inside.

      • Steve-B says:

        I stayed a few weeks back, and agree with the comments – some of the rooms desperately need a refurb but OK for overnight stay. Cars were parked all over the place in the ‘field’ behind the hotel. Not sure I’d be keen to leave my car there, but breakfast was offered complementary for Spire and food in the lounge is OK.

      • RussellH says:

        I Have read similar reports here before, but just do not recognise the place I stayed at 20 months ago in these reports.

        I have no memeory of the outside, but the room was fine, the staff that we dealt with were great. This was, I think, the first place I stayed where they sensibly had Schuko and USB sockets as well as UK standard 13A sockets.

  10. Beachbum says:

    Just booked hotel and parking for Manchester for December and got a good deal by Googling ‘Holiday Extras discount code’ I then clicked on a link for the Holiday Extras website that included a 12% discount which was genuine. Got a 4 star hotel plus 16 days parking at Jet parks for £106.

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