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.
As a test, I looked at Glasgow Airport. I was looking for a hotel stay for one night on Saturday 8th June with up to eight days of car parking included.
The rates offered were:
Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport – £112 non-refundable (cheapest non-refundable room without parking £97)
Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport – £136 non-refundable (cheapest non-refundable room without parking £99)
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 £1.88 per day over and above the standard cost of the hotel.
Some of these packages are also via the main ihg.com website. If you are specifically looking for hotels which offer parking packages, however, it is more convenient to check the ‘Park, Stay & Go’ site here.
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