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How to get the best deals on Gatwick Airport car parking

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“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 but there should be an option for everyone below.

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.

Official Gatwick Parking occasionally offers discounts to people signs up to the myGatwick offers site.  You can learn about how myGatwick works in this article.

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.

ParkVia is the British Airways Executive Club partner and you earn 5 Avios per £1 when you book via their special BA page. You do not need to be flying with British Airways.  The booking page for these offers is here.

earn avios with ParkVia

Earn Virgin Points from offsite airport parking

Virgin Flying Club has partnerships with Holiday Extras and Purple Parking.  Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic site here.

All Flying Club members get a discount – even those on the free Red level – and you will earn 250 to 500 miles depending on what service you book. ‘Meet and Greet’ is available.

Using Clubcard vouchers for offsite airport parking

If you are stuck for a good way of using your Clubcard points now that Avios has left the scheme, Tesco Clubcard has a partnership with airport parking group APH.  You can see details of the deal here.

You receive 3 x the face value of your Clubcard vouchers if you redeem them for APH parking.

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

As I outlined in this article, Europcar will often have 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.

Unfortunately, this deal is not currently available. It comes and goes, however, so it is always worth checking back.

It is also worth looking at driive.me which collates similar £1 offers from other car rental groups.

cheap gatwick airport car parking

Earning hotel points with ‘hotel and parking’ packages

I wrote an article here on the semi-secret ‘park and fly’ rates offered by IHG Rewards 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.  The booking page is here.

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 indeed 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 or Virgin Points on offer from various operators like Holiday Extras. Focus on the bottom line price.

If you are spending your employers money, of course, the official Gatwick car parks are the quickest and easiest choice as well as arguably the most secure.

Comments (9)

  • Jon says:

    I just book Short Stay plenty of time in advance. Same for Heathrow. Before I had a nice car, I used meet and greet, but nobody is joyriding my car

    • sayling says:

      I think these instances happen less these days, particularly for ‘nicer’ cars that have remote tracking that allow speed, distance and position recording. I suspect the more reliable and reputable providers know which cars have these and won’t risk being caught out.

  • Jonathan says:

    I remember seeing an investigation into some these ‘meet and greet’ airport car parks operated by people who’re not associated with the airport at all, one person had their car driven at over 110mph, then had their car parked in a field, without any secure place for storing the keys

    • sayling says:

      Definitely worth checking that you are using one of the approved operators – and not taking the accreditation given on an operator’s website as gospel, but verifying it first, is vital

  • The Rooster says:

    Does anyone know any travel insurance which will cover points? IHG Points etc? We are going to the Maldives over Christmas and the point rate is non refundable

    • Mikeact says:

      I doubt it very much as I believe all points remain the property of the issuer, not you or me.

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    MSE links to cheaper rates with the big third party booking sites

  • Mikeact says:

    nb You should have posted this on the daily chat site… not here, which refers to Gatwick parking.

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