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Good ‘airport parking and hotel stay’ 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 major airport – this is not a London-centric deal by any means.

Cheap airport parking Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport

As a test, I looked at Glasgow Airport.  I was looking for a hotel stay for one night on Saturday 16th March 2024 with up to eight days of car parking included.

The Holiday Inn Express (website here) was offering this deal.  The prices were:

  • Room-only for 16th March: £106, assuming you are an IHG One Rewards member
  • Room with four days of parking: £134
  • Room with eight days of parking: £149
  • Room with 15 days of parking: £189

The room-only rate is refundable for a fair comparison, because the parking deals are all refundable.

With this property, you do not leave your car at the hotel.  You check in and are given a pass for a nearby long stay car park which has a free shuttle bus to get you back to the hotel.

With the Holiday Inn Express 15 day package, your parking effectively costs you £5.50 per day over and above the standard cost of the hotel.

Some of these packages are also available 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 here.

PS.  It is also worth looking at JustPark and Your Parking Space for sneaky parking options near major airports, often on private drives or nearby office or hotel car parks

IHG One Rewards update – June 2024:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is not currently running a global promotion.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (20)

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  • Ian says:

    Pre-Covid I witnessed several times the frustration of hotel guests at the Hampton by Hilton and Crowne Plaza/HIX at Aberdeen airport when they couldn’t find a parking space because the hotels’ car parks were overflowing with ‘stay, park and fly’ customers.

    • jjoohhnn says:

      How could the guests tell which parked cars were there for that and which weren’t?

      • Ian says:

        It was common common knowledge that the hotels mentioned had problems with car parking because so many were parked there long-term…I think it was even a story in the local newspaper.

    • Lady London says:

      HIX Southend (right at the edge of the airport) was particularly bad for this.

      You’d arrive at 7pm after a working day to check in and even the illegal spaces in the car park were full. And very, very few other parking spaces anywhere near the hotel. Doesn’t matter if hotel has low occupancy car park always full. No spaces held for guests.

  • tonymc says:

    As mentioned in the article, it can be quite a lot cheaper using Just Park or Your Parking Space. We have made a parking reservation in Ealing next year (as daughter is currently living there) for 23 nights which cost us £75 (approx. £3.20 per day). Cost of a Premier Inn room was around £80 (refundable rate), and a short walk to Ealing Broadway station to use the Elizabeth Line to Heathrow.

  • Glasgow flyer says:

    I don’t agree that cheapest is best

    As a regular user of Glasgow airport I believe the option IHG use are with sky port or similar, but booking them separately can sometimes work out the cheapest. The problem with this combo is if you go to the hotel first you have to drive your car to the carpark and if you go to the car park first you have to get your luggage back to the hotel on the bus. So before and after your trip you have to deal with the bus.

    I currently have my car at Glasgow airport and for their pricing for 13 days was

    Car park 1 with valet parking was £91
    Car park 2 was £131
    And long stay was £59

    Glasgow airport did have a deal on the valet parking and that is right next to IHG holiday inn and car park 2 is opposite the terminal.

    So my advice is always play around with the options available to you. Just my thoughts!

  • broomy23 says:

    Got LGW official long stay for £9 per day for June next year. Can’t really complain

  • NorthernLass says:

    I’ve got stay and park for 15 nights next summer at LGW for £172 at the HI. Room only was £115 so this feels reasonable. Also, all the rooms were the same price (cash or points), so we’ve got 2 premium rooms with stocked mini bar for the same price as standard ones, not sure if this is an intern rate at IHG or what!

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