Thinking of a Winter Holiday? Here’s the UK’s Most Expensive Airports for Car Parking

At the start of the year, our minds start to drift to the travel and holiday opportunities that the new year can bring to help us get over those post-Christmas blues. 

Nothing beats the feeling of buying a plane ticket to somewhere exciting, whether that be to embrace winter sports with a ski trip or escape the cold winter weather for hotter climes and a white sandy beach.

The travel companies can read our minds and this is the time of year for travel promotions galore. Not only that, but the earlier you book a flight the cheaper it will be, as the more people who book, the more demand there is and the airlines will put up the prices. So if you want to go away in 2019, take a look at flights now.

The trouble is, most people are also feeling pretty broke at this time of year and are looking to save money where possible. Airport parking fees are just one of the ways in which you can be stung financially, wherever in the world you are flying from. Luckily, the thoughtful guys at UK travel insurance provider Staysure conducted a study for their customers to find out when is best to book airport car parking in the UK. The study analysed airport parking sites throughout the UK and combined that with Google search data.

It turns out that it is very much worth taking the time to compare parking prices before you travel. The results found that London airports were £15 more expensive per week than non-London airports. 

Not only this, but on average the data collected showed that it’s £3.70 more expensive per day if you haven’t pre-booked your parking. Just think of that as cash in your wallet and it soon adds up to a substantial amount over the course of several weeks away.

In fact, when comparing the most expensive airport parking on the day to the cheapest pre-booked airport parking, flyers could save a whopping £141.49 at London Luton airport, by just simply planning ahead!

A saving like this could pay for a meal out, a hotel room upgrade, an excursion, theatre tickets on a city break, winter sports insurance, a ski lift pass or even a Kindle Fire for the journey.

In addition to making a saving on the cost of airport parking for more money in your back pocket, you can also side step the stress of competing for a parking space by checking out the number of flyers looking for parking at different UK airports. There is nothing worse than hunting for a parking space at an airport while you are clock watching as your flight time gets nearer. When you factor in the time it takes to walk from the carpark to check-in this can really add to your stress levels.

Surprisingly, the Google search data showed that airports outside London have three times more flyers looking for a parking space in comparison to London airports. So if you are thinking of choosing to travel from an airport away from London to avoid the crowds you might want to reconsider if you are driving and parking.

Although 3 out of 5 travellers in the UK flew from a London airport in 2017, at Heathrow airport, not even 1 in 100 are searching for parking there. In fact, Heathrow has the lowest percentage of passengers looking for airport parking when compared to its passenger volume when you consider that 1 in 10 travellers from Bristol airport are looking for a parking space.

The study also took a look at flyers searching for airport parking on the web. The resulting data showed that Manchester has far more people searching for airport parking than any other UK airport. The stats show that there are 3 more searches for Manchester airport parking for every 1 search for Heathrow parking.

Hopefully your January blues have been quelled a little by the thought of travelling while saving money and avoiding stress with airport parking. The fun bit is choosing where you will fly to in 2019.

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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