The Game-Changer for Airport Parking

As you all know, I love traveling. And I know many of you do too! You book your flights, plan you trip, and head excitedly to the airport. But as you drive into the garage, and see the sign, it hits you. On top of the flights, hotels, rental cars, food, excursions, etc. you’ve paid for, there’s also the dreaded airport parking fees. In bigger cities, it’s upwards of $40 per day just to park in long-term parking. So for a 5-day trip, that’s an added $200 at least! And in other cities, it’s typically at least $10 per day, which adds up fast!


Enter Global Airport Parking and their parking rates of as little as $4 per day (rates vary by city)! The company has partnered with several off-site hotels and parking lots within a few minutes of the airport in several locations, to give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to parking for trips. The only catch is that you have to build in a little extra time in planning to get to the airport, since the shuttles run from the parking site to the airport every half hour (:00 and :30).

I was given the opportunity to try the service out during my 10-day Europe trip and thought overall, it was great! I booked our reservation a couple months in advance (you can do it as far out or close to the trip as you want), and printed it out for the day-of. When we arrived at the hotel, we weren’t positive where we should be parking, so we asked the valet at the hotel entrance. We only had a few minutes to spare before the shuttle took off for the airport, so fortunately, the shuttle waited a few extra minutes for us to park around the building (same lot as the hotel guests) and make our way through the hotel to the shuttle. Phew!

Since the valet knew that we were parking guests via Global Airport Parking, he had our shuttle bus passes ready (this is how they ensure that you’re an actual guest and not just a random person hopping aboard) and handed them over in exchange for a glance at our parking reservation paper. Then, we were off to the airport, and were dropped directly at our airline’s ticket counter entrance in about 10 minutes! Tipping the shuttle drive is optional, but we really enjoyed chatting with ours and it was the Christmas season, so we left a nice little tip for him!

parking shuttle

The process is a little different for airport pick-up once you land back at your home airport. Instead of running every half hours, these shuttles run on-demand, and they request that you give them a call once you’ve picked up any bags from baggage claim so they can head over. We traveled with carry on bags only, so I called as soon as we stepped off the shuttle from the gate to the baggage claim side of the airport. It took about 17 minutes for a shuttle to arrive after we called, but I think the slight delay might also have been due to the schedule of the bus already running to/from the airport. We were pretty exhausted after our travel day home (it was essentially 24 hours from the time we woke up in Prague to the time we landed back in Tampa), so the wait time was a little discouraging to us, but since the airport is extra busy around Christmas, it made sense that we might have to wait a little bit longer. But once we were dropped off back at the hotel, we went right to the car (once we remembered where we parked) and were able to head home – completely hassle-free!

airport parking

Overall, we had a great experience using Global Airport Parking! Since the reservation payments and details are handled ahead of time, all you have to do when you’re going on a trip, is show up! The car was completely safe and exactly how we left it, even after sitting there for 10 days. Plus, for a lengthy trip in particular, what are you looking to pay? $4/day or $40?!

Have you tried an offsite parking service when traveling? How do you normally handle parking when you’re flying out for a trip?

This post is sponsored by Global Airport Parking. I received complimentary service for review purposes.


  1. February 4, 2016 / 3:42 PM

    This is pretty neat. I usually rely on family to drive us to and from the airport because I’d rather give them $20 for gas than pay for airport parking. And the one time we did park in the lot, our tire was slashed.

    • February 4, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      Oh no!! I don’t blame you for wanting to have other drop off/pick you up from the airport. I usually drop my pup with my parents when I travel and the airport’s kind of our halfway point, so it’s easier for me to drive + park myself.

  2. February 4, 2016 / 5:18 PM

    We did this last time we flew and it was so helpful!

    • February 4, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      It is! It’s crazy how much better the rates are as soon as you step off the airport property!

  3. February 4, 2016 / 6:55 PM

    When we travel, we normally fly out of the smaller airport in town so parking isn’t that much of an issue. For our Europe trip, we’ll be flying out of the International airport, obviously, so I’ll definitely need to check them out!

    • February 4, 2016 / 10:21 PM

      Oh definitely! How long will your trip be for? I’d definitely recommend using them to save some money for more exciting things in Europe :)

  4. Kaci Alvarez
    February 4, 2016 / 7:14 PM

    So helpful! I will definitely use this for my next trip!

    • February 4, 2016 / 10:21 PM

      Thanks, Kaci! Happy to help :) What trips do you have planned for the year?

  5. February 4, 2016 / 9:24 PM

    I bet that took so much stress off the trip! Paying for parking is the worst when you travel– I went to visit my dad in Miami last March and paid $90 to park my car for 4 days at an airport parking lot. It was crazy! I’ll keep this place in mind for my next trip! :)

    • February 4, 2016 / 10:22 PM

      It so is! I always forget to factor in the cost of parking when going on a trip. It’s always a bit of a sting when you go through the toll both and have to pay a crazy amount for just a few days!

  6. February 4, 2016 / 11:43 PM

    Wow! This sounds awesome! I’m definitely going to look into it when we go to Mexico!!!!

  7. February 5, 2016 / 3:37 AM

    Awesome! I wonder if Atlanta has one of those. Parking can be so expensive. I’m all about saving a dollar wherever I can, especially on something so small like parking.

  8. February 5, 2016 / 11:31 PM

    Great tip! Someday when I’m travelling the world, I might use it!