Monday, 31 March 2014

Airport Parking Wars

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USA airport parking will put a dent in your pocketbook. Why not leave the car at home?
There was an interesting article in the most recent Travel + Leisure, about the Most Expensive Airport Parking in America.

Curious, T+L wondered which airports in the United States have the most expensive parking lots, and posed the question to BestParking (the company monitors parking rates at 100+ airports in North America, and suggests alternatives).

We commend the researchers; it's a good study, with traveller-friendly information, and a well-researched, specific alternative for each airport. If you live near one of the worst offending airports, and tend park your car at the airport when you travel, check out the full story here.

Here, IHateTaxis seeks to complement the study with our take on alternatives to taking your car to the airport in the first place. Who needs more cars on the road anyways?

Plus, if you leave your car at home, you don't need to worry about theft, dings, hail damage, a dead battery, a flat tire, or skyrocketing costs if your return is delayed. And, unlike parking, our transportation suggestions won't increase in price if you are away for an extended period.

No. 1. Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
No. 2. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
No. 3. New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
No. 4. New York LaGuardia International Airport (LGA)
No. 5. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
No. 6. San Diego International Airport (SAN)

No. 7. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • What they found on-site: $18-28/day
  • What they suggest off-site: private parking at $9/day
  • What IHateTaxis suggests: take BART (unless it is on strike, that is)
  • More SFO transfer options: San Francisco Airport Transportation Guide

No. 8. Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

No. 9. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

No. 10. Newark International Airport (EWR), serving New York City

So, that's our take on the top 10. The T + L article goes onto the 11th to 20th worst, which we'll review in an upcoming blogpost.

* Our hearts go out to those injured or traumatized by the train accident at O'Hare. We make our recommendation in the context of the value and convenience that this service offers, on the assumption that safe changes and repairs will be made.

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