The plane tickets have been purchased for months, the hotel is booked, and your bags are packed. You’ve done an incredible job budgeting for this trip, but you need to remember one last thing before you head to the airport: parking.
Parking at either of Houston’s airports can be an experience that goes one of two ways. The first being, you return from your trip, hand over the parking ticket that was given to you when you arrived and are left wondering what the heck just happened when you see the surprise, three-digit bill.
Or you can have a more pleasant and expected experience. From competitive parking rates to parking coupons, here are our top tips for cheap Houston airport parking.
1. Park Sleep Fly
Our top choice for cheap Houston airport parking is a website called ParkSleepFly.com. The company was founded 16 years ago and is focused on finding solid parking deals at nearby hotels. Often, it’s much cheaper than using a commercial lot, and you can save big time compared to the regular rates.
In addition to this service, you also receive dedicated customer service and a guarantee that all hotel parking lots are safe and secure. ParkSleepFly has handled more than 2 million bookings and have more than 100,000 positive reviews.
2. Park ’N Fly
Park ’N Fly is another great option for cheap airport parking at IAH and Hobby. They have deals on nearby parking lots that are much cheaper than the standard rates. And instead of parking in a lot and then hauling your bags for what seems like 16 miles, Park ’N Fly has shuttles servicing the lots that pick you up at your car in 5 minutes or less and drops you off right at the terminal.
Even better: If your car is a total mess or is more than the recommended amount of mileage overdue for an oil change, the folks at Park ’N Fly can take care of all of that if you so desire. They also offer pet boarding, so you can see your furry four-legged friend the moment you land back home.
Way.com is an online marketplace that offers exclusive deals for on-site airport parking. What does that exactly mean? You simply punch in the airport you need to fly out of and then receive a list of deals that include cheap airport parking, but also dining, movie and event ticket deals. The company’s mission to help you find everything a city has to offer — and for a good deal!
All lots are inside the airport’s boundaries, which means they are not only secure, but also the closest lots to the terminals. You’ll save up to 50% by booking your parking online as opposed to paying at the gate of the lot.
4. Groupon, RetailMeNot.com
Of course, never forgot to check the host of coupon sites on the internet, including Groupon and RetailMeNot.com. On Groupon, it’s not uncommon to find deals anywhere from 25% to 50% off retail prices for nearby Houston airport parking lots. You can also find some special deals, like using the DoubleTree by Hilton lot for only $6 — and then taking advantage of the hotel’s free shuttle.
5. Check with the Airport
One of the most over-looked cheap-parking opportunities could be with the Houston airport (IAH or Hobby) itself. Check out the parking section of the airport’s website and make sure to follow the airport on social media in case they launch any parking deals. This is not always the cheapest option, but it may surprise you.
Know of any other ways to save on airport parking in Houston? Share your best tips by leaving a comment below.