UK travellers trying to save more on their travel extras

Share Article have compiled data which shows the trends in pre-booking airport parking are moving towards booking early and getting the best prices.

It appears that the official car parks are no longer the most popular options for those pre-booking their holiday parking

Airport parking pre-booking specialist, Cheap ( confirm that according to last month’s reservations, UK travellers are looking to save on their travel extras costs.

After carrying out a comparison of data since January 2011, cheap found that customers pre-booking their parking are doing so further in advance than before and making larger savings.

A Cheap spokesmen commented: “During 2011, a large percentage of travellers were booking the week before they travelled, in fact many left it as late as possible booking the day before departing. This meant they paid higher rates as car park prices work on availability, the earlier you book, the more spaces are available so prices are cheaper to attract more interest and business. “

Cheap data showed that leading up to summer in 2011, customers were leaving it late to pre-book their airport parking, this continued during the busy summer months and into winter although in February 2012 this changed. During February 2012, 38% of bookings were for the summer months of June onwards, whereas back in February 2011 this was barely 25%.

Another point worth noting was the change in parking type, it appears that the official car parks are no longer the most popular options for those pre-booking their holiday parking, especially when it comes to Heathrow airport parking. The purple parking car park for instance received just 6% the total Heathrow bookings in February 2011 but last month, the car park received 18% of total Heathrow reservations. The same was encountered at several airports including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham although Gatwick went against this trend.

Off site car parks offer bus transfers to and from the terminal and although they are further away from the terminal, offer great value for money almost always undercutting the airports on site car parks. The current economic climate may have helped contribute to the increase of off site car park useage.

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