Fall travel is back in a big way this year – but that means bigger crowds and longer waits. Thankfully, with patience and planning, you can avoid the unexpected headaches that can accompany travel. That means you get to arrive at your destination a bit more relaxed, whether traveling solo or as a family.
1. Make sure all your travel apps are downloaded and ready to go.
Though it sometimes feels like smartphones have taken over our lives, they can also offer major help when you’re preparing to travel. Consider how many apps can serve as personal assistants, reminding us of pertinent info with a few clicks.
A couple of days before heading out of town, download apps that might come in handy. Every airline has its own app, so you can check in, download your boarding passes, track your luggage and monitor any delays. Other helpful apps include translators if you’re flying abroad, hotel booking sites, weather apps and delivery services.
If you’re driving yourself, make sure you have the Park ‘N Fly app, too. You can prebook an IAH Airport parking space on their website or in the app. This is a significant time-saver on travel days, and booking ahead can save you a little money, too.
Tip: Make sure you’ve created an account in any new app and logged in ahead of time.
2. Have a plan for parking before you leave for the airport.
Driving yourself to the airport is the most convenient and comfortable option, no doubt about it. But don’t leave parking to chance. Instead, trust your vehicle to Park ‘N Fly, where veteran employees like lot manager Olga Genseal help make your travel day easier.
Genseal has been with Park ‘N Fly for over 37 years. As the longest-serving employee at their Houston location, she’s proud of the service they deliver.
“We offer our customers a variety of options and services to make their experience as hassle-free and relaxing as possible,” she said.
That always includes online reservations, 24/7 access, gated spaces, well-lit and safe areas, luggage assistance and door-to-door shuttle service. Rates start at only $6.25 per day (long-term online rate for self-park uncovered parking) and top out at $10 (the daily drive-up rate for Texas-size, self-park uncovered spaces). They also offer a free frequent parker loyalty program, which gives members perks like discounts and bonus award days.
Tip: Take some deep breaths on the complimentary shuttle ride and double-check that you have your boarding passes and other important documents.
3. Don’t leave anything to chance.
Have you ever tried to park your pick-up or SUV, only to discover the spaces aren’t big enough? That is not an experience that helps get you into vacation mode. That’s why Park ‘N Fly offered the first-ever Texas-size parking spaces. It’s part of their recent upgrade, including new signs and lighting and newly repaved lots.
“We are the innovators of the Texas-sized spaces since everything in Texas is bigger, including our cars and trucks,” said Genseal.
If you prefer not to leave your vehicle exposed to the elements, they also offer covered parking spaces. What if you need a charge before driving home? Park ‘N Fly has your back, with on-site charging for electric vehicles.
Tip: Trip delayed? Don’t sweat it – your reservation will be automatically extended, and you can pay the difference when you head home.
4. Take help where you can get it.
Whether flying for work or play, even seasoned travelers can find they have a lot to juggle. Accept help along the way to make your day easier. From complimentary water bottles to assistance with luggage and 24/7 access to secure lots (since delays can happen to anyone), Park ‘N Fly has thought of everything, so you don’t have to. As a bonus, they even offer a free drive-through car wash.
Tip: If you need special assistance, reach out to Park ‘N Fly, and they’ll make sure you get where you need to go safely and comfortably.
5. Don’t forget about your return.
Whether you’re excited to head home to see your family or are still a little sad that vacation is over, landing at the airport can feel like a letdown. Trying to remember where you’ve parked – or waiting forever on a shuttle – certainly doesn’t help.
Thankfully, Park ‘N Fly has a feature in their app that lets you track their shuttles to estimate how long your wait will be. You can also use the “Come Get Me” button to request a shuttle come to you.
Tip: The shuttles run 24/7 and take you right to your vehicle. Don’t worry about wandering a dark lot alone at night.
With these tips in mind, your next travel day can be smooth sailing. Check out Park ‘N Fly online to discover all of their amenities and book a reservation for your next trip. Bon voyage!
USA Today Link to Article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sponsor-story/park-n-fly/2022/06/15/5-travel-tips-save-time-airport-summer/7608819001/