Is your money taking flight at the thought of airport parking charges

Posted by Andrew Penny in Personal Finance on 11 September 2012 - Andrew is responsible for Quality Assurance at checkmyfile

As the summer season draws to a close, many of us will be looking at getting away for some winter sun. This will no doubt include flying aboard somewhere and the cost of flying has never been cheap. There have always been extras to pay for on top of your ticket price in the form of various taxes, surcharges and fees but one of the extras that people tend to forget about is the cost of parking your car at the airport whilst you are away.

Airport parking can be incredibly expensive and now unbelievably, it is now becoming more expensive to park a car at certain airports than an actual light aircraft. (A light aircraft is defined here as a 6 seater Piper PA-46 weighing in at tonnes – about the same as a large 4x4).

For example, Manchester Airport charges car drivers £35 for 24 hours parking in their short term car park. For the same period of time, a lightweight aircraft will be charged just £21.

Liverpool airport is by far the worst as it charges lightweight planes just £10.72 for a full day’s parking however drivers are faced with a whopping fee of £39.99 for the full day.

Some airports even charge you for just dropping off people. Birmingham Airport charges drivers £1 for 10 minutes parking outside the terminal. Although, by comparison, some plane owners get two hours of free parking.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce the cost of airport parking (if you are parking a car that is).

The key thing to do is to plan ahead. Just turning up at the airport without a pre-arranged car parking booking is the most expensive way to park. Many operators charge over the odds for parking if you just turn up on the day of your flight.

Think to yourself, “Do I even need to take the car?” Can you get a friend to drop you off at the airport? If you are not lucky enough to have a friend within easy reach of the airport then there are many trains and buses that go near to, if not right to many airports.

If you book your travel in advance through sites like thetrainline.com or nationalexpress.com then you can save some serious cash against the cost of parking a car.

If you really want to take your car, then booking your car parking in advance can also save you some big money. Sites like aph.com can give you a quote in seconds and the further ahead you book the more you save.

One thing worth considering is looking at parking and hotel packages. Some hotels near airports offer a package deal were you stay a night in the hotel and you get parking for your whole holiday thrown in. Even this can sometimes be cheaper when compared against the cost of just turning up and parking.

Andrew Penny leads our Software Quality Assurance. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Lancaster

The Cost of Incorrect Information on Your Credit Report

Your credit file is compiled from a number of different sources, including payment history from each of your lenders (past and present) and public data as reported by local authorities and courts. The majority of people find that everything held about them is correct, but due to the large amount of information being shared, errors in the information reported can happen, which can lead to issues when you go to apply for credit.

Published on 2 Feb 2018 by Tom Blandford

Full Article

Your Guide to Open Banking

On 13 January, the UK banks embarked upon arguably one of the biggest changes to personal finances since the introduction of computers. Open Banking is aiming to make it easier for banks, lenders and consumers to access and share information, with a view to creating new products and opportunities through innovation and increased competition.

Published on 15 Jan 2018 by Jamie Mackenzie Smith

Full Article

HMRC Bans Credit Card Tax Payments

From 13 January 2018, it will no longer be possible for consumers to use a personal credit card to make a payment on HMRC’s Self-Assessment tax portal. Historically, this has been a popular option as it allows what is often a considerable sum to be deferred.

Published on 12 Jan 2018 by Tom Magor

Full Article

How to Get the Best Deal When Buying a New or Used Car

Buying a new car is both exciting and expensive, but if you know where to look and when, you can grab yourself a bargain. If you take a little time to look into finance or loan deals as well, you can bring down the overall costs significantly.

Published on 11 Jan 2018 by Kevin Pearce

Full Article

Are football clubs exploiting their fans

With Premier League teams under huge pressure to remain in the top flight of English football, the amount lavished on transfer fees and player wages have soared in recent years.

Published on 8 Jan 2018 by Sam Twyford

Full Article

What The 2017 Autumn Budget Means For First-Time Buyers

Wednesday’s autumn budget brought great news to would be first-time homeowners: if you’re buying a home up to the value of £300,000, you won’t have to pay stamp duty for the property. This, the Conservative Party estimate, will benefit 80% of first-time buyers, saving them potentially thousands of pounds on the total cost.

Published on 28 Nov 2017 by Jamie Mackenzie Smith

Full Article

Blacklists - Ten things you probably didn't know

1. Blacklists are not unlawful. No lender is compelled by law to give credit or to give any reason when declining credit. Each may consult several sources of information before making a decision, including any form of list that may exist. Any list containing personal data is automatically regulated by the Data Protection Act 1998.

Published on 9 Oct 2017 by Barry Stamp

Full Article

Is a credit building card a good idea

A credit building credit card is most often used by people that are either looking to improve their credit rating or take out their first credit card.

Published on 24 Mar 2017 by Kelly Luff

Full Article

Which Credit Report Information Can Landlords See

Whenever you rent a property, you will be required to pass some checks set by the landlord or letting agent to prove that you will be a good tenant and that you’ll be able to afford to rent the property.

Published on 7 Mar 2017 by Kevin Pearce

Full Article

Impacts of late payment on your credit card agreement

We’ve all done it before – had that mad panic when we’ve forgotten to pay a bill. But what happens if you do forget to pay your credit card by the monthly repayment date?

Published on 20 Feb 2017 by Kelly Luff

Full Article
keyboard_arrow_left

keyboard_arrow_right

We have loads of great customer reviews