If you frequently go out on short journeys and don’t want the hassle of renting expensive cabs every time you have to go to the airport and every time you have to return home, then undercover parking is a good option to consider. Unlike normal open parking, undercover parking is both safer and better in that your car is kept securely in a closed enclosure, thereby not only protecting it from bad weather but also reducing the possibility of theft.
It is important to note here that this kind of parking is not provided by the airport authorities but by private businesses located around airports. The parking area will usually be close to the airport and the company managing the parking business will usually provide you with some kind of transportation to the check-in terminal after you’ve given your car to them. Again, when you return, the company will take you back from the airport to where your car is and then give it back to you. If such transportation is not available, you’ll have to arrange for it yourself and that can become a problem. So check with the company in advance to verify if this facility is provided by them. If it isn’t, opt for another one that does.
Almost every major airport has some business or the other handling an undercover parking facility. And as more and more travellers are finding it a popular and convenient alternative to hiring cabs, parking rates are going down. However, at around $30 a day (average), undercover parking is still a little more expensive than normal parking. Some may even reach up to $100 a day. But considering the added sense of security and the accompanying peace of mind you’ll get while you’re away, it’s worth paying for.
In order to see if it’s a good deal, you must compare it with your cab fares. If your home is miles away from the airport and a taxi will cost you more than the parking rate that you’ll have to pay for while you’re away, then it makes sense to go for undercover parking. Also, if you’ll be away for a long period of time, the per-day costs of parking your car will accumulate into a heavy sum in the end and, therefore, it’s only wise to use this system for shorter trips. If, after all your calculations, everything fits and you think that it’s a good deal, then give it a try. It’s definitely more convenient than hiring taxi cabs every time.