With more than twenty thousand JFK airport parking spaces open to the public, it’s mind-boggling that a lot of passengers still suffer missed flights and other hassles from being unable to find a nearby parking facility sooner. Such mishaps happen over and over again everyday due, in part, to the great volume of people and vehicles coming to and leaving the airport at any given time. New York’s Kennedy International Airport, after all, is the 12th busiest airport on the planet.
However, with a bit of planning and advance reservation, you could effortlessly avoid these stressful situations. There are several JFK airport parking options to take a look at when you’re doing your trip planning: central airport parking, off-airport private garages, JFK long-term airport parking, and hotel parking. In my opinion, the most economical and convenient choice is hotel parking – the so-called ‘sleep, park, and fly’ hotel package.
Compared to parking at the color-coded JFK airport parking facilities, hotel parking is surprisingly more budget-friendly. I’m saying ‘surprisingly’ because most people automatically link hotels with high costs and such. If you’re traveling 10 days, for instance, you’ll have to pay about $180 for parking costs if you’re parkedat the relatively less-expensive long-term airport parking location at Lefferts Blvd. If you impulsively parked at the central color-coded parking stations, the cost would be a whopping $1329! This last one is hypothetical, of course, nobody on a budget could possibly be that dense to park on short-term rates for 10 days.
On the other hand, JFK parking at any of the airport hotels costs anywhere between $200 to $240 for a room to sleep in the night prior to your flight – packaged with 10 days of complimentary parking. The amount you’re saving from the free parking is practically paying for the room, not to mention that you get to sleep and park in a 3-4 stars hotel with all the conveniences and amenities.
Perhaps, the best reason for you to choose the hotel parking option can be summarized in one word – convenience. Picture this: if you live 3 hours away from JFK, you’ll have to wake up at 1:00 a.m. just to be at the airport at least an hour before a 6:00 a.m. flight, and that’s that’s only true if you’re parking at the costly color coded parking stations. By the time you get off the plane, if it’s a short 2-4 hour hop, you’ll be light-headed and cranky for lack of sleep.
With the ’park, sleep, and fly’ arrangement, you can drive to the airport hotel unhurriedly the night before your flight, have a restful sleep, wake up at 5am (for the 6am flight), be driven to the airport with full valet assistance – right to your terminal doorstep with someone else taking care of loading and unloading your luggage. The same first-class amenity awaits you at the end of your trip – getting from the airport to the hotel to retrieve your vehicle.
Of course, a few hotels may provide less-than-stellar services or will cost more than the usual price range. But, here’s the thing: competition in this industry is quite intense and many hotels run very low-priced first-class packages just to get ahead of competitors. It’s up to you to take advantage of this and book the best JFK airport parking package being offered. Have a safe trip.