Travel Tip: Offsite Airport Parking

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San Diego Airport Mural Offsite Airport Parking
Our home airport, San Diego (SAN).

Three things most of us dread being asked by friends and family are to borrow money, help move, and drop off and pick up at the airport.  We can’t help you get out of all three of those dreaded requests, but we can help with one of them.  The next time you need to get to the airport, instead of asking your loved ones to wake up before the crack of dawn to get you to the airport in time for your 6:00 a.m. flight, consider reserving an offsite airport parking spot through Global Airport Parking.

Parking at on-site airport parking can get pretty pricey, but most airports have nearby offsite airport parking for significantly less money.  These parking lots are usually very close to the airport and offer complimentary shuttle service between the parking lot and the airport.  Depending on which airport you fly out from, airport parking can be around $20 a day, but parking at one of Global Airport Parking’s offsite locations can be as little as $3 to $4 a day.  Those savings can add up pretty quickly (you can save even more by using the discount code provided at the end of this article).
Our airport shuttle awaits.
Sometimes it can be frustrating trying to find airport parking at different airports.  We don’t only fly out of the San Diego airport.  We also occasionally fly out of LAX and Santa Ana and, when we do, we have to find parking for our car.  Global Airport Parking not only offers affordable and convenient airport parking, they also work with hotels and parking lots near airports throughout the United States and Canada, so their website can be your one-stop shop for reserving offsite airport parking.
We recently reserved offsite airport parking with Global Airport Parking for a long weekend trip from San Diego to Virginia.  Parking can be reserved either on Global Airport Parking’s website or by calling customer support at (954) 828-0242.  We arrived at the gated parking lot, parked our car, and immediately boarded the shuttle that was waiting.  During the short drive to our terminal, we learned from the shuttle driver that you can figure out how long a yellow light will last based on the speed limit.  Yellow lights stay yellow one second for every 10 miles per hour of the speed limit.  Our drive was educational too! 
All packed up and ready to go.
The parking attendant had given us a business card when we arrived at the parking lot, but our shuttle bus driver also checked with us to make sure we had a business card with the phone number.  When he dropped us off at the airport, he told us all we needed to do was call that number as soon as we had our luggage and then meet the shuttle at the same place we were dropped off.  When we returned from our trip, we did just as we were instructed and the shuttle pulled up about one minute after we arrived at the pickup spot.  After the short ride back to the parking lot, we hopped into our car and drove home.
The next time you travel, consider reserving offsite airport parking.  Your friends and family will thank you.
When booking offsite airport parking with Global Airport Parking, Travel the World readers can save $3.00 by applying the discount code justtravel15.

Thank you to Global Airport Parking for hosting our parking and making this post possible.  As always, all opinions are my own.