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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Your 3 Worst Airport Woes, Solved

Security lines, flight delays or missing a flight or connection, parking, baggage fees or even worse, lost luggage. These are just a few of the headaches passengers may have to deal with while flying. Here, we take a look at how to solve some of these issues.

Problem #1: Long lines at security
Long lines at security are not only boring; they can mean the difference between catching and missing a flight. How can you minimize this wait time?

The solution: Look to your left (and be prepared)
As IndependentTraveler.com reports, “Apparently most humans are biased toward their dominant hand, so the fact that the majority of people are right-handed causes most people to select the security lane on the right when faced with a choice. Zig when they zag by checking out the lanes to your left.”

Aside from this pro tip, at the end of the day, getting through security quickly is all about being prepared ahead of time: “Don't wait until you get to the front of the line to take your phone, keys, loose change and other stuff security agents don't like out of your pockets.” As a bonus, they add, wear a belt with a plastic buckle instead of a metal one.

The problem: Expensive parking
Parking right at the airport can rack up exorbitant prices over the course of your trip. Often, fliers park further away for less expensive options. However, these lots aren’t always convenient, requiring passengers to walk long distances or find a shuttle to take to their arrival desk.

The solution: Find the right lot ahead of time
Parking away from the airport is one important way to save money. The best news is you often won’t have to sacrifice convenience for the lower price, thanks to various services parking companies offer.

If you’re looking to find airport parking in Oakland, for example, make sure you consider a parking option that includes time- and money- saving features. These include online parking space reservation, access to coupons, a free shuttle service and more.

The problem: Limiting baggage requirements
In recent years, airlines have begun offering customers less and less space for their money. This includes baggage space. But what if you need to bring an item and cannot afford the extra charge for an additional bag?

The solution: Pack smart
IndependentTraveler.com suggests wearing layers of clothes when you fly in order to reduce your bag’s weight. (“Put a jacket, sweatshirt or other heavy item of clothing in a front pocket or right at the top of your bag. If the airline calls out your bag as overweight at check-in, you can open the bag, rip out the garment and put it on.”)

If all else fails, try the shopping bag trick: “Some devious travel hackers suggest asking for a shopping bag at an airport store and putting your extra stuff in it. Gate agents will think it's just some things you purchased, which they may not count against your carry-on allowance.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Expresso Parking Helps Customers Save and Enjoy Their Travels

Wouldn’t you love to travel more without having to spend a boat load of money? Airlines seem to continuously stack on more fees, and saving on airline tickets becomes hard with other daily expenses. Yet, even with all the added costs of flying, there are deals you can take advantage of, and simple things you can do to help you save on flights.

Know When to Fly

Did you know that the price of flights varies greatly depending on when you fly? Depending on the month, day, and time you fly, prices can differ. Generally, weekend flights cost more than weekday flights. Always check the dates and times of flights and compare costs to find a flight that will help you save. Traveling in low season will also help you save since there’s less demand for flight tickets. Travel off-season and avoid flying during holidays, and you’re more likely to find a better bargain.

Search Online for Deals on Airline Tickets 

There are hundreds of websites to use to search for airfare. Don’t purchase tickets on the first website you visit. Browse varies website to see who will offer you the best deal. Some websites may charge you a service fee, but they may make booking your flight easier by combining flights from different airlines. Also, consider signing up for airfare price alerts so you are notified when prices drop.

Park at the Airport

Many decide to park at the airport since you can come and go on your time and save money by not having to pay for a taxi. You can also take advantage of airport parking specials. At Expresso Parking we love making flying easier and less expensive. To show our appreciation for our customers, you can take advantage of our weekly parking specials and save by using park and fly coupons. You can conveniently book parking reservations online, in which you can choose indoor self-parking, outdoor parking, or valet service.

Travel Light

Airlines charge a fee for checked bags and bags that are usually over 50 pounds. To avoid these fees, pack only what you need and ensure all items fit comfortably in your suitcase. Consider what items you can buy once you get to your destination so you don’t have to pack them. Weigh your suitcase before you get to the airport to make sure it’s not over the limit.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Travel Tips: How to make the most of your Thanksgiving Travels

For many of us, especially those who live far from close family members, travel over the Thanksgiving holiday can be unavoidable. Everyone knows this is a busy time of year to travel, so how can you make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible?

Pick the right days
As The Travel Channel’s website writes, “The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home.”

Instead of the Wednesday before and the Sunday after, the Travel Channel recommends flying out Monday, Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning and heading home on Friday or the following Monday.

If you’re visiting family or friends in a location where you’d enjoy spending a few days’ vacation, you can make the most of your holiday time by adding a few days onto the beginning or end of your Thanksgiving trip, while avoiding tough crowds at the same time.

Plan for the worst
With winter coming right at the tail end of Thanksgiving, weather can sometimes be an issue for Thanksgiving travels. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather starting a few days out from your trip, and remember even bad weather in a city between you and your destination can mean a delayed flight.

Use convenient, low-cost parking
If you’re flying during the Thanksgiving holiday, you may find that storing your vehicle could be expensive and a hassle. A long-term parking garage near the airport could save you a good deal of extra cash for other travel expenses (or Black Friday shopping!).

Some parking lots, like this long-term parking near Oakland Airport, offer online parking spot reservations, online coupons, real-time flight status screens on-site, free and fast shuttle service, a full-service car wash and even coffee, newspapers and muffins.

Don’t forget your chargers
“A whopping 92% of respondents in our survey said they bring their mobile phone on trips, and 48% said they bring a tablet,” wrote Mashable in a 2014 article, and that number has surely only increased.

In addition to remembering your regular charger, consider other options like external batteries, charging phone cases and car chargers. A device can be a lifesaver during long trips!

Be positive
Traveling can be stressful, but remember to be polite and respectful to those you encounter on your travels, both your fellow travelers and the employees of various establishments. This will make for a more pleasant travel experience for you and those around you.

As USA Today’s Ben Mutzabaugh wrote last Thanksgiving, “Above all, always try to show workers the same respect you’d want.”

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Infographic: 10 Features of a Great Airport Parking Service

Enjoy all of these great features and more when you park at Expresso Airport Parking. Visit us online today to make your reservation with our Oakland Airport parking service.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

When's the Best Time to Book Your Summer Vacation?

TripAdvisor just released its "Best Time to Book Report", which details the best times to book hotels in the world's top destinations for summer travel. According to the report, travelers can save around 20% on hotels this summer when they book at the optimal time. 

Based on TripAdvisor data, the best times to book summer travel varies by region and city. Additionally, the hotel rates in most destinations change gradually over time, and the prices will stay relatively consistent. For example, TripAdvisor says booking a U.S. hotel within two months of your vacation will get you the least expensive price, but the hotel rate won't increase or decrease drastically over time. When booking during that designated two-month window, travelers can save around 7%, compared to the most expensive booking. For European hotels, the best time to book is between three to five months before the trip, when you can save 23%.

A common question travelers have is whether now is the right time to book or if they will save money by booking later. Thankfully, this report answers those questions and can help you get the cheapest hotel price for your destination. View the full report from TripAdvisor here.

To save even more on summer travel, choose Expresso Parking as your go-to source for parking at the Oakland Airport. With Expresso, there's no right or wrong time to book. No matter when you book your guaranteed reservation, you'll receive the cheapest rates on premium valet and self-parking services, plus many other great amenities.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

4 Tips to Stay Healthy While You Fly

When we travel, we tend to become preoccupied with the details of our trip and often put our health on the back burner. Not making your health a top priority when you travel can result in exhaustion and sickness and put a damper on your travels. To stay healthy and ward off colds and other illnesses when you fly, follow these tips from our Oakland Airport long term parking service.

Stay Hydrated

Airplane cabins have very low humidity levels, increasing your risk for dehydration. If you're dehydrated, you may exhibit common symptoms like fatigue, dizziness and dry mouth, as well as become more prone to contracting a virus.  To prevent dehydration drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight, and avoid alcohol the day before and while you fly. To stay hydrated at the airport and on the plane, pack an empty refillable water bottle in your carry-on. You are allowed to bring an empty water bottle through the TSA security check point and refill it in the terminal.

Keep Active

Staying active can be challenging when you're traveling, especially since air travel involves sitting for prolonged periods of time. But, exercise boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and keeps your brain sharp, so it's important to make it a part of your travel routine. Do a workout before you leave, and walk as much as possible once you're at the airport. Instead of sitting at your gate, take a short walk around the terminal and take the stairs rather than an elevator or escalator. Be sure to stretch periodically to keep your blood flowing and prevent your muscles from cramping.

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals will give you the energy you need during your travels. Eat a balanced meal before you head for the airport and pack hearty snacks in your carry-on in case you get hungry at the airport or on the plane. Good snacks to pack include apples, bananas, carrots, nuts, and energy bars.

Get Enough Rest 

Rest is especially crucial when you're traveling. Get a good night's sleep the night before your trip to ensure you're well rested and ready to go. If you have a long flight ahead of you, bring whatever you need to help you rest and relax on the plane. You may want to bring an airplane pillow and blanket, as well as noise canceling headphones to tune out any outside conversations and distractions. 

To stay healthy and happy while you fly, utilize our helpful travel tips. If you're traveling out of Oakland, CA, make sure you book a parking reservation with our long term parking service at the Oakland Airport. With our Park and Fly Oakland Coupon, you can get the best rates on long term parking and rest assured knowing that your vehicle is safe and cared for.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Airport Survival Guide for the Holidays

The holiday season is the most magical time of year, but there's nothing magical about crowded airport terminals, long security lines, and rushing to your gate. The holiday season, which extends from Thanksgiving to New Year's, is the busiest travel season of the year. However, just because it's notoriously busy doesn't mean you can't enjoy a smooth, pleasant, stress-free travel experience. Don't let your travels put a damper on the holiday magic— follow these savvy holiday travel tips from Expresso Airport Parking.

1.       Check in online. Check in online up to 24 hours before your flight's scheduled departure, and print your boarding pass at home. Doing so will save you time at the airport, as well as lock in your seat assignment, make you aware of any changes to your schedule, and reduce the chance that you'll get bumped if the flight's overbooked. Many airlines also give you the option of checking in from your smartphone and using a digital ticket with a digital bar code as your boarding pass, rather than a paper ticket. Having your ticket on your smartphone allows you to retrieve it quickly at the security screening and your gate.  When you check in online, whether through a desktop or smartphone, you can also prepay for your baggage, saving even more time.

2.       Pack light. If your trip allows it, stick to carry-on luggage to avoid the check-in line and baggage fees. As long as you've checked in online, you can head straight to security with the boarding pass you've printed at home or have on your smartphone. Be sure to check with the airline to see the size requirements for carry-on bags and to ensure there is no fee for luggage going in the overhead compartment. While most airlines allow passengers to bring a personal item and carry-on, budget airlines, including Frontier and Spirit, charge a fee for carry-ons placed in the overhead bins.

3.       Get there early. As the holiday season is a peak period for travelers, it's more important than ever to arrive at the airport early. While it's usually recommended to arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight, you should give yourself more time to account for traffic, parking, security screenings and finding your gate.

4.       Ship holiday gifts. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends shipping your holiday gifts or waiting until you reach your final destination to wrap them. This saves you the trouble of rewrapping the presents, should the TSA need to unwrap them for further inspection.

5.       Come prepared. On a peak travel day, it’s more likely that you'll be waiting around longer than usual or possibly experience flight delays. In case you'll be at the airport for a while, make sure you come prepared with charged electronics and portable chargers, entertainment, snacks, a water bottle (which can be filled once you've gone through security) and comfortable clothes and shoes.

6.       Reserve parking ahead of time. Like with the airport itself, the airport's parking lots will be very crowded during prime travel dates. Unfortunately, on-site airport parking services operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and do not allow travelers to reserve a spot. Luckily, off-site long-term parking services like Expresso Airport Parking do. Our long-term Oakland Airport parking service let's travelers make guaranteed parking reservations, so they waste no time on parking. Once you park, you can enjoy complimentary refreshments and receive flight status updates in our lounge, or get a quick shuttle ride to your terminal.

Expresso Airport Parking wishes you a Happy Holidays and hopes you follow our tips to ensure a pleasurable travel experience!

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