When planning holidays many people forget to factor in additional costs such as Airport Parking.
If you park your car at an airport while you’re on holiday, it can cost you a small fortune. Especially if you forget to book your airport car parking in advance.
But what if you could actually make money by parking at the airport? Is that even possible? It is if you use Car & Away for Airport Parking.
7 reasons to use Car & Away for Airport Parking
Car & Away is like Airbnb for cars, they make parking and renting at Gatwick Airport and Bristol Airport quicker, cheaper and more convenient for travellers.Car & Away is like Airbnb for cars, they make parking and renting at Gatwick Airport and Bristol Airport quicker, cheaper and more convenient for travellers.
Airport parking with Car & Away
Car & Away is the first person to person car-sharing service that matches car renters to car owners in a very simple and transparent way.
The service gives airport parking customers the opportunity to ‘rent and earn’ whilst on holiday. It’s a unique way to save money for travel, that’s for sure.
I used Car & Away at Bristol Airport on a recent trip to Derry in Northern Ireland.
As someone who is constantly on the road, I was curious to see how they compared to standard airport parking. Here are 7 reasons to use Car & Away for airport parking.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Car & Away.
What is Car & Away?
Car & Away allows travellers to save on Airport parking and also make some money.
Car & Away will then have your car valeted for it to be potentially rented out to an inbound traveller who books online through Car & Away.
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1. Save money by booking your airport parking online
Everyone knows that airport parking can be pricey, there are a few tricks to keep the cost down though.
By booking your airport parking well in advance with Car & Away, you can save money on your holiday parking.
The first thing you need to do is head to the Car & Away website and select whether you are flying from Bristol Airport or Gatwick Airport.
Parking at Bristol Airport
I found this part of the booking process really easy. You just input the dates of your trip and on the next page choose the ‘Rent and Earn’ option with Car & Away.
As you can see, this option is cheaper than the standard parking at Bristol Airport.
This means that even if your car isn’t rented out, you can still save money on airport parking.
2. Park near the airport
Another benefit of parking with Car & Away is that the parking location is really near the airport terminal.
In the case of Bristol Airport, the drop off point is only a 2-3 minute walk to the departures terminal.
This can save you valuable time if you are in a hurry to catch your flight. No need to catch buses from miles away, simply park, complete a short paperwork check and then off you go.
I found I was in the terminal within a few minutes and ready to start my journey.
3. Car & Away Meet & Greet concierge
Car owners can park their cars with the Car & Away ‘Meet & Greet concierge’ in the Airport Car Park.
I really loved this personal touch and it was really nice to have someone meet you and quickly explain the process clearly, face to face.
Once your car is checked over you can be on your way to the terminal whilst Car and Away take care of the rest for you.
You can then pick up your keys and your car from the concierge when you return.
4. Earn money while you are away on holiday
Car & Away are encouraging customers using Gatwick and Bristol Airports to become part of a revolutionary car-sharing community.
Car owners can enjoy earning up to £160 a week (on average £80 for a small hatchback like a Fiesta or a Golf).
Renters get a new car hire option that is up to 60% cheaper than current competitors. So everybody wins really.
The company makes sure that they rent their cars out to carefully vetted drivers, earning you money whilst you are having fun on holiday.
Renters get the exact car they book, no hidden extras and drive away in 10 minutes hassle-free.
Rent your car with Car & Away
In order to rent your car with Car & Away your vehicle must meet certain criteria including:
- Cars must be less than nine years old
- You must have valid MOT and tax
- Be covered by fully comprehensive car insurance
- Have roadworthy tyres
- You need to be arriving/leaving the Airport car park between 6 am and 6 pm.
Car & Away earnings
The good news is that if your car is booked, 60% of the earnings from the Booking go straight to you.
Car & Away take a commission of 40% including VAT. This covers their staff, technology and booking systems, administrative support and marketing costs.
It’s a really simple process getting your car ready to rent, it takes around 15 minutes to complete registration for your car.
All paperwork is done online beforehand, so there is no need to sign endless papers at a check-in desk.
You just simply leave your car in the airport car park and Car & Away takes care of the rest for you.
Rental notification Car & Away
If your car is rented out whilst you are on holiday you will receive an email notification from Car & Away.
You’ll then receive a Value Statement on the day you pick up your car which will show the number of days rented, the miles are driven, and your total earnings.
These earnings will be paid into your bank account within one working day after you collect your car.
5. Park your car safely
It can be a worry to leave your car parked while you are away on holiday. Thankfully, leaving your car with Car & Away means that your car will be in a secure airport car park if it isn’t rented out.
This gives you real peace of mind, so you can relax and enjoy yourself on holiday rather than stress out.
You just leave your keys with the ‘Meet and Greet’ concierge to be picked up when you return.
6. Your car will be comprehensively insured
Both owners and renters are covered by fully comprehensive insurance for accidents, provided by QBE Insurance.
This insurance cover works in parallel with your existing car insurance (which you legally must-have in any case), replacing your car insurance for the rental period.
Any claims during the rental period are against the insurance policy, so your policy and insurance status remains unaffected.
7. Your car will be cleaned before and after renting
Car & Away will clean your car before and after renting, so you get your car back all lovely and clean.
I am quite a messy person so it was actually really nice to come back to a clean and tidy car and then drive it home.
There were also little bonuses upon arrival including little bags of sweets and bottles of water left in the car by the concierge. Perfect for the ride home!
Why use Car & Away?
Using Car & Away was a straightforward and simple process. registering my car online was really easy and I loved that you were met at the airport and could leave your keys with someone.
It was really reassuring to be able to meet a Car & Away representative and be able to ask questions and learn more about the ‘rent and earn’ service.
My car was rented out from Bristol Airport whilst I was away in Derry on a city break, so it was great to make some extra money and have cheaper parking.
I would really recommend this service if you are looking to save money on airport parking and even make some money by renting your car out.
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