Win Free Airport Parking From The Parking Spot!

With the holidays right around the corner, The Parking Spot has given me some free airport parking coupons to give away to readers.

The Parking Spot is the nation’s largest near-airport parking operator, providing parking and shuttle service at 21 airports around the country (a full directory can be found here) in distinctive spotted shuttles. The Parking Spot includes Parking Spot branded facilities at Atlanta Hartsfield, Austin Bergstrom, Buffalo – Niagara, Dallas Fort Worth, Dallas Love Field, Denver International, Houston Hobby, Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, Newark, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Port Columbus, and Lambert -St. Louis.

They even have a loyalty program — The Spot Club — which offers free parking with as few as seven paid days.

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They’ve given me five sets of three-day parking passes to give away to some lucky readers.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below between now and 11:59PM PT on Sunday, November 3, sharing your best or worst experience with airport parking. You can enter once per day.

I’ll randomly pick five winners on Monday that will be announced here.

Thanks to The Parking Spot for sponsoring this giveaway!

Comments

  1. Spring Break 2007.
    I didn’t plan ahead for a work trip. Drove to the airport 3 hours before my flight. ALL of the lots were full because it was spring break.
    I spent 2 hours trying to find a spot. Finally found one at Parking Spot 2. checked in 30 minutes before my flight. Checked bag didn’t make it to the plane on time.

    Now I always reserve parking in advance.

  2. My worst experience with airport parking is coming back from a long trip to find that my car had been stolen….

  3. worst parking experience: parking attendant pulls up the car with auxiliary light bar on top and plows through a metal bar…broken glass all over the hood and the ground and attendant pretends nothing happened. when I question him, he says the car came in that way….I take out my camera and start snapping pictures and bagging all the glass as “evidence” and magically the manager on duty comes flying out telling me they’ll pay for everything and not to take legal action…

  4. best experience is when i come in at rush hour and the shuttle takes me to my car without anyone else on it. Fast and easy.

  5. My worst parking experience is that I forgot where I parked my car in the extremely large PIT extend parking lot. I used 40 minutes to find it finally.

  6. Worst experience was when I returned from my trip only to find that my car was the victim of a hit and run.

  7. Tks but NO tks!!! I am fortunate enough to live in a decent distance from my home airport so i always take a taxi when travelling. I prefer to leave my car safe in my own covered garage 🙂

  8. Best experience has been with The Parking Spot actually. They always have the car waiting right at the exit and, with my Club card, I can easily check out on the go!

  9. I like The Parking Spot because their shuttle takes me to the parking structure right next door to an In-N-Out.

  10. my worst experience was flying back from boston only to realize I had left my keys at dinner the night before and couldn’t get in my car.

  11. I regularly use The Parking Spot at JFK & LGA. I always have a excellent experience with them. They are always fast efficient and friendly. No damage or theft either to my car.

  12. In Memphis, the Parking Spot has the friendliest shuttle driver who will pull right up to your car when you arrive in the lot, help with your luggage, stop at the door of the terminal, help with your luggage again, and do it all with a smile and pleasant conversation. He does it in reverse on the way home. I appreciate his attitude.

  13. I’ve used the Parking Spot several times. Never a problem. Complimentary bottle of water for the drive home.

  14. Worst experience was somebody (probably the attendant) broke into the car and stole several things from inside

  15. The shuttle drivers are always so friendly. I use both the DFW North and Love Field(DAL) lots. The drivers have a smile and always glad to help with your baggage.

  16. In 1997, returned to my car to find a brick, a broken window, water puddle (rained the night before) and a missing car stereo

  17. Best experience has been with parking spot, actually! They’re easy in, easy out, and the lax-sepulveda location is right next to the in-n-out. Perfect post flight snack.

  18. I have the bad habit of leaving a light on in car (something about early Monday mornings…). Thank goodness for the nice folks at off-site parking lots like ParkingSpot who have given me a jump on more than one occasion.

  19. I have used supershuttle in the past and loved it, but never tried parking spot. Yesterday I discovered one parking lot and would love to try if I win free parking here.

  20. I’m not even kidding when I write this… SAN’s Wally Park, I had my car parked there for 2 nights since I was out on a business trip. When I got back, a big trail of ants was in my car!! They came up through the tire cavity and had a line going through my car like they owned the place. Easily the one of the nastiest experiences in my life!!!

  21. Every time I travel and need to park my car I come to the Parking Spot… They make it really easy, quick and affordable. My best experience with them was when I left my laptop on the bus after coming back late at night from a long trip and did not realize it until I got a call from the driver. He even waited there to hand me my laptop… It’s hard to find a honest employee like him nowadays.

  22. Love The Parking Spot at LAX. Started using them after waiting for shuttle for another parking area. While waiting watched 3 or 4 Parking Spot shuttle’s go by. They are not cheap but very little wait time.

  23. Best thing about the Parking Spot at LAX is the frequent shuttle service…never have to wait very long for a ride. 🙂

  24. Worst is when the shuttle to the rental car center takes forever to arrive! I’m looking at you PHL and SFO

  25. Worst, Louisville in winter years ago heading to Vegas. Big snowfall the night before and plowing reduced spots open by 15-20%. So I had to park about a zip code away. With the forgotten time change (my fault), I made it to the gate as they were closing it. From then one, I’ve headed out a few minutes earlier. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  26. I can win this one…

    Years ago parked at an off-airport lot (which ironically is now a Parking Spot), got on the shuttle, and on the highway on the way to the airport a Jeep driving next to us hydroplaned and swerved in front of our shuttle. We T-boned it and both vehicles ran off the road into a ditch. The Jeep was on its side, people inside the shuttle flew forward but thankfully no one was seriously injured.

    My nerves were rattled and I couldn’t stop shaking so I just went home and cancelled my trip. The driver of the Jeep happened to be a regional pilot on his way to work.

  27. Sometimes I pay to go into the parking lots by my airport just to get the best plane spotting perspective!

  28. I’ve never really had a bad experience with airport parking. I do all of my parking at the Buffalo Airport Parking Spot. There are always spaces and a shuttle ready to go to the terminal.

  29. worst – they lost my car after a five day trip. They had my keys and but no car. So I waited for 2 hours while the searched. Apparently after a car wash they returned it to the wrong lot and brought the keys up to the right office. I almost called the police. Needless to say my fees were waived.

    best – recently after a 3 night stay at a car park – they returned my car – spick and span after a car wash and it was one of the best washes both interior and exterior I experience.d

  30. My worst experience was not being picked up by the airport shuttle in the economy lot for an hour and missing my flight 🙁

  31. BEST coming back from a mileage run with a bump on the run and finding my old Cadillac still started on a sub zero night in Denver

  32. Worst is when it’s outdoor parking in the winter and you have to shovel your car out after a flight back from a tropical vacation!

  33. I dropped off my car at the parking spot for covered valet. When I got back there a week later, I noticed my car was covered in dried rain spots and had ice on the side mirrors. When I checked out I had to argue with the cashier that my car obviously wasn’t covered while I was gone. She said that “ice” must have happened while they were bringing my car around. Yeah right!

  34. Last week I parked at Parking Spot. After getting into the United Club, I realized I left something in the car. Went back to the shuttle, and the driver took me straight to my car without waiting for other passengers, waited while I retrieved my items, and took me back to the terminal. The whole trip took 10 minutes. Great service.

  35. I don’t really have any memorable airport parking experiences, but I do remember the story I heard about an “absent-minded professor.” He was about to miss his flight when he pulled up to the airport, so he thought it would be perfectly appropriate to just leave his car at the passenger drop-off curb and let the authorities deal with it. They towed it away and he just paid a fine when he returned and got his car back.

    I’m willing to bet the fine was less than some airport parking companies charge…

  36. I use the Parking Spot location in Denver all the time. Most times I get in and out pretty quickly. My worst experience was with a rival parking company in Denver. We returned on an evening flight after a recent snow storm, and they only had one attendant at the checkout booth, so it took probably 30 minutes just to pay and leave the parking lot.

  37. Best service has always been the close up parking at DFW airport. I have only done it when my husband’s company paid for it when we were going on an incentive trip. I love it especially on the return trip…more shuttles, faster to your car!

  38. My best experience was a few years ago in Memphis where I got a spot directly across from the Delta area. My worst experience was several years ago in San Diego where I got charged an extra day because I was 1 minute over the deadline even thought I had spent 5 minutes in line as they changed shifts.

  39. I’ve never had to use off-site parking. I recently moved into the suburbs and there is no public transportation, so I’ll be using a parking lot for my next trip. I hope it’s not a big hassle.

  40. Worst experience is when I found out the non-covered parking is full, then I had to go park in the covered parking for an astronomical price.

  41. Best parking experience was with The Parking Spot in Pittsburgh. I arrived, they valet parked my car, and dropped me off at the Hyatt PIT airport. The return was super-smooth and relaxing as well. They did everything, every step of the way, no hassle, no stress, just quick and easy and friendly and relaxing.

  42. We use the STL Parking Spot. Always have a van to take us to the terminal within 2 minutes of arriving, and often even less!

  43. Once, while using The Parking Spot, I got to the security line before realizing I left my wallet, with my ID, in my car. Panicked, I called the parking spot, who sent a bus to pick me up, and return me directly to my car. Thanks to them, I made my flight.

  44. Worse parking experience.

    Pulling out of the airport, a friend goes out the wrong exit and pops his tires.

    #neverforget

  45. Best experience was when I got to the curb, bus was there, and pulled out right after I boarded taking me directly to the car, and the car wash was ready so I wasn’t having to wait, and was able to pull out with just my frequent parker card since it was already linked to my credit card

  46. The parking spot has always made things easy, which is so wonderful when returning home late or after a redeye!

  47. Best was at The Parking Spot, when we were running late and had fingers crossed to make our flight… they had so many shuttles, it was perfect and we made it!

  48. I hope this counts. It happened to my mother-in-law. At the age of 82 she drove to the airport to pick up her sister on a snowy night. The two boarded the bus to the parking lot and after the bus made its rounds the two elderly women were still of the bus. My mother-in-law could not remember where she parked. When prodded about anything that could help her remember she said she parked near the booth where she got the parking lot ticket and the man in the booth only had one arm. From that point it was easy to find her car. As the bus driver was helping them with the suitcase she said “Thank God that man only had one arm.”

  49. I once parked at an off-site parking lot only to return from my trip to find that I had no way to get back to the lot or to get my car out. The parking lot was basically padlocked by ATF for some kind of criminal activity. A day later the police let me into get my car.

  50. Carefree riding the Parking Spot shuttle from my car to the terminal before my long-anticipated trip only to realize when I got to the terminal my drivers license was safely at home! #doOVER

  51. My best experiences are when I can get a Groupon for cheap NYC airport parking. Parking is a fortune without it.

  52. Does parking across the street from a car rental location and using their shuttle count as airport parking/shuttle service experience?

    Just kidding….maybe.

    Thanks, Ben.

  53. Some months ago we reserved parking at lga. Despite reservation there was no space. By the time we argued and then found another place we missed out plane.

  54. I have had generally positive experiences with using Parking Spot at LAX … as long as its after 5:00 AM.

  55. I’ve been lucky – good experiences so far. Arrive early, take a photo of where I’ve parked my car, etc. And, I try to have a back up just in case the first choice parking is full. And, of course, make sure there’s some sort of loyalty points involved!

  56. Best experience was showing up to The Parking Spot Philadelphia and the lot being full, but the guys still being nice of enough to take me – making me use the valet service, but still charging me for the non-valet parking.

    The worst parking experience has to have occurred a few times. Those times when the off-site parking lot that should only take 5 minutes to get to ends up taking 25 minutes due to traffic, not to mention then having to drive through that parking yourself.

  57. Oh man, I used a parking garage at LAX once that was NOT the Parking Spot. We parked in a marked stall and when we returned from our trip, found they had parked more cars behind us! And the parking attendant couldn’t find the keys for the other cars that were parked behind us for almost two hours! Never again unnamed parking garage. Never again.

  58. My worst experience was waiting for the parking shuttle for an hour in the chilly Jan wind. Never parked there again.

  59. Best experience is jumping off a red-eye long haul. Zipping thru immigration/customs (global entry) and seeing that yellow shuttle waiting for me. Only person on the shuttle and dropped off right by my car.

  60. Best experience was when i was late for a flight, found a covered spot on a lower level, booked it to the shuttle and it left right away, cleared security and just made it to the flight. Yay for promptness!

  61. Two years ago over Thanksgiving there was no parking available anywhere near SAN airport due to construction. There were literally street people acting as valets taking people’s keys and parking vehicles in alleys near the SE corner of the airport. We were so desperate that we waited in line to do this also, but then started to wonder how this logistically would work to get our keys back on return.
    Fortunately one structure we initially overlooked had valet space still available that saved our trip. It was a parking structure we hadn’t used before and the service was outstanding. A nice new find!

  62. I parked at a JFK valet parking company, and when I returned (from a 7 hour flight) they could not find my car. I was one of several in the same fix. After 2+ hours, I insisted on going with an employee to try and find my vehicle at one of their satellite lots.
    The lot was along side of the Federal Marshall’s auction lot. I had been hitting the button and my car lit up. It was in the Auction lot with an auction number on it. The company never refunded my money or compensated me in any way. Company name available.

  63. Have not parked at an airport in many years, but with 3 upcoming trips in the next 6 months, I will need some parking at EWR. Excited for the contest.

  64. I had a tire tread separate (and take a chunk of my car with it) on my way home from a Parking Spot. Wasn’t their fault, but definitely a bad experience.

  65. My absolute worst parking experience was at Washing Dulles in February a few years ago. I parked in their extended parking and left for a three week work trip to Australia. I arrived back to Dulles at 11:45pm to find a rock had been thrown through my windshield. Oh, and yes it had snowed since then. I noticed there were 3-4 other cars parked around me with the same issue, so called the parking police who conveyed that they had seen the damage and if I wanted I could come file a report. Needless to say, after spending over $300 for parking and $100 for my new windshield, I’m still bitter at Dulles and go out of my way to park anywhere else besides their property.

  66. Trip return was delayed a day, then had to gate-check bag, which I couldn’t find,then couldn’t find car in parking lot (although I had photographed section no.), and a dashboard light went on as I was leaving airport in pouring rain with a rear light out. Parking attendant was nice, patient, tried to help me figure out which light was out, since I was driving now in dark.

  67. I missed a flight when I had to wait for the shuttle from the parking lot to the terminal took over 40 minutes!

  68. I once forgot my jacket on a bus and they kindly put it in my car for me back at the lot, waiting for me when I returned.

  69. Worst experience: Waiting 30 minutes for shuttle to show up after international flight when they “run every 5-10 minutes”. Best experience – Parking Spot!!

  70. Their luggage tags make it easy to pick out your black suitcase from baggage claim. It’s a good operation at EWR.

  71. My worst parking experience – parking in the economy lot at BOS, and then forgetting where I left the car – which was new, so of course, I didn’t know the license plate number!

  72. My husband and I returned to PHL from a cruise to find an 8 foot pile of snow in front of our car at the “park it yourself” lot. Since then we’ve only used a remote parking place with valet service.

  73. Simply…just easy and carefree to use the Parking Spot. Love the Yankees Retired Numbers bus!

  74. Great experience with Parking Spot almost all the time…except having to ride in the USC themed shuttle bus. Ugh. I do not like USC!

  75. i’am glad I have the Parking Spot at my home airport,my go to parking place,my best experience is the water bottles at check out ,no bad experience yet!

  76. One time while living in Germany, my wife and just got back from a trip and spent over an hour looking for my rental car in the airport parking lot – only to realize that we took the bus to the airport. 🙁 She was not happy with me!

  77. Left my backpack in the car. Having rode their bus to the drop off I did not have a fast way back and I was in a huge hurry. Got a ride with someone heading out and luckily caught a readily waiting bus back. Made it with moments to spare.

  78. Worst experience was not making a reservation on Thanksgiving and finding all the lots full! Had to park at the hourly airport parking structure for $$$

  79. My worst experience was when I used uncovered parking and there was an unusual ice storm that hit the area while I was away. I destroyed a credit card, while using it as an ice scraper, to gain entry into my car.

  80. Worst is coming back to 2′ of snow and ice on your car in GRB, where there isn’t any covered parking!

  81. Not exactly related to airport parking, but there was one time when we got to check in counter and my gf realized she didn’t have her wallet and thought she left it at home. We had to take shuttle back again to get car, and halfway home she realized it was under the seat in the car. We hurried back to parking lot and had to catch shuttle again, barely making cut off time.

  82. My best parking experience is parking away from BGU airport – the on site parking is a mess, while off-parking, has nice shuttle service, friendly and good-value

  83. I’ve had a lot of bad airport parking experiences. I’d have to say my worst has consistently been in the Economy Lot at Salt Lake City. It takes FOREVER to reach the terminal, with the bus making a ridiculous amount of stops — leave yourself extra time!

  84. Best is when the shuttle follows your car as you’re about to park and brings you back to your parking spot.

  85. I LOVE The Parking Spot, its the only place we park when traveling. My best experience came this past Feb when we were gone for 5 days on a ski trip. When it came time to pay I couldnt find my ticket… I thought we were in for it and they werent going to let us leave. The guy took our word for it when we told him how long we had been there and still gave us a discount from the coupon we had… Great customer service

  86. I have used a company called Winner Airport Parking. They are great. I drive my car there and the driver takes us to hospital with my car and then come pick us up with my car too. I didn’t have to go back to the office and the driver will somehow get back on his own. It is time saver.

  87. Worst, Louisville in winter years ago heading to Vegas. Big snowfall the night before and plowing reduced spots open by 15-20%. So I had to park about a zip code away. With the forgotten time change (my fault), I made it to the gate as they were closing it. From then one, I’ve headed out a few minutes earlier. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  88. My worst experience is being overcharged and not realizing it until nearly home. Hasn’t happened to me with Parking Spot!

  89. Worst, Louisville in winter years ago heading to Vegas. Big snowfall the night before and plowing reduced spots open by 15-20%. So I had to park about a zip code away. With the forgotten time change (my fault), I made it to the gate as they were closing it. From then one, I’ve headed out a few minutes earlier. Thanks for the opportunity to win, again.

  90. Best: no longer willing or able to pay for the daily lot (at ATL) (so I can park under cover) for a week trip, I tried out ParkingSpot2; worried the whole loooong drive to airport about how far away it was; and had a super experience both coming and going. Lovely drivers, quick checkout… Had printed an online coupon for a reduced rate and parked under cover as I didn’t want my new car to be baking under the June Georgia sun for a week! (And yes, the shuttle followed my car as I found a parking space, and waited while I secured the car and got my luggage out of the trunk! Delightful!)

    Worst: arriving home (ATL), exhausted around midnight, from a two-week cruise to find our car completely gone! Vanished! They had paved the lot we’d parked in (no prior notice!), and there was a sign with phone number — but those folks had no record of our car! (A Lexus, not a beater!) Their final suggestion was: “here’s the lot where we put the cars, look around…” Nothing. No Lexus. Finally after two hours of wandering around, we found it in a completely DIFFERENT lot…

  91. Oh yeah, the Parking Spot on Sepulveda at LAX is a great one for hitting In-N-Out before or after the flight.

  92. My best parking story is the one where you are running late for your flight, yet somehow still make it because the parking lot bus is right there to pick you up, there is no one else to pick up on the bus, and there are no traffic impediments to slow the bus down on the way to the airport.

  93. The worst & best parking story happened @ The Parking Spot @ BUF. Home after long trip, middle of winter, late at night & car battery is dead. Within 2 minutes the shuttle driver is there with a battery booster & I’m on my way home! Why park anywhere else?

  94. I haven’t lived in the U.S for about five years, and now I have returned for nine months. I’d rather have a best parking experience with The Parking Spot and it would be my first time with them. I’ll be driving three hours to DFW and leaving the car there for a run to visit friends all over the U.S.

  95. Worst park ever – many years ago at old Long Term Parking at JFK. Not only did the bus take forever, but upon arrival at my car, I was welcomed by a busted window and a flat tire. Best part – nothing was there to take. Nothing but good experiences at the Parking Spot in recent years at both EWR and PHL.

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