If Auckland Airport Can Do This, Why Can’t Our Airports Do It, Too?

Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. It serviced over 21,000,000 passengers by their March 2019 year end, which puts it approximately on par with Phoenix (PHX), Houston (IAH) and and Miami (MIA) International Airports in the United States (latest data for them is Dec. 2018). Definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Like many airports, ALK has had an app for several years but it was pretty basic – just flight and parking information. Well, they’ve just done a refresh of the app and I now have airport app envy. Look at everything it can do…

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Why Do Hotels Charge For Parking? And How Can You Get Around Having To Pay For It?

Your trip is all planned – your hotel deposit is paid for, and you know how much your taxes and hotel fees are going to be. You drive to your destination and then you’re reminded about something you forgot to take into consideration – overnight parking charges.

Crap.

Why DO hotels charge you for parking, anyway? And how can you avoid paying for it? Well…

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If You’re Planning Travel Over Thanksgiving, Remember These Often Overlooked Tasks

Up until last year, we never considered traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. For starters, it’s one of the busiest times of the year and we try to avoid going at those times whenever possible. We also like to spend the holidays at home with friends and family when possible. However, there comes a time when the things you want to do only happen over that period.

Like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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If we wanted to get to New York, we’d have to be traveling around Thanksgiving, there was no way around that fact.

I started looking around a year out and eventually found airfare with miles and a hotel room along the parade route with points.

I was so proud of myself that I forgot to plan some other essential parts of the trip which are usually afterthoughts any other time of the year.

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Is It Safe To Park Your Car At Airport Lots/Garages?

You’ve decided it’s better to park at the airport, in their long or short term parking lot, for this trip. Or maybe you did the “speed vs. cost” math and think that off site parking is a better deal this time around.

Either way, is it safe?

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How To Save On Flights By Driving To A Different Airport

Nothing about booking airfare is straightforward. The way airlines figure out how much to charge to get from city A to city B drives me crazy. Idiosyrancies in the pricing system is what led to passengers booking hidden-city tickets with the help of websites like Skiplagged. While that method to save money on airfare doesn’t match with our travel style, there’s another way to save I’ve looked into and current technology makes it easier than ever to find these fares.

You can possibly save hundreds of dollars on airfare if you’re willing to drive a bit further to a different airport.

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