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    • tinkerbel
    • By tinkerbel 6th Aug 08, 12:06 AM
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    • #2
    • 6th Aug 08, 12:06 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 12:06 AM
    We just went away and needed to park at Heathrow for 16days. I used a few of the smaller comparison sites and booked with purpleparking for just 60 -with 9 cashback through quidco so 51 and thought that we had got a very good deal. The minibus thing took us to the airport pretty much as soon as we'd arrived and were ready, and when we landed we just had to give them a call and they said they would come and get us. We had a hiccup though and a piece of luggage got lost (by the US airport, not pp) so were in the baggage reclaim for about an hour and we just called them to apologuise and they were more than helpful and understanding.
    we'd never booked parking in advance before but it is definitly something we shall do everytime from now on. We couldnt have even got a lift there from home from the same price really with the petrol cost!
    HTH
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    • JillD
    • By JillD 6th Aug 08, 12:17 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 12:17 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 12:17 AM
    My advice - read the small print.

    We had used the cheaper non-official parking sites in the past, you know the ones where they are like a couple of miles from the airpot, not affiliated directly to the airport but their sole business is to provide long term car parking for the airport and provide a mini bus shuttle service etc to te terminals. We never had any problems.

    Our neightbours weren't so lucky. They used a similar type of long term parking. When they left their car the car park people drove it offsite somewere else and in doing so managed to write it off. So our neighbours came back from holiday to no car. The company were awkward at providing their insurance details etc as well and our neighbours had a couple of months of hassle over it, as well as the fact that they of course had to shell out as the pay out for a write off is neer realy enough to buy what you feel you've lost.

    So read the small print. We now don't use the non airport ones.

    Sorry if this seems negative.
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  • Bob63
    • #4
    • 6th Aug 08, 9:09 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 9:09 AM
    Motorcycle parking is free at Heathrow and very very convenient. BAA even produce a guide on where the bike parks are located.
    • Terminals 1, 2 and 3: At the back of Short Stay Car Park 1A/5, to the right of the exit. Access is via Chester Road.
    • Terminal 4: Opposite the arrivals forecourt.
    • Terminal 5: Next to the short stay car park.
    • eslick
    • By eslick 6th Aug 08, 9:25 AM
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    • #5
    • 6th Aug 08, 9:25 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 9:25 AM
    Have a look at these two

    http://www.aph.com/partners/toysrus.htm
    https://www.easyjet4parking.com/

    Aph link was the cheapest for us from out local airport but easyjet have a price promise and gave a double the difference and therefore I was able to save £24 on the price. I emailed them first and they agreed to the Aph rate but when my father in law tried without emailing first they said it was a special offer and wouldnt honnor it so may be worth dropping them a mail first. But saying that Aph was the cheapest I could I could find by £12.

    just added this to the main thread as well.
    Last edited by eslick; 06-08-2008 at 9:34 AM.
    • philhuff
    • By philhuff 6th Aug 08, 10:26 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 10:26 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 10:26 AM
    I've repeatedly booked at HolidayExtras.co.uk (and always via Quidco, of course!)

    My most recent booking is for a night at the Heathrow Crowne Plaza hotel with 15 days car parking for a total of £59.

    The trick is to find the 'secret' hotels, and then use your favourite search engine to find which hotel it really is. It's very easy to find common phrases, and I've never got one wrong yet.
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    • notken
    • By notken 6th Aug 08, 10:28 AM
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    • #7
    • 6th Aug 08, 10:28 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 10:28 AM
    For quick stays at Heathrow, you can park at Hatton Cross Tube for £8 a day (£6 at weekends). You can then pick up any of the normal buses that stop there, which are very frequent and operate 24 hours. There's no bus fare to travel between Hatton Cross and Heathrow Bus Terminal. (When you get back on the bus at Heathrow just tell the driver you're only going to Hatton Cross.)

    It's pay and display but it takes credit cards and you can pay for up to 14 days in advance. Although it's only really economical if you're just away a few days or a weekend.

    I've never had trouble finding a parking space there, but it's not a huge car park, so there is a risk.
  • MaggieL
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    • 6th Aug 08, 11:36 AM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 11:36 AM
    We went away for 28 days from Heathrow and left the car in a guesthouse carpark - the Crompton in Hounslow. They charged quite a lot for B&B (£150 for a double and single) but the first 15 days' parking were free and the next 9 @ £3 per day. In all we paid £215 for the overnight stop, taxi each way to the airport and the parking which was cheaper than even the cheapest carpark at Heathrow let alone the anxiety of not having to drive through the night to be there for a 4 am check-in.
  • eugenet
    • #9
    • 6th Aug 08, 1:26 PM
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    • 6th Aug 08, 1:26 PM
    Also check out http://en.parkopedia.com/parking/uk/heathrow_airport/ for the locations of all the private driveways and car parks (both airport and non-airport ones such as Hatton Cross Tube).
  • On The Cheap
    73 for 2 weeks early July at Heathrow. Good price, rubbish service.
    I booked through Holiday Extras and picked Economy Parking which is the name of a company just outside Heathrow Airport. On arrival at the reception i told them i'd be returning to Terminal 3, and they then notified me that they do not pick up from Terminal 3. I would have to walk with my bags from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 where they would pick me up there. I was travelling with my disabled wife, elderly father in law, and young 6 year old son, which was not something i wanted to hear. When i complained and asked why this wasn't posted on their website so i could decide beforehand if i wanted to continue, i was told, "Look it's not a problem, i will give you your money and you can go elsewhere". Great attitude, and if it wasn't for the fact that i'd been in traffic for 2 hours, flight was leaving in 2 hours, and i didn't have the time to drive around Heathrow looking for an alternative, i would have taken my money, put my boot where the sun was definitely not shining, and gone elsewhere.
    Avoid Economy Parking on Spout Lane North, Stanwell Moor, Middlesex.
    Unhelpful, uncooperative & rude.
  • russellf
    I've always used Purple Parking at Heathrow, from the days when they were called Secure Storage, and never had any problem at all. The transfers to the airport are quick and frequent and the most I've ever had to wait for a minibus to come and pick me up was 15 minutes (on the day Terminal 5 opened and the entire airport was in chaos!) And if you park for more than 15 days they only charge you for the first 15! This discount coupon website has coupons for 12.5% off and currently there's one for parking at 3.50 a day http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/discounts/purpleparking.com
    • --Tony--
    • By --Tony-- 6th Aug 08, 8:39 PM
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    --Tony--
    I've always used Purple Parking at Heathrow,
    ......This discount coupon website has coupons for 12.5% off and currently there's one for parking at 3.50 a day
    Originally posted by russellf
    The 3.50 a day code expired a long time ago.
    .
  • polarbearit
    I booked the 3.50 a day code last week - it was fine...
  • FEvans
    any idea whether the code still works.

    i also received an email from them regarding a new premisis they have at heathrow - multistory parking however the link they gave me for 15% off does not seem to work
    • Nala
    • By Nala 16th Sep 08, 8:34 PM
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    Nala
    I've just booked a 17 day meet and greet for July 2009 for 79.95 with 11.99 cashback via Quidco - Virgin Atlantic - Airport carparking. It was cheaper that parking only!

    For some reason, VA's cashback is 1% but it registered the cashback which Purple Parking offer on Quidco. It's still a great price if you get the 1% though. I think it was 112 booking directly with Purple Parking so use VA!
    • penypincher
    • By penypincher 20th Sep 08, 11:04 AM
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    penypincher
    i've just gone through all the comparisons and links and found the earlier link:
    http://www.aph.com/partners/toysrus.htm
    to be a great deal. i chose the heathrow park and fly meet and greet service. i got 18 days parking and no hassle of transfer buses for 90.

    i used the car park earlier this summer and they offered a super service.

    i used purple parking over a year ago and got stuck in construction works for over 2 hours and missed my flight! so, though i could get PP for about 57, the extra money for the extra service with park & fly meet and greet is well worth it!
  • jesspolo
    Really pleased - parking and hotel for 80!
    I've just booked a 17 day meet and greet for July 2009 for £79.95 with £11.99 cashback via Quidco - Virgin Atlantic - Airport carparking. It was cheaper that parking only!

    For some reason, VA's cashback is 1% but it registered the cashback which Purple Parking offer on Quidco. It's still a great price if you get the 1% though. I think it was £112 booking directly with Purple Parking so use VA!
    Originally posted by Nala
    Thanks for this. I am flying with Virgin Atlantic, so it made sense to follow this through the route suggested, and because I also opened a Virgin Miles account (free to open) I received a further discount of 10%, so I got 16 days parking for £51.13!

    Then we booked the Travelodge on the M4 eastbound (round the corner from the parking) for £29. So total cost was £80, which is less then parking alone. Shame the Travelodge wasn't offering the room at their £19 rate...
  • von1
    Purple parking
    On purple parking website I got a quote for 50 for 9 days parking at heathrow if I joined up (for free). Then I went on the Virgin Holidays website and clicked through to their airport parking section which took me to purple parking and it cost me 37.75 instead! I thought that was mega cheap for 9 days.
    So try going through the Virgin Holidays website instead.
    • bootman
    • By bootman 7th Oct 08, 9:06 PM
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    bootman
    We used the NCP for heathrow a few months back. used code 6ADAY for you guessed it £6 a day parking.
  • bridiej
    73 for 2 weeks early July at Heathrow. Good price, rubbish service.
    I booked through Holiday Extras and picked Economy Parking which is the name of a company just outside Heathrow Airport. On arrival at the reception i told them i'd be returning to Terminal 3, and they then notified me that they do not pick up from Terminal 3. I would have to walk with my bags from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 where they would pick me up there. I was travelling with my disabled wife, elderly father in law, and young 6 year old son, which was not something i wanted to hear. When i complained and asked why this wasn't posted on their website so i could decide beforehand if i wanted to continue, i was told, "Look it's not a problem, i will give you your money and you can go elsewhere". Great attitude, and if it wasn't for the fact that i'd been in traffic for 2 hours, flight was leaving in 2 hours, and i didn't have the time to drive around Heathrow looking for an alternative, i would have taken my money, put my boot where the sun was definitely not shining, and gone elsewhere.
    Avoid Economy Parking on Spout Lane North, Stanwell Moor, Middlesex.
    Unhelpful, uncooperative & rude.
    Originally posted by On The Cheap
    If you havent already, put in a written complaint to Holiday Extras. I used to work in the admin section dealing with complaints and it will be investigated - but if you dont tell them they'll never know.

    I just pop in now and then....
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