We live in Rockford, 90 miles NW of Chicago. Rockford is about an hour from O’hare if traffic is favorable. Traveling FROM there in January or February is most desirable – but not without risk for weather related delays! Because of our awareness that our trip that we have paid for and have been looking forward to (for in some cases years) could be interrupted, delayed or we could just plain miss the boat – we build in a cushion for reasonable assurance. Our cushion does several things for us to make traveling less hectic and I will share what I know with you, we Park Sleep Fly!
Embarkation day is Sunday – so we need to get to the Port of Los Angeles before “Sail Away” at 6:00 pm that day or we miss the boat & it is Snowing in the Midwest! We prefer to arrive at the port early on Embarkation day so we can spend the day on the ship! So that means we have to get to LA on Saturday. We booked a Virgin America flight – first flight of the day – and a hotel at the Port for Saturday night.
Now all we have to worry about is getting to our early morning flight in Chicago! We could take the bus – but what if there was snow and bad traffic? We could drive ourselves…. with the same risk. If we drive ourselves we will have to park at the airport and that can be expensive for our two-week trip. I googled “O’Hare Airport Parking” and learned that for the price of parking I could stay over night in a nice hotel the night before and they would let me leave my car in their parking lot the whole time we are gone for less money than just parking in a lot. This solves our concern… We can drive to the airport Friday night – check into the hotel where we will leave our car and take the hotel’s FREE shuttle to the airport! It’s a plan! We are going to Park – Sleep & Fly!
We booked a room at the Westin O’Hare with a surface lot meaning that our car may be buried in snow when we return, but it was a nice hotel with a room available. We would have rather booked the Hyatt Regency O’Hare or the Intercotinental O’Hare because they both have a covered parking deck but ParkSleepFly.com didn’t have any room inventory at either of them this time.
Most of the hotels have a 10 day limit for the inclusive parking – and then the hotel may charge you for days in excess of 10. The hotels may want as much as $30/day – for each day over ten. Some will overlook the extra days but we would rather be safe than sorry. This trip I discovered that ParkSleepandFly.com has a sister company called AirportParkingReservations.com where you can purchase your parking in excess of 10 days for a much more reasonable rate! For about $10/day we bought the remaining six days of parking at the Hotel. The best part of the deal is the FREE shuttle to the airport – picks you up at the hotel lobby door – the driver handles your bags – drops you off at your terminal entrance – for a GREAT no hassle transfer experience!
Good thing we did this as it was snowing pretty good this morning – I am typing this from the air – we were an hour late getting off the ground because of the weather – but we can now say that we did Park Sleep & Fly!
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