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Melissabo
02-23-2009, 07:58 AM
Can anyone suggest a parking option for Philly international? We have used the econo-lot in the past but weren't sure if there are better options. Our flight to Orlando leaves at 6:30 a.m. so we'll be at the airport at 4:30 am so we'll need something that is open all night. Return flight is about 2:30 pm. we'll also have a 2 year old with us. thanks

Chuck-PA
02-23-2009, 08:14 AM
We just used FastTrack Parking on Essington Avenue on January 31st.
We parked Sat (5 am) to Friday (9:45 pm) and used a coupon on their website and it cost us $58.23.
Our flight was at 6:30 am too. We did not get to the airport until 5:15 am and we were fine, we had plenty of time.

We have used this lot on numerous trips. The shuttle picks you up in the lot and the driver has helped us take our luggage out of our car and on and off the shuttle at the airport.
When you arrive back in Phila, go to baggage claim, get your luggage and head outside to the curb and call FastTrack and they will dispatch a shuttle to you, he was there within minutes. I think they just ride around the airport waiting for riders.
They give you a card at the ticket gate and the driver gives you a location card for your car to use when you return.
Hope this helps

NJ Goofy
02-23-2009, 08:57 AM
We use ExpressPark, they are south of the airport off of Scott Way. If you print a coupon off their web site its about $8.00/day.

Drivers are quick and helpful.

ssawka
02-23-2009, 09:11 AM
Check hotels in the area. Sometimes they have packages where you can stay a night in the hotel and leave your car in their lot during your vacation. The morning of your flight they'll take you to the airport. Often they do not charge much more than parking at the airport, and you don't need to drive and find parking at the crack of dawn.

jobie61
02-23-2009, 10:40 AM
I've always just used the Economy Parking at the airport. Never had a problem.

The option depending how long you are staying, is have a limo drop you off and pick you up.

emilymad
02-23-2009, 10:42 AM
We use Pre-Flight on Island Ave. We are always happy with them. There are always shuttles waiting to take you to the airport. On the return flight we have never had to call them. When we go outside baggage claim if you wait a few minutes a shuttle always comes by. There is a coupon on their website for $1 off a day or if you have a AAA card you get the same deal. We are leaving on a 6:30 am flight too!

pamjb
02-23-2009, 11:00 AM
I have used Winner for several years. There is a link to their site from here

http://www.longtermparking.com/penn.htm

It is a valet service, so if you are leery about someone else driving your car, you will be better off with another service. www.longtermparking has links to several offsite lots. I have parked with Winner at least 10 times and have never had a problem.

I parked in the Economy lot at the airport once. Hated it. I pay the $12 extra for Winner's White glove service, so I can leave right from the airport.

loriandmatt
02-23-2009, 11:24 AM
we always use pacifico. they are open 24 hours and they drop you off and pick you up in your own car. they have two levels of service, one where you return back to their lot after they pick you up to settle up payment, and one where you drive directly home after they deliver your car to you at the airport. not sure of the payment specifics on that 2nd option. good reliable affordable service though.

Melissabo
02-23-2009, 11:55 AM
Thanks for the tips, I think we'll try Winner, I'm confused though, I went to the linked site above and then to Winner's actual site, the coupon for $6.89 per day is that what the daily rate is then you pay and additional $10.99 plus tax to leave from the airport in your car without having to return to the counter? Or is the daily rate 10.99 per day? The coupon on Winner's site says 6.89 per day "Valet Charges Apply"

I'm trying to figure out if I need to calculate $6.89 per day plus a one time charge of $10.99 plus tax or

10.99 per day plus a one time charge of 10.99

pamjb
02-23-2009, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the tips, I think we'll try Winner, I'm confused though, I went to the linked site above and then to Winner's actual site, the coupon for $6.89 per day is that what the daily rate is then you pay and additional $10.99 plus tax to leave from the airport in your car without having to return to the counter? Or is the daily rate 10.99 per day? The coupon on Winner's site says 6.89 per day "Valet Charges Apply"

I'm trying to figure out if I need to calculate $6.89 per day plus a one time charge of $10.99 plus tax or

10.99 per day plus a one time charge of 10.99

The White Glove Service is $10.99. That is a one time charge. Then, it is $6.89 per day plus tax. I think the tax is 20%, but it is the same as any other valet service. Perhaps, that is the "valet service". I have a copy of my receipt from Oct 2008. Maybe that will help

Parked from 10/2/08 (7 pm) thru 10/6/08 (8:15 pm)

Parking Charges $32.45 ($6.49 per day coupon)
20% City Park Tax +6.49
White Glove + 10.99
City Tax on White + .77
Glove Service

So the total was $50.70 for 5 days worth of parking. You should be able to calculate the amount you will need to budget from those figures.

Melissabo
02-23-2009, 12:55 PM
The White Glove Service is $10.99. That is a one time charge. Then, it is $6.89 per day plus tax. I think the tax is 20%, but it is the same as any other valet service. Perhaps, that is the "valet service". I have a copy of my receipt from Oct 2008. Maybe that will help

Parked from 10/2/08 (7 pm) thru 10/6/08 (8:15 pm)

Parking Charges $32.45 ($6.49 per day coupon)
20% City Park Tax +6.49
White Glove + 10.99
City Tax on White + .77
Glove Service

So the total was $50.70 for 5 days worth of parking. You should be able to calculate the amount you will need to budget from those figures.

perfect, thank you so much!:banana:

JerseyGirl53
02-23-2009, 10:34 PM
we always use pacifico. they are open 24 hours and they drop you off and pick you up in your own car. they have two levels of service, one where you return back to their lot after they pick you up to settle up payment, and one where you drive directly home after they deliver your car to you at the airport. not sure of the payment specifics on that 2nd option. good reliable affordable service though.

We have used Pacifico in the past and it worked out well. They dropped us off
and then picked us up in our car. We were able to just leave to go home (plus
they washed our car while we were gone!). Now we usually just go out of Atlantic City...very quick and easy. Have fun!!

puffkin
02-24-2009, 09:45 AM
It seems like you have already decided to go with Winner, but I just wanted to second that we always use them and they are GREAT! Very reasonably priced. Travelling with a toddler, it is so much easier to travel to the airport in your own car rather than shuttling. We always pay for the white glove to leave directly from the airport.

missycool
02-25-2009, 10:53 AM
Another option is Express Park, 1070 Tinicum Island Rd.

Cost is $7.75 per day plus tax with website coupon. Additional 2 days free if you register with them online.

We used them last year when we few to San Diego and had no problems.

http://www.expresspark.net/

loveysbydesign
03-05-2009, 01:03 PM
Thanks everyone for this great info... we too need parking in philly for our upcoming trip and do not want to stay overnight the night before. If I'm coming down the blue rte to 95 do I want the parking that's south of the airport as it's closer??

Disneyhappy
03-05-2009, 02:39 PM
Just an FYI- expect about 20% tax on any daily rate for all parking facilities. The City of Philadelphia recently increased the tax and it does add quite a chunk of change for week long stays.

loveysbydesign
03-05-2009, 02:49 PM
Just an FYI- expect about 20% tax on any daily rate for all parking facilities. The City of Philadelphia recently increased the tax and it does add quite a chunk of change for week long stays.
I did notice that on some of the coupons on the parking websites...thanks!

pamjb
03-06-2009, 12:36 PM
Thanks everyone for this great info... we too need parking in philly for our upcoming trip and do not want to stay overnight the night before. If I'm coming down the blue rte to 95 do I want the parking that's south of the airport as it's closer??

Now I thought your DH didn't like the Blue Route or I-95? :lmao:

I don't think it makes that much of a difference. Most of the parking facilities are very close to the airport. I know that Winner gives directions for either direction on 95 http://www.winnerairportparking.net/directions_winnerairportparking.html

Winner is about 5 minutes from the airport, as long as you can keep that whole North-South thing straight. It always confuses me since I am coming from the North, why am I taking I 95 North ??:confused:

loveysbydesign
03-06-2009, 01:10 PM
Now I thought your DH didn't like the Blue Route or I-95? :lmao:

I don't think it makes that much of a difference. Most of the parking facilities are very close to the airport. I know that Winner gives directions for either direction on 95 http://www.winnerairportparking.net/directions_winnerairportparking.html

Winner is about 5 minutes from the airport, as long as you can keep that whole North-South thing straight. It always confuses me since I am coming from the North, why am I taking I 95 North ??:confused:
The $59 SW airfare decided that for us :lmao: I'd much rather fly JB but I don't want to chance getting stuck with high airfare.

PatMcDuck
03-07-2009, 06:46 AM
I used Winner the last trip, and I was worried because I have a stick shift car. Another poster here on DIS had trouble with Winner, there was no driver available who was good driving stick. I had no trouble, I had 2 different older guys who laughed when I asked about it. They admitted many of the younger ones were not good at it.

I think I will use Winner again this week (trip to Chicago though, not WDW :rolleyes: )

MaryKatesMom
03-07-2009, 01:11 PM
We like to drive down the night before stay at a hotel that has park and fly. Many of the places have free breakfast and a free happy hour.:woohoo: We usually go to Orlando for 9 nights and if you can find a place for $100. Sometimes I think we come out far ahead in the deal.

NYDisneyfamily
03-07-2009, 01:33 PM
We used Winner 3 weeks ago and would do it again. They took us to the airport in a van as I didn't have an extra seat and did the valet service on the return trip. We called them after we got our luggage, walked outside and our car was in front of us in about 10-15 minutes. It was wonderful to just drive away from the airport in a nice warm car! We used the $6.89 coupon also.

loveysbydesign
03-08-2009, 08:30 AM
We like to drive down the night before stay at a hotel that has park and fly. Many of the places have free breakfast and a free happy hour.:woohoo: We usually go to Orlando for 9 nights and if you can find a place for $100. Sometimes I think we come out far ahead in the deal.
Where do you usually stay? We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Essington in '06 and it was great but I'd love to know about a place that someone's stayed at more recently. Plus there's 5 of us so we need a suite I guess.:confused3

marcyinPA
03-08-2009, 04:15 PM
We've used Colonial Parking several times and have always had a very pleasant experience. They have a coupon on-line.

marcyinPA
03-08-2009, 04:17 PM
Where do you usually stay? We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Essington in '06 and it was great but I'd love to know about a place that someone's stayed at more recently. Plus there's 5 of us so we need a suite I guess.:confused3

We've stayed at the Embassy Suites at the airport once (back in 04). I was able to get a really good rate. Really good! But we arrived too late to enjoy the free happy hour, and left too early to enjoy the free breakfast. Nice, clean rooms though.

Karenj2
03-08-2009, 04:53 PM
I can't help, since we have family nearby in Springfield, so we park at their house and they drive us to the airport. The cost - usually one dinner. ;)

I'm just jealous - I'm getting the urge to go to Disney again!!

jtopp
03-09-2009, 09:36 PM
Thanks everyone for this great info... we too need parking in philly for our upcoming trip and do not want to stay overnight the night before. If I'm coming down the blue rte to 95 do I want the parking that's south of the airport as it's closer??

Park south of the airport in Essington. This eliminates the phila parking authority tax, and gets you an easier trip to the airport. Park at expresspark and pay $7-8/day, as opposed to $11/day at PHL long term. Plus, you get a van from your car right to your gate, instead of dragging your bags to a bus stop and climbing on a large bus. Both lots are only minutes away, but the PHL lot takes longer to get to your gate, with less comfort( a definate consideration if traveling with children)

loveysbydesign
03-10-2009, 07:48 AM
Park south of the airport in Essington. This eliminates the phila parking authority tax, and gets you an easier trip to the airport. Park at expresspark and pay $7-8/day, as opposed to $11/day at PHL long term. Plus, you get a van from your car right to your gate, instead of dragging your bags to a bus stop and climbing on a large bus. Both lots are only minutes away, but the PHL lot takes longer to get to your gate, with less comfort( a definate consideration if traveling with children)
Thanks!!! OT- anyone know if Southwest still offers curb-side check-in???

nappingbeauty
05-26-2009, 09:59 PM
:surfweb:

pamjb
05-27-2009, 06:54 AM
Yes, SW does have curbside check in at PHL. Depending on your flight time, it may not be open. My last SW flight (Feb 09), we left from the new terminal at PHL. It was a 7 am flight and curbside was open when we arrived at about 5:30 am. The security line was looooong, but we were done in about 20 minutes.

serene56
05-27-2009, 08:09 AM
I dont feel comfortable leaving our car keys with strangers for the week.

A few years ago the news channel did a story about cars being used by workers when they are left. Now that coulda changed by now but I still dont feel 100% comfort with that.

We have used the FAsttrack on Essignton but keep the keys with us.

PS- you dont want to be at the airport at 4:30-- the checkin does not open until 5:30 with security open at 5:45.
Stores for coffee, etc dont open til 6

PoohBear
05-27-2009, 09:43 AM
I know others had had good experiences with Winner but I thought you should know it's not all good. We used them for the first time in January. The girl at the front desk was extremely rude. We had to have them take us over to the airport in their van because we could not fit any more in our car. The van was filthy dirty and only had one working seat belt. We were gone for almost two weeks. When we called for the car, they told us our car was already on the way. Perfect! We took the kids out to the curb and waited. Half an hour later my husband called and they confirmed the driver hit some traffic but would be there in 10 minutes. We waited....One hour later my husband called back and they were very annoyed with us bugging them :headache: They said they would look into it.. half an hour later they call back and tell us when their driver went to start the car our battery was dead (a six month old battery)! So they had lied about him leaving and the traffic, etc. They said we must have left a light on and that was why the battery was dead. When the driver finally arrived with our car, he took off immediately, we have no idea where he went. Hubby got into the car he noticed snow and ice packed down under the side of the driver's seat and icicles hanging from the controls. Apparently, they had left the driver's door ajar and that is why the battery was dead. When I called the following day to complain, I was repeatedly hung up on. I never was able to get in touch with anyone there. This was our experience. You have to judge for yourself who to go with. Good luck, I hope this helps.

ibela
08-12-2009, 09:36 AM
I know others had had good experiences with Winner but I thought you should know it's not all good. We used them for the first time in January. The girl at the front desk was extremely rude. We had to have them take us over to the airport in their van because we could not fit any more in our car. The van was filthy dirty and only had one working seat belt. We were gone for almost two weeks. When we called for the car, they told us our car was already on the way. Perfect! We took the kids out to the curb and waited. Half an hour later my husband called and they confirmed the driver hit some traffic but would be there in 10 minutes. We waited....One hour later my husband called back and they were very annoyed with us bugging them :headache: They said they would look into it.. half an hour later they call back and tell us when their driver went to start the car our battery was dead (a six month old battery)! So they had lied about him leaving and the traffic, etc. They said we must have left a light on and that was why the battery was dead. When the driver finally arrived with our car, he took off immediately, we have no idea where he went. Hubby got into the car he noticed snow and ice packed down under the side of the driver's seat and icicles hanging from the controls. Apparently, they had left the driver's door ajar and that is why the battery was dead. When I called the following day to complain, I was repeatedly hung up on. I never was able to get in touch with anyone there. This was our experience. You have to judge for yourself who to go with. Good luck, I hope this helps.

:scared1: Thanks for your story. We're always a little leery about leaving our car keys with anyone, especially if they know we'll be away for a week! DH already was unhappy that I booked flight out of PHL (we usually fly from EWR) so an incident like this would really put a damper on the trip.

Did they ever answer you?

2infinityandbeyond
08-12-2009, 04:17 PM
I know others had had good experiences with Winner but I thought you should know it's not all good. We used them for the first time in January. The girl at the front desk was extremely rude. We had to have them take us over to the airport in their van because we could not fit any more in our car. The van was filthy dirty and only had one working seat belt. We were gone for almost two weeks. When we called for the car, they told us our car was already on the way. Perfect! We took the kids out to the curb and waited. Half an hour later my husband called and they confirmed the driver hit some traffic but would be there in 10 minutes. We waited....One hour later my husband called back and they were very annoyed with us bugging them :headache: They said they would look into it.. half an hour later they call back and tell us when their driver went to start the car our battery was dead (a six month old battery)! So they had lied about him leaving and the traffic, etc. They said we must have left a light on and that was why the battery was dead. When the driver finally arrived with our car, he took off immediately, we have no idea where he went. Hubby got into the car he noticed snow and ice packed down under the side of the driver's seat and icicles hanging from the controls. Apparently, they had left the driver's door ajar and that is why the battery was dead. When I called the following day to complain, I was repeatedly hung up on. I never was able to get in touch with anyone there. This was our experience. You have to judge for yourself who to go with. Good luck, I hope this helps.

Very interesting. The last (and final) time we used Winner, we got the same "your battery was dead" bs story from them. They told me it was corroded and died, so they had to jump the car to start it. I checked the battery the next day and there weren't any signs of corrosion on it. I figured they were either short staffed or had left a light on or a door ajar. I also had my mechanic check it at the next oil change, and it was fine.

We have gone back to using Pacifico (we tried Winner becuase they were a little cheaper with the internet coupon). Pacifico has been consistently good.

JandD Mom
08-12-2009, 07:35 PM
:eek:

You know what? We had the EXACT same experience with Winner about 5 or so years ago. The first and only time we used them. We had a car that was under 3 years old and we were traveling in November. It was a little cold but not frigid. We waited forever for a pick up and they gave us the "the battery died and we had to jump your car" story. As I said the car was fairly new. DH knew they were feeding us a line, and we never had a problem with the battery again.

We also never went there again.

As to Pacifico ... DH tried to use them before a morning flight. The line was down the street and there were not enough staff there. He ended up leaving and parking at a non-valet lot, as did the guys he was traveling with (a man trip). I have read this is a common occurrence with them for morning flights.

He never used Pacifico again either.

We like Pre-flight which I believe is on Island avenue. They have inside and outside parking. You take your own keys. And they have many vans going through the airport at all times so you don't even need to call for a pickup. They have a coupon available on their web site. We have used them many times and our experiences with them have been consistent. Everyone we know who has ever used them has said the same things about them.

JimboCh
08-12-2009, 09:11 PM
:eek:

You know what? We had the EXACT same experience with Winner about 5 or so years ago. The first and only time we used them. We had a car that was under 3 years old and we were traveling in November. It was a little cold but not frigid. We waited forever for a pick up and they gave us the "the battery died and we had to jump your car" story. As I said the car was fairly new. DH knew they were feeding us a line, and we never had a problem with the battery again.

We also never went there again.

As to Pacifico ... DH tried to use them before a morning flight. The line was down the street and there were not enough staff there. He ended up leaving and parking at a non-valet lot, as did the guys he was traveling with (a man trip). I have read this is a common occurrence with them for morning flights.

He never used Pacifico again either.

We like Pre-flight which I believe is on Island avenue. They have inside and outside parking. You take your own keys. And they have many vans going through the airport at all times so you don't even need to call for a pickup. They have a coupon available on their web site. We have used them many times and our experiences with them have been consistent. Everyone we know who has ever used them has said the same things about them.

Ditto on Pre-flight, use them everytime for short get-aways but for anything from 10 days to 14 days, pays to use a park and fly hotel in the area.

jpatro21
08-13-2009, 09:34 AM
Where do you usually stay? We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Essington in '06 and it was great but I'd love to know about a place that someone's stayed at more recently. Plus there's 5 of us so we need a suite I guess.:confused3

I've worked and stayed at the Ramada Inn....They also have a parking service called park and jet....not sure of the rates but it would be good for you to look at. They just updated their rooms not too long ago so they are in a great condition. The hotel's phone number is 610-521-9600. They also have stay and fly packages available. http://www.phillyramadainn.com/parkjet.nxg
Hope this helps.