Consider These Money Savings Tips for Snagging the Cheapest Flights

So you want to save some money, huh?  Well, fortunately, you made the “Intelligent Choice” for affordable parking rates here at SmartParkParking.com as we offer the most added benefits, free days and reward points!  Now, what about the rest of your trip?

Here a few handy tips for booking air travel that we are happy to share!

Shop Early and Often

Fares can jump by over $200 based on the day you buy your ticket. Airlines fares constantly fluctuate – even within the same day. So when it comes to buying an airline ticket, timing is everything. Start scouting out fares as soon as you know the dates of your trip. Then check regularly to get a feel for the best deals. Get that credit card ready to jump on it when you see a price dip, so you’re not kicking yourself later.

When is the Right Time?

Being a good planner always keeps you a step ahead, so let’s hear it for those folks.  To save some serious dough, know when to book.  Booking too late or early can boost the cost.  Between three weeks and four months in advance is usually the optimal window for the best price.

What’s the Cheapest Day to Fly?

Simple supply and demand rules tell us that the day of the week you fly will result in a large swing in your ticket price. The least expensive are usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while Friday and Sunday are the most expensive – the rest fall somewhere in the middle.

If you’re able to be flexible, play around with some creative planning and tweak the trip a bit. It could leave extra cash for an excursion or spa treatment that wouldn’t fit in your original budget.

No Need to Book a Round Trip with One Airline

Some travel websites offer options to depart and return on different airlines – and that could lead to savings.  Check the rates on several flights from each of the airlines at your favorite airport.  It may also turn out that another airline has more convenient departure or arrival times, or fewer stopovers.  Play out your options.

With just a little extra attention and flexibility, you can turn your vacation into a much better (and cheaper!) experience.  And you can hold your head high and brag to your friends and family about how much money you saved.  But they may already know that since you made the “Intelligent Choice” of parking at SmartPark!


Looking to the Past at LaGuardia to Plan for Future New Terminal

As you may have noticed – and how could you not – there are a “few” construction and traffic issues LaGuardia Airport travelers must deal with when traveling to our SmartPark lot. Unfortunately, this is beyond our control, but we thought it would be helpful to take a look at what the future holds for our guests when they fly out of LGA.  We promise to do all when can to navigate this tricky situation, but please always arrive early so time is on your side.

This below post originally appeared on DailyNews.com and was written by LaGuardia Gateway Partners.  It shares the history of the airport and what you can look forward to in the future.

Connecting through Queens at LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B

Queens is, without a doubt, one of the most special places in the world. Connecting Through Queens is a particularly apt theme for Queens Week because this borough is, in many ways, a great connector. As the most ethnically diverse region in the world, Queens is a connector of people, culture and food, and of course, travelers. Queens is also a literal connector in that it is home to both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports, New York’s major airports.

When LaGuardia Airport was built in the 1930s, it was a symbol of modern travel. New Yorkers even came to Queens to watch planes take off and land. “Crowds Brave Rain to Visit Airport,” read a newspaper headline on opening day, December 2, 1939. LaGuardia was New York State’s first commercial airport, and it forever changed travel to New York City and the region. The airport quickly became one of the busiest airports in the world, and the need for new terminals grew. Central Terminal B was built in the 1960s, replacing the outdated main terminal. Completed just before the World’s Fair, Central Terminal B was yet again an affirmation of New York’s innovative spirit.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the team behind the re-development at Central Terminal B, wants to restore the excitement that LaGuardia Airport has brought to Queens and the region throughout history. Still in use today, Central Terminal B serves nearly 15 million passengers a year, even though it was built for just 8 million. Wear and tear over the years, along with significant advances in air travel in the last few decades have made the need for a new terminal apparent.

Our team is thrilled to make Queens our home as we construct the new best-in-class terminal, featuring a sustainable design with open spaces, leading technology, top-notch concessions, retail and amenities and enhanced customer service. The new LaGuardia Central Terminal B will feature dual pedestrian bridges spanning active aircraft taxi lanes—a first in the world—that connect the terminal to two island concourses. This island and bridge design allows for improved airline circulation and gate flexibility, which will help reduce airport delays. From the western concourse bridge, the Queens view of the Manhattan skyline appears. And while we build, we are also investing $5 million dollars in the existing facility to make necessary upgrades and to enhance the guest experience from curbside to the gate.

For as much benefit that the project brings to travelers, the Central Terminal B redevelopment is, first and foremost, a project to benefit Queens and New York. A 4 billion dollar project, LaGuardia Central Terminal B is the largest public-private partnership in aviation and the largest infrastructure project in New York. It will attract $5.2 billion in regional economic activity, with an expected $1.3 billion in wages generated. The project will also invest and grow our many talented Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), with the largest MWBE participation goal in the state. Diversity and inclusivity are defining characteristics of Queens and the bedrock on which New York was built, and they are essential to the success of this project.

Additionally, we are building the new terminal without any impact to current operations. That means, instead of shutting down the terminal to build a new one, we’re building over and on top of the current facility in one of the tightest construction footprints in the world. While this approach is complex and challenging from a construction, engineering and operational standpoint, we know it is critical for the airport to remain fully operational for both the benefit of passengers but also for the surrounding community and the borough as a whole.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners earned this project because we presented a plan for LaGuardia Central Terminal B that embodied the spirit of New York, capturing the pioneering attitude of the past while daring to push boundaries into the future. We’re honored to have the opportunity to restore the glamour of travel to Queens and thank you for welcoming us into the neighborhood.

Follow their journey on Twitter @LGACentral


Hey, Bird Brain! Ever Wonder How Birds Effect Air Traffic?

Every once in a while bird-related incidents around JFK and LaGuardia Airport make the nightly news.  But we bet you never imagined the big part birds play in air traffic situations.  Our feathered friends need to be considered on a daily basis to avoid bird strikes. Extensive planning and precautions taken by airport engineering teams are critical in keeping us safe – and is a science within itself.

What follows is a recent look at how birds factor into the thinking of the Port Authority of NY/NJ and what is done to minimize problems. Don’t worry though; we don’t deal with any bird related issues at SmartPark aside from when these creatures answer the call of nature while flying above our lots!

Port Authority Air Traffic Control: Birds of a Different Feather  by PANYNJ PORTfolio

Air traffic controllers orchestrate the movements of airplanes in the air and on airport runways and taxiways to protect passengers and aircraft, while getting travelers to their destinations as efficiently as possible.

But they aren’t the only ones controlling air traffic, human or otherwise.

Flying beneath the radar is an altogether different kind of air traffic controller. This close-knit team, dedicated to reducing the chance of bird strikes, operates not from a control tower but the Port Authority Engineering Department, and comprises James Loudon, principal landscape architect, and three colleagues, Sara Yildirim, Jenifer Horst and Tom Nicklas, who mentored Loudon and works closely as his partner.

A family of geese enjoy an outing on a median strip on Washington St. near the Newport PATH station in Jersey City.

“We do whatever we can to discourage birds because birds cause the greatest threat to aircraft in flight during landings and takeoffs,” says Loudon, who was promoted earlier this year after many years with the landscape team.

“We work on everything together at every facility at the Port Authority,” says Loudon, “it’s that camaraderie that makes us successful.”

When Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after a flock of Canada Geese flew into the engines three minutes after take-off from LaGuardia Airport in January 2009, the incident dramatized the dangers of bird strikes at airports across the country. Sully’s heroic story was further highlighted by a Hollywood movie.

The landscape architecture team aren’t the subjects of blockbuster films and their aviation-related responsibilities are under-publicized. They don’t operate from the tower, but rather from a modest warren of cubicles on the 19th floor of 4 World Trade Center, or in the field across the region.

Nevertheless, they protect against bird strikes by working closely with aviation wildlife biologist, Laura Francoeur, to implement the Port Authority’s wildlife management plan, which includes managing the landscape to reduce the types of trees, shrubs and grasses that birds prefer.

Major airports — such as those operated by the Port Authority — are like Club Meds for birds, featuring large tracts of open land with areas of standing water that attract feathery fliers and create potential hazards to aviation.

Geese, for example, prefer to land on lawns, parking lots and other big open areas. By spacing trees in a grid 50 feet apart, geese can be discouraged from landing in densely wooded areas because they do not roost, Loudon says.

“Large trees are never planted so close together that they create a tree canopy overhead, which would encourage roosting and large populations of flocking birds,” he says.

Loudon and Francoeur follow an advisory by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) — which oversees air traffic controllers — that mandates what to plant and what not to plant. For example, trees and shrubs that produce edible seeds or fleshy berries are avoided.

The use of tall fescue seed mix inoculated with Endophyte typically is planted at Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports to discourage foraging birds. Endophyte is a fungus that grows within the plant itself, which birds find unpalatable and motivates them to find another food source.

Tall fescue grass inoculated with Endophyte is used at the region’s airports to discourage foraging birds.  Endophyte is a fungus that grows within the plant, which birds find unpalatable.

The landscape architects reduce or eliminate altogether the presence of standing fresh water at the airports through design and construction. Major construction to redevelop Terminal A at Newark Liberty created additional storm runoff and potentially more standing water. Working with civil engineers, the landscape architecture team redesigned a peripheral ditch around the site to capture more storm water, which is bordered by plants to dissuade geese from landing and entering the banks.

At low-lying Teterboro Airport, where heavy rains create high water levels in the ponds, the landscape design is a game of bait and switch. A sub-surface storage for water is constructed that the birds can’t see, which is then camouflaged with a foot of soil.

“By limiting the edible delights of birds and the places they gather to feed and reproduce, we can discourage them from visiting the airports, which goes a long way towards protecting the flying public from deadly bird strikes,” says Francoeur.


Got a Trip Coming Up?  Four Benefits of SmartPark’s Off-Site Airport Parking

At SmartPark we know you have enough to worry about when preparing for a trip. So, it’s our goal to make parking the most stress-free part of your voyage!  Go ahead and spend your worry on packing your underwear, toothbrush and the right clothes for the weather you may encounter – and know SmartPark has got your back at JFK and LGA!

Here’s some ways parking at an off-site facility like SmartPark can make your traveling experience easier:

  1. Knowledge of Airport

You know what a nightmare it can be navigating around the airport and finding the right terminal.  Lucky for you, we travel these roads everyday and know all the in’s and out’s!  Tell our shuttle driver where you need to be and you’ll be delivered safe and sound to the correct drop-off point.

  1. Convenience

No need to circle any lots or worry about the public parking areas having enough room to accommodate you. Reserve in advance through our website and your spot is secured.  No circling, no waiting, no hassle!

  1. Security

Our secure lots utilize the latest digital surveillance with web-based technology. Guest vehicles never leave the fenced parking area and our staff is on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your protection. Be confident with SmartPark!

  1. Rewards

Every 7th day at SmartPark is always free – but only when you book direct with us! Reward members also earn automatic points for a free day (one day = one point). Earn seven points and get a free day on your next reservation! So by parking for 8 days, the 7th is free – plus you get a free day on your next reservation – or you can bank points for a later trip!

You can’t beat the added benefits of parking with us, so make the SMART choice!


Before Airport Parking, Don’t Forget These Eco-Friendly Driving Tips

At SmartPark we take care of your car while you’re away, but what can you do to help Mother Nature before you pull into our lot?  There’s a bunch of simple guidelines you can follow to save yourself money while doing a part to save your vehicle’s impact on the environment.

It’s no secret that vehicles contribute to pollution, but research says that only 25% of cars and trucks are causing about 90% of the problem. And that’s because of poor maintenance and inefficient driving habits.

So is your car a culprit or is it a mean, clean driving machine?

Packing on the Pounds?

Hauling extra weight can reduce your fuel efficiency. Sure, keep that emergency kit in your trunk but let’s not use it as a permanent storage area.  If it’s not necessary, find a new home for it.

On the outside, roof racks with luggage in them increase wind resistance and can decrease fuel efficiency. If possible, use a rear-mounted cargo box instead of a roof-mounted one. Research shows that at highway speeds, roof-mounted boxes can reduce fuel economy by 6 to 17%.

An Idle Situation

Idling uses more fuel than restarting your car does. It gives off 80% more pollution than when your car is moving and can even generate a ticket in some areas. If you’re staying put for a minute or more, consider turning off your engine.

More and more vehicles are now coming equipped with stop-start systems. This helps a vehicle conserve fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop. It then restarts once you take your foot off the brake.

Ozone Alerts

Air quality alert days are when ozone becomes concentrated near the ground. This makes the air difficult to breathe and emissions make it worse. Try to gas-up in the later part of the day. High temperatures and low wind can convert vapors into pollutants.

Hey, Speedy Gonzales!

As New Yorkers, we’re all in a rush. But did you know that once you reach 50 mph, you lose fuel efficiency?  And for those at 85 mph, you can safely assume that only gets worse! Ease off a bit without causing an unsafe situation.  Avoid accelerating quickly, don’t ride your brakes and use cruise control when possible.

Tire Pressure and Maintenance

Check your manual or sticker on the inside of your driver side door to see what your tire pressure should be.  Underinflated tires can cause fuel consumption to increase by as much as 3%. Plus, poor inflation is more likely to lead to a blow out and cause an accident.

It’s always ideal to follow a prescribed maintenance schedule from the manufacturer. We want to get you into our lot in the safest and greenest manner possible.  Are you doing your part on a daily basis?

SmartPark JFK and LaGuardia are here to make your parking experience as easy and pleasurable as possible.  With the best prices and most benefits when booking direct with SmartParkParking.com, we invite you to visit our website to make your hassle-free reservation today!


Check Out These Parking Fun Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know

We know airport travel and parking can sometimes cause a little unease, but your friends here at SmartPark JFK and LaGuardia are here to make your parking experience as easy and pleasurable as possible. With the best prices and most benefits when booking direct with SmartParkParking.com, we do all we can for you on our end.

With that said, we want to share with you some fun facts about parking around the world that are quite fascinating. Ok, we admit we are parking geeks, so you may not get as excited as us, but check these out.

  • The estimated total number of parking spots in the United States is 2 billion with a third of them comprised of spots in parking lots.
  • The first parking meter in the world was installed in Oklahoma on July 16, 1935 at a rate of five cents per hour. That’s just a tad lower than you’d find today, right?
  • The most expensive car ever to be issued a parking ticket was a $15 million vintage Ferrari in London in April 2016. Boy, we’d sure like to be fortunate enough to pay that ticket.
  • The most expensive permanent parking spots in the world are in New York City where a parking unit can cost up to $1 million. Don’t worry – our daily rates are much, much cheaper!
  • The world’s largest parking lot is located in Edmonton, Canada at the West Edmonton Mall and boasts over 30,000 parking spots.
  • The 4th-6th largest parking lots in the United States belong to theme parks – Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (11,000), Universal Studios Florida (10.200) and Disney Land (10,000). At least those have some cool trams to get you around.
  • Most of the other biggest lots belong to airports as Seattle’s Tacoma Airport takes the number two spot in North America with a 13,000 space parking garage. Detroit, Chicago and Dallas also make the top ten.