Airport parking can be a real vacation budget buster. The worst part is that you have to save that parking money all the way through your vacation or risk getting stuck at the airport parking garage. If you have a friend or relative who can take you to and from the airport, that’s great, but not everyone lives close to the airport. I live about an hour away from the airport and realize it’s not the most convenient thing for friends to drive two hours roundtrip to get me to my flight.

One way to save on airport parking (and make sure that you’re at the airport in time for your flight) is to stay the night at an airport hotel the night before you depart on your vacation. Many airport hotels offer free, secure parking for up to 14 days even if you only stay one night. Many also offer complimentary shuttle service to get you to and from the airport terminal. Depending on hotel rates in your city, that can easily be cheaper than paying the parking lot.

One company, ParkFlySleep.com makes finding airport hotels with free parking packages easier. Their Web site lists such hotels in dozens of cities across the United States and Canada, from Albany to Orlando, from Dallas to Detroit. You just pay a small (refundable) deposit to hold your room. What could be easier?

Airport Parking: Stay the Night and Park for Free