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I hate going to the airport for a quick meeting at the lounge, a meal with a friend passing through, or a short weekend trip and immediately facing the fact that my airport charges hefty hourly and daily parking fees. I can’t Uber or Lyft to the airport because I live far enough away where it’s not economical for me. One way I have found to park for free is by utilizing my off-site parking company’s “frequent parker” program. The program earns you points for each day you park and pay the daily rates; then similar to the points and miles game we all love, you simply use the points accumulated to park for free when you want to.
The facility I have been using recently is Canopy Airport Parking. With Canopy, you can use your points to park for free in the open air, covered self park, or valet parking; they all cost the same number of points. The valet option offers car washes, and a heated area with free coffee and snacks while you wait for the shuttle bus.
If you own a company or manage the vehicles for your company, you can add multiple vehicle license plates to your profile and accumulate points anytime one of your company vehicles parks at Canopy, which may help you accumulate points faster.
Have you ever used Canopy’s “frequent parker” program or a similar off-airport parking program? Let me know your thoughts below.