Friday, September 24, 2010

Park'N Fly Economy Lot

Park’N Fly might seem like an odd thing to review but it’s a service we recently used and it’s one of those things that I can see people wondering about so here’s our experience with Park’N Fly’s economy lot, located at 626 Dixon Road.

This is the first time we’ve used this lot. Usually we take a cab for trips that are longer than a week and just park at the more convenient but pricier GTAA lot for shorter trips. But Shawn (husband) found a 50% off coupon (really just the regular online promo found here) and realized that it would cost about $60 to park our car for eight days, cheaper than either a cab or the GTAA lot.

So the price was right and, while the lot was quite full, we were able to find a spot right by a pick-up shelter. After parking, we called the bus from the shelter, as per the instructions, and were told that yep, the bus was on its way.

We then waited. And waited. And 40 minutes later, the bus showed (it’s suppose to come roughly every 20 minutes).

The bus wasn’t very busy, which was a good thing because there’s actually not a ton of luggage space in it. And in case you’re wondering, no, the driver doesn’t help you with your bags.

But they do ask what terminal you’re headed to and drop you off in the right place.

Because of our less-than-positive initial experience with the Park’N Fly bus, I was a bit worried about our trip back. It was pushing close to midnight by the time we had our luggage and I wasn’t up for waiting 40 minutes for a bus. Thankfully, it came in under ten and finding where we were supposed to catch it was quick and easy (just follow the signs).

There was a moment of panic when the bus went to a different lot than the one we were parked at but then the driver explained that her bus looked after two different lots and that yep, our lot would be next. So after that detour we were dropped off by our car which was perfectly fine.

As for that coupon, well, thankfully there were no issues with it and we paid what we thought we would.

While we weren’t impressed with having to wait 40 minutes for the bus, I guess we can’t complain too much because this is a fairly cheap service that does so the job. To see how much it would cost to park your car at any of Park’N Fly’s lots head over here (and you can compare taxis costs here).

Would I buy this again: As long as we weren’t in a rush, I can see us using this again
Should you buy it: Yeah, as long as you’re not in a rush and don’t mind moving your own luggage

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