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Looking 4 Parking Review: Meet & Greet Parking at Heathrow

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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Looking 4 Parking at Heathrow

I wish I could park this close to the airport!

After the excitement of booking a holiday comes the bit nobody enjoys – the pre-holiday chores.

From figuring out who’s going to look after the house/kids/dog/cat, to charging your electronic devices, packing, getting currency sorted and reading the latest rules on hand luggage, there’s a million and one things to do before you fly.

Deciding how to get to the airport is one of those boring but necessary decisions, and I’m always looking for an easy solution. So I tested out a meet & greet service at Heathrow on my latest trip…

The older I get and the more I travel, the higher the likelihood that I will pay for convenience – I’ll happily pay more to make my life and journey smoother and stress-free.

One thing I’ll always pay more for is a flight that doesn’t leave at the crack of dawn.

For my recent trip to Egypt there were plenty of cheap flights leaving at 5 am or transiting through Istanbul. Nope, not for me. I got a nice Egyptair flight direct from Heathrow and it was well worth the extra cost.

But sometimes you can’t control timings and have to put up with an early departure.

Driving to Heathrow from Savoir There on Vimeo.

When I was scheduled to fly to Marseille at 7.20 am to begin my Headwater Holidays cycling trip to Provence, meaning waking up around 4.15 am, I knew I’d do anything for an extra half hour in bed.

So I was pretty happy when I was contacted by airport parking company Looking 4 Parking who asked if I’d like to review one of their meet & greet parking services.

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The Ace Parking Meet & Greet service I used costs £82 for a week

Looking For Parking Review – Ace Meet & Greet Service

The idea of being able to drive straight to T3 and hand my keys over, not worry about getting shuttle buses, took a huge weight off my mind, and it was one less thing to worry about as I planned for the trip.

I nominated a time to drop off the car, and optimistically picked 6 am because I couldn’t bear the idea of doing anything at a time in the morning that started with a 5.

Looking 4 Parking

I phoned the number I was given to say I was about 10-15 minutes away (which is what you’re asked to do) at  5.20 am – I was running early! This wasn’t a problem at all and I was told to make my way to the Short Stay car park at Heathrow, and drive up to Level 3.

Here the the so-called ‘off airport’ parking bays are found – because I guess Heathrow does its own valet parking too – and men in high vis vests with clipboards were on hand to take my keys and give me a receipt for my car.

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Plenty of time for coffee & photos!

Within minutes I was in the elevator and on my way into the terminal, and I realised that I actually had plenty of time for a coffee, and a spot of shopping, which I didn’t expect to be the case at this hour.

On my return a week later, I called the same number after collecting my suitcase, I popped into M & S which is standard practice for me, and when I got to the 3rd floor of the car park my car was waiting. I kind of hoped they’d mix my car up with a Porsche or something but they hadn’t.

Heathrow Airport parking

I had great luck: amazing views of London my car was waiting for me down there!

My car looked exactly as it had when I’d given it to them (a bit dirty and messy to be honest) and I couldn’t see any additional miles on it, so I guess nobody wanted to go joy riding in my old Honda Civic.

I was asked to sign something to say I had my car back, was given a paid ticket for the barrier to exit the car park – though somehow when I got to the barrier, it just opened for me – and I drove off home to put the kettle on. There’s not much more to it than that.

Looking 4 Parking Review – Heathrow Airport Car Parking from Savoir There on Vimeo.

Car parking is a bit like car hire, it seems to be an absolute minefield and full of horror stories, so when I find something that works I stick to it. I used Avis for my car hire on my last trip because I didn’t want to risk doing anything else, and next time I go to Heathrow, I’m pretty sure I’ll use this Ace Meet & Greet service again now I know how painless airport parking can actually be.

As I stated at the start of this post I was asked to try out this service by Looking 4 Parking – but I have been 100% honest and truthful about the experience: I wouldn’t pretend it was good if it wasn’t!


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  • That does all sound very convenient. And I’m with you on being willing to pay that little bit more, as I get older, for convenience and an easy life. I also need to figure out how I can pack less as I’m finding it harder to lug around a lot of luggage. Maybe I should just try getting fitter!

    • Nice to know you’re not one of those people who manage to travel light – as I’m not either! So I avoid lugging my suitcase around too.

  • Sara @ Travel Continuum

    I’m all for comfort and convenience too these days – if possible (i.e. affordable for me). This does seem like a handy service, I must admit. Anything to make the airport experience easier is a winner with me!

    • Yes I agree that the perceived cost put me off looking before but around £80 to drive right up to Heathrow and leave your car for a week then have it delivered again seems very reasonable to me!

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    We tried out valet parking on a trip last year and it made things so much smoother. I’m off to Cyprus on Monday and it turned out to be almost the same price so we’re doing it again – definitely worth checking as you can get some really good deals booking early.

    • Good tip to book early – I must say I was delighted with it and won’t go back to taking shuttle buses from far flung car parks in a hurry!

  • I have had some horror stories… One time my convertible arrived back to me with the roof down… I only ever use the BAA recommended by the airport now, although it is more expensive! Meet and greet is excellent though, but I love when I travel with work as I literally am met as I come out of security and me and my bag are whisked home 🙂

    • There are definitely some horror stories out there with valet parking, so I was really happy that this service I used was so good. As much as it was nice to have it on departure, I think knowing I could get myself any my groceries home quickly after landing was even better!

  • I use meet and greet a lot for work and have used Looking4Parking in the past. In fact last time I used them I’d had over an hour of delays on the M25 and when I arrived the guy picking up my car drove me right to the departures door. I made my flight by about 10 minutes and that was a huge help!

  • heatheronhertravels

    I’ve tried meet and greet parking on previous trips and found it very convenient – especially when you are travelling alone.

  • I’m with you-all for the upcharge these days to make travel a bit less stressful. This sounds like a great service and I’m actually surprised more airports aren’t offering it. I’ll keep my eyes open at Boston Logan for the franchise to arrive.

    • The upcharge, really like that phrase – I am usually up for it too.