Gone are the days when travelers looking for parking coupons have to go through magazines and broadsheets to find the rare (and often measly) discount coupon. These days, air travelers trying to find the best bargains and discounts for parking at JFK Airport just have to go online for a few minutes, choose from among a wide array of parking options, and book their parking well ahead of their scheduled flight.
Thanks to the internet, people now have the power to choose their ideal parking at JFK Airport and to reserve their option instantaneously, with just a few mouseclicks - no calls or trips needed. Nothing can be easier, right? Wrong. The Smart JFK Parking app makes placing parking reservations easier and more convenient.
Launched by SmartPark JFK, the newest and reportedly, the finest JFK off-airport parking facility to date, the 'Smart' app allows users to login to the SmartPark mobile site and make reservations for parking at JFK Airport even without access to a computer using their cell phones only. Announced last autumn, the Smart mobile app promises to be a next-level customer service tool targeted at time-constrained air travelers.
"Today, more than ever, choices are plentiful but great service is not," says Adam Smith, Director for Operations at SmartPark JFK. The Smart Park JFK mobile app "exemplifies SmartPark JFK's broader commitment to the consumer, always thinking of ways to improve the customer's experience."
The main advantages of this app, of course, are the easy reservation capability without using any computer and the on-site hosting. This means that you don't need to purchase the app or download it to your cell phone. Since it runs on SmartPark JFK's servers, it won't be eating up a lot of your cell's battery time.
The Smart app is quite popular among the most tech-savvy 25-42 age group and also making inroads into the over 50 age groups. SmartPark JFK estimates that about 10% of all JFK long-term parking reservations are done through their app.
The main drawback that I can think of is that it doesn't offer any other choices at all to the traveler. This isn't necessarily a bad thing - surfers in a hurry can easily place reservations in a couple of minutes, from any location as long as they have their cell phones with them. By contrast, it would take them 10 minutes at least to go through the various offers, if they have access to the pages of the other companies providing parking at JFK Airport. And, as mentioned above, the SmartPark JFK facility in Queens has just recently opened for business and offers one of the most competitive rates in the industry.
Nevertheless, if you have the time, try to see what the other parking sites and hotels around the airport are offering. Whether you're using the Smart app or your old laptop for browsing, the important thing is to find the best bargains out there - these are plentiful, as you will see - and book your parking in advance. See what other people are saying about the company you're planning to do business with - apps and computers are great tools when you're bargain-hunting for the best parking at JFK Airport but in the end, it's the experiences (with these facilities) of travelers like you that really matter.