Travelling overseas anytime in the future? Sydney Airport is currently offering 73% off parking at the International Terminal, as well as discounts at the Domestic Terminal.
So are these special offers worth it?
Yes, if you have no other option but to park at the Airport Terminal itself. Airport parking is expensive, and there are other cheaper car parks that offer better rates within the same area as Sydney Airport. The web site Australian Business Traveller created a handy list of these car parks near Sydney Airport - it was published back in 2011, but it's still useful for getting an idea of what's available.
If you have no other option than to park at the Terminal though, then pre-booking using a "special offer" looks like a cheaper way to go.
How much would I pay normally?
Normally, pre-booking at the Sydney International Terminal Car Park would cost you $191 for 7 days. Each extra day after that costs another $21.
How much do I pay with the special offer?
But book the "Great Escape" special parking offer currently on the Sydney Airport site between now and June 30 and you get up to one month parking for $199. That works out to be $6.50 per day on a 31 day stay.
If you don't want to park for that long, there is a second special offer for overseas travellers called "Jetsetter". This is for 7 days parking for $154.
Also keep in mind, if you're only dropping someone off, you can also pre-book parking for up to 3 hours at the International Terminal for $20.
What about car parking for domestic flights?
It's not cheap, but if you are flying domestically in Australia and want to leave your car at the airport for less than a month, there are special offers for this too.
Again, you need to pre-book these tickets in advance.
Note: there may be fine print terms and conditions with each of these rates. We highly recommend checking for yourself on the Sydney Aiport Web site before making a booking. Many of these offers are only available until a certain date.
Here is a list of special offers for parking at the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport [the information here was sourced from this Sydney Airport page on 1/3/2013]:
1-2 hour ticket - $5
1 day - $35 (when you pre-book 3 days or more)
2 days - $85
Up to 4 days - from $69 - "Long Weekend"
Up to 4 days with Valet parking - from $89
Up to 15 days - $99
Up to 3 weeks - $125
Save 5% - by pre-booking your parking at least 7 days in advance
Normally, you'd pay $32 for 2-3 hours at the Domestic terminal if you drive in without booking. One day costs $56.
There is a cheaper option for parking if you're taking a domestic flight - a separate car park for longer stays called "Blu Emu". It's in a different area, there are shuttle buses to and from this car park and the domestic terminal, and your car won't necessarily be in shade unless you pay an extra $5. Rates start at $26 a day. The above special offers will still be cheaper though if you're looking to park your car for more than 4 days.