New Features!

Happy Wednesday Bloggers!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and are hopefully enjoying the spring weather!  OneStopParking is very excited about our new features we recently launched for the upcoming busy travel season!  These features give you ways to save more on parking and give you ways to protect your trip from the unexpected and guarantee you a no hassle, full refund!  Check our new features out below!

NEW FEATURES

 

Trip Protection is a new feature that no company offers but OneStopParking!  Trip Protection guarantees our customers a full refund, no questions asked!  For a small, one time fee of $2.99, your reservation is protected from any unforeseen circumstances! 

 

 

Switch & Save is our program to allow customers to save more when booking with OneStopParking!  Simply send us your past reservation from any of our competitors to our email address, promos@onestopparking.com.  We will automatically send you a discount code for $5 off your next reservation with OneStopParking!  Simple as that, Switch & Save!

 

 

 

 

Join our Birthday Rewards Program via Facebook and on your birthday, we’ll send you a discount code to save on  your next OneStopParking reservation!  A gift from us to you on your special day!  What could be better?!   

 

 

We hope you enjoy our new features and appreciate your continued support and business!

Got any ideas on new features we can add to better serve you?  Leave a comment below! 

 

 

 

 

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5 Travel Tips to Avoid Spring Break Revelers!

 

As you may have noticed, spring break season is upon us!  For most college students that means a weak of no regrets, worries and full freedom from the classroom!  However, for most of us life does not change.  We still have work to go to, deadlines to meet and business trips to go on which is why we have some planning advice for travelers who prefer not to share their airspace with the under-21 party hearty set.  Here are five common-sense tips travelers can follow to avoid the unbridled student throngs and get to their destination in peace:

1.  Fly Business Class or First Class

The single best way to avoid contact with traveling students is with a physical divider.  College students, especially those on package tours, fly economy class.  The upcoming weeks are an ideal time to “spring” for an upgrade.

2.  Fly Midweek

The best flying days are always Tuesday and Wednesdays.  Official Spring Break schedules run Monday through Friday.  In general, students will try to fly into their Spring Break destination on a Thursday or a Friday.  Schedule permitting, it’s wise to travel in the middle of the week.

3.  Fly Early or Late

The best time to fly – always – is early in the morning or late at night.  Seasoned business travelers routinely take the earliest flight of the day.  The red-eye is another good option, and not necessarily just for long flights.  The same advice for travelers year-round holds true for Spring Break: Go for the off-peak flights to avoid the crowds.

4.  Know the Schedule

By this we mean know the local students’ Spring Break schedule and plan around it.  Those interested in checking the break schedule for the universities in their hometown and/or destination city can find this information at tripsmarter.com  By knowing which colleges are letting students out which week, business (and other) travelers can steer clear of the most congested weeks – or at least know up front that they may rub elbows with a horde of students along their route.

5.  Avoid Spring Break Cities

Our final tip is somewhat counterintuitive:  If you don’t want to be around lots of wild college students, don’t go to their party!  Most people know that Florida and Mexico cities historically attract the most Spring Break action.  They may be in for an unwelcome surprise if their March or April travels take them to any of these top 2012 Spring Break destinations.

Top 2012 Spring Break Destinations for Student:

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  3. Acapulco, Mexico
  4. Panama City, Florida
  5. Daytona Beach, Florida
  6. Miami, Florida
  7. Nassau, Bahamas
  8. Negril, Jamaica
  9. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  10. 10. South Padre Island, Texas
  11. 11. Las Vegas, Nevada

We hope this blog helps out those business travelers as well as parents with young children on break traveling!  We hope everyone has a safe spring break and make sure you save on parking with OneStopParking!  Safe travels!

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5 Credit Cards That May Be a Traveler’s Best Friend!

You and your credit card have been through a lot together. You used it to buy your new laptop and your vacation to France, to pay the electricity bill and support your weekly Whole Foods habit. There have been good times, of course, like when your card provided insurance for your rental car. But ask yourself, what has it really done for you lately? Hiked its Annual Percentage Rate, added mysterious fees, punished you for ‘foreign transactions’ on your trip to Mexico? It’s time to put your spending power into a credit card program that values—and rewards—your wanderlust.

Citi Gold/AAdvantage Visa Signature Card

Best for: domestic travelers who often fly to the same destination
So you visit your grandmother twice a year in Cincinnati and fly home to Santa Barbara on all major holidays? This Visa card features a ‘Reduced Mileage Awards’ program that allows cardholders to fly to select AA destinations for 7,500 fewer miles on a round-trip ticket. If you spend just $750 on the card in the first four months, American Airlines will award you 25,000 bonus miles, enough for a domestic round-trip flight. You’ll earn one AAdvantage mile for every dollar spent, and there are no blackout dates for travel on American Airlines or their American Eagle and American Connection domestic carriers. Annual fee after first year – $50.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Best for: globetrotters
Let’s say it together now: no foreign transaction fees. That means you won’t be charged extra for using your card anywhere overseas, a crucial benefit for international travelers. The Chase Sapphire Preferred also lets you turn your points into miles with a 1:1 exchange into United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Korean Air, and British Airways, or other travel programs like Amtrak Guest Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Marriott Rewards, Priority Club Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The introductory offer is tempting: spend $3,000 in the first three months and you’ll earn 40,000 miles, roughly $500 towards travel rewards. Annual fee after first year – $95

Starwood Preferred Guest/American Express

Best for: hotel connoisseurs and travelers to Latin America
Always wanted to stay at the W Barcelona or the St. Regis New York? Starpoints earned on this card can be redeemed at over 1,000 hotels in nearly 100 countries. The first time you use your card, you’ll earn 10,000 Starpoints, enough for a free night at a 4-star property. You can also transfer your Starpoints on a 1:1 basis into more than 30 frequent flier programs. Travelers to Central and South America win especially big with this card—Starpoints are instantly doubled if you transfer them into LAN’s frequent flier program. Annual fee after first year – $65

American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card

Best for: big spenders
Do you put more than $2,000 a month on your credit card? This program will triple your points when you buy a plane ticket and double your points when you spend on gas and groceries. Because the annual fee is on the steep side, this card is a much better deal if you rack up a lot of charges on your card each month. Your earned points never expire; use them on any airline, anytime, by reserving a flight through American Express Travel, or transfer them into your preferred frequent flyer program—points can also be redeemed for retail and dining gift cards. Annual fee after first year – $175

United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Best for: United frequent flyers
In addition to giving you two miles per dollar spent on United Airlines tickets, the United MileagePlus Explorer Card offers cardholders a free checked bag on any flight in the system (United charges $25 for the first checked bag, saving you up to $100 on baggage fees for a round-trip flight since this benefit is also extended to one companion on the same reservation), and a 30,000-mile bonus when you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Miles will never expire as long as your account remains active, and cardholders can book award travel on any United Airlines flight at any time. You’ll also get two free United Club passes per year (a $100 value) and enjoy priority boarding on all flights operated by United. Annual fee after first year – $95
Just a little note, OneStopParking accepts all major credit cards whether it be with any of these 5 aforementioned cards or any other card, when you’re ready to save on airport/seaport parking, we are ready to help you save!

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite card is!

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Top 5 Ways to Stay Healthy When Flying

Hello our lovely blog readers, this week we’ve got a guest blogger from Cincinnati, Kim Sykes!  She’s got some great advice on how to stay flu-free this winter season and keep you on your feet and on the go!  If you love this blog, check out more blogs from her at whatilearnedwednesday.com or on Twitter @kimbrandling, hope you like it!

Each year, the winter months bring colder temperatures and the chance for us to visit our friends and family during the holidays. That means the winter season for many of us involves travel!

Keeping in mind that winter also brings with it the flu season, we’ve compiled a list to help you feel your best on your next trip. Whether you travel for business or for leisure, here are five tips to stay healthy when you fly:

1. Get off to a flying start. You’re aware that what you eat will affect how you feel – both during the flight, and after you land. Since most of us know when we’re going to fly, prepare by putting a variety of snacks into easily accessible plastic baggies. Snacks that work well on-the-go include celery with peanut butter, water-rich fruits such as apples, your favorite pretzels, or chopped vegetables such as carrots.

If each snack is bagged individually, you can easily pull these out mid-flight. By bringing along healthy options, we’re less likely to skip a meal and we can maintain high energy throughout the trip.

2. Take a walk. If you have extra time at the airport, take a brisk walk before your flight. Since you may be immobile for several hours on your flight, you’ll feel better when you arrive at your destination if you keep moving. If you have a long layover or your flight gets delayed, find out if the airport has a workout facility. Not only do these gyms have free weights, treadmills and Elliptical trainers, but they often have a shower you can utilize. Even if you aren’t able to get a bit of exercise, take a minute to stretch to aid in circulation before and after your flight.

3. Cut back on coffee. We’re not suggesting you go without your usual cup of coffee, but it’s a good idea to be aware of how much coffee or other caffeinated beverages you consume as you travel. By not grabbing that extra energy drink, you set yourself up to have a more consistent level of energy. You’ll thank yourself when you arrive at your destination!

4. Consciously hydrate, even before your trip is underway. Set a timer on your Smartphone or simply set your watch to remind yourself that every two hours you need to drink what amounts to 16 ounces of liquid, or close to the average-sized water bottle. Since many of us have a commute to the airport, remember to drink water on the way so that you start your trip as hydrated as possible.

Because alcohol is a diuretic and disrupts any sleep we may be counting on during our flight, it should be avoided. Drinking alcohol mid-flight will only give you more jet-lag symptoms: grogginess, fatigue and potentially dizziness thanks to the high altitude. Once you are off the plane, try to replenish your body with water once again. What you do to take care of yourself after you’ve landed can be just as important as what you have done up to that point.

5. A small bottle of sanitizer can go a long way. With most illnesses being spread by direct contact, consider packing sanitary wipes or hand sanitizer. Any bottle of hand sanitizer should be less than 100 ml or 3.4 ounces to comply with TSA rules. A small packet of sanitary or antibacterial wipes can quickly kill germs on a variety of surfaces and you can easily share with friends and family. At the very least, try to avoid touching your face, which will lower the risk of giving yourself the flu.

Want more quick and easy airport travel tips? Visit the One Stop Parking Pinterest to see travel must-haves and ways to save no matter the reason for your trip.

Think we missed a way to stay healthy and to fight fatigue as you travel? Let us know in the comments section, on our Facebook page or on Twitter at @OneStop_Parking.

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Apps to Make Pet Travel Better!

If there’s an app for everything, why isn’t there one to make that often-stressful trip with your adorable, furry pet smooth sailing? Now there is one…. in fact, many.

It’s the rare traveler these days who leaves home without a smartphone to guide him along the journey. You have your favorite apps for finding food, accommodation, and even for journaling your experiences — whether in words or nostalgically-filtered instagrams. So, why not download a few of these useful pet-focused apps to make you and your four-legged friends better travel companions.

Pet First Aid (3.99)

Pet First Aid is one app that you certainly won’t regret downloading when your pet starts pooping on the hotel pillows. With access to a database of health-related articles, step-by-step illustrations, and videos, you’re only a tap away from mastering any travel emergency involving your four-legged friend.

petcentric (Free)

This useful app has a comprehensive list of hundreds of pet-friendly hotels, parks, beaches, bars, restaurants and so much more! Using the GPS on your phone, the app searches for nearby facilities where you and Fluffy can both go exploring. You can also add your own entries, peruse cute pet videos, and read the latest pet news all within this (free!) app – definitely worth the few seconds it takes to download.

iKibble (Free)

On the road and can’t find your dog’s normal brand of food? Want to know if that leftover room service beef teriyaki is ok to feed your pooch? Does your pet crave the culinary delights of travel as much as you do? Then search iKibble’s directory of meats, dairy, produce and grains to see if what’s edible for man is also edible for man’s best friend. You can even use the app to create your own meals.

PetSnap ($1.99)

Have you ever tried getting that perfect photo of your pooch in the beautiful countryside – but he was just too busy chasing butterflies? With PetSnap, your pet will finally pay attention to the camera. With over 30 different sounds to attract your pet’s attention, PetSnap will take a burst of photos in sequence while your pet’s adorable face is pointed at the camera. You can even add frames and upload your pet’s pics instantly to Facebook or Twitter.

Got any other great apps, post them in the comments below!

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How Much Would You Pay to Get Through Security Faster?

You’ve likely seen them at the airport—the expedited security lines that business-class, first-class, and top-tier frequent flyers glide through while you stare wistfully. With a new Even More Speed program being tested by Jet Blue  you could be one of those people. For just $10. Worth it?

The airline, as well as others, has been including passage through the expedited line when you buy other, pricier upgrades, according to an article in Travel Weekly. This is the first time a passenger can pay for the privilege as a stand-alone fee. The program is being tested out at 40 U.S. airports, including JFK and LaGuardia, O’Hare, Orlando, and both Dulles and Reagan airports in Washington, D.C.

How do you feel about this fee? If you are someone who is typically running late for flights, it might be a good idea. If you are usually early for flights, it might be worth saving that $10 for a snack while you wait at the gate.

 

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New Years Travel Resolution!

Please tell us: What’s your travel resolution for 2012? Is it a new adventure or a return to a favorite place? Is it an urban exploration, or a journey to a remote destination? Are you planning to do something different in the way you travel?

Share your thoughts by posting a comment.

 

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New Years Celebrations!

Check out this collection of New Year’s celebrations around the world. From Sydney to New York City and all points in between. The world collectively welcomed 2013 with a bang.

 

Feel free to share your celebration videos in the comments below!  Happy New Year from our family to yours!

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Get To Your Dream Location!

Ever dreamed of hiking Kilimanjaro? Tracing your ancestry in Ireland? Maybe you’d like to safari in South Africa or hang glide over the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. With so many incredible options out there, it won’t be hard to find any, but might be hard to narrow down.

 Get Inspired

The Internet. Travel blogs and websites are a great source for travel inspiration.

Your Friends. Send a group email to your friends or colleagues asking for suggestions of places to go. You can also post a status update asking your social circle for their top travel recs.

Ask a Pro. A bike shop. An outdoor store. A wine shop. An art gallery. Seek out advice from experts in the field. They may know of special travel gems that are off the beaten path and a perfect spot to pursue your passion.

Get Organized

Your Ideas. Once you’ve determined a destination, write down some of the things you want to see and do. Then decide what’s most important to you and begin plugging activities into your itinerary.

Your Budget. Start checking prices for flights and hotels. If you have miles, use them! Research the cheapest time of year to book a trip to your destination, as many flights and hotels are cheaper in the off-season.

Your Plan. As a general rule of thumb: The farther you’re traveling, the farther in advance you want to start booking your travel plans — from flights to activities to hotels — to ensure your trip of a lifetime is one you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

What Inspires You on Your Trips?

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8 Ways to Keep Fit Outside the Gym This Winter

Without a gym membership, many people feel lost when it comes to staying in shape as winter approaches. Skiing and ice hockey are great sports, but they can be costly and require a lot of training, traveling and planning. However, with a little creativity and some basic equipment it’s not hard, and can even be fun, to stay in shape all winter long.

Here are some low-cost ideas to keep fit outside the gym this season. If you need more of a challenge, use the modification tips to take it up a notch.

1. Stairs

Running or walking up and down the stairs in your house or apartment building can be a great high intensity cardio and leg workout. One option for those starting out is to add walking intervals every few floors. For example, leave the stairwell and walk the length of the hallway and back before resuming your ascent.

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Take it up a notch:

Try climbing two steps at a time, sprinting a few flights or doing jumping jacks between floors to raise the intensity.

2. Ice Skating

This is a great aerobic and social workout that can be done free of charge in some arenas.

Take it up a notch:

If triple axels are not in your repertoire, you can still pick up the pace to get your heart pumping. Skating backwards can also work your muscles in different ways.

If you have 10 or 20 meters to yourself you can try this:

  • Skate as fast as you can for 10 metres.
  • Come to a complete stop and touch the ice with your hand.
  • Immediately sprint back to the starting spot and touch the ice again.
  • Do this for one minute, three times.
  • Skate leisurely for one to two minutes between sets to catch your breath.

As you get better at it, try going for longer periods, change your distance or reduce your rest time.

3. Indoor Sports

Join a team or individual sports program. Competition levels can range from recreational to expert. The most cost effective programs are usually run by local municipalities where gym space at a local school or community centre is secured and people drop in for a game of basketball, floor hockey or other team sports. You can also sign up for any number of aerobics classes, dance classes or other group fitness sessions.

Take it up a notch:

If you have the time, try combining more than one workout each day. Try a yoga class right after pick-up basketball or Zumba in the morning and volleyball at night.

4. Mall Walking

When walking outdoors is not an option, do laps inside your local shopping mall. For the average person, a brisk one-hour walk can burn 300 to 400 calories.

Take it up a notch:

If there are multiple levels in the mall, climb stairs or walk up escalators to challenge your leg muscles and burn extra calories.

5. Home Workouts

A workout DVD or even a quick YouTube search to find indoor aerobic routines can pay off when you have limited space. If you have weights, resistance bands, a skipping rope, a stability ball, trampoline, or other equipment, you can incorporate those into a great full body workout.

Take it up a notch:

Experiment with mixing and matching workouts. For the best fat-burning workouts, mix some resistance training with some high intensity cardio. In 20 or 30 minutes you could easily burn more calories than you would on a treadmill at the gym.

6. Dancing

For even more fun and less structure, turn up the volume on some of your favorite songs and dance. Dance to your two favorite current songs and three you haven’t heard since “back in the day” and you’ve got yourself a 20-minute workout while dinner is on the stove.

Take it up a notch:

Try doing push ups, dips, jumping jacks or burpees during the choruses.

7. Active TV Viewing

Don’t want to miss your favorite TV show? Try jogging or skipping on the spot while you watch.

Take it up a notch:

Do squats, push ups, or burpees during the commercial breaks.

8. Snow Sprints

Head out to an open, snow-covered field with some water-resistant trainers or hiking shoes and an appropriate number of layers. Ice doesn’t usually form on grass, so it’s usually safe to run on a field of fresh fallen snow. Try running, jogging, jumping, and plain old-fashioned playing in the snow. There are few things more tranquil yet exhilarating than running around in freshly fallen snow.

Take it up a notch:

Walking lunges in the snow can burn more calories because your muscles are working harder to stabilize each step. And if you work on jumping and sprinting in the snow, any other surface may make you feel like Usain Bolt.

Winter doesn’t need to be a season of sedentary hibernation. This year, use these tips to keep fit outside the gym and emerge next spring with the beach-ready body you’ve always wanted.

 Let us know what exercise tips you have to stay fit in the comments below!

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