Short-term parking rates at LAX are rising by 33% next month.
When parking at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) earlier this week, I noticed the following sign:
In short, the daily rate will rise from $30 to $40. That’s quite an increase! These are current rates:
This year, I’ve used LAX much more than Burbank (BUR). I find myself using Uber less and less and driving more and more. I like to leave precisely when I want, I like to drive the way I want, and I don’t like air fresheners in cars…which always gives me a headache. But what really gets me is that half the Uber drivers don’t have a a FastTrack chip to use the I-110 express lanes. That routinely saves 15-20 minutes.
Yes, poor little princess…
But I do find myself at LAX almost every other week and I almost always park in short-term parking. At $30/day, it’s only marginally more than the economy lots which require a shuttle into the airport. I like being able to walk off a flight and be in my car five minutes later. And considering an Uber is about $50 each way from my house or $40 from my office, parking is a no-brainer for a three-day trip or less.
With the new $40/day rate my habits probably won’t change, though I’m not pleased about the huge rate increase with very little notice. I love that LAX is improving and I know parking revenue aids in that effort. Even so, I think $5 would have been a far more appropriate number.
Hopefully the rate increase will at least result in some structural repairs to the lot. It’s like a shower in there every time it rains:
For my readers in Los Angeles, will the increase short-term parking rate deter you from parking at LAX? In general, how much is too much for daily parking at a busy international airport?
Featured image courtesy of LAWA