TUS launching prepaid, reserved parking service

We've all been there: We leave home for the airport with what we think is plenty of time to park, walk the seemingly miles to the terminal and check our bags. Then traffic happens and, of course, there is nowhere convenient to park so you're stuck running with your bags or waiting for a shuttle to the terminal.

Well, those days are soon over for the savvy travelers at Tucson International Airport. In the coming weeks (launch date TBD) travelers can prepay and reserve a spot at the airport and slip into a parking spot without breaking a sweat. 

The lots available for prepaid parking are the hourly and daily lots near the terminal, the terminal garage and the economy and covered economy lots on East Corona Road, according to a report.

Parking at the airport ranges from $1 per 30 minutes in the hourly lot (maximum of $13 per day) down to $4.50 per day in the economy lot.

When the prepaid feature launches, travelers will be able to go to flytucson.com and reserve a spot, prepaying for their intended length of stay plus a $2 reservation fee. If you end up staying longer than you intended, just pay the difference via credit card on the way out. Likewise, if your trip is cut short then you will be automatically credited any overage.

Business travelers will love the option for emailed receipts, which will allow them to save electronic receipts for their company and not have to hunt down a crumpled or lost receipt in a mountain of paperwork.

Reservations will need to be made 24 hours in advance and a confirmation with QR code that can be printed or opened on a phone will be sent to the traveler. Just scan the code, enter the lot and take any available space in the reserved lot.

For the full details, see the report in the Arizona Daily Star.

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