In the past, we have always parked in the Value Parking area, as this was cheaper than the uncovered, and only an extra minutes walk. Last week however, we found out that their prices are nolonger cheaper in the Value Park.
As you can see their prices are now the same. So what does 'Value' mean? Is it better 'Value' as I have to walk further, and therefor benefit my health?
As we do not regularly goto the airport, I do not know when the prices went up to match uncovered, but there was nothing to advertise this fact in the parking areas. I assume its either, the airport to lazy to update their signage, or a ploy to get people to park further away when they would not normally?
My next problem, is now you can pre-pay your parking online. BUT, you cannot pre-pay less than two hours ahead. I needed to be at the airport in an hour to pick someone up, and wanted to pay online to get my 10-50% discount. If you prepay, what happens if I go over this? Apparently your credit card will get charged the standard rates.
In the past you could park for less than 5minutes, and get out for free, BUT only if you put your ticket in the exits, as putting it in the pay machines will ask for the 30mins payment. Again, this is not advertised, and unless you know about it a lot of people could be paying for a pickup. So it looks like I will be back at Caltex waiting for a phone call, telling me to pick someone up.
EDIT: I forgot to point out, that pre-booking does not gaurantee you a park in anyway.