Sky Harbor Airport offers discount parking, holiday travel tips

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- 'Tis the season for holiday travel. The day before Christmas Eve is typically a busy travel day, as folks try to make it home for the holidays. Others are spending time at the airport picking up loved ones.
 
"Who are you picking up?" we asked traveler Cynthia Nordstrom. "My daughter," she replied. "She moved to Boston University. She was with me the last 35 years! She's coming home and it's her birthday, so it's a double gift,"

Sky Harbor Airport is trying to make things a little easier or holiday travelers. The airport is offering a special discount parking rate of $13 a day, as long as you reserve your spot online.

Travelers can save money in the convenient terminal garages by reserving their parking in advance through Prepaid Discount Parking. The $13 a day price is available through January 4. Pre-book your parking and enjoy convenient access from the garage right into the terminal.

Visit skyharbor.com for more information.

The opening of the Terminal 3 PHX Sky Train station has made it even easier to connect between terminals. All airport travelers are encouraged to use the 44th Street & Washington PHX Sky Train Station for handy pick-up and drop-off. The station offers a quick ride on the PHX Sky Train to Terminals 3 and 4. There is a cell phone lot where drivers may wait free of charge for their party.

Additional travel tips:

-Give yourself enough time. Arrive at the airport at least two hours before you flight departs.
-Check your flight status with your airline before coming to the airport.
-Look through your purse or carry-on bag before you come to the airport. Visit tsa.gov for information about what can be placed in your carry-on.
-If you are planning to park at the airport and looking for the most convenient parking options, visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot for information and up-to-the-minute parking availability.
-Save time and use Early Bag Check. This service gives travelers flying American/US Airways, Southwest and United the opportunity to check their bags before arriving at the terminal.
-Avoid the ticket counter lines by checking your bags at East Economy Parking, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station, or at the Rental Car Center. The service is free, though airline bag fees still apply.
-Travelers must check their bags in a minimum of 90 minutes before their flight. For more information, including hours of operation at each location, visit skyharbor.com/earlybagcheck.