Charlotte travel agent tips on Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Charlotte travel agent tips on Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

If you're planning a trip that departs from the Queen City, it's a good idea to have friends or family that can offer you a ride to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), local Charlotte travel agents say.

"The most economical option is to have friends or family take you and pick you up," says Cookie Carney, co-founder of Travel Experts in Charlotte. "The other options are taxi, bus, car service or driving yourself. With parking at Charlotte-Douglas at a high premium, it’s best to use one of the other methods rather than driving yourself."

According to the Charlotte-Douglas airport website, there are as many as 26,000 parking spaces surrounding the airport, with rates ranging from $4 to $16 per day.

To avoid delays that may be caused by a high volume of business travelers, avoid booking flights that depart on Monday mornings, says Sandy Saburn, marketing manager for Mann Travels in Charlotte. "Early mornings on Monday are usually pretty hectic with so many business travelers heading out, so that’s the one time we encourage clients to try to avoid," she says.

Unlike other metro areas that may offer a few choices of airports, Saburn says options are limited in the Char-Meck metro "The only nearby airports that offer commercial service are Piedmont Triad (GSO) and Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), but they are both close to two hours away, so it’s usually not very convenient for most people," Saburn says.

For a better travel experience overall, both travel consultants say consumers should consider using a travel agent. "Travel agents provide a wealth of knowledge and experience for you and are well worth the fee," Carney says. "They usually have been to the places you’re traveling to and know what’s good and what’s not good."

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