I often think that my holidays start when I get to the airport. Buying last-minute travel items, choosing a magazine for the plane journey or relaxing with a meal and drink before boarding definitely gets me in the holiday mood. Especially if I’ve had a fraught journey getting to the airport in the first place.
When we travel together as a family, we have so much luggage that the most cost-effective way to get to the airport is to use a Park and Ride service – where we leave our car in a secure car park and then get a bus service to the terminal. And, while it is a relatively easy way of transferring to the airport, there is still some waiting around, especially when you have to pick up other passengers along the way.
Maple Manor Meet and Greet
So when Holiday Extras offered us the Maple Manor Meet and Greet parking service, it was a no brainer. Having watched an alarming Watchdog report last year about dodgy airport car parking services – where passenger’s cars were just left in random street corners – I was relieved to know that Maple Manor is not only the largest Meet and Greet provider in the UK, but that all their car parks are secured and manned, and all Maple Manor staff are CRB (Criminal Records Bureau).
Maple Manor Meet and Greet Review
Following the easy instructions, we headed to Heathrow’s T5 and once we were 20 minutes away from the terminal 1 called them and spoke to an operator straight away. We were told to enter the barriers, take a parking ticket and head to Level Four of the Short Stay Car Park.
Once there, it was easy to see all the designated parking bays for Meet and Greet customers and it was a painless transaction. A uniformed staff member checked our reference number, went over the car to note down any bumps and scratches, made a note of mileage, gave us a ticket to keep for our return journey, took our car keys and bid us safe travels. One lift journey later, we were standing by the check-in desks.
However, it was the return journey that the Maple Manor Meet and Greet service really came into its own. Not only are you exhausted from the travelling but if like me, you just want to get home and have a cup of tea, then it’s brilliant to be able to collect your luggage and head straight to your car and get going.
As with the outbound journey, we called Maple Manor Meet and Greet as soon as we got our luggage, and found a representative straight away who showed us the mileage and let us check over the car – where we found nothing untoward. Within five minutes we were on our way home.
It felt very extravagant having our car waiting for us, but with prices starting from £88 for a full week – that’s only £12 per day – it’s also reasonable. Would I use Maple Manor Meet and Greet service again? Most definitely. It certainly takes the hassle out of airport parking and leaves you with more time to get into the holiday spirit.
* For the purposes of this review MTM was given complimentary Meet and Greet Parking with Maple Manor via Holiday Extras. As always, my opinions are my own.