Car Park Revenue Management: Is Money Being Left in the Parking Lot?

Car Park Revenue Management: Is Money Being Left in the Parking Lot?

The car park industry has been quick to recognise and adopt well-established revenue management practices from a variety of other industries. In fact, variable online booking pricing is relatively commonplace at many airport car parks. However, we commonly hear car park operators ask, “Can I truly optimise my car park’s revenue by adjusting rates through our online booking system?”

In the car parking industry, there are definitely some confusing aspects to variable pricing versus dynamic pricing—and that includes its overall role in maximising revenue. The confusion around pricing approaches has even paved the way for some technology providers to claim their solutions have optimal revenue performance capabilities, even though they only address pricing, and not inventory.

This is especially true where allocation or “bucket” methods are used to influence price changes, since this particular approach often overlooks the date of arrival and length-of-stay impacts on pricing decisions. Today’s reality is that car park operators cannot maximise their revenue—or profitability—by solely managing rates within an online booking system.


While users of online booking systems continue to successfully increase online business (in both volume and revenue), they still face some limitations to maximising revenue:

“In addition to price, we need to be able to use length-of-stay controls to help maximise our revenue during busy periods.”

So how does that work? In situations with more demand than spaces, car parks need tools that enable them to accept a mix of demand that achieves the highest average daily rate across an entire period.

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