Five Ways to Take Advantage of Duty Free

8 02 2013


Image from Flickr creative commons via nechbi

Taking a holiday and going abroad is all about relaxing, getting away from the daily grind, enjoying some sunshine, eating well and having fun. Of course, all holidays have to end, but by taking advantage of the available duty free offers at the airport, you can make sure you’ve got something to smile about when you arrive back home. Before you start filling up the trolley though, there are a few things to take into account:

Make sure the price is right

Buying duty free is all about finding cheap perfume and great deals on everything from spirits to chocolates, but it is vital to have an accurate idea of how much the products cost on the high street. The one thing you don’t want to do is walk away with a bag-full of products from an airport duty-free shop only to discover later that you could have saved money by buying the same items down at your local supermarket. Most airports offer WiFi access these days, so use a price comparison site to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal.

Go in with a plan!

Wandering aimlessly around a duty-free shop is one of the best ways of ending up with lots of products that you don’t actually want. When you’ve got limited time before a flight there’s a good chance you’ll feel a certain amount of pressure, but by having a list or at least a good idea of the items you’d like to buy, you won’t end up making impulse purchases that represent poor value for money.

Don’t get caught out by the legal limits

When you are travelling within the EU there is no longer a limit on the volume of goods you’re able to bring with you. However, items must be for personal consumption or have been bought as a gift, and if you try to walk through customs carrying 20,000 cigarettes then there is a good chance officials will ask you to prove that you’re not going to attempt to sell them on. Limits remain in place for goods purchased outside of the EU, so the message is simple – don’t get caught out.

Think about how you’ll get your items home

When there are great deals and fantastic value goods available left, right and centre it can be hard to say no. However, it is important to think about how you’ll carry them and whether they’ll fit into your carry-on or hold luggage. No one wants to turn up at the check-in desk only to discover that it will be necessary to pay an additional charge to take an extra bag on board. Without doubt it will wipe out any savings you’ve already made.

Think ahead!

Planning ahead and thinking a bit more long-term is always a good idea when you are shopping for duty free. Remember that you might not be going on holiday again for a while and so it could well pay to stock up on goods that will last you. For example, if you’re a fan of the latest Paul Smith fragrance and tend to go through a bottle fairly quickly then why not buy in bulk and take advantage of any special offers. Sure, it might take you a year or more to go through it all, but you are going to save cash in the long-run.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: