You can find real bargains at the duty-free but, if you aren't careful you can end up losing money. Read this article to be aware of the best tips and tricks to get the most out of duty-free!
If you are planning to go on vacations and you happen to pass next to a duty-free, have your credit card ready. You can find real bargains at the duty-free but, if you aren't careful you can end up losing money. Keep reading to find the best tips and tricks!
First of all, either before you leave or from your phone while there, do price comparisons. Look at the bottles you are interested in buying when it comes to alcohol, for example, then compare to the pricing at the liquor store in your hometown. Note that the size of the bottle might differ, but you can still get an idea of how good a deal is once you consider size as well as currency conversion and typical taxes.
What is more, duty-free exemptions apply to each passport, so if you are traveling with family members, including kids, you can get the maximum allowed for each person who has a seat on the plane. However, note that you are not supposed to get alcohol or tobacco on a child’s exemptions, as items purchased are supposed to be for personal or household use.
You’ll get the best deals at duty-free on liquor and tobacco because these are items that are usually heavily taxed. But the deals you get on those large boxes of chocolates, sunglasses, or handbags and cosmetics might not actually be worth it.
Sometimes it’s hard to find time to grab souvenirs for the family while you’re away on vacation, or especially if you’re away on business. But duty-free store souvenirs are often heavily marked up so you’re not paying duty but you’re still paying more.
Also, make sure to keep your receipts on hand to prove what you purchased. In most duty-free shops, they will let you know if you’re exceeding the allowance, or at least warn you about having to pay duties if you’re buying more than you’re allowed.
In addition to looking for the best deals, find items that you can’t commonly find at home, whether it’s a particular type of whisky or a special edition bottle of liquor. Then keep this at home for special occasions or to give as gifts to friends and family who will love the thoughtful gift of something they can’t go buy themselves at their local store.