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Stress Free Duty Free Shopping

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Duty free shopping can be confusing for travellers. Airports are full of stores proclaiming special offers from all sides, and you might feel like you’re missing out on something big by not making a purchase. Take the stress out of duty free shopping and spend time relaxing in the departure lounge instead with these tips.

Check out some pointers for stress free duty free shopping below and start planning your holiday purchases.

What Is Duty Free Shopping?

‘Duty Free’ is a term used to describe items that are sold without the country of origin’s duty. In this case, duty means the local import tax or any fees tacked onto items by the government. Duty free shops are found in airports and border crossing across the globe. Prices are formulated based on location and current exchange rates. Cashiers will more often than not ask to see a boarding pass or proof of travel before you can leave with your duty free shopping.

Order Your Duty Free Online

Skip the queues and avoid any allowance mishaps by ordering your duty free shopping online. Most airports across the world now offer a duty free online shopping service that allows you to order your duty free items up to 48 hours before you fly and collect them when you return from your destination. Ordering your duty free online will give you peace of mind and give you the luxury of browsing at your own leisure.

Compare Prices Before You Shop

Some duty free items are a steal, some aren’t as cheap as you think. The best way to find a bargain is to compare prices before you do your duty free shopping. If there is a particular item you are looking for, doing this extra research will save you time and money. For example, the low prices in the electronics section can be tempting - but more often than not the duty free won’t have the latest models. Checking online will give you an advantage at the checkout.

Check Your Allowances

Before you start to spend in duty free it’s important to check how much you are allowed to take to the country you are visiting. There are some notable changes in duty free allowances from countries that are nearby, so don’t rely on friendly relations over actual customs allowance rules. For example, Australia’s alcohol allowance from duty free is a straight 2.25 litres of alcohol. Duty free New Zealand has a higher allowance, allowing travellers to bring in up to 3 litres of spirits or liqueur plus 6 bottles of wine, port or sherry.

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