Duty Free Destinations

Reply

Old Dec 26, 11, 7:14 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Programs: Just a lowly Blue ;(
Posts: 1,772
Duty Free Destinations

HI All,

What's the nearest place I can travel to and be able to buy duty free?

Zurich?
Geneva?
mdj1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 7:46 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,398
Originally Posted by mdj1 View Post
HI All,

What's the nearest place I can travel to and be able to buy duty free?

Zurich?
Geneva?
Couldn't it depend on your departure airport? Are you closest to London or Glasgow?
SteveF is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 7:49 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: OSL
Programs: BAEC Silver
Posts: 311
OSL has duty free as well. Any Non-EU destination should fit the criteria. Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland would be the closest ones.

Here are the members of EU: http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/index_en.htm
papabear is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 7:57 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: GCM
Posts: 964
Jersey
joejet is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 8:36 am
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Programs: Just a lowly Blue ;(
Posts: 1,772
I want to purchase a couple of items from tiffanys in t5. I will save about 1000 off the high street price and there is a 10 to 20% price increase coming in the middle of January as well.
mdj1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 8:38 am
  #6  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Her Majesty's United Kingdom
Programs: BA Gold, BA Lounge Rats, BA Audit Survivors, CW Kitchen Defender, CX Noodle Connoisseurs Club
Posts: 5,955
Got some caviar on the way back from DXB last year from Caviar House, it was 1/3 of the UK price.
PanGalactic is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 8:56 am
  #7  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Four Seasons Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: London
Programs: BA, EK, IHG, SPG
Posts: 25,462
Originally Posted by mdj1 View Post
I want to purchase a couple of items from tiffanys in t5. I will save about 1000 off the high street price and there is a 10 to 20% price increase coming in the middle of January as well.
What are you talking about? It makes NO DIFFERENCE in T5 where you are flying.

If flying in the EU, the shop pays the VAT on your behalf.

If flying outside the EU, the shop keeps the VAT as extra profit, presumably paying a large slug to BAA.

In either case, except for buying cigarettes or certain booze items, the price you pay is the same.

In fact, if flying back to the UK with the item, then strictly speaking you WANT to be flying to an EU destination, because the VAT is then paid. Otherwise, flying back in from, say, Switzerland, Customs has the right to stop you and insist you pay the VAT and the additional fine on top.
Raffles is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 9:10 am
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Programs: Just a lowly Blue ;(
Posts: 1,772
Thanks raffles, every days a school day!
mdj1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 10:37 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: London
Programs: BAEC Gold, HHonors Diamond, Dennis the Menace Fan Club
Posts: 143
It's much cheaper to get Tiffany's stuff in the US (obviously).
borofergie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 10:41 am
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Programs: Just a lowly Blue ;(
Posts: 1,772
But that's the thing. It's not, or won't be.

It will be cheaper to get it at t5 before the price increase.
mdj1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 11:52 am
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Programs: Just a lowly Blue ;(
Posts: 1,772
I've just checked and it's actually cheaper at T5 than the US at the moment.

3.0mm Channel Set Full Band UK 3575 T5 2979 $4600 +NY Tax @ 8.875% = $5002 / 1.55 = 3227
mdj1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 2:31 pm
  #12  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: somewhere north of London, UK
Programs: HH Gold, BA Silver, Accor Silver
Posts: 15,243
Originally Posted by mdj1 View Post
Thanks raffles, every days a school day!
tut tut

every day's a school day

Swiss Tony is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 11, 6:44 pm
  #13  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Programs: Just a lowly Blue ;(
Posts: 1,772
OK, so to get air side I need a ticket. Could I just buy a ticket to say Manchester, go through security, buy what I need, have a drink in the lounge and then leave without even taking the flight?
mdj1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 11, 12:27 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Programs: Skywards, Kris, AA, Star
Posts: 26
Originally Posted by mdj1 View Post
OK, so to get air side I need a ticket. Could I just buy a ticket to say Manchester, go through security, buy what I need, have a drink in the lounge and then leave without even taking the flight?
Not at all, you have to be travelling internationally and you will have to show a boarding pass. But, within the EU they sell discounted perfumes too non-international travellers... you can check all the rules here www.dutyfreeonarrival.com
Travel Shopper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 11, 3:03 am
  #15  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Programs: Just a lowly Blue ;(
Posts: 1,772
So is raffles wrong then? or do I just have to be travelling outside the UK?
mdj1 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread