Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 347
Anyone have any insight on duty free alcohol purchases, if aus or nz is cheaper?
Member since 17 Sep 2015
Total posts 73
Australia is not cheap.
Member since 13 Jul 2012
Total posts 151
You local alcohol store is usually cheaper.
Member since 09 Jun 2017
Total posts 8
Never been to a NZ duty free. Adelaide duty free has some good spirit specials e.g. JD, Beam, CC etc.
Member since 20 Aug 2014
Total posts 142
Agreed. Unless the duty free has a special on, the Dan Murphys are normally just as cheap.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 10 Aug 2015
Total posts 12
You can check online with Aelia and JR duty free for NZ pick up as they usually offer 20% off online purchases then compare prices to your local stores.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 120
In July I picked up 2 x 1-litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire Gin from the duty free in Christchurch airport for NZ$72 (ie. NZ$36 per bottle). Dan Murphy's is currently advertising 1L bottles for A$65.95 each. Dan Murphy's may be cheaper for some products but definitely not for all!
I agree with Sibelius. My last purchase was 1L Midori for my wife and 1L spiced rum, both were $20 (per bottle) cheaper in duty free in australia compared to dan Murphys.
Member since 03 May 2013
Total posts 123
Swiss vitamins at SYD airport are highway robbery. At LEAST double the price of supermarket/pharmacy, let alone being even cheaper when supermarket/pharmacy is on sale. They take major advantage of the Asian travel market. I've found Auckland Duty Free to be amazing value when on sale for Aussies. Only problem is you need to purchase at least a day before as items need to be sent to airport. You cannot take a sealed bag with you. HKG and SIN DF can also be great value when on sale. LHR is cheapest for designer labels ironically.
Member since 01 Aug 2013
Total posts 23
I have found Costco to be one of the cheapest places for alcohol, but I suppose they arent in alot of states yet.I find them to be cheaper than Dan Murphys, and a fair bit cheaper than Duty Free.
Member since 22 Dec 2016
Total posts 1
JNB is fantastic for most spirits. Up to 70% off Australian Retail prices. Just about every passenger on QF 64 carries duty free booze off the plane.
Member since 15 Dec 2016
Total posts 171
I'm traveling to WDH via JNB next January, and I'll definitely look at that.
Member since 03 Sep 2017
Total posts 26
"I have found Costco to be one of the cheapest places for alcohol, but I suppose they arent in alot of states yet.
You also need to be a member before you can purchase in Costco. I think it cost about $60 per year to join.
Member since 07 Jan 2014
Total posts 15
Domestic flights within Australia are not subject to LAG restrictions.
Originally Posted by Yarki
"Domestic flights within Australia are not subject to LAG restrictions."
This is as per extracted from the travelsecure webpage.Â
"Flights within Australia are not subject to restrictions on how much liquid, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard.However, if you are travelling domestically, but departing from an international terminal (for example, Terminal 1 in Sydney or Terminal 2 in Melbourne—your boarding ticket will confirm if you are departing from an international terminal), you are subject to liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions."
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