Duty free holiday warning as travellers could end up paying HUNDREDS more on airport buys

HOLIDAYMAKERS have been warned that buying duty-free items at the airport could cost them hundreds more.

Nearly three quarters (74%) of products are cheaper online than in duty free shops across UK airports, a new research has found.

Duty free items could be much cheaper online according to a new research


Duty free items could be much cheaper online according to a new researchCredit: Getty

It also suggests that those looking to bag bargains at airports before jetting off could save up to 40% by shopping online instead.

Research by PriceSpy, a price and product comparison site, reviewed more than 300 products in duty free stores including perfume, make-up, sunglasses, toiletries, watches, skincare, and electronics across three UK airports.

It compared the average price of each item to its cheapest price online.

Watches are among the top categories where travellers could save the most amount by buying online as they cost £26.40 more on average in duty free stores.

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You could also save £7.58 on average if you buy perfume online compared to at the airport.

Meanwhile, sunglasses and toiletries in duty free shops cost £5 more on average than buying online.

Liisa Matinvesi-Bassett, country manager UK at PriceSpy said: “There has long been a myth that when travelling abroad, duty free can offer the best price on luxury items.

“Whilst many are becoming aware that this is not the case, it is interesting to see proof that duty free doesn’t necessarily offer the best prices. 

“Our research highlights people really need to do their price due diligence, to make sure this is actually the case. “

She also urges those going away to think about what they need to do to avoid last-minute purchases at the airport.

“It’s been a tough few years and we’re so glad that people can go away once more, but by being savvy with your money you can make your holiday extra special with a little extra spending,” she added.

By checking online first, you can make sure you always get the best price when you shop duty free.

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