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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    Couldn't buy out of HKG yesterday. Is this normal?



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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    Quote Originally Posted by Sprucegoose View Post
    Couldn't buy out of HKG yesterday. Is this normal?
    Yes, Unfortunately. See http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airl...obal/en#jump14

    For some reason they haven't set up a system like SIN where duty free is purchased and collected at the gate.

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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    Not only is it cheaper than SYD, you also (from memory) get more for your money:
    1L vs.700ml

    I'm heading to BKK-SIN return next Thursday 13/01 - will check the prices and post on Friday.

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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    I purchased Bombay Sapphire 1L from SIN last week and it was SGD26.50 with a free gift of some spirit. (Sorry I have forgotten).

    At BKK airport this morning Bombay Sapphire 1L was THB680 and at SIN airport an hour or so ago it was SGD26.80. I purchased 2 bottles of Bombay Sapphire 1L for SGD53.60 and received a 200mL bottle of Bombay Sapphire as a free gift.

    Just as a comparison Bombay Sapphire in Australia is AUD33.99 or 2 for $62.

    If I remember to check later will post back prices on Johnny Walker black, Absolut Vodka and Baileys....
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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    Quote Originally Posted by thewinchester View Post
    From Changi Airport Shopping
    What website were those prices on? Couldn't find them on the usual Changi Airport site.

    One thing that disappointed me in SIN was that they didn't have Jagermeister. Was after it for a friend.


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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    Prices in SIN 13/01/11:


    • Bombay Sapphire SGD26.80
    • JWB SGD46.90
    • JWDB SGD49.40
    • Absolut LE (Glimmer) SGD26.80
    • Baileys Original N/A

    Prices in BKK 13/01/11:


    • Bombay Sapphire THB650
    • JWB THB1920 - 2 Pack Special
    • JWDB THB2180 - 2 Pack Special
    • Absolut LE (Glimmer) THB570
    • Baileys Original THB1400 - 2 Pack Special

    All 1L bottles.

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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    Many thanks everyone for the helpful information!

    I think I'll go for the JW Double Black then, anyone tried it yet?

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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    Latest comparison on why SYD prices are bad

    SYDNEY
    1L Hendricks Gin 59.95
    1L Belvedere Vodka 69.95
    TOTAL A$129.90

    SINGAPORE
    1L Hendricks Gin 49.95
    1L Belvedere Vodka 59.95
    TOTAL $S109.90 == A$86.

    a 34% saving !!

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    Re: Duty Free Liquor at SIN and BKK airports

    The annoying thing about the HKG secondary LAG checks is that it's hit-and-miss. You could quite possibly buy >100mL duty-free, and get it past the checks and on-board without any worries...but you wouldn't want to count on it.

    It's like CGK the other night (they'll delivery duty-free for Garuda flights, but not QF flights). Plenty of us walked straight past the secondary (actually, third) check just before the gate. Annoying, as Glenfiddich I wanted (14yo Rich Oak - one I don't yet have in my collection ) was $45 vs $75 in SYD (I did find Snow Phoenix in Sydney though, which I was happy about ).

    FWIW, Cathay on-board duty free prices are pretty fantastic for some items (Chivas Royal Salute 700mL under $100AUD, for example) so that might be an option for anyone flying them ex-HKG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprucegoose View Post
    Couldn't buy out of HKG yesterday. Is this normal?
    Sadly, yes. I flew PVG-HKG-PER back in March where HKG was a transit. I'd bought a bottle in PVG and didn't have an issue until I was in the boarding lane when I was told I couldn't take it on board. I made a fuss and one of the gate agents found an empty cardboard box, taped it up and sent it down the hold. That's service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Archphoto View Post
    Prices in SIN 13/01/11:


    • Bombay Sapphire SGD26.80
    • JWB SGD46.90
    • JWDB SGD49.40
    • Absolut LE (Glimmer) SGD26.80
    • Baileys Original N/A
    Prices in BKK 13/01/11:


    • Bombay Sapphire THB650
    • JWB THB1920 - 2 Pack Special
    • JWDB THB2180 - 2 Pack Special
    • Absolut LE (Glimmer) THB570
    • Baileys Original THB1400 - 2 Pack Special
    All 1L bottles.
    Quote Originally Posted by moa999 View Post
    Latest comparison on why SYD prices are bad

    SYDNEY
    1L Hendricks Gin 59.95
    1L Belvedere Vodka 69.95
    TOTAL A$129.90

    SINGAPORE
    1L Hendricks Gin 49.95
    1L Belvedere Vodka 59.95
    TOTAL $S109.90 == A$86.

    a 34% saving !!
    I think it would be invaluable if we had a thread on duty free prices. Each time someone travels they could post a small selection of comparison prices. We all know how much of a rip-off Australian duty free stores are. I have no hesitation now in, where possible, purchasing on arrival and packing alcohol in checked baggage. I walk past the duty free store at the Australian port in disgust.

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