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Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

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Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

I know this might sound stupid but I've been given a bonus and would like to get some early xmas gifts and found that duty free you can save a lot of money.
So I was wondering if I could book a Ryanair flight which is £15.99 from Newcastle and use the ticket to get into airport facilities and do some duty free shopping.
Then if the time comes and I miss my flight, what do I do? Do I get someone to escort me off the airport or what?
TBH I've never missed a flight so don't know what to expect really.
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

I think Duty Free is more expensive!
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

Duty free is a total misnomer, some of it's reduced but a lot no as AndyH says.
Whisky, for example, the duty should is around £28 a litre so you should be able to pick up a decent tipple for about 10 quid. Not a chance though..
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

I take it you are referring to flights outside of the EU where the allowance are more generous?
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

As noted, you have to leave the EU to get "duty free".
And if you don't travel and the goods aren't actually exported then duty will likely be chargeable and charged.
If you live near Dover (and yes, I know Newcastle isn't) you can do fairly well with a ferry return trip to Calais, buying stuff onboard at French(ish) tax rates, which for some goods are a lot better.
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

So if I had bought stuff from Duty Free and saved money and missed my flight.  The airport would charge duty upon leaving due to missed flight.
I could always book a return flight with Ryanair as flight leaves Newcastle in the morning and returns in late afternoon.  Grin
Dublin Intl Airport has a big range of duty free and could do more shopping when touched down in Ireland.  I'll just have to stuff it in my hand luggage otherwise Michael O'Leary won't be happy.
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

most duty free places are only a pound or two cheaper than high street prices and in some cases are more expensive, be better checking out the local chain shops or supermarket deals on a weekly basis and save cash that way than taking the chance what you want is available at an airport, also iirc Ryanair stiff you with a fine if you don't make a flight once you have checked in at the airport
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

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So if I had bought stuff from Duty Free and saved money and missed my flight.  The airport would charge duty upon leaving due to missed flight.

If you missed your flight your duty free would be taken from you and stored. You would get them returned when you re-enter airside to take your rearranged flight. Remember that you would have to rearrange your flight which may include an extra cost as it was your fault and not the airlines.
Also remember the cheap flights are into Europe. You cannot buy cigarettes if you are flying to a European destination.
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

It's a while since I flew anywhere but, unless they've been de-restricted there is always your duty-free allowance to deal with. Exiting the green channel clinking arm loads of bottles and pockets and bags stuffed with ciggy's a few Rolex watches and Nikon cameras is very likely to attract the attention of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise officers, lovely people that they are!!
PS. having worked in Terminal 4 Heathrow for 13 years, if there's a group of people who thoroughly "enjoy" their work its Customs officers. A bit like Police traffic officers, likely to shop there own grandmothers.
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Re: Book a cheap flight to use airport facilities (duty free)

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Dublin Intl Airport has a big range of duty free and could do more shopping when touched down in Ireland.  I'll just have to stuff it in my hand luggage otherwise Michael O'Leary won't be happy.

Dublin is not 'Duty Free' to UK travellers!
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