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American Airlines liquor policy

StCroixBeachBoy
November 02, 2014 02:00PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 95

Flying AA straight through (from STX to MIA then beyond) for the first time in a couple of years. Does anyone know if you can still check a liquor box as a free checked item? IMO, it's not worth paying the $25 fee considering there's a high risk that one or two bottles get broken anyway.

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OldTart
November 02, 2014 02:17PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

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StCroixBeachBoy
Does anyone know if you can still check a liquor box as a free checked item? .

Yes.

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Alana33
November 02, 2014 05:06PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,847

Wrap bottles well with newspaper and bubble wrap or carry on.

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rmb2830
November 02, 2014 05:12PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 440

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Alana33
Wrap bottles well with newspaper and bubble wrap or carry on.


Can't carry liquor on the plane from stx. Has to be checked



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Alana33
November 02, 2014 05:15PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,847

You can now tell how long it's been since I traveled with liquor! ;-)

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Juanita
November 02, 2014 05:57PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 3,107

Can't you carry it on if you buy it at the duty free shop at the airport? You're already through security. If that is the case, that's what I would do. Like Alana, I haven't traveled with liquor in a while. Call the duty free shop, or the airline, and ask to be sure!!

Juanita

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OldTart
November 02, 2014 06:23PM

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Juanita
Can't you carry it on if you buy it at the duty free shop at the airport?

Yes.

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speee1dy
November 02, 2014 07:56PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,515

if you buy it at baci, they wrap it for you. at least they used to

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rmb2830
November 02, 2014 09:00PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 440

but there is no duty free liquor shop inside security in stx...so it doesn't happen

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OldTart
November 02, 2014 09:05PM

Registered: 6 years ago
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rmb2830
but there is no duty free liquor shop inside security in stx...so it doesn't happen

Only on STT I guess - so that solves that problem! Checked it is.

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FLLisa
November 03, 2014 10:03AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 124

In June my husband and I brought our 6 bottles each and checked them for free - no broken bottles at all. I wrapped them in bubble wrap I had brought with me. If my memory serves, I think we paid $7 a bottle for varieties of Cruzan at the Pueblo.

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Bassman
November 03, 2014 10:19AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 206

Years ago a customs agent on STX suggested wrapping the bottles in dirty underwear. Since the no broken bottles and only had one box stolen. It was the one contaminated with nuoro-virus. I think I picked it up from raw oysters on STT. I was sicker than a dog 36 hrs. later on Tortola.

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Alana33
November 03, 2014 11:17AM

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Bassman
November 04, 2014 10:42AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 206

Alana,
I packed the bottles with contaminated underwear.
MY wife and I were now immune. The thief was rewarded with 24 hours in hell.

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Juanita
November 04, 2014 12:33PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 3,107

How quickly we forget.....I haven't flown out of STX in 3 years...WOW! I was picturing the shop at the STT airport. Anyone know why there isn't a duty free on STX? Just not enough business??

Anyhow, I wanted to make a suggestion to anyone who is planning to carry liquor back to the states. Don't buy the cheaper stuff...ie Cruzan. I pay $19 for the big bottle (1.75 ltr) in FL, however a bottle of Grand Mariner is mega expensive. I remember once in CUL, a lady had too many bottles. She started to keep the $3 bottle of cheap gin and put back the Grey Goose. When I suggested she do the opposite, it was like a bell went off.

Is it still 6 litres if one is a VI product? Consider the Cruzan Rum Cream. It's hard to find in the states, and WAY better in a Bushwacker than Bailey's! smiling

Juanita

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Scubadoo
November 04, 2014 10:05PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,999

6 liters if one is Caribbean basin made I believe. Don't think anyone checked that at all on ours last trip in July and the customs form just has a grand total. And one was Cruzan Rum Cream, the rest different flavors we don't get on the mainland. Of course they could always spot check. There was only a security check sticker on the box when we got home.

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OldTart
November 05, 2014 07:27AM

Registered: 6 years ago
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Scubadoo
6 liters if one is Caribbean basin made I believe.

If one is a product of the USVI, not the Caribbean basin.

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StCroixBeachBoy
November 06, 2014 11:01PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 95

Thanks everyone for the followup posts. Had no problems checking the box with AA this afternoon. We're in MIA waiting for our next flight. Now we only wait to see if they arrive intact. MIA is different, but I'm convinced that the baggage handlers in SJU intentionally break them because of ill feelings over the Diageo deal. I've had all 6 broken...and they were bubble wrapped. Many others have had similar experiences; I won't check liquor through SJU anymore.



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Scubadoo
November 07, 2014 01:23AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,999

Well I don't know, the US customs web site says 5 liters max duty free exemption if one is made in US insular possession. But the St Croix travel info (like gotostcroix.com) says 6 liters. You'd think if they changed the rules they would have updated their web site. So which one is right? Nobody complained about the 6 liters we brought back.

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OldTart
November 07, 2014 05:34AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

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Scubadoo
Well I don't know, the US customs web site says 5 liters max duty free exemption if one is made in US insular possession. But the St Croix travel info (like gotostcroix.com) says 6 liters. You'd think if they changed the rules they would have updated their web site. So which one is right? Nobody complained about the 6 liters we brought back.

The official amount is 5 liters. Many of the travel websites say "6 bottles" which is based on the "regular" 1.75 ml bottle size.

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STXBob
November 07, 2014 08:50AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 2,131

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OldTart
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Scubadoo
Well I don't know, the US customs web site says 5 liters max duty free exemption if one is made in US insular possession. But the St Croix travel info (like gotostcroix.com) says 6 liters. You'd think if they changed the rules they would have updated their web site. So which one is right? Nobody complained about the 6 liters we brought back.

The official amount is 5 liters. Many of the travel websites say "6 bottles" which is based on the "regular" 1.75 ml bottle size.

Do you mean 1.75 liters, not 1.75 ml? Anyway, it sounds like the wording is based on a bottle size of 750 ml, which for 6 bottles = 4.5 liters. The cardboard travel boxes hold 6 bottles of 750 ml to 1 liter each.

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OldTart
November 07, 2014 08:58AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

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STXBob
Do you mean 1.75 liters, not 1.75 ml? Anyway, it sounds like the wording is based on a bottle size of 750 ml, which for 6 bottles = 4.5 liters. The cardboard travel boxes hold 6 bottles of 750 ml to 1 liter each.

750ml. What do you want from me before my coffee has wended its way down the digestive tract and brightened up those brain neurons?

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Scubadoo
November 07, 2014 11:05PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,999

Sneaky. Travel web sites say 6 bottles.
Well there were two of us last trip with 6 liters in one box so I guess we were well under the limit anyway. I wonder how many people they bother with that have 6 per person.

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SapphireBeach08
November 09, 2014 06:34AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 79

It should logically be 6 bottles, that's what the boxes are designed for. However, after having to remove a bottle twice to satisfy the gals at the AA desk, we only pack 5 in a box.

Life is a beach and I'm glad I have mine.

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Scubadoo
November 09, 2014 09:43PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,999

Why would the AA counter (the airline not the other one) care if you have to pay duty on the 6th bottle? It's 5 liters per person so one full box for two people not an issue.

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