Travel Tips

5 Totally Legit Duty Free Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed

By Phoebe McRae
3rd Aug 2018

ICYMI, travelling is our absolute fave thing (closely followed by shopping and eating). And because so much of our time is spent shopping up a tax-free storm (and eating) at Sydney Airport's T1 International, we thought it only fair to share our top five hacks to make the most of all things duty free.

You can thank us later.

#1 HEINEMANN & Me Club

First things first, people: you need to become a HEINEMANN & Me member, ASAP. Not only will you receive an extra 5%* off your first duty-free purchase at Sydney Airport's T1 International, you’ll also get access to exclusive offers PLUS earn loyalty points with every purchase for even further discounts. They sell literally everything you ever wanted (we’re talking over 28,000 products), like our fave Dr Jart+ face masks and the ultimate travel must-have—Bose wireless noise-cancelling headphones (duh) all duty and tax-free.

*discount applicable after 24 hours

#2 Buy Before You Fly

If you’re anything like us, you return from overseas travel with a maxed out credit card and no money left to pay your rent (#totallyworthit). So that you don’t miss out on the perks of duty free shopping, the airport have introduced a shop and collect service, meaning you can treat yo’self before you holiday (AKA before you spend all your money) then pick up your purchases when you get back to Sydney. It couldn’t be more perfect for those with luggage restrictions… just sayin’.


Sydney Airport's T1 International is constantly offering up delicious deals on your fave food and drinks. Whether you want to stock up your bar cart with all the best booze, buy mum her fave T2 teas, or bring back your weight in Toblerone, you’ll almost be making money with their SYD&SAVE ‘buy one, get one free’ kinda savings.

Duty Free

#4 Click & Collect

Whenever we travel, we have a budget we aim to stick to. This often goes out the window as soon as we get to the airport because there’s just so many fab things we want need. Avoid the inevitable impulse (and temptation) purchases by shopping online here from the comfort of your couch. The best part? You can shop up to 30 days before your departure date. Warning: it’s addictive.

#5 Sydney Airport Gift Card

You better believe that Sydney Airport has a magical gift card and we strongly suggest, from this day forth, make it the only gift you ever request and/or recieve. Better tell Gran, quick!

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