American Airlines’ new checked baggage fee does not apply to duty-free liquor purchases in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty.
The new fees that took effect June 15 call for a $15 charge for the first checked bag and $25 for the second.
“It is a great relief and a show of good faith that American granted us this special waiver," Nicholson-Doty said.
Visitors to the USVI can bring home $1,600 worth of duty-free items, double that of other Caribbean destinations, including four liters of liquor (five if one liter is a product made in the U.S. Virgin Islands).
In comparison, the duty-free limit is one liter per person outside the USVI, including in stores onboard cruise ships.