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.


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