Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall • No sooner said than shopped ....
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is quite a mouthful so let’s stick with its shorter alter-ego: BWI Marshall. In 2005 the airport was renamed after Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve at the US Supreme Court. Under scrutiny today, your honour, are the fantastic duty and tax-free deals to be found in this airport. Shall we begin?
BWI Marshall, in Maryland, is a Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways hub. It’s the 24th busiest airport in the US and in 2010, carried 21.9 million passengers and was named Airports Council International’s best airport of its size. It is also North America’s second healthiest airport (according to Health magazine) and it is second best in terms of the quality of its food and beverage offering.
For shopping, check the floor plan and head straight to Concourse E for a duty free store that brims with fabulous travel and gift ideas from designer fragrances and cosmetics ranges to watches, electronics, jewellery, liquor and tobacco. Perfumes for him and her include D&G, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Armani, Issey Miyaki, Gucci and Diesel. There are also significant tax savings to enjoy on cosmetics and skin-care ranges from Lancôme, Estée Lauder and Clinique.
If sight rather than scent is what you’re after, enter the Sunglass Hut. It houses all the great classic and contemporary names in designer eyewear. Choose from a variety of Sunglass Hut exclusives from Versace, Prada and Ray-Ban; opt for the timeless style from design houses such as D&G, Revo, Fendi and Burberry; or enjoy tax-free prices on sports performance frames from the likes of Oakley and Bollé.
For glittering jewellery sets or unique rings and necklaces, let the magical displays of Talie or Taxco Sterling Co entice you in. For hot, tax-free deals on art glass and fine gold, silver and gem-encrusted jewellery, visit the Fire & Ice jewellers.
To celebrate the tax-free purchase of your new watch from Diesel, Accurist, Tissot or Armani Exchange, pop to the duty free liquor counter for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Smirnoff or Stolichnaya vodka, or Hendrick’s Gin.
On the clothing front, BWI Marshall boasts a Brooks Brothers, one of America’s classic retailers. For men there are suits, jackets, ties, leatherwear, shoes, luggage and accessories. For women, treats include beautiful woollen coats, elegant knitwear and footwear. The Johnstone & Murphy store also offers a premium selection of apparel, belts, luggage and leather goods, shoes and boots.
When speed is of the essence and you need to avoid the lines, visit one of BWI Marshall’s two Zoom Systems’ automated kiosks. These convenient kiosks stock best-selling products from partners such as Apple and The Body Shop.
For a moment of pre-flight relaxation, savour a glass of hand-selected wine at Vino Volo Wine Bar near Gate 6 in Concourse A, or pull up a chair at the DuClaw Brewing Co, to sample their exclusive artisan brews. For deeper relaxation, indulge in a mini spa experience with a massage, manicure or aromatherapy session at the Be Relax Spa. If you or a loved one deserves a treat, deliberate over which chocolate gift collection to select, from Belgian chocolatier Godiva.
Our advice is this. Don’t worry if you can’t quite remember the word order for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Just make sure that you don’t miss out on the savings you’ll enjoy with its terrific tax-free offers.