Tipping etiquette – how much, when, who??
You want to show your appreciation for a service, but you don’t want to insult the person.
How much is good?
How little is insulting?
You need some solid recommendations.
The correct tip or gratuity for a service can be challenging at times. Business peers might not realize it, but inside you may be doing a lot of guessing as you walk up to the Skycap or Valet.
The challenge usually is not in everyday situations, but when you are taken out of your regular environment.
If you travel only occasionally, travel (hotel and airport) tipping etiquette can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be once you have some general guides.
The following tipping etiquette recommendations should help. (If service is outstanding, then use your own discretion.)
Restaurant Tip Guides:
Waiter: 15% of the bill; 20% for extraordinary service
Wine Steward: 15% of wine bill
Bartender: 10–15% of bar bill
Coat Check: $1.00 per coat
Car Attendant: $1.00 – $2.00
Hotel Tip Guides:
Maid: $5.00 per night
Room Service: 15% of bill
Bell Cap: $3.00 minimum (luggage brought to your room), $1.00 extra per bag
Lobby Attendant: $1.00 for help with luggage or finding taxi
Valet: $1.00 to park car or bring car to you
Travel Tip Guides:
Skycaps: $2.00 per bag
Limo Driver: 20% of fare
Taxi Driver: 15% of fare
Tour Guide: $1.00 – $2.00 per person
Just in case these amounts might seem generous, keep in mind that a lot of service positions depend on tips to supplement their regular pay. People who have these positions work hard to make your restaurant, hotel, and travel experience pleasant. If they have done a good job, then show them your appreciation. 🙂
Do you have any additional guidelines that you have found particularly useful?
Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!