Tipping as a General Practice
Tipping While Traveling
When hiring a taxi, limo or shuttle, it is common practice to tip 15 percent of the total fare.
If the driver spends more than a few minutes loading or unloading your bags or helping you in or out of the car, 20 percent would be appropriateOnce you arrive at the airport, keep your bills handy as the tipping bonanza continues.
If a skycap checks your bags, tip $1 for each heavy bag in addition to the normal fee.
If hitching a ride through the terminals on an electric cart, tip the driver $2 per person.
It is never necessary to tip your flight attendant, but if chartering a private plane, you may tip the pilot at your discretion.
Upon arrival at your hotel, you may leave your car with the valet without tipping. However, when the car is returned to you, tipping a couple of dollars is appropriate.
If a doorman transports your luggage from your car to the hotel lobby, $1 a bag is an acceptable tip. Double the tip if he carries the bags to your room. He would also appreciate a $2 tip when hailing you a cab.
Bellboys are accustomed to the same tipping standards. When requesting dinner reservations, event tickets, or general advice, expect to tip your concierge anywhere from $5 to $10.
Gratuity is usually attached to hotel services such as room service and spa treatments, so look carefully at your bill. If no tip is added, tip 15 to 20 percent.
Maid service tips can vary from $1 to $10 a day, depending on the mess you created in the room.
Chances are that you will not dine out, take a cab or stay in a hotel every day of your life.
However, because it is a practice in American culture to tip most service positions, it is likely that most days you will come into contact with someone who deserves a tip.
Not sure who that someone is?
Think about your hair stylist, car washer, barista or massage therapist. If you appreciate the service, let him or her know with added gratuity.
Still unsure who needs a tip or how many singles you should fork over? Print out this list and tuck it in your wallet.
• Barista - $1
• Car detailer - 15 percent
• Car washer - $2-3 for a car; $3-5 for an SUV or truck
• Coat check attendant- $1
• Emergency locksmith - $5
• Furniture or appliance delivery person - $5-10
• Hair Stylist or Color Specialist - 10-20 percent
• Manicurist, Facialist or Aesthetician - 15 percent
• Massage therapist- 20 percent
• Pet groomer - 15 percent
• Pet sitter - 15 percent
• Restroom attendant- $1
• Shampoo or other styling assistant - $2-5
• Shoe shiner- $2
• Tattoo or piercing artist - 10-20 percent
• Tire changer - $4 - $5
• Tow truck driver - $5
Now that you know the drill, poor tipping etiquette can be a thing of the past.
When you are provided with excellent service, feel free to tip over the maximum guideline.
When you are faced with poor service, do not be stingy. Instead, think of the last time you had a bad day.
Whether your day was ruined because of a speeding ticket, pesky in-laws or a death in the family, wouldn’t your day have been improved if a stranger went out of her way to be courteous to you?
A small gesture of a few dollars could have a great impact on the life of someone in the service industry at a very small cost to you. With your tipping guide in hand, you are now equipped to provide good service to those who labor to provide good service to you.
Tipping Guide for Restaurants or Bars
The acceptable tip for food servers, cocktail servers and bartenders is 15 to 20 percent of the total bill.
On average, the American waiter or waitress is paid an hourly wage of $4.38 by their employer.
If about $175 for a week’s worth of carting food and beverage back and forth from grumpy kitchen cook to whiny customer sounds low to you, that’s because it is.
Employees who are tipped must earn gratuities to supplement this minimum wage..
If affording a tip is not an issue, but you are hesitant to tip because you received bad service, do not skip out on gratuity; instead ask to speak to the restaurant manager.
Tipping your server even though he provided poor service will not only win you a few good karma points, but it may brighten his mood enough that he will provide the rest of his customers with the service they deserve and that includes you the next time you return.•
Dining out is what comes to mind when most people think of tipping etiquette, but tipping your server and bartender 15 to 20 percent will not get you through every dining experience.
Some less common restaurant positions are also commonly tipped.
Tip your buffet server 10 percent if anything, including beverage, is delivered to your table.
When picking up restaurant food to-go, tip 10 percent to the person who packaged your food (usually the bartender).
Upon restaurant food delivery, tip 10 percent to the driver.
No tip is required for a restaurant hostess unless you ask the hostess to go out of her way to secure you a table.
With your tipping guide in hand, you are now equipped to provide good service to those who labor to provide good service to you.