Who do you tip? When? How much? These are the questions that have nagged at consumers since the first service transaction. The practice of tipping is meant as a form of thank-you for services rendered. Tipping need not be considered mandatory or automatic. Tipping should be done at your discretion and as a reward for good or superlative service.
Below are some tipping suggestions for travelers*. At nearly every step of the traveling process, there are professionals waiting to “lighten your load” or provide assistance. So remember to carry a lot of change and small bills for tips.
- Taxi/Limo Drivers: 10% to 15% of your bill. If they provide you with extra assistance, like helping you with your bags, then add an extra dollar or two on top of the percentage.
- Porters: $1 to $3 per bag checked.
- Hotel Bellman: $2 for the first bag and an additional dollar per each additional bag. Tip when he shows you to your room and again if he assists you upon checkout. Tip more if he provides any additional service.
- Doorman: $1 to $2 if they help you with a service, such as carrying bags or hailing a cab.
- Concierge: Tip for special services such as making restaurant or theater reservations, arranging sightseeing tours, etc. The amount of the tip is generally dependent on the type and complexity of service(s) provided—$5 to $20 is a standard range. You may elect to tip for each service, or in one sum upon departure.
- Maid Service: Maids are often forgotten about when it comes to tipping because they typically do their work when you are not around. Leave $2 to $5 per day, in a marked envelope in your room. Tip daily as you may have more than one housekeeper cleaning your room during extended stays.
- Parking Attendants (Valet): $3 to $5 when your car is delivered.
- Waiters: 15–20% of your pre-tax check is considered standard. The same applies for room service waiters. Some restaurants will automatically add a 15% gratuity to your bill, especially for large parties—look for it before tipping. If the 15% is added, you need only tip up to another 5% for superlative service.
- Cloakroom Attendants: If there is a charge for the service, a tip is not necessary. However, if there is no charge, or extra care is taken with your coat and/or bags, a $1 to $2 tip is appropriate.
- Tour Guides/Charter Bus Drivers: 10% of the cost of the tour.
- Beauty Salon/ Barber Services or Spa Therapists – 15% to 20% of the cost of your service(s).
- Bartenders - $1 per drink or 15-20% if you’re running a tab.
*All of the tipping amounts are based on 2015 statics. We encourage you to use your own judgment on how to reward individuals for their services. If there is one standard rule in tipping it is this: If someone renders special service to you along the way, show your appreciation with a tip. NOTE: International travelers should be aware that tipping customs outside the U.S. are often very different. Consult travel guides for the country you are visiting.