Tipping Etiquette Basics

Tipping is usually experienced by most people by dining out in restaurants. But that is just not where tipping is also practiced.  For a frequent traveler, tipping is usually involved in almost all manner of activity during a trip. The most important thing is that the traveler knows the right way of tipping. Here are some tipping etiquette basics that most travelers should know.

Tipping On Rides

When you ride a taxi from the airport to your hotel, it is a general rule to tip the driver 15 percent of the total fare. For shuttle vans and busses, the usual tip is $2 per person. For those who drive their own rented cars, tipping a parking valet may be necessary which runs to a $1 for handling the car for you.

Tipping In Hotels

When arriving at the hotel, the first person you may meet may either be the doorman or the bellman. Travelers may give a tip to the one who will help them with carrying their luggage in through the hotel. The usual tip for this is $1 to $2 per bag in addition to tips for some extra service like assisting you at checkout.

The hotel concierge is the go-to guy if you need something immediately, even if it is hard to come by. In exchange for such services, tipping from $5 to $10is usually the norm, considering some of the amazing feats they can do for you as a hotel customer.

Tipping On Cruises

When going out on a cruise, the usual tips go to cruise personnel who work on the dining area or those who takes care of your rooms. For the waiters and other dining staff providing you good service, the tip may range from $2 to $3 per person. For those room attendants, the usual tipping rate goes for $2 to $3 per day.

Tipping On Restaurants

Restaurants and eateries usually are known as a common ground for tipping. The usual or accepted rate is around 20 percent of the bill but can even be increased if service was truly exceptional. In most fancy restaurants, there are also other restaurant personnel like the maitre d’ to tip especially when it comes to providing you with a table to dine. On a crowded day, it is normal to tip up to $10 especially if you come to the restaurant without a reservation and yet given a table to dine in. Restroom attendants in fancy restaurants may also be tipped $1. Restaurant personnel that provide you some personal service in your table may be given a 10 percent value of the total bill, even higher if given some exquisite service.

 
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