What you should tip while traveling

Summer is in full force with many people taking their vacations with their family and friends. Do you ever wonder what you should tip at restaurants, your valet driver, or for room service, etc? AARP.com put together a list of tip suggestions!

Hotel Tipping:

Bellhop: $1 to $2 per bag

Car valets: $1 to $3. Always tip them when you pick up your car.

Room service: 10 percent is adequate, 15 percent to 20 percent for a large or difficult order.

Housekeeping: $2 to $3 per night and $5 if you have more than three people in a room/suite. Leave the money in an envelope with “Thank You” on it, so they know the money is for them.

Doorman: $1 for help with each bag, $1 for hailing a cab.

Transportation Tipping:

Cab driver: 15 percent to 20 percent tip of the fare. (Find out ahead of time if your cab driver accepts a credit card. If he/she doesn’t, make sure you have enough cash for both fare and tip.)

Airport transportation attendants: If the driver helps you with your bags, offer $1 per bag.

Restaurant Tipping:

Servers: 15 percent to 20 percent of your total bill after tax. Most servers make less than $3 an hour, so tips are really their salary.

Bartenders: $1 per drink. If you’re waiting for a table, it’s also courteous to close your tab at the bar and then start fresh with your server for your meal.

If you order food at the bar: Same as if you were seated — 15 percent to 20 percent.

If you use a discount coupon for your meal: Tip your server on what the bill would have been before the discount. A little extra for discounted “happy hour” drinks is also appreciated.

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Article information courtesy of AARP.com


One thought on “What you should tip while traveling

  1. Shannon | Costa Rica Plastic Surgery July 25, 2011 / 7:54 am

    I am one of those who doesn’t really know who to tip and how much to give them. This is a helpful post for someone like me. Thanks! 🙂

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