Traveling is supposed to be relaxing, but many feel their chest tighten when they encounter multiple tipping opportunities: cab drivers, bellhops, doormen.
How to Tip When You're Traveling in the U.S.August 1, 2013
Do you tip them all?
Do you tip them all the same amount?
How do you know?
To help Americans better understand appropriate gratuities, Angie's List, a consumer website for rating service professionals, surveyed members and service professionals to get their take on tipping protocols in the United States. The tippee's unsurprising consensus: When in doubt, tip big!
- Bellhop: $1 to $2 per bag
- Car valets: $1 to $3. You can tip when you drop off the car if you like, but definitely tip at pickup.
- Room service: 10 percent is acceptable, 15 percent to 20 percent for a large or difficult order.
- Housekeeping: $2 to $3 per night; $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.
- Concierge: Nothing. But if you have something brought to your room, such as a sewing kit or extra toothbrush, a $2 to $3 tip is appropriate.
- Cabana attendant: 15 percent to 20 percent of your total bill
- Tanning attendant: $5 to $10 per lotion application
- Doorman: $1 for help with each bag, $1 for hailing a cab
- Cab driver: 15 percent to 20 percent tip of the fare. (Find out ahead of time if your cabbie accepts a credit card. If he or she doesn't, make sure you have enough cash for both fare and tip.)
- Airport Red Cap/Baggage personnel: $1 to $2 per bag
- Wheelchair attendants: This really depends on the level of service. If the attendant is transporting the passenger from the check-in to the gate, $5 to $10 is the standard, especially if the attendant assists in helping the passenger from a car. If the attendant is also wrangling bags and with the passenger for a longer period of time, a $10 to $20 tip is appropriate, depending on the number of bags.
- Airport transportation attendants: If the driver helps you with your bags, offer $1 per bag.