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Do You Know Who to Tip When You're on Vacation?

How Money Are You: Tipping While on Vacation

Summertime is typically vacation time for many people wanting to get out of the office and into the sunshine. When you replace the glow of your computer screen with the natural Summer light, you may also be getting out of town and staying in a hotel. You're away from home and relying on various services to make your vacation comfortable, but do you know who to you tip for their efforts?


How Money Are You: Tipping While on Vacation

You start tipping practically the moment you arrive at your hotel. Only one of these people shouldn't expect a tip. Who is it?

raieven raieven 9 years
I'm a newlywed and we are both really new to tipping (my husband is british and i've never really taken any holidays before where i had to know how to tip etc) so in LV recently we asked for a different room and the front desk guy was v. accommodating and gave us a room in the part of the hotel that we wanted, with a good view, and we were completely lost and awkward about what to tip so we gave ten bucks. i felt so bad but my husband thought it was enough.
HarajukuLamb HarajukuLamb 9 years
LOL faerymagick15 never been in a taxi... hellooo Princess... fuck...
HarajukuLamb HarajukuLamb 9 years
That was a pretty easy quiz...
Robsonette Robsonette 9 years
Front desk staff is #1 on my list of who to tip, they are in charge of where you sleep. I can't think of someone I would want to tip more. For a two night stay I will always slip them a $20 to ensure I get the room as requested (bed size and smoking preference). This will also encourage them to keep you away from rooms with small kids, away from ice machines and elevators.Usually if they are able they will either give you a better view or a better appointed room.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
raieven: Honestly any tip for the front desk is nice. As a front desk agent, we get a lot of screaming and yelling guests, so it's nice when some one recognizes all that you do for them. So, if you want to throw us $5 so we can buy our lunch, we would honestly love you forever! Though, we will most likely try and turn it down at least once. But nice looking out for us :D
donna538 donna538 9 years
Why does everyone feel you need to tip the everyone. I tip wait staff because they are paid under the reg min. wage. Anyone earning over the min. wage does not get a tip, unless they go out of their way to do something and are very attentive to us. Do you tip the airline employee that lugs your bags to the conveyor belt or are put on the plane? I really get tired of the tip jars on buses. The only room stewards that get a tip from me are on cruises, they actually do deserve it and really do work for it.
raieven raieven 9 years
how much are you supposed to tip the front desk person if they give you a nice room? (not an upgrade, just one with a better view that costs the same)
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I agree Sundrops I don't think tipping should be the reason you get good service. I also don't tip to get good service, I do it because I appreciate the service I've gotten. I don't always tip for every single service. Like at hotels I don't usually tip housekeeping because I am so neat and usually don't get service for the 2 or 3 nights I am there. I never ask for extra anything and I clean up as much as I can before I leave. For Valet or bellman service I usually tip because I work at a hotel and I know those guys depend on tips and if we go out to eat I tip pretty well too.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i got all the questions right - but to be honest, i don't necessarily agree with it all. being in NYC - i've become accustomed to doormen, and i dont tip them every time they get me a cab...i give htem a bonus during the holidays though. the same thing for maids...depending on where i stay and how long, i don't know if i feel the need to tip. if i'm at a resort for a week, that's one thing...but if i'm only in a place for a couple days, then it's not necessarily needed. to be eco-sensitive, i don't always have them wash the towels every night etc...and i'm usually a neat person. i even make the bed before i leave while i'm on vacation.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
Tipping a Barista?! And I've def never tipped a hostess either... maybe if i was ballin but I'm not :(
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
didn't know you were supposed to tip a taxi driver. never been in a taxi.
laluna laluna 9 years
I got 3/4, i don't know much about tipping.
stargrrl stargrrl 9 years
4/4 Although, truth be told, this quiz didn't take too much effort
sundrops sundrops 9 years
It's funny how tipping equals good service these days. Aren't you supposed to get good service any way? We tip 15-20% at a restaurant depending on the service, and if we don't spend very much it's usually more 30-40% tip, but tipping your way to good service goads me.
emalove emalove 9 years
This was really easy.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I know monday but I do it because I always get amazing service when I do and I always get extras.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Hostesses usually get tipped out by the waitresses, cubadog. That's why they don't get tips regularly.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
Easy quiz! I work at a hotel and the BEST perk I get is free nights at other hotels around the world because of this I always tip everyone BUT it can be hard sometimes because they know I come from a sister property and they dont want to take it!!!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
*I meant Savvy! :oops:
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
That's the one part that sucks about vacations - tipping. You may as well bring an extra $100. It seems as if everyone in the hotel gets a tip except for the front desk & hosts. Hey Casa - it would be nice to have a post with how much we're supposed to tip everyone. :) Or send a link to the story if it's already posted.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I remember a while back that people were getting pretty heated about tipping your barrista and I was shocked how many people don't tip for an espresso drink, but apparently everyone knows that you tip everyone while on vacation? Seems strange to me. Plus, the front desk associate upgraded my room from my normal on a recent business trip - I definitely included him in the numerous other people I tipped, and didn't even expense that one.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
For question 3 I would have tipped both the hostess and the server.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
This was pretty easy, but good information to remember. A good idea would be to discuss which countries are ones in which gratuities are expected.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I am confused. I wonder who failed.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
haha common knowledge 4 sure!
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