Broke-Ass Etiquette: Travel Tipping
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Q: Dear Half-Price Headliner,
I’m traveling for the holidays and never know what to tip for things like checking bags at the curb, airport shuttles, hotel housekeeping, etc. Got any tips?
A: How considerate of you to ask! Travel tipping can be a tough one, since one encounters so many people throughout a trip whose services may or may not warrant gratuity. Let’s break it down by service.
Airport Shuttle: Hopefully taking a shuttle or cab is a last resort, (after begging for a ride and taking public transport) but if not, don’t sweat it. I usually tip 18% for a shuttle service and and between 15% and 18% for a cab. They’re probably already adding a baggage fee into the cost, so either ask, or don’t worry about it.
Skycap: I’m not even sure this service still exists at some airports, but if you’re in a hurry or feeling fancy with your non carry-ons, tip a dollar per bag when you check your luggage at the curb.
Hotel Services: This is a tricky one. You can’t swing a cat without hitting someone waiting to, well, wait on you at most hotels. While they are all very helpful, they don’t all need a tip. If someone carries your shit, hales a cab, or gets you something (a towel, extra pillow, mini-fridge) then give them a buck or two. If they answer a question or give you directions, a thank you and a smile will do (unless they go above and beyond the call of duty).
Housekeeping: This deserves it’s own category, as many people don’t know or don’t choose to tip the housekeeping staff. If you are the latter, you’re a dick. If you’re the former, I would recommend leaving one to two dollars per person, per day (depending on how messy you are). I know it might seem like a lot, but this person is making your bed for you every day, so deal.
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