How Much Should You Tip Around The World?

Tipping has been a volatile topic in the world of frequent travelers since — well — arguably since when frequent travel first started: tip the housekeeping staff; tip the server in a restaurant; tip the driver of a taxi cab, airport shuttle service or ride-sharing service; tip the concierge in a hotel or resort property…

…but how much should you tip around the world? An interesting infographic…

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No Tipping Policy Pared Down at One Restaurant Chain

“Back in November of 2015, employees of Joe’s Crab Shack working in the front of the restaurant — such as servers — were to earn $12.00 to $14.00 per hour with the potential to earn more money per hour” was what I wrote in this article earlier this year…

…but after 18 months, apparently the policy generally proved unpopular with…

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Should Customers Pay Servers By the Hour as a New Concept Pertaining to Tipping and Gratuities?

Should customers pay servers by the hour as a new concept pertaining to tipping and gratuities? That is a new concept being proposed by FlyerTalk member Brahmin pertaining to tipping a waiter or waitress based on the amount of time he or she spends catering to your every need. If your server spends an hour with you, simply pay him or her a “wage” of ten dollars per hour: “For a $ 200 dinner where you spend two hours, you should only tip him $ 20. Remember that the server is double and triple dipping as he is serving other tables at the same time. Maybe then $ 10 per hour is also too much.”

That idea apparently emanates from…

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Should Gratuities and Tips in Restaurants Be Discontinued?

Dining out in a restaurant in the United States can be a pleasant experience — until the time comes when the waitperson arrives with the bill, which includes a blank space for a gratuity. How much of a gratuity do you leave? Customers typically leave a tip of an amount anywhere between 15 and 20 percent of the total bill.

Unfortunately, tipping is not solely an American phenomenon, as some may erroneously believe — although the procedures and policies of tipping do vary from country to country. In some countries, an obligatory service charge of ten percent may be levied on a restaurant bill, for example; while in other countries, tipping may not be customary at all and may even be considered an insult in some cases.

Should gratuities and tips be eliminated from the policies of restaurants altogether? Read on…

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Comparing Tipping to Paying Taxes? Get Real…

“Tipping is a custom that can be hard to comprehend and understand. Even a lot of people in America are opposed to it. But being opposed to something isn’t enough to ignore it… You can be opposed to taxes, but you still have to pay.”

This portion of a paragraph is from this article written by Ko Im for Yahoo! Travel in which an anonymous tour guide reveals his “pet peeves” about how the tourists he has served annoyed him.

“In the travel industry, tipping is the lubricant that keeps the machine rolling…

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Hey, Marriott: I Will Tip When I Darn Well Feel Like It

Apparently you and I are not leaving enough of a tip for the housekeeping staff at hotel properties in the United States and Canada, according to a new campaign from Marriott International called “The Envelope Please” of which Maria Shriver is the spokesperson.

Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms at up to 1,000 hotel properties in the United States and Canada operating under the various brands of Marriott International.

I dislike this concept for various reasons…

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Tips and Gratuities: Your Thoughts, Please

Tips and gratuities have long been discussed — and vehemently debated — by travelers over the years…

…so when I read this article posted by Adam at the Point Me to the Plane weblog about the ten cruise traditions which must stop now, I found it interesting but not surprising that two of those arguably reviled traditions include optional tipping and tipping for room service.


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“Get Back Here and Give Me My Gratuity!”

Imagine not having enough cash to pay for a gratuity which a fellow dining partner who paid the bill failed to leave to the waitperson, so a cup of coffee had to be purchased and charged to a credit card with a large tip to atone for that oversight.

Have you ever seen suitcases take flight all by themselves because of an irate taxi cab driver stiffed out of a tip who served as their launch pad?

A waitperson complains that a 10% gratuity is not sufficient enough after delivering what was perceived by the patrons to be poor service.

Regarding Tipping-Who has been chased down outside a restaurant?

We are willing to bet the ones who leave either no tip or a gratuity so incredibly small — think one penny or so — for their perception of poor service probably would be the most likely people to raise their hands in response to that question.

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Here is a Tip For You Regarding Room Service

If you order a meal in a restaurant and experience excellent service, you may be compelled to leave a sizeable gratuity in appreciation — perhaps up to as much as 20% of the total bill for your meal.

How much would you tip a waiter or waitress if they simply delivered your meal to your table and then you never saw them again?

This scenario is why FlyerTalk member BadJelly wonders in the Room Service Tip thread “In the in room dining situation, the meal is dropped off and that is the end of the server. Why is the expectation that the percentage is going to be as high?” when reading about the experience of FlyerTalk member FindMeTravel, who was automatically charged a 22% gratuity when ordering room service.

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