Travel tips: Tipping
| January 1st, 2006
Tipping can seem like a travel quagmire.
If you want to read up on tipping more extensively, try The Original Tipping Page at http://www.tipping.org/tips/TipsPageTips.html.
But here’s a brief guide to standard North American tipping guidelines.
- Waiters: 15% of total Bill before taxes
- Captain: 5%, if diner writes tip on check- waiter gets it all, unless the diner specifies how the tip is split up.
- Headwaiter: $ 5.00 and up, in cash.
- Sommelier: 5-10% of the wine selection. ($2-3 dollars is a good tip)
- Bartender: 15% of check, $2.00 minimum.
- Hatcheck: 50 cents – $1.00 per couple
- Restroom attendant: $1.00
- Doorman: to get a taxi $1.00, bad weather or rush hour $2.00.
- Other staff at a frequently visited restaurant should be tipped once or twice a year.
- Nightclubs – Headwaiter: $2 – $10 per person, the more you tip usually ensures better service.
- Limousine Service: 15% to driver, or $5.00, if tip is included in bill.
- Hotels: Valet, Room Service, Bartender -$10 ces depending on the quality of service. Bellman, Chambermaid – $1.00-$5.00 per day.