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Tipping In America

USA | Tuesday, 27 October 2009 | Views [1761] | Comments [1]

I loved New York last time I went, but it took me a little while to get used to the whole tipping thing. I hope this post will help some people out:

Tipping in America is simply the done thing.The American way of offering tips to those who help you should be practiced by all who visit, regardless of what the policies are in your own country. The following is a top 5 guide to tipping for anyone visiting the beautiful country on American holidays like me

1.    Have some dollars ready. When you are in the currency exchange, make sure to ask for a certain amount extra to allow for tipping. You should really carry an extra in dollar notes at all times.This means you won't have to ask for change and you can tip whatever value you want easily. Don't be embarrassed if you have to ask for change though as it is quite common

2.    Bars. It is common to tip around a dollar a drink at the bar but if you are ordering three or more drinks then you don’t have to keep to the 'per drink' rule, just give a reasonable amount. If you’re drinks are brought over to you by a bar man or lady all night, expect to leave around a 10% tip when you leave

3.    Restaurants. The really is dependent on the restaurant in question. Cheaper take-away style places only really should be tipped maybe 15% whilst more up market eateries should be tipped at a rate of around 20-25% of the bill.If the staff go the extra mile for you then you should really thank them by tipping a little extra for their work.

4.    Bags.The porter who brings the bags to the room will probably be expecting tip of one dollar per bag. This quite a strong rule of thumb, but you can always tip more if the service was great or there was a lot of effort involved for the porter. Bag carriers at airports should be tipped between $1 to $2 per bag

5.    Poor service. If you don’t feel that the service was up to standard then don’t tip. Your reasons should be clearly explained though. Most service providers want to hear where they can improve and won’t be offended.

Tags: advice, america, money, tipping, tips, usa




Hi Tina,

I have just come back from a holiday in New York, and found that tipping varied a lot from place to place. I was visiting a friend, and as we travelled from bar to bar one night, i noticed him leaving different amounts each time. He seemed to base his values on service, rather than quality of drink or food.

  Mark C Oct 27, 2009 3:29 AM

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