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How to give an appropriate tip in America?

 
 
roger
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 09:54 pm
@Kolyo,
Tucked under an ash tray used to be good, as it clearly wasn't just lying about. Of course, ash trays are getting scarce, but something similar perhaps.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 10:01 pm
@Kolyo,
My dad taught me to leave a folded note that said "for the housekeeper" on the outside. The tip $ goes inside the note.

The little notepads and pens you find in most hotel rooms are handy for that Smile
Kolyo
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 10:04 pm
@ehBeth,
That should work. Thanks.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 10:13 pm
@Kolyo,
I've left tips for the maids for forty or fifty years. And once, a small water color painting. I've never done it so they might somehow treat me better, cripes, what calculating assholes people are.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 10:16 pm
@Kolyo,
You leave it for after you have left. This is normal.

Or maybe not, new generation.

cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 10:31 pm
@Kolyo,
I always leave $2 every night with a thank you note because the maid may change from one day to the next.
I have visited Cuba several times, and was told not to leave $2/nite, because the average wage in Cuba is $20/month. I leave some coins worth about .25c/nite.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2016 10:48 pm
Nice day. I visited an old thread I started, six pages long, and a loon had zeroed me throughout. So it goes. Certainly no one from Venice. That wasn't recent, I'd seen it before.

Now I see this one. Whatever.
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chai2
 
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2016 10:04 am
@Kolyo,
As others have said, in an envelope or with a slip of paper folded around it saying some like "to hskping, thank you" then placed on the dresser, maybe weighted down by something. Like I said before, if I'm staying a few nights, I don't want housekeeping coming in my room, so I leave a larger tip when I leave. If I did want service in between, separate tip then.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2016 02:10 pm
I just was last week traveling and at the hotel there, the maids left an envelope - preprinted with a message and the houskeeper's name. I don't know if the hotel supplied them or the housekeepers themselves, but it was kind of nice to know where to put the money.
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2016 03:09 pm
@CalamityJane,
Yes, I've seen that before too. It's a nice idea, plus it is a reminder, or letting people who don't know, to tip the housekeeper.

Ask for what you want, it increases your chance of getting it. Wink
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2016 04:05 pm
@chai2,
No, i was serious. It had just never occurred to me.
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2016 05:37 pm
@Setanta,
Funny story.
When in college I had a roommate, Sonya. She told me when she was 16 or so she got a job at a local motel. This was in Daytona. She said at the time she was pretty innocent about the ways of the world.

She was cleaning a room of someone who had left, and found a bunch of what she thought were candies, all wrapped in indivdual wrappers. She remembers thinking at the time Trojans was a funny name for a candy.

She brought them home, and put them in a little bowl on the kitchen table, for everyone to share.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2016 08:20 am
@Kolyo,
I usually leave it on the desk on top the hotel memo pad or on top a piece of paper where I write thank you...so there is no confusion it is meant for them.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2016 08:22 am
@ossobuco,
I always leave it at the end of my stay...never thought of leaving it earlier as an incentive for better service.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2016 09:19 am
@Linkat,
It works like a charm. My dad's tipping habits have paid off very well for us over the years.

When we've had to use moving companies, he/I give each of the movers half of their total tip (tell them it's coffee money) and say the balance will be available at the completion of a good move. The move is invariably super-clean AND fast - they want that final tip soooon. That's particularly good when you're using a moving company that bases part of its final bill on time taken to move.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2016 10:59 am
@ehBeth,
My wife and I are going on an organized group tour next month to the three islands of Hawaii. When and how should we tip our Tour Director?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2016 01:30 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Tour Director? Nothing!! If it's a tour guide then yes....I'd calculate 2 bucks per hour if it's an all day event - $5.00/hour if it's only a few hours.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2016 03:15 pm
@cicerone imposter,
$4 - $5 per day/per passenger is the standard for tour directors on American-based tours

the tour director has so many responsibilities, before and during the tour, including being on call 24 hours a day in case of emergency

best to do this yourselves, not as part of a larger group of tippers as that seems to drive the total to the tour director down

some companies put suggested tipping amounts right in the tour package - some indicate if it's permitted/not allowed

while most books/sites recommend the tip at the end, it's another place where my dad has often provided a portion, 25 - 30% of the total, upfront. i.e. on a 10 day trip, the total for 2 would be $80 - $100 to the tour director. $25 (from a couple) at the end of the first day in anticipation of all the work they'll have to do is a good move. that way, if there's rescheduling required, or whatever, your odds of getting an upgrade when possible are improved
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2016 05:08 pm
@ehBeth,
Thank you. Makes it easier to figure out our budget for the trip.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sun 24 Apr, 2016 03:08 pm
@ehBeth,
A "housekeeper" thought me this. I left a five on the desk and returned to a note telling me that if it was a tip I should make it clear as such.

I always tip them generously. At least five a night. After the second tip I get special attention and nice notes back. I like that.
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