Gina, From Waco to Vegas ~ A Concert Bound Tip!

In my younger days I did get a chance to travel some and to different countries and before leaving always had an anxiety attack on wanting to be sure I knew not to make mistakes in etiquette and tipping. Due to a certain size of my pocket book I did not stay at ‘THE RICH AND FAMOUS” establishments but still knew I had to be a good guest.

and decided to check out what is written about learning to be a very ‘smooth’ and “knowledgeable” traveler. I will comment of my experience upon my return.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association offers excellent advice on tipping standards in their Gratuity Guide. They list the staff members who should be tipped and a recommended amount. For example, it’s customary to tip $1-$5 to the bellman who takes your suitcase to the hotel room. You can decide how much, based on how heavy your belongings are, whether he showed you around, or provided you with useful information. Everyone appreciates a tip, but there’s another way to show your appreciation—take time to write an online review or letter mentioning a staff member’s exemplary service to the hotel’s general manager.

Here are tipping guidelines provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Association in partnership with Forbes Travel Guide:

Hotel Courtesy Shuttle Driver: $1-2 per person, $5 per party.
Valet/Parking Attendant: $1-5 when car is delivered.
Bellstaff/Porters: $1-5 per bag when escorted to your room. Tip the same if you request bell staff service while checking out.
Doorstaff: $1-2 for getting a taxi. If they unload your luggage, tip in proportion to amount and weight.
Concierge: $5-10 depending on how involved the service, or lump sum upon departure.
Housekeeping: $1-5 per night, and tip should be left daily in the morning. If possible, leave a note saying the money is for housekeeping.
Delivery of Special Items:
$2 for one item, $5 for more. Tipping is not required for someone fixing something broken or bringing something missing.
Room Service: A gratuity of 15-20% should be added if hotel did not include a room service charge on the bill.
Bartender: Tip 15-20% of total beverage tab.
Server in Restaurant: Tip 15% of total bill or 20% for exceptional service.
—Renee Sklarew·


9 thoughts on “Gina, From Waco to Vegas ~ A Concert Bound Tip!”

  1. Gina, I wish I could be there with you! Hope your trip is all you want it to be and more! You will represent Texas well! Can hardly wait for you report once you recover from seeing “the boys” ! Love you, Dot from Gonzales!!☆☆☆☆☆☆

    1. Thanks for your wishes. Wish more people could go. I know this will be my last long distance. Will report when I get back.

  2. Gina, please don’t start thinking of yourself as too old for anything. You have a bright and positive attitude and that carries you a long way. Have a great trip and I will see you Saturday at Monte Carlo at 5pm for dinner.

  3. Have a wonderful trip Gina. We know the concert will be a “magical night”! God bless you and keep your safe.

  4. Hi Gina, I am flying to Vegas from Cleveland tomorrow. See you at the dinner on Saturday. I am staying at the Monte Carlo.

  5. I planned this trip a long time ago but all kinds of things kept trying to stop me from going. I am now sitting waiting for my daughter to pick me up and go to Dallas to my other daughter’s house and fly out Thursday to Vegas. With my luck I will probably get “hijacked”.

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