Ah…the age-old question: to tip or not to tip? It’s not something you think about on a daily basis at home, but when you travel you’re suddenly in situations it may be appropriate to tip…or maybe not. Our Marketing Team has summed up the answers to your questions in an easy reference guide.


Tipping norms can be pretty murky – throw in different customs and expectations in each country, and even the most seasoned traveler gets confused. And while tipping is not required, if someone is helpful or does a good job, it is always nice to show your appreciation. We’ve gathered some tips for tipping from the pros for you to use as guideline for your next trip.


Before You Travel

You have your ID, your toiletries, plenty of clothes – but did you remember to get small bills? Many people forget to have plenty of $1 and $5 bills for tipping, especially in a world where we use cash less and less. Be sure to get cash including small bills before you travel.

En Route

  • Airport shuttle driver: $1-2
  • Skycap: $2/bag
  • Cab driver: 15%
  • Valet: $3-5 when you pick up your car


  • Bellman: $1-2 per bag when delivered to your room
  • Concierge: varies depending on the task…$5 for something straightforward but more if it is something difficult like securing tickets to sold out play or a reservation at a fully-booked restaurant
  • Housekeeper: $3-5 per day. It is nice to tip each day since it may not always be the same person during your stay.
  • Doorman: $3-5 if they help you with luggage

During the Trip

  • Private Guide: $10-15 per person for a half day; $20-30 per person for a full day
  • Private Driver: $10-15 per person for a half day; $20-30 per person for a full day
  • Spa services: 15-20%
  • Dining: 15-20%
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