Your Guide to Tipping in the United States

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For foreigners traveling to the U.S. tipping can easily be overlooked since the United State’s policies on tipping are very different from those around the world. Tipping is used in many scenarios in the U.S. from tipping a waiter, a doorman or a tour guide and can be confusing to know how much to tip in each case. Here is a simple guide to tipping so next time you’re traveling in the U.S. you’ll know exactly how much to tip the unexpected restroom attendee.

 Bartender 

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Don’t forget to give your mixologist some love. You should tip $1-$5 per round of drinks.

Bellhop

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You should tip your bellhop $1-$5 per bag depending on the level of the hotel.

Taxi

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Tip your driver 15-20% but round up to the next dollar amount.

Skycap at the airport

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You should tip $1-$3 per bag for the help.

Hotel Concierge

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Tip $5, or more if the concierge performs a service for you.

Tour Guide

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You should tip your helpful guide 10% of the cost of the tour.

Hotel Doorman

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Tip the doorman $1-$2 if he gets you a cab.

 

Valet Parking Attendant

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Tip the attendant $1-$2 once they bring back your car damage free.

Hotel Maid

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Tip your maid $1-$3 per day in cash. Pay daily or all at the end of your stay.

Waiter

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The general tip percentage is between 15%-20%, 20% at nicer restaurants.

Hotel Room Service Waiter

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Unlike a restaurant waiter, tip the room service waiter $1-$2 per delivery on top of an added service charge.

Bathroom Attendant

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Seeing a bathroom attendant may be shocking to some but many works on only tips. Tip $1 or any spare change you have, especially if they help you.

Airport/Train Station Porter

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Tip this helping hand $1 per bag.

Coat Check Attendant

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If there is no fee tip the attendant $1-$2 per coat.

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