So I’ve just returned from my honeymoon, where Mrs Smurf & I spent 3 wonderful weeks in Hawaii.
I had traveled to the States a couple of years ago, so thought I had the basics down pat on the whole tipping front, especially when eating out.
However, a few different things turned up, which we played by ear, but I’m interested to know what is the accepted “norm” for these things?
These times include -
Housekeeping - should you leave a tip for your hotel housekeeper each day, and if so how much? We generally erred on the side of yes, and left 2 bucks normally. However we did on occasion forget to do so. On one memorial occasion, we were out of bills and left 2 bucks in quarters with a note to say sorry about the coins. They remained untouched that day But when we left 2 dollar bills the next day they were collected.
Shuttle Buses - particularly shuttling between the airport terminal and the rental car place? I had gone with a dollar per bag for bus/van drivers for transfers from the airport to a hotel last trip, but what about the rental car shuttle?
Room Service - the couple of hotels where we ordered room service automatically added an 18% gratuity to room service orders, should you still tip the guy that actually delivers it? Or will he be getting a cut of that automatic gratuity?
Porters - I had been given the impression that a buck a bag was the usual? is that correct?
I found on several occasions I wan short of small bills, it seemed with all these hotels, they leaked out of my hands like water. Is there an accepted thing to do if, for a real example, a porter has taken our bags out of the car and taken them up to the room, and you (i.e. me ) find that you have but a single dollar bill and a 20 in your wallet. :smack: Do you go for the, “I’m Australian I don’t know about tipping” attitude and studiously not notice the porters slight hesitation in the doorway on the way out, and “subtle” look in the direction of the bloke, and feel bad about it. Or is it better to just flat out say, “Ooops sorry, I don’t have any change, I’ll catch you tomorrow for it”?
Anyway, just a couple of questions, about that crazy tipping :smack: I often think that Americanbs must walk around with huge wads of dollar bills in their pockets