Gratuity & Tips
The University will reimburse travelers for usual and customary tips. Generally between 15-18% is an acceptable amount, depending on the type and level of service. The upper limit should be reserved for service considered to be outstanding or when you have requested additional non-standard items or services of a business nature due to extenuating circumstances.
Note: Many restaurants will add a 15% gratuity to the bill automatically, so review your bill closely before you calculate your tip.
The following is considered reasonable and customary with regard to tipping
- Wait-staff at a full-service restaurant: 15-18% of pretax bill
- Wait-staff at buffet or counter service: 10%
- Valet Parking Attendant: $1 - $5 for returning car, not expected for parking car
- Courtesy Shuttle Driver: $1 - $2 per person, or $5 per group
- Taxi: 15% plus $1- $2 per bag if handling
- Doorman: $1 - $2 to hail a cab; $1 per bag to assist in loading or unloading; $1 - $2 per bag if he/she takes to your room
- Bellman: $1 - $2 per bag at check-in and check-out; maximum $5
- Maid Service: $2 - $5 per day
- Concierge: Tipping is not expected for normal advice and recommendations; $5 for more involved or unusual service
For international travel, note that tipping is insulting in some cultures. It is advised that you research a particular destination in advance of your travels.