Gratuity & Tips

The University will reimburse travelers for usual and customary tips. Generally, between 18-20% is an acceptable amount, depending on the type and level of service.

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.