With summer in full swing, there are a ton of activities for us all to do. Whether it is golfing, going on a week vacation to an all inclusive resort, or even a road trip!
The fact is, there is an increase in recreational spending during these summer months, and especially in the long weekends.
That said, BMO’s 2012 Summer Travel survey has revealed that more Canadians plan on taking a summer vacation this year compared to 2011 – 84% plan on going away!
BMO offered a tipping guide for anyone to use, which gives you a general idea of how much you should be tipping depending on the service professional.
Now I looked over it, and I decided to pick a few I thought needed to be highlighted and mention in this article.
You might be asking yourself, when would you ever use this? The fact is, when you go on vacation, especially at an all inclusive, you will find yourself in a situation where you will need to tip, whether it is the bartender or the hotel maid. It is a necessary service you find yourself doing, with this guide you will have a comprehensive idea of how much to tip.
How much should I be tipping?
|Services and Professionals||Suggested Gratuity|
|Airport baggage handler||$1 - $3 per bag; you may want to tip higher depending on the weight of your bag|
|Hotel bellhop||$1 - $5 per bag; usually you will tip in accordance to how many bags are being carried|
|Hotel concierge||$5 for basic service and $25 for special or difficult requests. In the end, the concierge is where you will go when you have a problem, leaving a generous tip may be helpful in the future!|
|Hotel housekeeper||$1 - $5 per night; BMO recommends tipping at the end of your stay, but I have found tipping daily lets you get continuous great service!|
|Waitress/waiter||15% - 20% before tax on your bill; generally it all depends on the level of service you receive. You can gauge it accordingly on how much to tip.|
|Bartender||$1 per drink or 15% - 20% of bar bill before your tax|
|Tour guide||Anywhere from 10% - 20% of the cost of the tour|
|Golf caddy||$10 - $25 above the course fee|
These are the tips from BMO’s summer tip sheet I wanted to highlight (with a little extra commentary from myself). If you are interested in viewing the complete BMO Summer Tip Sheet, then click here. Personally, I tried to keep the tip sheet here in line with someone on vacation, rather than services you would see yourself doing even if you weren’t on vacation
Do you have any rules you follow when tipping?