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Gratuities: Tipping isn’t a City in China!

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Tipping can be daunting when traveling! Did I leave enough? Should I not tip? We conduct many motor coach tours around the country and tours around the world, so we thought we would share what we have learned about gratuity etiquette.  Of course, this is just a guide. Tips should be a reward for the level of service that you receive and is ultimately up to you.

There is one rule that must be followed when tipping: Don’t ask for change.  If you pay for your meal with cash and need change to make the tip, that is more than acceptable! But if your bellhop just loaded all of your luggage, don’t hand them a $20 and ask for $18 back. It’s rather embarrassing for them to fumble through their pockets while you are watching.  We have all been in situation like that, so be prepared with smaller bills in your pocket or at the very least, be gracious  and run an appropriately higher tip to them after getting change yourself.

Motor Coach Tours

When you travel with JOY, the price of your tour includes gratuities for meal service and step-on guides. However, the customary trip gratuities for the Joy Tour Director and the Motor Coach Driver have not been included in the price of your tour.

Omitting gratuities for the Tour Director and the Motor Coach Driver from the price of the tour allows each traveler to make a personal decision about the value of the service rendered by these two people who provide assistance during the tour.

Listed below are some answers to questions that are often asked regarding gratuities:

  • Gratuities are a personal choice and should be extended on a voluntary and individual basis.
  • Gratuities should be in direct proportion to the level of professionalism and personal service extended to you throughout your tour by the Tour Director and the Motor Coach Driver.

Typical gratuity rates are as follows:

  • Motor Coach Driver – $2-$3 per day per person
  • Tour Director – $3-$4 per day per person

It is best to offer your gratuities near the end or at the conclusion of the tour in two envelopes marked for each person: Joy Tour Director and Motor Coach Driver

US Travel

Higher priced cities do expect higher tips. The norm is between 15-20% but a server in New York City is going to expect a higher tip than a server in Sharonville, Ohio. $1-2 per piece of luggage is also a good rule of thumb.

Travel Abroad

In Europe, Central and South America:
Look for a service charge to be added to your bill, it’s normally about 10%. Luggage handling is normally $1 per piece of luggage.  If there is a service charge, then don’t worry about adding additional tip, unless you feel that they have exceeded expectations.

Middle East and Africa:
Tipping isn’t always necessary but it won’t be found insulting. This is a great time to do as the locals do, but of course it’s wise to recognize excellent service. You might get some extra travel advise or adventure!


Chinese Food
Asia:
Tipping can be seen as insulting in most Asian countries, even though you mean well. Try to follow the lead of the locals but if you have any doubt, just don’t leave a tip. 

Here’s an awesome tipping chart from Magellans.com

Country Restaurants Porters Taxis
Argentina 10% $1 Round up taxi fare or small tip.
Armenia 10% 50 cents – $1 per bag None
Australia 10% in fine restaurants only $2 per bag Round Up
Austria 5% above service charge $1 – $2 per bag Round Up
Azerbaijan 10% 50 cents – $1 per bag None
Bahamas 10% $1 per bag 10%
Bahrain 10% $1 – $2 per bag 10%
Belgium 10% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Bolivia 10% 75 cents per bag 10%
Brazil 10 – 15% $1 per bag 10%
Brunei None None None
Bulgaria 10% $1 per bag Round Up
Canada 15% $1 – $2 per bag 10%
Cayman Isles 15% if no service chrg $1 per bag 10%
Chile 10% in addition to service chg $1 per bag None
China 3% in major cities $1 – $2 total None
Colombia 10% 75 cents per bag None
Costa Rica None $1 per bag 10%
Cuba $1 for special service $1 for special service $1 for special service
Czech Rep 5 – 10% $1 per bag Round Up
Denmark None $1 per bag Round Up
Ecuador 10% if no service charge 75 cents per bag None
Egypt 5-10% + service charge $1 per bag Round Up
England 10% if no service charge $1 per bag 15%
Fiji None None Round Up
Finland 10% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
France 5-10% $1 per bag Round Up
Germany 5-10% $1 per bag Round Up
Greece 5-10% in addition to service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Guatemala 10% in addition to service charge $1 per bag 10%
Holland 5-10% $1 per bag Round Up
Hong Kong 10% in addition to service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Hungary 10% if no service charge None Round Up
Iceland 10% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
India 10% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Indonesia 10% 50 cents total Round Up
Ireland 10 – 15% $1 per bag Round Up
Israel 12 – 15% if no service charge $1 per bag 12 – 15%
Italy 10% in addition to service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Japan Tipping is perceived as insulting None None
Kenya 5% if no service charge 50 cents per bag None
Luxembourg 5-10% $1 per bag Round Up
Macao 10% in addition to service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Madagascar 10% 50 cents per bag Round Up
Malaysia None None None
Mexico 10-15% $1 50 cents
Morocco Leave loose change 50 cents per bag Round Up
New Zealand None None None
Nicaragua 10% for special service $1 per bag 10%
Norway 10% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Oman None None None
Paraguay 10% 75 cents per bag 10%
Peru Up to 10% for special service 75 cents per bag None
Philippines 10% 50 cents – $1 per bag Round Up
Poland 10% $1 per bag Round Up
Portugal 10 – 15% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Romania Round Up $1 per bag Round Up
Russia 10 – 15% $1 per bag Round Up
Samoa None None None
Saudi Arabia 10-15% $1 – $2 per bag 10%
Scotland 10-15% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Singapore None None None
South Africa 10% if no service charge 50 cents total 10%
South Korea None None None
Spain 7 – 10% in addition to service charge $1 per bag 10%
Sweden 10% if no service charge $1 per bag Round Up
Switzerland Round up $1 per bag Round Up
Taiwan 10% if no service charge $1 per bag None
Tanzania 10% None None
Thailand None None None
Turkey Round Up $1 per bag Round Up
Ukraine 10% $1 per bag Round Up
United Arab Emirates None None None
United States 15-20% $1 – $2 per bag 10 – 15%
Venezuela 10% 75 cents per bag 10%
Vietnam None None None
Wales 10% if no service charge $1 per bag 10%

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JOY TOUR and TRAVEL has been in operation since 1985. We are fully bonded and insured. We are specialists in many areas of travel. Our staff has traveled extensively to bring you first-hand knowledge of the world. It is our goal to provide quality travel experiences that are of exceptional value to our clients. We are an active member and Co-Owner of Travel Alliance Partners (TAP). This is your assurance that this agency meets the highest standards of financial stability. We have to meet certain criteria to be a member of TAP. TAP is 29 of North America's premier tour operators. We are also a member of Vacation.com (which allows us to get special discounts); the Greater Cincinnati BBB, Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), which allows us to book international, as well as domestic airline itineraries

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