Tipping in the time of COVID requires extra generosity. With the global shutdown and everyone shut-in, it’s time to make our re-entry in a generous way. Of course, the amount all depends on the type of accommodation. But one thing experts all agree on is when in doubt, give. And make sure to have change in 1s, 5s, and 10s…
Gratuity Guidelines: Then vs. Now
- Valet. $2-5 (then $2-3) depending on the quality of the hotel and when they get your car.
- Doorman. $2-3 (then $1-2) but only if he hails you a cab. Opening the door for you is his job.
- Bellhop/ Luggage Porter. A couple of dollars a bag or $3-5 ( then $1-3). At a luxury hotel, you should tip about $5.
- Housekeeping. Depending on your hotel and the mess you’ve made, $3-5 (then 1-3) a night. If you ask for extra services such as toothpaste or razors, tip when they complete the service. During late-night hours, tip $5. Also, always tip per day as the staff changes. You want to ensure the housekeeper who cleaned your room gets the tip.
- Room Service. I’ve never met a hotel that didn’t include a hefty service charge, but if you feel generous, feel free to open your wallet.
- Concierge. Your best friend away from home, so don’t skimp on tipping one, especially for hard to get dinner reservations or theatre tickets. $10-20 (then 5-20) will do just fine. It’s important always to place your cash in an envelope. Never hand the green stuff over. If you can, give the tip to the person vs. leaving it at the concierge desk with the person’s name on it.