WHAT (AND WHO) DO I TIP? TIPPING GUIDELINES

It all started when I wondered about the frequency of tipping. I travel quite often for work and it slipped my mind this time around to tip the valet as I was leaving my hotel to go to dinner. After mentally beating myself up over it, I was actually ashamed of how little I knew about who, when, and how much. This is a rough estimate in numbers.
  1. Hotel
  2. Valet: $2-5 each retrieval
    Every time the valet staff delivers the car to you. The scale is all dependent upon the service you receive, the valet parking fee, and the value of your car. Opening your door or having them park it in the valet lot does not require tip, unless you want your car to be kept under close watch.
  3. Housekeeping Maids: $1-5 per day
    I'm actually very embarrassed at myself for not knowing this one. I usually include a lump sum underneath my pillow upon checkout, but there's obviously going to be different cleaning crews each day, so it makes sense to leave a little bit each morning.
  4. Bellman: $1-2 per bag
    When the bellman transports your bags from the car to the lobby and/or brings the bags to your room.
  5. Doorman: $0
    Usually do not require tip, up to your discretion if they handle your bags or call a cab (although there's Uber now, so that pastime is quite antiquated).
  6. Concierge: $10-50 per reservation
    If they went out of their way to get you event tickets, seats at a popular restaurant, or coveted items. Suggestions and directions do not require tip.
  7. Dining
  8. Waiter/Waitress: 15-20% of bill
    An easy way I usually calculate tip is doubling the tax. For experiences that I am very pleased with, I will usually triple it in those instances to show my gratitude. *Note: It actually really upsets me when people consider not tipping (i.e.: bad service, food was terrible, etc.) because what a lot of people don't realize is what goes on behind the scenes. The tip is not only for the waiter, but also for the bussers, food runners, hosts, sommeliers, etc. and sometimes for cooks themselves.
  9. Bartender: $1-2 per drink, $5 per round
    The longer they spend making your drink, the more you should tip.
  10. Tip Jar: $1 (or loose change) per order
    For those daily Starbucks runs.
  11. Take-out: $0
    Not necessary to tip but suggested for large orders.
  12. Delivery: $2-4 per order
  13. Bathroom Attendants: $1-2 per night
    Ok, this is going to be a little rant but I get so peeved when people act so stuck-up to bathroom attendants at the club. Sure, it only seems like they're handing out paper towels but they are the ones who end up cleaning your puke because you couldn't handle your shit. As you can tell, I have little tolerance for injustices. If anything, please be courteous. You landed a free spot at a table from your promoter; you are not better than them.
  14. Personal Upkeep
  15. Hair Stylist: 15-25% of total
    If more than one person attends to you (shampoo, colorist, blow-dry, etc.), split the percentage amount according to how much each person contributes.
  16. Manicurist: 15-20% of total
  17. Spa/Masseuse: 20% of total
  18. Waxing/Threading: 20% per service
  19. Barber: 10-20% of total
  20. Tattoo Artist: 10-20% of total
    Don't have any tattoos personally but treat your artist well, since most have a person they are loyal to.
  21. If you have a coupon of any sort, tip off of the original price, not the discounted price.
  22. All in all, don't be stingy with tips. That extra amount you are mulling over will mean a lot more to them than it will to you.
  23. *And strippers: All of the dollar bills in the world.
    I actually have no idea about this one.