Travel Tip - How Much Should You Tip A Hotel Doorman?

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Continuing on the “who should you tip” subject… I recently had a conversation with a long time hotel doorman and he said that things have been getting difficult because no one under 40 carries cash anymore - meaning that tips, a large portion of their take home pay, have been dwindling for quite some time now, even though they are working harder than ever.

This comment about carrying cash got me thinking about gratuity earning positions, where transactions are cash based not credit card based. Doormen don’t have the luxury of saying “just venmo me” (although maybe that’s an answer).

Between $2.00 to $4.00 is a good place to start

This really comes down to the importance of being prepared when you go out. There will be times when you encounter workers in tipped positions, like a doorman, and a dollar or two will go a long way, especially if they go above and beyond in providing a service for you.

How much should you tip a Doorman? Well, that depends on what they’re doing. Often times they are loading or unload a (your) car, making sure your luggage gets to your room, getting you transportation and making sure that driver knows where to take you. But a little known benefit of working with a Doorman is that they often know virtually every limo and taxi driver in the area… more importantly, they know the ones to avoid. Doormen know that whichever car they put you in is a reflection on them and the hotel you’re staying at, and they take that service and safety VERY seriously.

So how much should you tip a Doorman? Between $2.00 to $4.00 is a good place to start. If they are really taking it to the next level, an dollar or two will go a long way.

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