A question I frequently get is about tipping. How much to tip, different circumstances if you should tip or not tip, and what if you have bad service. Remember that a lot of service industry workers get paid little and make their living off of tips.
If you are at a restaurant (in the U.S.) a standard 15 - 20% applies. It does not matter if you are eating at Applebees or The Mansion, this is the standard amount that you should tip. If you have really bad service then anywhere from no tip to 10% of the total bill is fine. If you order a very expensive bottle of wine, then you are not expected to tip on the total bill.
20% if the appropriate amount to spend for salon services. However, if you are at a medical office and have a procedure done by medical staff (such as getting Botox at a Dermatologist’s office), tipping is not expected. If you are unsure, (such as I was when I got a massage at my Chiropractor’s office), feel free to ask someone at the front desk.
If you valet your car, I suggest tipping $3.00 to $5.00, even if the valet service is not free.
At the airport if you check your bags at the curb, tip at least $3.00 for one bag, and at least $5.00 for two bags. If you are at a hotel and confer with the hotel concierge a lot, I suggest tipping $20.00 - $50.00 before you leave. The gentleman who brings your bag to your room, tip according to how nice the hotel is, and how many bags you have.
During the holidays, I always tip extra if I am a regular customer, or I bring a small gift in addition to my tip. For example, I was charged $55.00 for a spa service, so I gave $100.00 total.
Tipping is important, and knowing how much to tip is very important to know. It is an uncomfortable feeling when you are not sure if you are not giving enough of a tip.