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Tipping Valet Parking Question - Self Parking Not An Option

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by ExVegasLocal, Mar 7, 2015.

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  1. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    I used to live in Vegas, so you would think I would know the answer. But I need some input from the VMB group.

    I generally prefer to self-park, but on the occasion that I valet, I tip both when dropping off the car and when picking the car up. It seems to me that a service is being performed in both instances, and so I feel a tip is in order at both drop-off and at pick-up. But now, I have a quandary. I'm booked to stay in a hotel for a week that ONLY offers valet parking. Self parking is not an option. Tipping in and out every time could get pricey over the course of a week. And while I'm not a cheapskate, I'm definitely "value-conscious".

    Given the circumstances, do you think it is appropriate to tip both when dropping the car off and when picking it up? And, given the frequency that I will probably be using valet services, what is the appropriate amount? I would rather budget appropriately than stiff a tipped employee. On the other hand, I can't afford to spend $50 a day tipping the valet. Thoughts?
     
  2. broncofn

    broncofn VIP Whale

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    Not sure if this helps but my uncle who was a local for a few years used to tip the valet guys $10 each for in and out at Caesars ($20). They all knew him by name and always kept his car out front in the valet area and in the shade if it was too hot.

    I would just tip $5 each for in and out ($10).
     
  3. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    That is what I used to do as well. But that was just for one occasional in/out per day. We will probably come and go a few times per day for a week. I just don't think I am prepared to tip $200+ for the week. But is that is the consensus, then I suppose I should.
     
  4. numeno

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    I may be considered cheap with valet, but $5 each way to me is too much. On special occasions or if I'm simply wanting to save time, sure that seems reasonable. If I'm being forced into it though, I don't feel I need to tip as much. $2-$3/time is what I would do.
     
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    I'm pretty sure my g/f only gave a dollar on pickup the 20 or so times we used valet this last trip as necessitated by her mother's limited mobility. I'll admit this is below average tipping (she probably should have gave at least $1 both ways), but I don't recall any subpar service either. If you can afford $5 per effort to help them make some extra cash, great. But you're usually not going to get a much better level of service for it either. I would definitely at least lower it to $2 per pickup your case since you are frequently going to valet, or even $1 each way if money is tight.
     
  6. shifter

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    I don't tip on drop off unless I know I will be parking for a few days.

    $5 on pick up.
     
  7. Universal

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    +1

    The only other time tipping is needed on drop off is if you are asking for something special, like keeping your car parked up front.
     
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  8. broncofn

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    Sorry, I forgot that you would be going in/out multiple times per day. Maybe you could try speaking with a valet supervisor and try to come up with a reasonable tip before checkout that all the valets can share? But make sure that the other guys are aware of it?
     
  9. daveg000

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    I give $3 on Pickup, but.......

    From the The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2015 .

    VALET PARKING :
    Two dollars is correct if the valet is courteous and demonstrates some hustle.

    A dollar will do if the service is just OK. Only pay when you take your car out, not when you leave it.

    Because valet attendants pool their tips, both of the individuals who assist you (coming and going) will be taken care of.

    If the valet service is jammed, hand over a $ 10 or $ 20 to the person who takes your claim ticket and tell him you’d like the car brought up right away. You’ll be moved to the head of the line.
     
  10. Rush

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    Park across the street.
     
  11. Ty

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    2-3 bucks at each pick up.
     
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    I do $1 both in and out. Twice there's been a lineup and I've needed the car so I tipped $10 and the car came out next. I'm also friendly and polite.
     
  13. Snidely

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    $3 on pick up if the car is out in under 5 minutes. After 5 minutes the tip goes down to $2. After 10 minutes the tip goes down to $1. No tip on drop off.
     
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    Surprised I'm in the minority here, but I tip more at DROP off ($5-10, depending on resort) and less at PICK UP ($3-5)
    My simple reasoning is that I do not want to short change the guy that's about to get behind the wheel and park my ride. However, when leaving I'll probably never see the guy again. Again, certainly not going to stiff the guy on pick up, but dropping off seems the right spot to be generous. Of course, service and how my trip is going financially may influence my generosity.
     
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    Valet only? Caution as there is probably (?) a charge for that on a daily basis. A hotel in San Antonio is known to charge 25 $ a day for parking and it is valet only. I don't know, with multiple pick up / drop offs, it wears you out after a while. I laughed at first but now, just park across the street sounds more viable.....if possible.
     
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    Thank you! I just didn't know what was expected! I always tip $2 at drop off and $2 at pick-up, figuring it usually takes them just a couple minutes each time (logic I used, not knowing what was protocol.) Given what I'm reading, I'll continue this way, but up the ante significantly if there is a wait at pick-up and ask for car right away!

    FYI - I always use valet as wandering around a parking garage in Las Vegas is just not on my "to do" list.

     
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  17. ExVegasLocal

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    Thanks for all the suggestions and especially for this bit of information! This is the amount I had in mind...$2 in, $2 out. This amount will fit into my budget.

    In case anyone is wondering, I'm booked at the 255-room Platinum Hotel at Flamingo and Koval. Given the number of rooms, I don't expect any long waits. As to why they don't allow self-parking, I'm unsure. Perhaps the reason will become clear after I've stayed.
     
  18. Breeze147

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    $1 at pickup is plenty.
     
  19. stripes46

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    I normally tip $2 or $3 at pick-up only at The Orleans!
     
  20. VPDana

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    We don't tip at drop-off. At pick-up, it's a $2 tip; at pick-up at the hotel where we are staying we tip $3.00.
     
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