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Tipping your shuttle drivers

#1 Post by TrashPanda » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:00 pm

Do you folks that take hotel shuttles get a tipping allowance provided by your company?

Mine, for one doesn't and I'm curious as to what is the norm.

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#2 Post by jpilot77 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:28 am

Mine does.
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#3 Post by av8ts » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:57 am

I tip the shuttle driver only because the company gives me the money. When at work the driver is providing the company with a service not you. I don't tip the fueler, catering person or anyone else providing a service to the company
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#4 Post by PostmasterGeneral » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:24 am

It's pretty standard at my company that all 4 crew members will each tip $1 per shuttle ride. It's a practice that predates my time there, but I think we receive money for it buried somewhere deep down in the contract.
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#5 Post by FICU » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:59 am

$5 provided to Captains to tip the shuttle drivers.
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#6 Post by ZBBYLW » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:47 am

My company gives us a few dollars for check in and check out. I usually give $1 usd in the us and either a toonie or a loonie depending on what I have in Canada. In Mexico, C America and the Caribbean ill usually tip a bit more in their currency or USD. Figure they need the money more than me.

In the 5 years at my company I can't remember a time that the pilots didn't tip someone. The FAs at the main component were much better at tipping (100%ish) than at my current posting in our vacation based component.
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#7 Post by mato » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:19 am

My company gives an allowance for tips. I really think tipping culture is goofy. Plus there's always the shuttle driver who does not even leave his seats to help with bags... I wanted to tell I'm maybe if you get up and help people would be more inclined to tip.... I mean I still tip anyways because it's pre paid. I just don't get it... where do we draw the line... should we tip flight attendants? Tip through mcdonalds drive through. Ahh anyways, end of rant, just think tips are 3rd world slave like attitude to have in any industry here... pay your employees and fire the bad ones.
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#8 Post by altiplano » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:24 am

I like not waiting for my shuttle when I'm ready to go to the hotel. A buck or two a ride helps that I think...

I always look after the tip for the whole crew on Narita layovers...
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#9 Post by hst » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:22 pm

altiplano wrote: I always look after the tip for the whole crew on Narita layovers...
Japan and China are no tipping cultures (at least at my Asian airline). :wink:
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#10 Post by TrashPanda » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:39 pm

hst wrote:
altiplano wrote: I always look after the tip for the whole crew on Narita layovers...
Japan and China are no tipping cultures (at least at my Asian airline). :wink:
Same in North America, if you ask management.
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#11 Post by altiplano » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:53 pm

As I said, I got the tip when in Japan...

We do tip in China though... unless maybe the guy almost crashes us or something...
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#12 Post by co-joe » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:30 pm

I think its time there was a tip jar outside the cockpit. Good landing deserves a 20% gratuity on ticket price I think.
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#13 Post by North Shore » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:36 am

co-joe wrote:I think its time there was a tip jar outside the cockpit. Good landing deserves a 20% gratuity on ticket price I think.
Can we take money out if you hammer it on, and compress a few vertebrae?
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#14 Post by co-joe » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:18 am

North Shore wrote:
co-joe wrote:I think its time there was a tip jar outside the cockpit. Good landing deserves a 20% gratuity on ticket price I think.
Can we take money out if you hammer it on, and compress a few vertebrae?
Absolutely not. This is a one way street here buddy. ;) If we crash and you have to sift through charred metal to find your suitcase, you get your ticket refunded though...as credit towards future travels only, must be used within one year of the date of purchase, conditions apply.
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#15 Post by Donald » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:46 pm

altiplano wrote:We do tip in China though... unless maybe the guy almost crashes us or something...
This is the YUL rule too....
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#16 Post by planett » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:20 pm

I thought you meant Space Shuttle drivers! Do they need tips?
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#17 Post by FICU » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:20 am

Donald wrote:
altiplano wrote:We do tip in China though... unless maybe the guy almost crashes us or something...
This is the YUL rule too....
The only time I refused to pay a tip was in YUL... either floored or hard on the brakes and taking corners too fast... no tip for you!
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#18 Post by trey kule » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:10 pm

should we tip flight attendants?
Expect that soon to be an option when booking a trip. Listed as a "fee" or "surcharge"...

And never heard about this tipping in China. It is actually officially discourage there, if not actually against the law.
It is typically only the taxi drivers who have cottoned on to this tipping thing from us, and who perceive it as absolute stupidity on our part.
although, in the last year, the restaurants that cater to expats have done a work around, and quietly post a little item on their menus.....15% service charge added to all prices.....and people still add a tip.
Sometimes North Americans have tipitits. ie. the need to feel better about themselves by giving tips.

The card machines offer ..suggestions....starting typically at 15%. I guess nowadays we need a machine to suggest to us the proper amount to tip. And when the issue comes up on the TV shows, the experts suggest 30% is a more accurate number.
It is absolutely bizarre.
And we, here in Canada, even tip on the taxes on the bill. Think about that next time the little machine offers suggestions for the tip amount...It includes the meal taxes.

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#19 Post by g5 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:18 pm

I used to tip 15% and then a friend of mine told me it's 20 now. What's 20% of a free shuttle bus ride? Tipping culture in America has gone mad. I was in a Starbucks and the guy in front of me gave them $10 for $5 coffee. It's not even table service for fucks sake. Maybe I've been living in England too long but I just don't get it anymore.
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#20 Post by seniorpumpkin » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:11 am

Tipping culture drives me crazy, even when I worked a job where I got tips I hated the whole idea of it. Provide amazing service and get no tip, then provide terrible service and get a huge tip. It made me pull my hair out.
We get no allowance and you can tell. Shuttle drivers don't care about our crews, they are always late and we are the last priority every time. If we get exceptional service I'll tip $1 for an airport ride. If I take the shuttle to do something fun on a layover like go to a restaurant or a mall I will tip as that is a personal trip where the service is being provided to me not my company. Also I want to make sure they come back to pick me up!
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