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Tipping at the Airport

Please can someone give me advice on the tipping requirements to the baggage handlers at Hewanorra airport.

We were a little exbarrassed when we arrived last year to be asked for dollars (only had large notes no change)for pushing our trolley, which we were quite capable of doing but not allowed too.

Whats the process?

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First of all, there is no reason you cannot push your own trolley! Do not let them "bully" or insist on taking your bags from you if you do not want them to. It is only a few yards from customs to the shuttles and taxis and no real reason to need assistance unless you have very heavy luggage or numerous bags.

IF you do need to tip for their assistance, $2.00 US is plenty per bag!

IrieLady

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I agree with IrieLady. Push the trolley yourself and wave the baggage handlers away.

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This happened to us just this month when we got in. They would not let us take the trolly and all I had on me was $3 us so thats all he got and he didn't look happy but nothing I could do about it I was not going to give him a $20. I usually tip $1-2 per bag. Good Luck

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I have said this before - it would be so much better for the airport authority or tourist board to pay these guys to take the trolleys through for people rather than badgering people for tips. It gives a bad impression of the island before people even get to the outside and probably influences their perception, especially for first-time visitors. They will just assume they will get hassled everywhere they go.

If I have loads of stuff I do let them take it but only tip about 5US max. If I can manage myself then I do so.

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I totally agree with St Lucia enthusiast. I have been to the Caribbean many times. I only use the baggage people IF it suits me to do so.

A firm but polite 'No thanks' does the job.

You really shouldn't feel obliged to use them.

If you do, then $2 or so is fine for what is about 30 seconds work.

I really wouldn't get too stressed about it though.

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I agree too - just don't get stressed about it - it's your first opportunity to test out that CHILL on St Lucian territory - no, actually, I stand corrected, probably the second - the first is standing in the customs queue! I can remember our very first time in St Lucia feeling hassled by the guys literally grabbing the bags and then arriving at the other side of the door (a few steps away!), having them pretty well hurled off the trolley by the tour operators desk. We just looked at each other and laughed at the cheek of it! SLE you are right - it is not a good impression to first time visitors. That said we now just accept it as part of the holiday, hand over a few dollars and go on our merry way to a happy holiday! I guess we all have to earn a living somehow!

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Hi

We normally give the baggage guys 1 US dollar for the 30 yard trip its no problem if you do not want to either way just chill out and relax lots of people do not tip and lots of people do. Its customery in the Carribean and lots of countrys with a tourist based economy and we are visiting their lovely Island so we just go with the flow. When one considers the cost of the trip 2 dollars more is no big deal and the tipping culture is no different in most hotels in Europe you always tip the Bell boy when he carries your bags from the Taxi to the reception which usually is about 30 yards. Chill and be cool.

Happy days

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These people are only trying to earn a few dollars for the transport of your luggage. keep the St Lucia economy going and give them a few dollars. my husband and I never tote our luggage the few yards to the Sandals area. By the time we get there we're happy to let someone else do the lugging. Chill out

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I really resent where the replies are going about dragging your own luggage out to save money. I feel quite important when I get escorted through the airport with someone pushing my luggage.

St Lucia is a very small island wholly reliant on tourism right now. The red caps pay to operate at the airport, and they rely on your payments to make their living. They have a set rate of $1 US per bag. Is it so much?

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Stluciadebs-I totally agree with you. I have never found the redcaps to be rude or to ask us for money. When we travel to St Lucia we always have lots of small bills to tip with. It's our feeling that we should do what we can to be friendly,gracious and generous when in a foreign country.