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Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

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Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

Did a little search on the forum re tipping valet parking, which we will have to use next week(always self-park), and there were some differences of opinion.

Some of you tip dropping off AND picking up, some only picking up, some 5.00 and some 2.00 -3.00... And who do you tip- the big guy running the show outside(at the Plaza, at least) or the kid who drives your car in and out and hands you the keys? Or both?

Any help (so I don't look stupid) would be appreciated!

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1. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

This may not be gospel, but this is what I do and we valet park all the time. Unless some great courtesy has been afforded us, I do not tip on drop off. When we are leaving I give the person who actually brings the car to me a couple of dollars ($2 is my norm unless again something extraordinary happens) with the claim check. Just be prepared rather than searching through your pockets for money as I see a lot of folks do.

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2. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

We valet park everyone casino we visit.

At the Plaza last week I tipped $3 to the gentleman who took the keys and asked staying over? I said short term just here to play for a few hours.

Then I tip again when the car is brought back to me.

$3 is average.

Except at Trump Marina where there are 2 valet parkers who know me well and are exceptional, normal $3 tip each time I drop or call for pickup and a Christmas extra $5 for each last week. Never a wait and service and a smile go a long way with me.

Karma is good and comes back to you.

Good Luck!

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3. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

We always tip on the way in and out, about $2. Couple of months ago at Ballys, tipped on the way in and the attendant changed our stub to one for diamond and above (we're platium), that way free parking and call for your car at kiosk.

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4. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

I use valet all the time and I never tip on drop off to the person handing me the ticket. I do, however tip the bellhop who unloads and takes my bags into the bell stand. I also tip the bellhop who picks up my bags from the room and takes them to valet and tip the driver who brings my car.

My rule of thumb is Vatet = $3 Bellhop=$5 unless there are extra bags than $10.

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5. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

I always tip valet when I drop the car and again when I pick it up. Usually a few bucks each way.

I tip going in with hopes that the car won't get dinged up while getting parked.

TC

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6. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

I've never tipped on drop off and usually tip the person that drove my car and opened the door for me $2. If they go out of their way and help with my bags I'll tip a little more.

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7. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

I ususally tip $2 when I drop off and $3-$5 when I pick up.

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8. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

there is a valet at trop that if you give him a hug he will give you the trillion status parking voucher. but i think it only works if you are a blonde in high heels and a mini skirt

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9. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

>>a valet at trop that if you give him a hug<<

>>it only works if you are a blonde in high heels and a mini skirt<<

now we know how how gdhchula dresses to enter the casino<<*

*there is no gender or age listed under gdhchula profile. Up until now I thought it was a reference to Cthulhu BUT if Cthulhu [link to pic below] hugged me, I do not think I would even notice the outfit

static.howstuffworks.com/gif/cthulhu-1a.gif

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10. Re: Never used valet parking... tip who? tip when?

$5 in, $5 out...