HOW TO: Tip In The United States

The United States requires a lot of tipping. As a general rule, tip 10% for poor service, 15% if it’s decent, and 20% if it’s excellent.  Occasionally, it is appropriate to tip less.  Bell hops and bartenders, for example, only accept a few dollars. Here are some guidelines to follow:

Restaurants: 15-20%

Hotel porters: $1-$2 per bag

Taxis: 10-15%

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Sources:, LonelyPlanet, Frommers, and

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