Do you tip at the club-lounge?

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  1. no-backpacker
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    I can see there are some tipping threads here so please feel free to move this into another one...

    Do you give a tip in the club-lounge? When do you do it and how? I ask because I am not used to the tipping-culture (don't shoot me...) and could need some advises.

    Xxx.
     
  2. JasonH
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    By and large I avoid lounges for several reasons, however when I am in them I always abide by my primary rule. If the service is above and beyond I will tip and I will tip what I feel the service I was rendered is worth.
     
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    I tip for adult beverages, not for a soft drink. Don't ask me why because I don't have a good reason. I'm just being honest.
     
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    In UA RCCs I tip the bartender $1 per drink. In hotel lounges (e.g. Hilton) I don't with one exception. After 4-6 night stays in a hotel - and if we've spent a lot of time in the lounge - I sometimes give the lounge manager an envelope containing $5-10 per night with a request that it be shared among staff with our thanks if the service has been exemplary. I've always asked the manager in advance and have never been refused. [​IMG] I know of others who do that as well but I wouldn't say it's common practice at all.
     
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    Since Delta SkyClubs (SC) is a mix bag because of state laws and cost. Some SC have self service and others don't. I don't tip for a lot of reasons and since a lot of the SC's are self service. I can't speak for OneWorld or Star Alliance.
     
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    I resemble that remark. But if they're stingy on the cocktail pour I need to think quickly on my feet.
     
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    I generally tip as much for the friendly smile and polite converation as I do the service. For some reason my standard is to tip $1 when being served a drink in any type of lounge. I figure if I'd tip for a drink I'd pay for in a bar, I may as well throw a couple of bucks the way of the attendant in a lounge where the drinks free.
     
  8. Alan in CBR
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    In the Admirals Club in the US, I tip $1 a drink (even when I get vouchers). The few times I've been in hotel lounges I haven't tipped because the drinks have been self-pour. In Australia I don't tip in the Qantas Club - it's not expected. In the UK I don't think I've encountered any airline club without self-pour for drinks.

    Edited to add: I forgot about Asian stopovers. Similarly all the clubs I've visited have been self-service, so no need to tip.
     
  9. no-backpacker
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    This was an exellent tip (eh...:))! In some lounges I have gotten fantastic service (IC Park Lane and my favorite lounge: IC Budapest), and I have been thinking of tipping, but didn't do it because I didn't know how to. Yes I know, strange, but as I said, in Norway we are not used to tip "all over".

    Xxx.
     
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    I do, but I always leave a minimal tip. I find if I leave no tip, the next time I order a drink the service sucks even more than normal.
     
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    $1 per alcoholic drink was fairly standard assuming you are being well taken care of and the server is not acting like a turd.
     
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    And of course offering a good pour in those tiny RCC wine glasses, which means filled to the brim. [​IMG]
     
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    Yep, it's nice when my Vodka swims near the top!
     
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    At the AC, yes, when I get an adult beverage. At the Flagship Lounge, no. However, I often bring the staff chocolates as a thank you.
     
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    Same with me. I also put the tip in the jar before I order my drink. Don't know if this makes a difference, but at least the server is aware of my tip before mixing the drink.
     

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