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Old 01-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #16
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Just an additional note about bad food is that you shouldn't not tip if the meal is poor, you should let your server know that the food is not acceptable. To tip poorly for bad food would not be the done thing as it is not the server's fault if the food isn't up to par.
Tip for me would depend on how the server dealt with the poor food, if they sorted everything out then I would still tip full amount, if their service was then poor dealing with it then tip would be lowered.

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I am one that doesn't tip housekeeping, others do, as said its a non-tipped position so totally an individual choice.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:31 PM   #17
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As I said in my post above
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:37 PM   #18
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The plus of free ddp is you will not be needing any money for food other than the tips.

I know some people put tip money to one side in envelopes and then it's not part of your holiday spends.

If you are wanting to keep tips down then eat at cheaper places or choose cheaper option. Don't have the dessert unless you want it - sometimes on ddp server will push you to have it as it bumps their tip.
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If you are wanting to keep tips down then eat at cheaper places or choose cheaper option. Don't have the dessert unless you want it - sometimes on ddp server will push you to have it as it bumps their tip.
I agree, some people tend to choose the higher priced food items as its 'free'
forgetting that this would mean a higher tip.
The suggested amounts are printed on the receipts
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:24 PM   #20
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I budget £400 for tips on a Disney trip.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #21
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can you use a gift card to tip? Or do you need to have cash? I was hoping to not carry any cash around on vacation
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #22
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As stated, housekeeping isn't a tipped position. Furthermore, housekeeping don't expect it (at least according to one of the Be Our Guest podcasts I listened to recently who quoted somebody who actually worked in housekeeping). By all accounts, leaving tips for housekeeping seems to be the exception, rather than the rule, and I personally won't be leaving one (never have in any hotel stays in the States in the past, and I'm not starting now).

I will be looking to leave a max of $15 per meal for my tips too, despite how much the receipt says. That works out around 10 quid, which to my mind is a pretty good tip. And I'm probably going to be tipping closer to $10. By my reckoning, if a server is waiting on multiple tables (as they do) $20-$30 an hour is a pretty good wage just with tips, without even counting the small wage they get from the restaurant.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:30 PM   #23
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can you use a gift card to tip? Or do you need to have cash? I was hoping to not carry any cash around on vacation
It would be difficult and fiddly to use a gift card for tips (in my opinion), however probably not impossible. If staying on site and using the dining plan, a better option might be to charge the tip to your room, using your Key To The World (KTTW) and settle your room charges using the gift card.

Out of interest, if you don't plan to carry any cash at all, how do you intend to pay for things you buy out of pocket? Would you be having alcohol with a TS meal. If so, when you settle the check and pay for your extras, just add the tip on before using whatever payment method you intend to use.
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I have read a few threads about tipping over the last few days, which have been really helpful as we've not been to the US much. A couple of people have mentioned tips for the DME driver and taxi drivers. How much should we budget for this? I am assuming 10% of a taxi fare and about $10 for DME driver. We are a family of 4. I'd be really grateful if someone could let me know if that's OK or should it be more or less? Thanks helpful DIS people
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I have read a few threads about tipping over the last few days, which have been really helpful as we've not been to the US much. A couple of people have mentioned tips for the DME driver and taxi drivers. How much should we budget for this? I am assuming 10% of a taxi fare and about $10 for DME driver. We are a family of 4. I'd be really grateful if someone could let me know if that's OK or should it be more or less? Thanks helpful DIS people
Personally, for the DME driver, if he/she helps with your bags, I would tip $1 per bag at each end (i.e. on pickup and when unloading) plus maybe an extra $1 or $2 if he/she goes out of their way to be extra helpful.

For a taxi trip, we generally just round the fare up by a couple of $$ (unless they have assisted with luggage or anything else)
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I think the 'when in Rome' quote totally sums up tipping. I lived in the UK until a couple of years go and although I would always tip I know several friends and family didn't unless thy received exceptional service, its not something that is commonly done but now I'm living in Canada and it is the norm to tip (as it is in the US) I would be mortified if I was out with someone and they didn't leave a tip - unless there were major & unresolved issues.

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I have read a few threads about tipping over the last few days, which have been really helpful as we've not been to the US much. A couple of people have mentioned tips for the DME driver and taxi drivers. How much should we budget for this? I am assuming 10% of a taxi fare and about $10 for DME driver. We are a family of 4. I'd be really grateful if someone could let me know if that's OK or should it be more or less? Thanks helpful DIS people
I read somewhere that for DME they recommend $1 per person or $1 per bag - whichever is higher.
When we go in a couple of weeks there are 4 of us, only one suitcase but we'll probably tip $5.00 because it's easier to hand over a bill than change - just my opinion.
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This is all good advice thanks! I don't tip here if the food/service is bad, but from what I remember the service is always good in wdw. We'll see about the food! We're staying in OKW but not on points so I'm guessing we'll have mousekeeping everyday?
How many of you are in the room? Does it NEED cleaning every day?

It's always been my DD and I in a room and I like to keep things tidy and organized. We don't need new towels every day, we can make our beds every other day and what we do is put the Do Not Disturb sign on our door every second day as we really don't need room service. We do always tip mousekeeping on the days when we have the service, but as others have mentioned, it's not a tipped position and entirely at your own discretion.

It's an option to bear in mind if you think you'd feel guilty about not tipping for service. I'd personally rather have room service every second day and tip well for it than have it every day when it's not needed and give a low tip. Again, offering options for you, but it really is your discretion.

Dining tips are a different story and the previous posters have covered that topic very well so I won't be repetitive.

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One thing to remember as you decide whether or not to tip your waiter is that it might appear that they are waiting on 2-4 tables and making $20-$30 an hour, but in reality it's just not true. They have to split their tips with other wait staff--like the busboys. In addition to that, as a server, they are required to pay income tax on 15% of their wages whether they get it or not! It's hard to be a server!

When we were in DW in May/June, we had the Standard Dining plan and with 4 adult eaters, we usually paid around $20 per meal for tips....but I am also a generous tipper! It's more blessed to give than to receive.
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Do you mean $20 per person? $20 for a TS for four seems quite low?
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Do you mean $20 per person? $20 for a TS for four seems quite low?
Depends on what you eat, we are 3 adults. 2 of us almost always eating the most expensive steaks, DW always a cheaper chicken dish. Tips at 18% worked out around $18 most meals. So 4 adults eating average meals I would estimate around $20 maybe just over, $5 tip is 18% of $28 before tax.
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