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Old 01-24-2013, 05:05 PM   #31
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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.
I have several Disney GCs from my clients, family and friends for this trip which I was planning on using for souvenirs, etc. It's my first trip to WDW though... do I NEED to bring cash with me?
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #32
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This makes me so glad we have QSDP, but for the TS meals we have booked we will definitely be tipping the recommended amount, or more if the service is amazing, considering service staff in some states only get about $2.60 an hour. Plus DBF works in a restaurant so he would never under tip somebody
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:12 PM   #33
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This is why Im buying the TIW card. You get 20% of the bill but the 18% gratuity is automatically taken plus a little extra off the bill. For $100 its worth it. I still tip bell services and bar staff seperate. As dvc tend to leave a tip at the end of each stay.
Im not sure if anyone can buy them or if they are AP and dvc members only.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #34
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I have several Disney GCs from my clients, family and friends for this trip which I was planning on using for souvenirs, etc. It's my first trip to WDW though... do I NEED to bring cash with me?
Personally, I wouldn't travel without at least a little cash. But you could certainly use gift cards to pay for souvenirs and stuff. I just wouldn't want to mess about with gift cards to pay for a $20 tip (nor do I even know if the wait staff would accept it towards their tip), however as I said before you can use your KTTW to charge tips and purchases to your room and use the gift cards to pay the balance at the end of your stay (or during if you so wish).
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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.
Yes it does, but they are four adults in the DDP as we are and I'd love to be tipping $20 a meal but it always ends up more than that. We rarely buy appetisers or alcohol.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:05 PM   #36
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From what I have read online, the assumed minimum wage for wait staff in Florida is assumed to be $7.79 per hour, of which $4.77 is paid by the employer, and I am guessing that they are taxed assuming this rate. So by my reckoning, if wait staff are getting, say, $10 for each table, even if they split it with other persons, they will be earning in excess of the assumed minimum wage. It is for that reason that I won't be paying any more than $15 per meal (for 2 adults and 1 child) unless I get some extra special service.
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From what I have read online, the assumed minimum wage for wait staff in Florida is assumed to be $7.79 per hour, of which $4.77 is paid by the employer, and I am guessing that they are taxed assuming this rate. So by my reckoning, if wait staff are getting, say, $10 for each table, even if they split it with other persons, they will be earning in excess of the assumed minimum wage. It is for that reason that I won't be paying any more than $15 per meal (for 2 adults and 1 child) unless I get some extra special service.
On the grounds that, because they're wait staff, they should only be paid minimum wage?

Personally when I visit I try to follow the common etiquette for the country I am in. Service in the UK is generally dire, and therefore we generally tip 10%. In the US, not only is the service significantly better, but we abide by the local custom of tipping 15-20% for STANDARD service, more if better. That rule applies everywhere, from a $30 meal to a $200 meal. That is how the wait staff make a career and a living of what they do. Even with this, you won't find many wait staff who say they feel that their income matches the work they put in. If they're sick, tough. If they take their vacation time, tough. If it's a slow day, tough. If the customer doesn't tip, tough.

Orlando is not a cheap holiday. No way am I going to short change the waiter, the taxi driver, the housekeeping staff (yes, we tip) to save a few dollars. If people don't enjoy tipping, there are a wide range of fast food and counter service options available where staff wages are set by the employer on the assumption of no tips.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:28 PM   #38
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From what I have read online, the assumed minimum wage for wait staff in Florida is assumed to be $7.79 per hour, of which $4.77 is paid by the employer, and I am guessing that they are taxed assuming this rate. So by my reckoning, if wait staff are getting, say, $10 for each table, even if they split it with other persons, they will be earning in excess of the assumed minimum wage. It is for that reason that I won't be paying any more than $15 per meal (for 2 adults and 1 child) unless I get some extra special service.

Personally I don't go in for the the 'assuming' or 'guessing' bit I do what is expected in that country and not what 'I think' should be done
May be they would like to earn more then the Assumed minimum wage even if you don't think they should!
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From what I have read online, the assumed minimum wage for wait staff in Florida is assumed to be $7.79 per hour, of which $4.77 is paid by the employer, and I am guessing that they are taxed assuming this rate. So by my reckoning, if wait staff are getting, say, $10 for each table, even if they split it with other persons, they will be earning in excess of the assumed minimum wage. It is for that reason that I won't be paying any more than $15 per meal (for 2 adults and 1 child) unless I get some extra special service.
Wait staff in the US is taxed for the minimum wage (4.77 in this case but there is a bill to lower it in Fl, not sure if it passed) they receive plus their tips. Staff have to report all their tips, in addition to their minimum wage, and it affects their Social Security payment, and the amount they would receive if they become unemployed.

This is all complicated, as is anything with the IRS, but that is the jist of it. IMO, at least here in NY, wait staff is not genrally viewed as a minmum wage position, which is why people will take those jobs over working at the mart store. The nicer the establishment the more they make.
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From what I have read online, the assumed minimum wage for wait staff in Florida is assumed to be $7.79 per hour, of which $4.77 is paid by the employer, and I am guessing that they are taxed assuming this rate. So by my reckoning, if wait staff are getting, say, $10 for each table, even if they split it with other persons, they will be earning in excess of the assumed minimum wage. It is for that reason that I won't be paying any more than $15 per meal (for 2 adults and 1 child) unless I get some extra special service.

From what I could tell, they get paid a base rate of like $2 something, and if that plus tips doesn't add up to $7.79 per hour then their employer makes up the difference. It all seems very very confusing
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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
You can use a gift card to tip. On our last trip DBIL had quite a few of them and used them to pay all of his tips. Personally I always use cash to pay our tips, for me it's far less complicated!
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From what I could tell, they get paid a base rate of like $2 something, and if that plus tips doesn't add up to $7.79 per hour then their employer makes up the difference. It all seems very very confusing
Hugely confusing. There are some employer options on how to report tips, the actual reported to them by each employee, or by just tacking a % of restaurant gross receipts onto the wage earners tax form whether they make that amt or not. There is a minimum % of gross receipts the IRS will accept.
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Hugely confusing. There are some employer options on how to report tips, the actual reported to them by each employee, or by just tacking a % of restaurant gross receipts onto the wage earners tax form whether they make that amt or not. There is a minimum % of gross receipts the IRS will accept.
Oh and in that case to refute the amt the worker has to take on the IRS by providing records... yes your system over there seems LOADS easier. If you visit New York City your servers are paying Federal tax, NY State tax and NY City tax (really).
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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
Hi for the last 2 trips we have been on we have loaded up a gift card and used it ONLY for tips! As we always get the DDP wether its free or not we like to then have a separate budget for the tips so that it doesn't come out of our daily spending allowance, ( we're those people who put our daily budget in an envelope for every day we are there ) lol so we love the idea of just using the gift card it's always been very easy to do,
They just take the card and deduct the amount you say and bring a receipt for it simple!
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Hi for the last 2 trips we have been on we have loaded up a gift card and used it ONLY for tips! As we always get the DDP wether its free or not we like to then have a separate budget for the tips so that it doesn't come out of our daily spending allowance, ( we're those people who put our daily budget in an envelope for every day we are there ) lol so we love the idea of just using the gift card it's always been very easy to do,
They just take the card and deduct the amount you say and bring a receipt for it simple!
Good to know, thank you!
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