There's this thing that Las Vegas veterans refer to as "the $20 trick" which is where a person, when checking in, offers (sneakily) a $20 bill to the person at the desk with their credit card and asks, "is there any way I can get an upgrade" or something such, in order to get a better room with a better view without paying more (except the $20 "tip").
The message is mixed on how well this works. Apparently sometimes this works very well (though maybe if they'd just asked pleasantly the results would have been the same), and other times the desk person will say "sorry, we don't have anything" and then the person checking in keeps the $20.
I've never tried the trick, so am passing on hear-say information. I asked for a room with a view of the Strip at Treasure Island and I was told none was available by a rather snotty clerk, but didn't try the trick because I didn't care that much and, after all, I did get the room via an Internet special.
Drinks in Las Vegas are free, as long as you're gambling, however if your spouse is sitting beside you, but not feeding the monster, you can expect to order a drink for them as well. Tip the waitress half the price of a drink, and remember you're still getting a drink for half price. Give a bit more once in a while if you remain at the same spot. The waitress does a lot of walking, so be kind. If you're polite, she will remember where you're sitting. Above all, don't ogle her dress, or lack there of. She is someone's sister or daughter. Tips can be actual currency, or casino coins or chips.
The usual rate in restaurants or taxis is fifteen to twenty percent. In your hotel, for assistance with luggage, tip $1-2 per bag; for valet parking, $2; for maid service, $1-2 per day at the end of your stay; and for concrete help from a concierge, such as making a reservation, $5. You're supposed to tip dealers at the gaming tables a chip or two each time you win (you can also place bets on behalf of the dealer, if you choose). Bar staff, or cocktail waitresses bringing free drinks, normally expect $1-2 per drink.
When people from out-of-town visit, they usually only tip around 10-15%. Just remember that this town is based on service and most of the service workers rely on tips.......20% is usually just fine if the service is good.....if exceptional, tip more.....
On drinks at the bar, usually $1 per drink is acceptable and will get you good service....
If at the sports book, tip the drink girl 5 or 10 bucks up front and they will usually start bringing you two at a time from then on----and they will check on you more frequently!!!!
When in Las Vegas it is customary to tip. Here's a guide to help you when tipping the staff.
Bartenders $1 per round for parties of two to four
Cocktail waitresses $1 per round for parties of two to four
Dealers $1 to start, increase with your luck
Maids $1 per day
Restaurant waiters 15-20 percent
Room service waiters 15-20 percent
Showroom servers $5-$10 cocktail-only shows, $10-$20 dinner show
(Depending on service)
Shuttle drivers 15 percent of fare
Taxicab 15 percent of fare
Valet parking $1-$2 upon return for your car (I give them more if they're quick!)
alright your not in france anymore !!!!! we as americans TIP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you get good service the standard tip at a bar or restaurant is 15%, if you can't figure that out ask the waiter or bartender and i'm more than possitive that they will tell you..and 20% is even more appreciated!!!
tip the bellman, the taxi stand guy,the valet, basically here in vegas tipping is the way most people earn a living..as a bartender myself i know that when i go out to eat i expect good service, if i don't get good service i don't tip 15%, but i never STIFF!! thats just plain tacky, how do you know that the person waiting on you isn't having a horrible day and just made some stupdid mistakes??? i never stiff!!!!
Tipping is alive and well in Las Vegas. If someone provides you with exemplary service do not hesitate to tip them. Security guards, valets, etc. Many people in Las Vegas have tips as there sole sourse of income. There may even be a sign stating that. You do not have to tip huge sums of money, a couple dollars for the security guard that walks you to your car or for the valet who goes and gets your car is helpful. It is also polite to tip any 'costumed characters you pose for pictures with...a dollar or two will do.
ALWAYS look for deals in Las Vegas. While a firm has paid well over $100 for me to stay at Caesar's Palace (I was a featured speaker in their event) I normally pay under $100.
Valet parking is free at all the hotels and casinos on The Strip. Although it's customary to give a tip, it's still an inexpensive and quick way to park your car.
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