All countries differ on their tipping, whether you do or dont is entirely up to you but please take into consideration that all Hospitality workers in Las Vegas are taxed on an average earnings from tips...so whether they receive them or not, they are still taxed AND their wages are really low. So heres a few general tips on the amount one should give when receiving good service.
15-20% on table service for food and drink
A token tip if you serve yourself.
$1 per drink on all free drinks whilst gambling.
$1-$2 per bag to hotel personal for taking bags to room
$2 valet parking.
$2 a day for room maids
$1-$2 for Taxi drivers.
Tipping seems almost obligatory so make sure you always have a decent supply of $1 bills on you. Perhaps because it is so expected you shouldn't find people hanging around for a tip so you don't feel pressurised or uncomfortable if you choose not to tip them. The only people I definitely refused to tip were the self important bell boys outside the hotels who would beckon a cab from the taxi rank a few yards away and open the door for you. It almost seems that the taxi drivers are told not to move until "called" by the bell boy so that he can pretend he has provided a service and justify a tip.
If you are going to Vegas to try your hand at being a player at the tables, tipping is a must, especially if you have a preferred casino or a preferred table. You want to make friends with the pit boss and the dealers, and tipping helps this out. My general rule is, if you're winning, tip 10%,if you win big, be as generous as you want, and if you're losing, tip you're change. Also, always tip the drink girls. Some of these drinks are $10 or more in clubs, so, giving up a couple bucks on tip is still saving you money! and, the better you tip, I swear that drink comes twice as fast the next time.
Lets face it. We all work for money and the more money we make the better. It is customary to toke or tip nearly everyone in Vegas that gives you good service. Valet, dealers, room service, cabbies and all of our favorite...the BARTENDER etc. Most of us work for minimum wage. If you are a local, we tend to tip 10% so if we hit a royal for $1000, we toke $100. It's only fair you toke everyone that takes care of you, you come here, we show you a great time and we let you drive like wild people and run over us and each other and we have everything you need and then we have to clean up after you and get everything ready for the next tourist. Besides, we are going to need the extra money to have water delivered to fill up Lake Mead.
There is a huge coca cola bottle situated next to the MGM Grand Hotel where you can buy same day tickets for shows at apparently 1/2 price. We were going to try and get tickets here for a show but didnt make it back into Vegas in time.
The ticket booth is open from 12 noon
Compared with other parts of the world tips are Expected and 10 to 15 % is typical .
As a result the service is generally good though .
They can be sarcastic if there is no tip e.g. A cab driver " thanked" me for my very small tip --- hadn't spoken to us or even said Hi as we got in ------
I said I have a big tip for you -------------
" Speak to your ******* customers and be pleasant for once !!"
It made my day :))))
The staff that walk the floor, do payouts etc., can be your best friends. They see the action, they know the winning machines, they can direct you to a 'good' machine. Some machines tend to pay out more than others, and it never hurts to get an opportunity to try your luck.
Be pleasant, polite, and treat them well, and don't be afraid to ask them for advice. On the other hand, they aren't fortune tellers, they don't know when, or if, the machine will 'hit' while you playing it.
There are different ways to book your hotel room... you can book directly through hotel reservations (phone or internet), or you can use a third party such as a travel agent or an internet site (ie Hotels.com)
Having been behind the front desk, I have seen how different reservations are handled. Of course, you want to comparison shop, but if at all possible, I would book directly through the hotel. If there is a problem with your reservation, it is easier to deal with internal reservations. Plus, these may be upgraded first in cases of room assignments when overbooked.
With third party bookings, these are of a lower priority because, honestly, they are usually the cheapest. If there is a problem with your res, then the third party must be contacted to amend the issue. Other problems arise with requests, like "non-smoking room" or "king size bed". THESE ARE ONLY REQUESTS and are not guaranteed. When you make a reservation, you are ONLY booking a room, that's it.
It pays to be kind to the person who checks you in to your hotel, because they decide in which room you will stay. Granted, there are times when availability is low, so the agent has little choice, but depending on when you check in, you may be able to get a room with a view or possibly an upgrade. Sometimes this can be as simple as just asking.
Having worked on the Strip, I can tell you that a smile and good attitude can get you far (and sadly with some agents, greasing their palm helps). With the good folks, you do your best at putting them in a decent room... and with the sour apples... well, you try to put them where they belong.
There are absolutely no cultural customs here, much less any faux pas in Las Vegas (except stiffing/ refusing to tip) And for the love of gawd please don't wear those fanny packs. They tempt people to hoard their money and hinder appropriate tipping. Furthermore, mounted in the front or back they just look ridiculous and in 7 years i've never heard of a single pickpocketing incident. Mullets also look ridiculous by the way, especially with a fanny pack, black socks and sandals.
And if you want to be completely immersed in the Las Vegas scene (the real one) just hang around the corner of Fremont and LV Blvd.(Strip). You will see one of the most amazing cross sections of humanity you'll find anywhere. Plenty of mullets and way too many fannypacks. Sure to please!
When in Vegas, remember that a lot of the people depend on their tips to live. Average tips are:
Waitresses: at least 20% of the total bill.
Taxi Drivers: 10% of fare.
Bartenders: About a dollar per drink. If you are playing video poker and hit something, it is usually 10% of what you win (up to $1000).
Cocktail Waitresses: $1 per drink.
Dealers: Not expected, but nice to tip something if the dealer gives you a good run. They usually switch tables every 20 - 30 minutes, so get them before they move tables.
Bellmen: About $5.
Maids: Depends on how much you mess up the room during your stay.
Room Service: About 20%.
Casino Employees: About 10% of jackpot (if your lucking enough to hit something.) There is a limit though. If you hit over $1000, it isn't usually expected to go over $100 for tip. Feel free to though if you get good service.
Show Ushers: The more you tip, the better the seats. Usually $20-40, depending on the show.
The Strip and surrounding areas cater to tourists. Those who work in these parts are extremely friendly and helpful, and they work, by and large for tips.
Tip the bellman, tip your servers, bartenders, dealers, and tip the person who stands outside and hails the waiting cab. Remember to also tip the people who clean your room, help with show tickets and your cab drivers. Everyone comes to Vegas hoping to have a great time and expecting to spend some money and these folks are the ones who make the experience so worthwhile in many respects. So take care of them.
Taxi drivers and servers: 15-20%
Bartenders: $1- $2 per drink, unless you've been comped, then give more.
Bellman: $1-2 per bag
Housekeeping: $2-3 per day, depending on how many people per room,