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» Las Vegas Forums   » Transportation   » Planes, Rental Cars, Limos + All Modes of Transportation   » How much tip for a limo driver?

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Author Topic: How much tip for a limo driver?
pinklime
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 - posted February 23, 2011 03:57 PM      Profile for pinklime           Edit/Delete Post 
If a limo costs $60 for a hotel transfer from the airport, what would YOU tip the driver? Is $20 the accepted norm (even though it's over 30%)?
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Bellagiorat
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 - posted February 23, 2011 04:47 PM      Profile for Bellagiorat           Edit/Delete Post 
What I find funny is that when I'm comped a limo, I leave a $20 tip, which ends up being the amount, or more, of what a cab would cost me. I have never tipped them limo drivers more than $20 tip, but maybe I'm frugal. As you say, that is much more than 20%. I have once or twice tipped $10. I figured if the limo was comped, I should really get value for it, so I should end up spending less than on a cab. This has been a few years ago. Maybe now they tip more. As someone said, tips are a voluntary reward for satisfying service. I know in Vegas many people tip outrageously, but then, many people are whales. A polite driver will not say anything, regardless, but you will be thought cheap if you tip less than twenty, would be my guess. I would like to read the opinions of others.

[ February 23, 2011, 04:50 PM: Message edited by: Bellagiorat ]

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VPWayne
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 - posted February 23, 2011 06:23 PM      Profile for VPWayne           Edit/Delete Post 
I get a comped limo where I stay and the cab fare with tip would be slightly over $20. I give the limo driver $25 for the trip from the airport to the hotel. I figure he wait's for us to arrive, takes the bags to the limo and loads them. On the trip back to the airport I give him $20 since all he does is drive us there and unloads the bags. What are your thoughts?
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Emmie
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 - posted February 24, 2011 12:35 AM      Profile for Emmie           Edit/Delete Post 
VPWayne, that is exactly what my husband tips and for the same reason, on the way home it is basically just a drop off.
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Aramis
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 - posted February 24, 2011 03:29 PM      Profile for Aramis           Edit/Delete Post 
I had mentioned this in one of my trip reports awhile back. I tipped $20 and asked if that was appropriate. Never really got a straight answer but someone commented that it depended on distance (I felt they were implying that I hadn't tipped enough).

My husband thinks it should be the 20% rule. When he books them for business clients and includes the tip, the limo companies automatically add 20%.

I could imagine tipping more if one wants to stop along the way or has a lot of luggage especially something awkward like golf clubs.

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Vegasgrandma
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 - posted February 25, 2011 12:22 AM      Profile for Vegasgrandma           Edit/Delete Post 
I always tip $20 per trip. I did this back when I got a comped limo from airport to hotel, and I do it now when I hire a sedan to take me from home to the airport or from the airport to my home. (It costs about $65 from my home to the airport, and $70 the other way because of the fee for leaving McCarran.) I really appreciate the comfort of the limo/sedan, as compared to a taxi, and the drivers are always very helpful with my luggage (especially lifting it off the carousel, which I can't do very well). And -- they let me smoke, lol.
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bumblebee
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 - posted February 26, 2011 06:18 PM      Profile for bumblebee           Edit/Delete Post 
I'm not a limo type of guy, but the one time I used one was from the Four Seasons at Mandalay in their own car to Downtown, and I gave him $20. That was a while back though....
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pinklime
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 - posted February 28, 2011 06:28 PM      Profile for pinklime           Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks all for your replies. As I've said, the lime is $60 so a $20 tip is more than a 30% tip so I will not feel guilty about giving that to the driver. There will be no luggage to speak of, just our carry ons so no work for him/her except to deliver us to the hotel safely.
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gazebo
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 - posted March 15, 2011 01:00 PM      Profile for gazebo           Edit/Delete Post 
On the annual 7 star trip, CET comps the limo rides but it is a wash as we are paying the tip price we could have had a cab for. Since the ride is short, comfort isn't that big of a deal. It was mentioned in replies of similar situations, I wonder would one prefer to have no comped limo and cab it with an equal value of a dinner comp instead? I think I would.
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