Tips on Gratuity and Your Valet
It’s understandable to have questions about how to tip your valet attendant. We are all familiar with paying the tip to our server after dining in a restaurant. We know what to expect in the way of service and usually have a preset percentage that we tip within (15-20%). Other areas of the service industry are less cut and dry, like valet parking for example. This is a quick guide to help you gracefully tip a valet attendant.
To Tip or Not to Tip?
Gratuity is a token of appreciation for services rendered. If for any reason you feel the service was unsatisfactory then do not feel compelled to tip, but please report the interaction to the management so the problem can be corrected in the future. When an attendant is professional and your experience is pleasant then it is common to tip a valet attendant. As with others working in the service industry, tips do make up a considerably portion of a valet attendant’s income, so your kindness is always greatly appreciated.
Who to Tip?
When it’s quite possible that you may hand your keys off to one person, speak to an attendant at a podium and then receive your car from yet another person it can sometimes be confusing on who to hand your tip to. It is considered standard to hand your tip to the LEG Valet attendant that retrieved your car while they are seeing you to your vehicle. However some people also feel inclined to offer a small gratuity to the attendant that receives them, especially if you feel they are particularly courteous and attentive to your arrival.
How much to tip a valet attendant?
By its very nature a tip should be a reflection of the quality of services rendered. If LEG Valet met all your expectations the standard would be to tip around $3-$5, and if your expectations were exceeded then feel free to tip a valet attendant more as a means of conveying your satisfaction. As a company we like to see our attendants being tipped well because it shows we are all doing our part to provide the best experience possible for your night out or event.