If you’re not accustomed to riding around in a limousine, you probably have no idea what the tipping etiquette is. Of course, the last person you want to know that is your chauffeur. If you tip too little will they be offended? And if you tip too much, you might feel you were made a fool of. Some people assume that the tip is included in an all-inclusive fare, but sometimes the tip is not included in the price. In any case, it’s always good to have something to give to the driver, and you can always ask VIP Connection Inc, or whichever service you use. Although, no matter what service you go with, there’s a few unwritten rules you’re going to have to get familiar with so that you don’t commit any limo riding faux pas. Here are some limo passenger tipping mistakes to avoid.
- Forgetting to tip. Don’t forget to tip – just don’t. If you forget to tip your limo driver, there’s a good chance that he or she won’t forget it. This is just as frowned upon as not tipping your server at a restaurant and it is highly offensive. If you are expecting a ride from the same driver in the near future, you better hope you don’t need to be anywhere anytime soon. Of course, most drivers maintain a professional code of conduct at all times, but it’s not worth taking the risk. The general rule is that if a person holds something for you, they deserve a tip. So, if a door was opened for you, a bag was carried for you, and you were safely transported from one place to the next, you may want to show some appreciation. You should either be tipping at each stop or give one large tip at the end of the trip.
- Asking for change. If you are only going to give your driver a $20 tip, don’t ask him or her to make change for a $100 bill. You should always be prepared before you rent a limo with cash on hand. You are not only going to need cash, you’re going to need your cash in bills that are large and small so that you don’t need to ask for change. Generally the tip is the only cash that the driver will be handling, so you can’t expect to have a banker in addition to a driver. More than anything, though, it just creates an embarrassing public scene.
- Don’t under tip. The only thing more insulting than forgetting to tip is tipping far too little. Everyone knows that limos are not cheap, but you have to take the tip into consideration when you set aside a budget for the limo. If you can’t afford the full ride, plus the tip, then you can’t afford the limo. If you are riding to or from the airport, expect to tip $10-$20. If you are receiving multiple hours of service with several stops, expect to pay $50-$100 for the tip.