(Closed) Is it normal to pay gratuity up front for transportation?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is paying gratuity up front for transportation normal?
    yes, it's standard : (8 votes)
    67 %
    yes, it's standard, but 20% is too much : (1 votes)
    8 %
    no, it's not normal : (2 votes)
    17 %
    other (please specify) : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    5976 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Maggeroni:  This was normal for our limo company. Gratuity was included up front in our bill. Some companies do it, but will only do something like 12-15%…and if you feel like giving more, then you can do that directly to the driver. 

    Post # 5
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I would just look at it as the cost of the extra hours, and if they went above and beyond, then add a tip a the end of the night.  So even though the charge is being called gratuity, just treat it as extra time.  KWIM?

    Post # 8
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I just looked back at my files for a shuttle service I hired for a conference I ran last June.  Gratuity was included, but it was way less than 20%.

    Post # 9
    962 posts
    Busy bee

    If it would be less to pay for the extra time then why don’t you just ask them to charge for the extra time and then tip what you think is appropriate?

    Post # 10
    986 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I book cars all the time for my work.   The standard is 15-20% but make sure you are not paying tax on the gratuity.  Some less reputable places try that all the time.

    Post # 12
    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We had to pay for gratuity two weeks in advance

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