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Question: What Should You Tip in An American Express Centurion Lounge?

Question: What Should You Tip in An American Express Centurion Lounge?
Meg Butler

Spa treatments, fine wines, food prepared by Michelin-starred chefs: it’s all free at American Express Centurion Lounges. But what should you tip for those services?

One Reddit user was chastised by the bartender at the LAS Centurion Lounge for only leaving a $5 tip for the two drinks he had during his stay.

Was he in the wrong? Or was the bartender out of line? When the services are free, how much do you owe in fees by way of gratuities? Nothing? The standard 15% to 20%? More?

Let us know in the comments’ section.



View Comments (6)


  1. RG1X

    November 29, 2017 at 6:14 am

    It’s literally their job to serve those drinks. It’s what they’re being paid to be there to do… what exactly are they expecting a tip for?

    So crazy to expect what should be a bonus for doing your job well.

  2. GeorgieBoy4

    November 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

    For goodness sake, it is a constant battle to keep ahead of the money grabbing airlines through earning miles. Therefore in a lounge, no way will I tip staff, ever. But good manners and politeness should also be used in all interactions with lounge staff. Of course I am retired and not a high flyer of a businessman, but even they should not tip. Final, use but don’t abuse the lounge facilities. That is my sixpenneth in this discussion.

  3. fotographer

    November 30, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I dont like the idea of having to tip unless I feel like it, and usually do, but its up to the employers to pay their staff a decent salary, I have notice now that in a lot of occassions, the tip suggestion is already given when getting the bill, wont go back to those places

  4. Superjeff

    December 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    The airline lounges (and also the Amex Centurion lounges employ their staff (or contract the staff to outside vendors). You’re not paying for the booze, so it would be 20%of zero. I think if an employee/waiter gives good service, tip them. $5 for two drinks seems like a decent tip to me.

    However, my experience in Las Vegas is that LAS is not a “normal’ city and many of the people there are going to try and con the unsuspecting. In short, tip if you want; don’t tip if you don’t want.

  5. alphaod

    December 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Maybe a buck per drink max.

  6. southpac

    May 2, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    no tip should be given ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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