Do you tip AC bartenders?

Old May 5, 17, 8:24 pm
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Certain people from a certain country absolutely need to tip everywhere. Go figure.
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Old May 5, 17, 8:28 pm
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Originally Posted by LearningToFly View Post
Certain people from a certain country absolutely need to tip everywhere. Go figure.
Quite the stereotypical generalization!
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Old May 5, 17, 8:30 pm
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Originally Posted by LearningToFly View Post
Certain people from a certain country absolutely need to tip everywhere. Go figure.
I was just in South Korea and was told by staff it's not customary to tip there so I didn't...again situational awareness.....imagine that @:-)
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Old May 5, 17, 8:34 pm
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In ACs I'll usually get a mixed drink so will tip a $1, unless I know I'll be there a while and get multiple drinks then I'll tip $5 first go around. Usually means I get served right away even if there's a few other people waiting.
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Old May 5, 17, 8:35 pm
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Originally Posted by AANYC1981 View Post
I was just in South Korea and was told by staff it's not customary to tip there so I didn't...again situational awareness.....imagine that @:-)
When in Rome. Always worked for me, whether it's following customs around tipping, greetings, business cards, whatever. Always find it a bit baffling when people say, e.g., "we don't do XYZ back home in Luxembourg so we're sure as hell not doing it here!"
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Originally Posted by AANYC1981 View Post
I was just in South Korea and was told by staff it's not customary to tip there so I didn't...again situational awareness.....imagine that @:-)
So you tried to? In South Korea?
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Old May 5, 17, 8:38 pm
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Originally Posted by LearningToFly View Post
So you tried to? In South Korea?
No, as a global traveler who's been around the block, I asked proactively
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Old May 5, 17, 8:40 pm
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Are they airline employees or not?

Do they get employee travel vouchers ?

Should I treat them the same as my FA?

or are they just bartenders getting paid typical bartender salaries?
The hospitality staff usually are not airline staff. Many are contracted staff that don't even get simple benefits, let alone travel. My local airport uses Sodexho, for example.
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Old May 5, 17, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by sosfo View Post
The hospitality staff usually are not airline staff. Many are contracted staff that don't even get simple benefits, let alone travel. My local airport uses Sodexho, for example.
And the service staff (bartender, waiter/waitress in larger clubs) are probably paid as a "tipped employee" and therefore paid very little. Tips, for that type of employee, are the majority of their earnings.
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Old May 5, 17, 8:47 pm
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Originally Posted by rjw242 View Post
When in Rome. Always worked for me, whether it's following customs around tipping, greetings, business cards, whatever. Always find it a bit baffling when people say, e.g., "we don't do XYZ back home in Luxembourg so we're sure as hell not doing it here!"
Agreed....no further comment on this topic of cheapskates not tipping whatsoever.
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Old May 5, 17, 8:50 pm
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Originally Posted by AANYC1981 View Post
Agreed....no further comment on this topic of cheapskates not tipping whatsoever.
^ 100%
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It's a bit old, 2012, but was a fun read.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george...b_1375001.html

Q: How much do you get paid?

A: We get paid minimum wage. But we do not work for the airline; we work for a third party company. We do not get flight benefits; that's a question we get asked a lot. We depend on tips.
Q: Is this the arrangement in all airline lounges?

A: No. It varies based on the contract between the airline and the vendor. Most, however, are based on a minimum-wage salary with the ability to collect tips
Q: Do you really get a dollar for each drink you pour?

A: No, not really. People rarely tip on nonalcoholic drinks, which is understandable. And there are lots of folks who do not tip on each drink. Or they will tip on every other drink.
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Old May 5, 17, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by nutwpinut View Post
It's a bit old, 2012, but was a fun read.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george...b_1375001.html
Thanks....crazy how people are so clueless, yet act so informed here.
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Old May 5, 17, 9:07 pm
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Personally I don't like tipping, that said, I DO tip when I get a bar drink in the AC. As an EXP when I fly intl (generally out of JFK) I get to use the FL lounge, self-service OPEN BAR, so tipping is not an issue.
[Slightly off topic, if you stay in a hotel in LAS VEGAS, they supply a weekly magazine re LAS, one page is devoted to tipping---LAS is tipping on steroids]
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Old May 5, 17, 9:31 pm
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I generally tip $ 5 for alc drink, but I may skip on a subsequent drink.
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