Tipping in Concorde Room

Old Jul 20, 19, 6:36 pm
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Tipping in Concorde Room

Please pardon the vulgarity of my question, but I am now dining in the Concorde Room at JFK. Superb service. Would it be appropriate to leave a tip?
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Old Jul 20, 19, 6:42 pm
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i have in the past, FWIW
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Old Jul 20, 19, 8:10 pm
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In the UK tips are not expected but are usually appreciated.
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Old Jul 20, 19, 8:14 pm
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OP is at JFK; NY isn't part of the UK.
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Old Jul 20, 19, 8:22 pm
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It’s arguably not part of the US, either. Avoid it like the plague.

My feeling is that if I’m in a lounge I can afford to help someone else out a bit.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 1:13 am
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Originally Posted by Babu View Post
Please pardon the vulgarity of my question, but I am now dining in the Concorde Room at JFK. Superb service. Would it be appropriate to leave a tip?
I've never had superb service in the JFK Concorde Room, so it's never been an issue I've had to consider

I have sometimes tipped in the Elemis spa at JFK, when the treatment has been good, but generally I tend not to anymore than I would in LHR or any other airport lounge.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 1:40 am
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There are already quite a few threads on the question of tips in the CCR(s) so a search will give the OP a broader range of experiences and arguments if that's of interest.

The nutshell summary is that tips are certainly not needed nor expected, and may in some cases be considered awkward, but of course you are free to offer them if you feel that you have had great service and want to thank the staff for it.

Note that unlike restaurants etc where staff have agreed formulae on how tips are shared between different staff (including non client-facing) I do not believe that there is an equivalent in the CCRs so I'd expect the whole of the tip to stay with the person you specifically give it to.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 5:31 am
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As long as you're not trying to export the US tipping culture to countries where it's clearly inappropriate... do whatever you want.

Just think of it as giving money to a random stranger on the street. It's not expected or required but unlikely to be declined...
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Old Jul 21, 19, 5:32 am
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I tipped the service barman in the First Lounge at PHX ... it seemed culturally appropriate, especially as he kept coming to our table offering refills.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 6:10 am
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When in Rome....

OP's question is about JFK, located in Queens, NY.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by Samolyot View Post
Itís arguably not part of the US, either.
No argument about it. It is part of the US.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 7:45 am
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I've always left a modest tip at dinner in the CCR or First Dining if the service has been half-way decent. When I think what I would have spent in a restaurant on such a meal, it sort of feels the least I should do!
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Old Jul 21, 19, 8:10 am
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I've always left a modest tip at dinner in the CCR or First Dining if the service has been half-way decent. When I think what I would have spent in a restaurant on such a meal, it sort of feels the least I should do!
When you think of what you spent on travel for that "free" meal in the CCR, it seems silly to tip for service that was only half-way decent.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 8:18 am
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Originally Posted by Samolyot View Post
Itís arguably not part of the US, either. Avoid it like the plague.
I donít get these statements. How is JFK not part of the US?

And what are you suggesting that should be avoided - JFK or CCR or tipping?
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Old Jul 21, 19, 8:29 am
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I read that as ‘someone in CA doesn’t like NYC’.

FWIW I don’t either.
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