tipping private jet pilot?

Old Jun 21, 12, 2:40 pm
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tipping private jet pilot?

What do FTers think? I have the same pilot take me all over. I pay for his hotel and whatnot, if ge leaves the plane at the airport. But what about a tip?
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Old Jun 21, 12, 5:05 pm
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Does he own the plane?

In general pilots are hired to do a job and not tipped I would think. I don't tip the pilot when I fly commercial. If the guy is contracted on a regular basis I would think maybe a once a year tip at Christmas to thank him for his annual service would be a good suggestion.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 5:26 pm
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Yes, he owns the plane and my compant paid for 55 hours on the plane plus 10 personal hours.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 5:50 pm
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Yes, he owns the plane and my compant paid for 55 hours on the plane plus 10 personal hours.
calculate the hourly rate for 65 hours total and tip him 10%-15%
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Old Jun 21, 12, 5:58 pm
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I wouldn't tip. He's a professional. Maybe you can do the once a year holiday appreciation bit.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by LizzyDragon84 View Post
I wouldn't tip. He's a professional. Maybe you can do the once a year holiday appreciation bit.


Buying dinner, lodging, etc., is a nice extra as well, so you are already going the extra mile there.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 6:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Doc Savage View Post


Buying dinner, lodging, etc., is a nice extra as well, so you are already going the extra mile there.
Not really, that is normal for a part 135 contract, especially if the pilot cannot make the return trip the same day, as would be the case if a hotel is required.

I also don't think tipping is appropriate. The pilot is a professional and I don't think you would normally be expected to tip your OBY/GYN, GP, nurse dentist or lawyer. Having said that though, most corporate pilots earn a pittance, truly a disgraceful salary given the level of liability and training, both initial and ongoing.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 6:47 pm
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Please do not tip. I have done some corporate flying and definitely would take offense - pilots like this are professionals. A nice business gift when the contract is up would be more appropriate.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 7:49 pm
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Thanks, I haven't tipped him and didn't know if he was expecting a tip or not. I have mainly used this aircraft for small trips (45 minutes approximately). Most of the time, the pilot leaves the plane there and rents a car so he can drive home. Othertimes, he spends the night which I will cover.

He is a really nice guy but maybe a Christmas gift is more appropriate.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 8:05 pm
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If you go through life like Jimmy Conway (Goodfellas) at a private gambling club tipping everyone, then sure.

Otherwise, no way.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 10:53 pm
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I agree with the majority above - no tip. If you were on a two-hour helicopter or water plane charter, then yes, you may want to consider tipping the pilot. However, as this is a contracted professional, I think of it like hiring a consultant, lawyer, or general contractor.
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Old Jun 21, 12, 10:57 pm
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I agree with the majority above - no tip. If you were on a two-hour helicopter or water plane charter, then yes, you may want to consider tipping the pilot. However, as this is a contracted professional, I think of it like hiring a consultant, lawyer, or general contractor.
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Old Jun 22, 12, 12:06 am
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If he lets you fly the plane, tip him.
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Old Jun 22, 12, 7:54 am
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If my trips with the same pilot were frequent and regular, he would go on my "Christmas List", with a gift commensurate to the level of service and personal relationship. Certainly one of those "hard to shop for" situations, but a gift certificate, often a bad choice, would serve well in this case.
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Old Jun 22, 12, 8:06 am
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Sort of begs the question: what if you use the same driver often in a given city? I had a guy in Chicago...just got assigned him randomly one day, liked him, got his business card, and rarely used anyone else from that day onward.

Of course, it was still transactional - not an annual contract. Maybe that's the distinction? I suspect that the driver owned the vehicle and was not a W-2 employee of the limo company, but I'm not 100% certain.
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