A very brief post.

Recently I was asked to pay an up front gratuities payment.

Tipping is not as big in Australia as in other parts of the world, I believe.

However, this is the first time I have ever been

asked to pay up front.

Is this a common practice in other countries?

Your thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

Thank you

20 thoughts on “Tipping

  1. Hi Woolly,
    I’m surprised that tipping isn’t done in Australia. I hope you’re from there. I thought I had asked before. Apologize if I’m wrong, too many blogs to hop around.
    Well, here in the US, we’re asked to tip everywhere. 15% is minimum – 20% is for good service – 15% for good service but the restaurant had one issue or two for you.
    I go on a lot of cruises (16 so far) and we choose to tip up front. I would be giving a tip anyway on that type of vacation. We get a suite which comes with a butler. If he / she has been extra good we tip over what we originally paid.
    I speak up if the service isn’t good and the tip is pre-paid. Of course, I wouldn’t do that in a restaurant but in a hotel I think it would be okay.
    We tip people who make deliveries to our home, the beautician at my salon, the masseuse at my spa, the nail salon, the exercise person who provides towels …. well, almost everyone. Salaries are lower in the service industry. Tipping is a way for salaries to be a bit higher. 😳
    Now, they’re adding the tips in some restaurants. I guess it can get to be a bit much. I’m used to it. I would love to tip as I pleased.
    Let us know how your vacation goes …. have fun!!!
    Isadora 😎


    • Tipping is becoming more common in Australia…however, about thirty years ago I would venture to suggest it was almost unheard of. Like you cruise directors in the 80s suggested a tip per day rate and we paid that, received good service and saw what happened to people who treated staff poorly…not sure if they tipped or not. It was the ‘up front’ nature of tipping, this time, which caught me by surprise. We are looking forward to our travel and I daresay it will not take long for the months to slip away now that we are almost organised.


  2. In Germany, we usually tip 5-10% when we get the bill. Years ago we left the US with a big ship and our travel agent gave us the advice to tip our steward up front to get a good service on the journey. And it helped!


    • Tipping in Canada brings back memories of my arrival in Montreal…from London. Ordered a fifty cent cup of coffee and knowing that I was in a ‘tipping country’ reached into my pocket and retrieved what looked about the size of Britain’s 5 or 10 cent coins and left it as a tip. I was a bit weary after the flight over. I realised (much later), I had tipped 25 cents (50%) of the cost of a cup of coffee. Oh! Well…It didn’t break my budget. But I was counting pennies and trying to stretch them.

      Fifteen percent is about what I thought it may be. We are being asked to pay about 7% which is not too bad looking at it like that. It is the ‘up front’ part that I/we am not impressed with. Thank you for your input also. This is making me feel a whole lot better.

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    • Neither have I. However, Have had a FB chat to a USA citizen who has traveled with same company. Apparently it is not unusual to pay up front…but no more. Only exception being restaurant which do not have anything to do with the tour. However, a minimum of 10K and maximum of 16k, depending on the size of group is a lot of $$ on top of regular salaries. At lest that’s my opinion. 🙂

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  3. I have noticed recently the tip is automatically calculated on the bill when I eat out. I think it is not unusual for a large party to state the gratuities upfront assuring the serving staff receive tips. But I don’t know for sure 🙂


    • That’s a starting point…thank you. I just hope it goes to the correct people. We had a guide for a very sort time a few months ago who would be put to shame by our South African/Botswana hosts and their staff, all of whom were well worth tipping.

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