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Another tipping question - Airport wheelchair assistance

Another tipping question - Airport wheelchair assistance

Mar 13th, 2019, 08:21 PM
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Another tipping question - Airport wheelchair assistance

How much would you tip?

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Mar 13th, 2019, 08:24 PM
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I tip $5 unless there is also significant assurance with bags.
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Mar 13th, 2019, 09:42 PM
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Usually $5, or £5 if we are going through LHR. DH needs the wheelchair for the longer distances in airports, otherwise he doesn't use one, but uses a cane.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 12:45 AM
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$5. Once I tipped £10 at Heathrow because it was all I had. The person said “we aren’t allowed to take tips” and stuck it in her pocket. Probably 10 years ago so the rules may have changed.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 02:00 AM
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Anything from $3 to $10 depending on the distance, whether or not there was wait by the bathroom, how many elevators involved, whether or not checked luggage should be retrieved...

When I tried to tip in Canada, they looked at me like I fell off the moon. It's not customary to tip there.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 02:44 AM
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So do you tip the porter in a hospital who pushes you on a trolley?
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Mar 14th, 2019, 03:45 AM
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@chartly yes given half a chance I'm sure the tipping crazies would do so...

I traveled with my Mum once who was in a wheelchair, well we were in the plane for the majority of the time..but you get my drift..from Sydney to Paris and it never occurred to me to tip... But that's Aussies for you!
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Mar 14th, 2019, 04:18 AM
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We tipped $10 a few times at EWR. They were extremely helpful. From the entrance to the boarding gate and everything in between. We were treated like we were in first class. Each time we were ushered through (cut ahead of) all the lines and were basically fast tracked to the terminal and on our return, out to our car. Even at immigration, it took less than a couple of minutes. No waiting in line, pushed to the booth, just a wave of the passport and kept going.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 04:20 AM
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In Munich, our wheelchair assistant waited with us at the car rental counter, took us to the parking garage and went and brought our car to us. So 10 Euro didn't seem out of place to us. Maybe it was, but she went above and beyond our expectations.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 05:21 AM
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"and it never occurred to me to tip.."
Same here.
But when it actually happened, I felt like I should.

Whew! I feel better. I tipped $5 for most of the flights. I only had a ten for one flight but the guy was great and got me from one end of Concourse A in Atlanta to the other end of B in just a few minutes - and it was a tight connection! It was worth $10 to make the flight!

Thanks!
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Mar 14th, 2019, 05:31 AM
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They make very little and depend on those tips in American Airports. Jo, that was worth it in Atlanta!! Remember Max Cleland? He used two wheelchairs in the airport. He would put all his stuff in one chair and push it while wheeling himself. He would fly in and out of Daytona often.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 05:32 AM
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Thankfully I have not need the services as of yet but my Dad has tipped $10.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 05:49 AM
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Sorry, but needing reassurance that a tip based on personal experience is the correct amount is unfortunate IMO.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 05:59 AM
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Sorry, but needing reassurance that a tip based on personal experience is the correct amount is unfortunate IMO.
Why is that unfortunate? Seems perfectly normal to me.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 06:12 AM
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Remember Max Cleland? He used two wheelchairs in the airport. He would put all his stuff in one chair and push it while wheeling himself. He would fly in and out of Daytona often.
I do! That sounds like him!
I love that airport!
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Mar 14th, 2019, 08:55 AM
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I used to do $5 but now do $10, especially since it invariably winds up that the operator goes above and beyond, getting us through checkpoints with no waits, offering rest room stops, and helping with luggage if I’m on my own. It depends on how much time is involved. We’ve also been in airports where connections involve a train ride and take almost an hour of the person’s time. I give more on these occasions. In the US these people rely on tips absent a living wage.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 01:02 PM
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I've only had wheelchair assistance once, and it was nothing I had arranged in advance. I showed up (walking with a cane, pre-knee-surgery) and they just called one over and put me in it. I didn't think to tip at all and have always felt bad about that. The entire situation caught me by surprise.

I'd give a $10 for each 'ride' next time, if it ever happens that I need the assistance in the future.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 04:09 PM
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I had to use chairs several trips when i had my knee injury . . . and for me it totally depended on he airport and if it was an international flight or not. In dinky little SMF I tipped $4 (would have bee $5 but that was all I had). In Miami returning from Peru it was a MESS and the poor attendant had to wheel all over hell and gone. From the gate, a restroom stop, a long way to Global Entry . . . but the kiosks were all down so she then wheeled me to another area nearly 10 minutes away where they did special expedited passport control, then through customs and finally to the Admiral's Club. I gave her $20 -- and she earned it.

In LAX and DFW I gave $10 each - they were more straightforward than at Miami but did have to change terminals at both.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 11:42 PM
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It was a crazy route at JFK to get to the international gates from our transfer. Besides saving Dad from so much walking, I never would have found the elevator. She was with us close to 30 min. We gave her $20.

This post is reminding me of Seinfeld and Elaine's luggage.
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