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question regarding propriety of offering tip at checkin with request for upgrade

question regarding propriety of offering tip at checkin with request for upgrade

Oct 6th, 2004, 12:45 PM
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question regarding propriety of offering tip at checkin with request for upgrade

On occasion it has been reported on the U.S. board that hotel guests have met with success in requesting a room upgrade, if they tip the desk clerk $20 when making the request. Would such a practice be considered offensive or improper in Thailand?
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Oct 6th, 2004, 08:24 PM
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i think it largely depends on the hotel but more importantly on the person who is assisting you....frankly the term ugly american comes to mind!!!
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Oct 7th, 2004, 08:25 AM
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I agree. Even if it works I wouldn't want to perpetuate a bad way to do business or a negative perception of Americans.
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Oct 7th, 2004, 11:07 AM
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Thank you!
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Oct 8th, 2004, 01:06 AM
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An offering of a "TIP" before the service is given is more accurately a "BRIBE".

I've given tips a few times to check in staffs at hotels around the world when they gave me a complimentary upgrade but never in order to bribe them for an upgrade.

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Oct 8th, 2004, 09:54 AM
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I find that on check-in the line "Is it possible for a room upgrade, I don't mind paying a modest supplement"
yields a free up-grade about 50% of the time or the offer of room upgrade at supplement (charged to my account)the rest of the time.

Tipping isn't really part of the culture in the far east and I would expect a tip "up-front" could be offensive.

I agree with the earlier poster that proffering a tip upfront could easily be misconstrued as a bribe.
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