Car Service Tipping Etiquette
Tipping Your Car Service or Limo Driver in the United States
Car service can mean different things to different people but it’s transportation in a chauffeured vehicle that’s booked in advance. You’ll either call ahead or look online to book a car to take you wherever you need to go to. In an airport context, car service is commonly a meet and greet service. That’s where the driver will meet you with a sign in the airport arrivals area, helps you get your luggage to the car, and then takes you to your destination. Car services are frequently booked by third parties, rather than the person riding in the car, and that can pose interesting tipping issues.
Do You Tip Car Service?
Your car service driver will expect to be tipped 10-15% of the cost of your ride. Feel free to tip your driver more for exceptional service, baggage help that goes above and beyond, and if they had to wait for you for a long time. You can tip less, or not at all, for poor service or unsafe driving.
If the car service was booked by a third party (not you) feel free to ask your driver (or the person who booked it) whether the tip is already included. When the car service is booked by a business for an individual, it is common for a standard tip to have also been left by the business. It pays to ask because it’ll save you some money and you’ll avoid double tipping.
How Much To Tip Car Service
It’s standard to leave your driver a tip of 10-15% of the car service cost. That means that for a $50 ride, you should tip between $5 and $7.50.
Remember that how much you tip your driver should be based on how the service you received was. If the service was excellent, feel free to tip more. If you had a terrible experience, don’t feel bad about tipping nothing at all.
Do You Tip Prepaid Car Service?
Whether you need to tip your prepaid car service driver depends on whether the tip was prepaid too. If the tip wasn’t prepaid, you’ll need to leave your driver a tip of 10-15% of the ride’s cost. If the car service tip was prepaid then you’re off the tipping hook and don’t have to worry about it.
If you don’t know if the tip was prepaid or not you’ll have to ask your driver or the person who booked the car service for you. This can be a bit awkward but it’s a common issue and they’ll understand.
Why Use a Car Service At The Airport?
The big advantage of booking a car service to meet you at an airport is avoiding a long taxi line. That’s often the case in large cities where you might have a physical taxi line or a virtual one in the form of an Uber/Lyft line. Instead of having to wait in a taxi line, your car service driver will meet you at the airport arrivals area holding a sign with your name on it. Your driver will then help you with your luggage and will drive you to your destination. It can save you time at the airport and stress if you’re unfamiliar with the airport. We can all agree that less stress can make for a more enjoyable trip.
Another advantage of car service at an airport is being able to pre-book a ride for someone coming to visit you who’s not familiar with the area. This can be especially welcome if the person is from out of state or even overseas.