Why should I tip valet?
First and foremost, it’s important to assess the value of the service being provided before you consider how much you should “tip valet”. Things such as visit frequency, the weather, your wait time,and overall service play a major role when considering gratuity amount. If you frequent an establishment you might consider tipping above the average [$4.00] to standout and make yourself memorable, valets can help make reservations and check wait times for their favorite guests, as well as prioritize you on those nights where every minute matters. Having a great relationship with your local valet can honestly make your social outings that much more pleasant. Robert De Niro says it best in his film, Casino, “Always take care of the valet. Valets run the city”. On days when the weather deters you from wanting to park yourself and walk any distance in harsh conditions, consider that when selecting a tip for your valet, they are more than willing to get wet, sweat or be cold so you don’t have to. Ultimately you should let your overall experience with the service be the final determining factor when deciding upon a tip, if your valet went above and beyond maybe retrieving an item left behind in a parked car, opened all vehicle doors or used your name on both the inbound and outbound services, you might consider a higher tip to show you recognize their level of service. Furthermore the tip should ALWAYS be given at the conclusion for your valet experience this allows for you to adequately gauge your service before deciding a tip amount.
What’s an appropriate tip?
Tipping the valet can be a tricky and sometimes touchy subject. Most people don’t want to tip too much and spend their last dollar and they certainly don’t want to leave the valet feeling unappreciated. One thing that’s important to distinguish is whether or not the valet is complementary. If you had to pay a fee to valet park and you feel as though you were provided exceptional service, most valet employees would agree with the following legend key for tipping:
$1-$2 is appreciated
$2-$3 is average
$4-$5 is great
$5+ is memorable
If your valet was complementary and you feel as though you were provided exceptional service, most valet employees would agree with the following legend key for tipping:
$2-3 is appreciated
$4-5 is average
$6+ is great
$10+ is memorable
It’s important to keep in mind that the typical valet at most accounts runs an average of 6 miles per shift.
Commonly Asked Questions
My car is right there, why should I tip valet for running 20 feet to get my car?
Again, one must remember that there’s more to the luxury service of valet than just parking cars. There is a lot of work put into the staging and organization of valeted vehicles. Also, if your car was left up close or near the front, that means that it was deliberately left there as a convenience to you, not by coincedence or as a way to avoid running. Furthermore, valets put in a significant amount of time and care into knowing which guests have just arrived and which guests should be leaving soon, so your car being close may be a reflection of Next Level Service.
I didn’t bring any cash and I want to tip valet, what do I do?
Many Valet companies today accept all major credit and debit card and should have signage informing patrons of this availability. If there is not signage it doesn’t offend to ask.
Anytime you feel like you’ve been provided with exceptional service that wasn’t necessarily required of the valet, or you feel as though the valet service was exceptional in itself, it would be appropriate to show that individual your appreciation.