Las Vegas Tipping Etiquette

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Who are you supposed to tip, and how much when in Las Vegas? Not thinking about this in advance can create an uncomfortable situation or lead to poor service. 

We want to help you avoid that disapproving glance and take care of those who take care of us! It’s important to plan ahead for tipping activity so it doesn’t take you by surprise and so you have the correct knowledge and currency denominations to tip in Las Vegas with confidence.    

Below is our rundown of tipping guidelines for various services provided in Vegas.  

Cab/Lyft/Uber Drivers 

Your first interaction when you get into town, your driver that will take you to the action on the Strip. It’s appropriate to tip around 15% – 20%.  

If you are taking your Vegas Hotel or 3rd party shuttle, feel free to throw a buck or two into the tip jar.  

Hotel Housekeeping 

Many Vegas travelers skip this tip, after all, you don’t have to even make eye contact as the maid cleans up after your weekend of debauchery. You guys, these people deal with a lot of gross shit (pun intended). Make their day and leave something, anything, behind. We recommend a few dollars a day or a touch more… depending on what you put them through.  

Restaurant Servers 

A tip based on service received. I recommend starting at 20% of the final bill and going up from there if you had an exceptional experience. If all or part of your meal was comped or a coupon was used, don’t be cheap, tip on what the full amount would have been.  

If dining at a classic Las Vegas buffet, you can scale your tip back to a few bucks a person. 

You are also not obligated to tip when ordering “fast food” even if there is a tip jar present. If a great experience is had, any currency thrown into the jar is appreciated by the team.

Cocktail Waitress 

The best thing Las Vegas has to offer is the free drinks!  Make sure they keep coming by tipping your server $1 per drink, alcoholic or non. If I know I’ll be at a table for a while and am getting great service, Ill slip in a few $2 or $3 tips every few drinks as a thank you and to keep motivation high.  

Bellmen 

I always get to the Hotel before check-in and store my bags with the bellman until my room is ready. It’s appropriate to tip a dollar per bag upon pickup, unless of course they go above and beyond, you can always adjust upward.  Same tipping structure is applicable for delivery of bags to your room.

Hotel Front Desk 

There is no need to tip front desk personnel unless you receive an unprecedented level of service or an upgraded accommodation that was not expected. Some Vegas travelers will use the $20 trick, sliding the front desk worker $20 up front, in an attempt to obtain an upgrade. Give it a shot, hell, we’re here to gamble right? 

Slot Attendants 

The dream, you hit a jackpot in Las Vegas! Congrats! Now your slot attendant is counting your hand pay and you are having a mini panic attack deciding how much to tip. You don’t want to overdo it, but also don’t want to be stingy. We recommend tipping in the .5%-1% range ($10 to $20 on a $2,000 win) but it’s common for folks to tip slightly more (up to 2%) depending on the level of service and player intoxication :).

Valet 

I don’t drive a car in Vegas, because I am consistently inebriated while in Vegas. If I did drive a car though and used the Valet service then I would consider $3-$5 an acceptable tip per interaction. Some choose to split the tip between drop off and pick up or they choose to fork it over at pickup.  

Tour Guides 

Whether you are going for a tour to visit the haunted sites around Las Vegas or taking a full day trip out to Bryce Canyon or the Hoover Dam, we recommend tipping your tour guide between $5-$20. The tip amount can be determined by the cost and time commitment of the excursion and the experience provided by the guide. Many don’t tip at all, you can’t go wrong here.  

Casino Dealers 

Please keep in mind that Las Vegas casino dealers rely on tips to make a living. Without tipping, they would make minimum wage in most cases. While playing table games, I like to tip as I play, throwing the dealer $5 – $10 dollars after a big hand or nice run of hands. Generally, I don’t wait until the end of my session because, if I am down, I’m less likely to be generous. Reward the dealers that give you a GREAT experience and scale your tipping back when service or their attitude doesn’t meet your expectations.  

Street Performers 

You are not obligated to tip a Las Vegas street performer anything. The most common reason a tip is appropriate is if you stop to take a picture with them. In that case tipping a buck or two at most is appropriate.   

We recommend not “tipping” or giving money to the homeless individuals lining the strip with “Need Money for Weed” or related signs. Instead, direct a donation to a local charity supporting that population.

Night Club Staff 

It’s not my scene. I wouldn’t even know what I would do in a night club. Like, what are you supposed to do with your hands?  I’d look like one of those wacky inflatable arm guys you see at car dealerships. I’d rather just throw dice all night. You’re on your own here, but I’m sure plenty of tipping is involved.  

The key is to be prepared for tipping situations in Las Vegas before you hit the strip. One of the most common mistakes travelers make is feeling pressured to tip too much. Go to Las Vegas armed with the knowledge, and correct bill denominations, needed to tip appropriately for the service you receive so you, and they are happy.

Your final lesson in Vegas tipping. Hand the tip to the recipient’s hand. Don’t be like the creepy guy that used to slide a tip into my back pocket as I bagged his groceries. That is now frowned upon. Unless you’re at a strip club.

Now you know who and how much to tip in Las Vegas – Have a great trip!  

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2 thoughts on “Las Vegas Tipping Etiquette”

  1. Good info. I make sure to tip the housekeepers well. ($5 minimum/ night) At the end of the day, I want to come back to a nice clean room and I’ve found that by the 2nd or 3rd day, the level of room care goes up a lot if you’re tipping along the way. I always factor tipping into my Vegas budget. Who doesn’t like to feel like a high roller.

    1. Absolutely – I feel so guilty for not getting on board with tipping them earlier. I’ve even heard stories of tipped housekeepers leaving “extras” like champagne, etc. Its never happened to me but here’s to hoping!

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