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A cheat sheet on tipping do's and don'ts

Travel tipping
Travel tipping

When you're on a trip, how much you tip can be a quandary. Here, Patricia Rossi, a Tampa, Fla.-based business etiquette expert at PatriciaRossi.com, sorts it out.

Rossi's tipping instructions:

  • Cruise employees: Tipping policies vary between cruise lines, "but each one tells you when you board what is appropriate," says Rossi.
  • Airport curbside check-in: $1 to $2 per bag, more for oversized bags.
  • Taxis: 15 percent of the fare.
  • Airport shuttle bus drivers: $2 to $3.
  • Limousine drivers: 10 percent to 20 percent of the bill.
  • Roadside services for a rental car: No tipping required.

Farley adds, "Roadside service is situational, like if someone changes your tire in subzero temps, you should tip them."

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