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    Hello all,
    Never been to AI before.
    Just wondering what the general pattern is for tipping.
    Who and how much?

    Does tipping during checkin help to get a requested room?

    Thanks!

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    You will get MANY different answers on this one I am sure.
    If you are talking about tipping at DR AI's this is how I usually tip: $2 US for maid everyday plus toys, pencils etc for her kids, $1 US a day for the mini bar. Usually $1 at every meal and we tip $1 for a special cook like someone who makes you pasta or omelette type thing.
    I usually tip $1 when I go up to a bar and grab drinks for the wife and I and tip the luggage dude probably around $2-5US

    When I leave I tip anyone who was exceptional more and usually tip the front desk then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harleysrock View Post
    You will get MANY different answers on this one I am sure.
    If you are talking about tipping at DR AI's this is how I usually tip: $2 US for maid everyday plus toys, pencils etc for her kids, $1 US a day for the mini bar. Usually $1 at every meal and we tip $1 for a special cook like someone who makes you pasta or omelette type thing.
    I usually tip $1 when I go up to a bar and grab drinks for the wife and I and tip the luggage dude probably around $2-5US

    When I leave I tip anyone who was exceptional more and usually tip the front desk then.

    Good man.....

    Ya gonna pizz off all the cheap bastards!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rice&beans View Post
    Good man.....

    Ya gonna pizz off all the cheap bastards!!
    Thanks! that sounds reasonable. I'm not going to have the toys/pencils etc but maybe i'll just throw in an extra $1 or something.

    How does one go about ensuring a decent room?
    I called and made a request for quiet building/ocean view instead of the noisy pool view.
    Slip them a $20 during check in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haunted View Post
    Thanks! that sounds reasonable. I'm not going to have the toys/pencils etc but maybe i'll just throw in an extra $1 or something.

    How does one go about ensuring a decent room?
    I called and made a request for quiet building/ocean view instead of the noisy pool view.
    Slip them a $20 during check in?
    You have already requested what you want. They will try to give it to you. You can slip them a $20 if you want. They will take it. Wait and see what they give you for a room first.
    Relax

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    My method on tipping at an All Inclusive is on the first day give a nice sweet tip to the bartenders at the main bar. Then for the rest of the trip they will always serve you first if there is a big crowd. Your drinks will be done properly and with a heavy hand. Also if you ask and remember their names it goes a long way.

    Also some AI have themed restaurants where they allow you 2 visits a week. Treat the person who makes the reservations nicely and give them a nice tip. When I do that I get to eat at the restaurants for every night of my stay. I just hit the buffet for lunch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sosua Sonny View Post
    My method on tipping at an All Inclusive is on the first day give a nice sweet tip to the bartenders at the main bar. Then for the rest of the trip they will always serve you first if there is a big crowd. Your drinks will be done properly and with a heavy hand. Also if you ask and remember their names it goes a long way.

    Also some AI have themed restaurants where they allow you 2 visits a week. Treat the person who makes the reservations nicely and give them a nice tip. When I do that I get to eat at the restaurants for every night of my stay. I just hit the buffet for lunch.

    It's amazing the great service you can get compared to the cranky cheap gringos who complain about everything!

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    HR you are over-tipping. If I should pay $1 tip every time I go grab drinks at the bar, it would cost me more than the whole AI stay!

    This is my tipping:
    50 pesos bellboys who lug our luggage. This only in case it is on 2nd or 3rd floor. If Ground floor, I pick my bags form gaugita and haul them myself.
    100 pesos tip for the maid at the end of stay. But I make sure I treat her nicely and thank her during the stay when I bump into her tidying up the room.
    I do not tip bartenders but I have a "don" to make a connection with them and we talk about Higuey etc. and I never have to wait, and I also get strong drinks if I wish. For very exceptional service I give them maybe a 100 pesos at the end, for 1-2 main bartenders that served the drinks.
    I do not tip at restaurants, why should I. I go get my meal at buffet so I shoudl proabbly tip myself.

    Call me a cheap bastard but I have always received good service form everybody in spite of infrequent tipping. Maybe, because of many Gracias and Te lo Agradezco that they receive. Sometimes a nice word is better received than a tip but snobby behavior. Also I use to frequent the same resorts, many of staff know me, and they usually appreciate return visits (at the end of day, it puts food on their table).

    To the OP: Tips are already included in your AI stay. The staff receives a "porciento" every 15 days. Tips are NOT expected but are appreciated. But do not overtip because you'll spoil them.
    Last edited by rubio_higuey; 05-24-2014 at 10:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubio_higuey View Post
    100 pesos tip for the maid at the end of stay.
    To each his own. But a 100 peso tip to the maid for cleaning your room for a week is just plain down right stingy. But like you said in your own post... at least you recognize yourself as a cheap bastard.

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    Rubio I should have mentioned I didn't drink Alcohol for 10 years so I wasn't going up to the bar that much at AI's! I still don't think I could get drinks without tipping every time though!

    Dang I didn't read your whole post, you are really cheap!
    Do you know how hard of a job being a maid is?!

    A nice word is NEVER better than a tip to ANYONE EVER!!! You can be crazy nice as well! I just would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I didn't tip somewhat ok.
    Last edited by Harleysrock; 05-24-2014 at 11:08 PM.

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