Tippping Customs

Offering a tip in America reflects your appreciation for a job well done or for those who are exceptionally helpful. In certain circumstances it may be considered rude to offer no tip. However, there are other circumstances where businesses or individuals expect or encourage you to tip when no tip is customary. Here is some advice on when it is good to leave a tip and when it is not.

An airport or bus/train porter helping you with your bags- Tip $1-$2 for each bag.

Taxis or other ride services Tip 10%-25% of the fare. Many US taxis have seat back displays which preselect a “Default” tip amount. You can manually override these amounts which are often higher than customary tipping. You are not expected to tip on any Casino Chi provided transportation.

A hotel staff member carries your bags to your room- Tip $2-$3 per bag

Hotel cleaning service Leave $2-$5 on the pillow every morning with a thank you note.

In room dining Tip 15%-20%. Look out for a “service charge” which may be added to the bill and is not a tip. The service charge goes to the hotel while a tip would go to the staff who provided the service. Also beware some hotels adding the tip themselves (usually 18%). If they do, you can cross this out and select your own tip amount or you can add to it if you feel the service was exceptional. This circumstance usually happens with larger parties in restaurants.

Restaurant tipping
Fast food- no tip
Regular restaurant- $15% to 20%.
Very fancy restaurant- 25%

Bartenders Tip $1 per drink

Coffee shops and other small shops with a register for paying Many eateries where you pay at a register will have a tip jar or show you a display with pre selected tip options. If the shop brings the food to the table for you after you order at a register, you can tip a small amount. If you are expected to pick the food up yourself or seat yourself, a tip is not necessary. You can therefore override any display with “no tip”.

Safey & Crime

Most news media love to report crime events. This creates the impression that an area you may be visiting is less safe than reality. The areas we will be staying and visiting are generally considered very safe with exceptionally low incidences of violent crime. To be certain one should always practice safe measures when in unfamiliar areas. When unsure of a situation just ask Casino Chi staff, or reach out to our hosts and hostesses 24/7. Here is some other advice.

  • Travel in numbers.
  • Use hotel locks on doors, do not prop open doors, and use room security devices of the hotel safe for storing valuables.
  • Do not tell strangers where you are staying or where you are going.
  • Do not leave valuables unattended. Generally items are safe in hotel rooms with the exception of very valuable items. Casino Chi transport is generally safe to leave items.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Stay in well lit areas.
  • Do not leave the tour without telling staff.
  • Do not go off with strangers.

Electrical Outlets

Before packing for your trip to Boston and New York City, it is necessary to have some basic knowledge of the electricity in the U.S.A. In general, small devices like cell phones, cameras, hair dryers and electric razors are made with international standards using 110/220 with two prong charger plugs. You will not have to use an adapter while travelling in the U.S.

Before leaving for America make sure your electric devices use 110/220 volts and have two prongs.

Three prong plugs used for many laptops may not fit into the plugs used in the U.S. Check out the voltage for the laptop to make sure it uses 110-120v at 60 Hz. It is a good idea to purchase a combination adaptor/converter.

The voltage and frequency used in the U.S. is 110-120 volts at 60 Hz. While in China it is 220 volts 50 Hz (Hong Kong 200v, Taiwan 110v)

Socket A   /   Socket B