What are the Rules When it Comes to Tipping a Porter?

When on holiday, a frequently asked question is, “Do you tip the porter and if so, how much?”

Depending on where you are holidaying, there are different rules about tipping, with some countries such as America relying on tipping. In Australia, there is no common rule and generally it comes down to the kind of service you are provided. Reasearch by Hotels.com suggests that 90 per cent of Australians are unsure when it comes to tipping.

According to The Age, a good rule of thumb is to tip the porter when they take your bags up to your room, but give them half of the amount for taking your bags out. The amount you tip can vary depending on the country.

According to one Age reader, J.Wright, a tip of $1 per bag in the US will usually suffice, but when travelling in countries where the wage is poor, a larger tip is more common.

Some people may choose to offer more of a tip for lugging an unusually heavy item.