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    Scenario:
    Your company sends you to a 3-day conference out of town. They will reimburseme parking, but not vallet parking or tips.
    When you arrive at the hotel they booked for you, you find out it is only vallet parking; there is no self-parking. Parking turns out to be $26.05 a day ($23 + tax).

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    How much would you tip the vallets who parked your car on day one and returned your car on day four? Does it make a difference if you would have self-parked had that been an option?

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    $5

    I would have taken a cab to and from the hotel, since the car wasn't used between arrival and departure.
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    $5 (as long as they offered to help load/unload my luggage) and no, even if self-parking isn't an option you still tip valets. I usually tip better if the AF is paying for the rest of my trip.

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    I, too, would have taken a shuttle to/from hotel.

    But since a car was rented, I would write an appeal to have the parking covered...since no self-parking was available.

    I would tip around $5-- the same as if they parked my car for an evening or an event.....the number of days parked doesn't factor into my tipping amount.

    No, it doesn't make a difference that self-parking was not available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    I, too, would have taken a shuttle to/from hotel.

    But since a car was rented, I would write an appeal to have the parking covered...since no self-parking was available.

    I would tip around $5-- the same as if they parked my car for an evening or an event.....the number of days parked doesn't factor into my tipping amount.

    No, it doesn't make a difference that self-parking was not available.
    Ditto this. I might have also asked if the hotel could include the parking on my bill without specifying that it was valet parking, to avoid having to appeal. I'd also check the hotel's website & see if it says anything about only having valet parking, because the person who booked the reservation should have known the parking situation & not set you up with something you would have to pay out-of-pocket $75.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Ditto this. I might have also asked if the hotel could include the parking on my bill without specifying that it was valet parking, to avoid having to appeal. I'd also check the hotel's website & see if it says anything about only having valet parking, because the person who booked the reservation should have known the parking situation & not set you up with something you would have to pay out-of-pocket $75.
    Exactly. I do travel a lot for work and it would be crazy to me that a company would not reimburse valet parking if that was the only option. I do understand having a general policy of no valet so that people don't choose that over self-park. And I would tip $5-$10, probably purely dependent on how much cash i had.
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    I was thinking she drove from home to the hotel and was reimbursed mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    I was thinking she drove from home to the hotel and was reimbursed mileage.
    Yes, I drove from home. I will get partial reimbursement for the mileage, but I didn't know about parking until I got there. I'm submitting the paperwork on Monday, so we'll see what happens.

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    Living in Las Vegas wheren valet is everywhere you turn, I would say $5 is a great tip. Luckily the valet is free here, though! I've stayed at many a hotel in California where I've paid up to $25 per day to park and never once drove my vehicle (and it wasn't even valet, it was self parking). The parking will be included on your bill, so I would make it a point to get reimbursed for that expense since you did not have a choice in the matter. It's not the fault of the valet parkers whether you pay to park or whether it's free, they deserve a tip each time they retrieve your vehicle
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    I don't understand the whole tipping thing, I got complementary valet parking the other night (had a person with a physical disability in the car) and didn't tip, neither did any other person I saw getting their car.

    On the reimbursment it would depend how much it was for me vs the amount of work involved. For work I often have to pay for parking or something or other and the amount of work to get a small amount reimbursed isn't worth it.

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