prepare in ADVANCE by making reservations for flights, hotels, rental cars, etc... DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! In today's world there is a ton of competition for your business as well as many discount business available to you.
one thing though, many times you get what you pay for, so don't be
bashful when making reservations. Ask for names and confirmation
numbers. TAKE NOTES! If you have a problem don't accept a NO answer from a clerk who doesn't have the authority to give you the YES answer to begin with. Ask for a supervisor. But do this in a pleasant and business like manner. Always be polite!
I have a nephew who recently purchased first class airline tickets for
his family of four. He purchased the tickets online with a credit card.
When they were checking in at the airport he was informed that they
had sold 3 of his First class tickets and that 3 of his party would be
in coach. Besides himself, it was his wife, a toddler and a nursing
baby. They had purchased the first class tickets to allow for the extra
space and ease of traveling with the children. He was informed by the
counter clerk that an online ticket is NOT guaranteed
even when paid for immediately by credit card and in advance. Long
story short, he asked for her supervisor and escalated the issue to the
appropriate level. He did NOT fly off the handle
(I'm so proud of you Ryan), but dealt with the issue in a business like
and professional manner all the while being polite to the employees.
He told me he was trying to set a good example for the toddler too which
is sooooo important to remember. How many times have we all seen that
person making a scene? Do they get their way? Probably NOT!
remember to make your travel plans in advance, take notes, names and
confirmation numbers. If you have ANY doubts, call and confirm a day or
so before the travel date.
Tipping is a very social custom in
our society and it is an expression of gratitude for a service provided.
This includes bars & restaurants, salons, taxis, delivery
personnel, skycaps, doormen, bellboys, hotel maids, valets and any other
situation where your gut tells you you should be tipping. Tipping on
cruises is a requirement on most cruise lines. The amount you tip will
vary depending on your cruise line and the length of your cruise. Cruise
lines usually publish a suggested guideline for tipping. If you are
new to cruising please be aware that tipping helps the service personnel
make a decent wage. Their overall wage is usually a small stipend
only. Many times gratuities are automatically charged to your shipboard
account. Check with the individual cruiseline to locate their policies.
I worked in the fine dining industry for a number of years and can attest that tipping is truly based on service. It is definitely NOT okay NOT to leave a tip.
It is okay to leave a tip compensatory with the level of service.
Remember also though that you need to communicate if there is a problem.
Slighting your server of a decent tip because there was a problem with
the food that the cook prepared is NOT okay. Give your server the
opportunity to correct any problem. Tipping in a restaurant depends on
several things: the quality of the restaurant (fine dining usually
receives a higher amount 20-25% whereas casual dining is 10-15%), the
amount of the bill (base your tip on the pre-tax amount), and the
quality of service. Remember that your server will be required to
report a minimum of 8% to the government on your check so if you stiff
them you are basically taking the money right out of their pocket for
your meal. Now that is not to say that you MUST
tip the full amount for poor service. There are two tips that truly
make an impression on servers; the large tip with a penny on top and the
tip that is just a penny. The large tip with a penny on top means EXCELLENT
service whereas just a penny means that you were NOT satisfied with the
server. Remember though it is your responsibility to convey your
dissatisfaction and give them the opportunity to make you happy before
you do that.
So the thought/question I leave you with for today is, Do
you prepare in advance for traveling? Do you communicate well when
there is a problem? What can you do to make your travel and tipping
easier for you?
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