Discussion in 'Amtrak FAQs & First-Time Rider Info' started by MJAlso, Oct 1, 2019.
I would never tip in advance.
Good, I always count on being different and if there were more like me I might not get the special service that I like when I am the ONLY one tipping in advance.
I like to put unusual surprises in with my tip to the SCA. Usually I put in Zimbabwe money from their hyperinflation, so s/he gets both something spendable and a conversation piece that says "ten billion dollars" on it.
I had heard $5/day from someone who rides a lot and organizes groups, but I notice $10 is more common here.
I paper-clip ten dollar bills together for each day of meals, plus the SCA tip.
Does this apply to the dining car?
I like my meals in my bedroom.
That certainly solves that.
The way I do tipping if I'm in a sleeper, is that I tip after my meals in the dining car, plus also to the SCA ONLY at the point when I'm getting off the train at my final destination. For the SCA, I usually would do either $5-10, depending on how good the service was. I'd probably do more than $10 at the end of my trip if say I did a VERY long trip(i.e. if I rode 421, Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited and if theoretically I did the entire CHI-LAX route in a sleeper? or CHI-LAX on the SW Chief?), and the service was extremely danged great.
I hadn't ridden yet in any train that has gone to contemporary/flex dining, and wonder how others are doing tipping for long distance trains that've gone to that? Since it's only airplane like food, not sure if I'd want to tip, unless say a server was providing me with coffee or other drink refills.
Where do you leave the tip for the SCA who services your roomette/bedroom? In the room?
I always just hand the tip to the attendant shortly before arrival or when leaving the train.
Same here. I usually try to give it before arrival because I'm not busy getting my bag and detraining.
And then there was Bing Crosby, whose butler handled the ANNUAL tip to Eddie Elkins, parlor-lounge car attendant on the Del Monte. As a weekly coach passenger on that train in my Army uniform, I found that Mr. Elkins was appreciative of my small tips and remembered me from week to week.
In coach now, I rarely tip the rarely seen attendant. However, if they do something out of the ordinary, then I tip $5 (one night) or $10 (two nights) upon alighting.
As I leave the train, I give my SCA my tip. If the SCA attendant offers to help with removal of my carry-on stuff, he/she will receive a bit more as I depart.
Yes I do the same. Many come by the room on arrival and ask if i need any help with bags. Rarely get help when boarding. I always have a backpack and a carry on suitcase. I ask them to take the suitcase.
They won't touch anything you leave in the room even if it's in an envelope with their name on it. I hand it to them in person usually at turndown time at night.
The best service the SCA has provided with luggage when I boarded was to take my carry-on and put it at the end of the steps of the entrance platform to the car. That was fine. That was helpful for me. And, it was appreciated.
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