Tipping Points

Business Jet Traveler » December 2013
Charter pilots typically say they don’t expect tips but always appreciate them.
Charter pilots typically say they don’t expect tips but always appreciate them.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 5:00pm
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I hate the challenge of trying to figure out if tipping is appropriate and, if so, how much [Tipping Points,” December 2013/January 2014]. I pay a lot of money to fly privately, so I believe that there should always be a no-tipping policy for the inflight folks.

Tom Johnson

 


I worked in the Middle East for four long years and flying VIPs was the perfect job—not because of the salaries but because of the tips. At the end of most trips with wealthy Arab passengers, it was common for the crew to get an envelope with $2,000 to $5,000 to split. However, nothing pays off like flying at home. Wealthy Americans are very down to earth and courteous and for an employee that is more rewarding than a big tip.

Romano


I always tip crewmembers when I take a charter flight ["Tipping Points," December 2013/January 2014]. I've encountered only one crewmember who felt uncomfortable accepting a tip, so I told him to donate it to his favorite charity. The typical crewmember doesn't make as much as most professionals in other industries and they are away from home a lot. I give gratuities in an envelope with a card and a handwritten thank you. Everyone seems to greatly appreciate the thank-you card and it seems classy compared with handing someone a $100 bill.

David Marshall


 

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Anonymous
on December 12, 2013 - 6:31pm

I always tip service people
Why should Charter pilots not get tipped
What are these people thinking
Charter pilot

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Tom Johnson
on December 13, 2013 - 12:52pm

I hate the challenge of trying to figure out if tipping is appropriate and if so how much. I pay a lot of money to fly privately so I believe that there should always be a no tipping policy for the inflight folks.

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Romano
on December 13, 2013 - 1:47pm

Dear Jennifer,

I enjoyed your article about tipping crews. I worked in the Middle East for four long years and flying VIP's was the perfect job not because of the salaries but because of the tips.

At the end of most trips with wealthy Arab passengers it was common for the crew to get an envelop with cash to split among the crew. Two, Three and Five Thousand dollars were not uncommon. However, nothing pays off like flying at home. Wealthy Americans are very much down to earth, polite and courteous and as an employee that is more rewarding than a big tip.

Thank you,

Romano Falco
954 882 4830

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David Marshall
on February 16, 2014 - 8:21pm

I always tip crew members when I fly a charter flight. I only encountered one crew member who felt uncomfortable accepting a tip so I told him to donate it to his favorite charity. The typical crew member doesn't make as much as most professionals in other industries and they are away from home a lot. I give gratuities in an envelope with a card and a handwritten thank you. Everyone seems to greatly appreciate the thank-you card and it seems classy compared to handing someone a $100 bill.

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Cletus
on September 27, 2014 - 6:20pm

As a charter pilot, I often see our customers pulling nice tips out for the guys who roll their bags out on carts and drop them at the luggage compartment door, then walk away, and I load about 100-800 pounds of bags.

I then load the passengers, get them blankets & pillows, serve drinks, pick up diapers left in the aisle, vacuum up after them, look the other way when they bring bags to clean out the wine, food and liquor, clean the toilet, and then unload the bags again.

I almost forgot....I safely flew them into one of the most dangerous airports in the country during winter.

Flying passengers is the least amount of work we do. People pay a lot of money to fly privately but don't complain about it because most of you make more interest in a week than we do all year. It is very easy to look up what our salaries are.

Most, if not all of us are trying to get to the major airlines and the tips don't really make or break our day. It is actually pretty funny watching people dodge the tip. Doesn't matter to us but when they leave a big mess, it shows the lack of class.

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