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Tipping in Alaska: The Alaska Tipping Guide

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Tipping in Alaska is a standard practice, but may vary based on type and level of service. This Alaska tipping guide will help you know when/how much to tip for great service.

Tipping in Alaska

Tipping in Alaska is similar to tipping in other states in the U.S. It is customary, though not obligatory, to leave a tip and varies by type and standard of service. Alaska does not have a state sales tax, but local communities can impose a local tax in which a portion of that charge may go to the server. This, however, is up to each individual restaurant. Tip at your own discretion, knowing that a little extra always goes a long way for someone working hard to make your stay unforgettable.

Though tipping may be a standard practice, the amount may vary based on type of business. This Alaska tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.

Alaska Tipping Guide

Café Server/Barista: A customary tip is $1 per drink for exceptional service.

Restaurant Server: Tipping is a personal preference and is not expected by servers. If, however, the service is exceptional, a tip of 15 to 20 percent is greatly appreciated.

Bartender: A customary tip is $1 per drink for exceptional service.  

Tour Guides: Give 10 to 20 percent of the tour cost to show appreciation to your guide. If unsure on how much to give, you can ask the tour operator for a standard amount or possibly find a suggestion listed on the tour website in the Frequently Asked Question section.

Taxis: Tip 10 to 15 percent for a stress-free ride.

Airport shuttle driver: Depending on level of service and length of trip, $1 to $2 per bag is customary.

Doorman: Tip $1 to $5 depending on level of service, which includes hailing cabs and helping with directions or doors.

Bellhop: Tip $1 to $2 per bag, depending on size, carried to your room.

Housecleaning: There is not a set standard, but anywhere from $3 to $5 per night for a spotless stay is appreciated.

Concierge: A tip of $5 to $10 for a special recommendation or hard-to-get reservation is customary.

Stylist: Tipping is up to your discretion, but 10 to 20 percent is standard for a great new hairdo.

Spa Service Provider: A customary tip is 10 to 20 percent, but you can leave more depending on level and type of service.

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Information provided by the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

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