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I'm going to be traveling to Palm Beach in two weeks, and I wanted to make sure I don't offend anyone, specially people I may need to ask for favors later :)

From the van that'll transfer me to the hotel, to waiters and hotel staff; when and how much is it appropriate to tip?

A concrete example; how much should I tip the person that takes my bags from the check-in counter to my room?

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It's the same pretty much everywhere in the US. More trendy urban areas will expect slightly higher tips. – Michael Pryor Aug 8 '11 at 22:44
Well.. I never traveled to the US before, but good to know. – juan Aug 9 '11 at 0:30
up vote 8 down vote accepted

For wait staff at restaurants: from 10%-20%, depending on quality of service. For the bell-hops (the person that takes your bags to your room): $2+ ($1/bag, with a $2 minimum).

Here is a good reference source.

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