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Do the servers in the dining car pool their tips or does each server keep their own individual tips?

And do they share a percentage of their tips with the kitchen staff?

And since this is Amtrak maybe it varies from crew to crew.
 

dcipjr

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On a multi-day trip, I usually tip once after dinner in the dining car, but it's totally up to you.

I tip the SCA upon departure on the train...usually $10 a night per person as a baseline. I've had some truly excellent SCAs and they've gotten more than that.

If a SCA is surly and mostly-missing-in-action, and I wind up putting my own bunk up and down because I can't find them, don't want to deal with them, or both, I'll skip the tip.

But...to be honest..I find tipping to be a huge hassle on Amtrak, because I hardly ever carry cash, especially since the pandemic. I usually wind up with some $20s from the ATM machine, and have to break them in the café car. I wish there was an easier way to tip on Amtrak.
 

Kbyrdleroydogg

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If you are a bedroom or roomette user, how much do you tip your attendant who gets you your meal or straightens your bed?
What is a rule of thumb?
Also, have you not tipped your attendant on purpose?
 

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My ATM dispenses 20s, 10s, and 1s. Used to do 5s but not lately
I’ve seen those options in Europe and Asia but where I live ATMs only dispense 20s, 50s, or 100s. If we’re being honest 50 is the new 5 and soon we’ll be needing $500 bills anyway so no biggie.
 

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If you are a bedroom or roomette user, how much do you tip your attendant who gets you your meal or straightens your bed?
What is a rule of thumb?
Also, have you not tipped your attendant on purpose?
From past discussions, $5-$10 per night is common, with $10 being the most common, and more for stellar service.

In my experience, $5 will get you a dirty look from SCA's.
 

Rambling Robert

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Way way back on a couple of Cunard cruises the room attendant got 5/% of the room and some people tip the same amount to a maid in a hotel. Since I was a paid contractor on the ship my boss tipped our waiter for the week. I tipped the room steward and reimbursed.

PDX to LAX
On the train I top 15% to 20% of THE VALUE of the meal and beverage .,. &45 dinner, $40? Lunch $15 breakfast. Or $100 a day ... say on the CS = 1 day plus an extra dimmer \=‘&145

My roomette was $550 - $145 = &405
There tore the SCA’s top it 5% of $405 or $20

My SCA seemed to have a bad day with kids ordering good from the Family Room. Despite I had a horrible night sleep on a bed partially together I tipped $25

LAX to TUS
ROOM $250 Breakfast $15
SCA tip $235 x 5% = $12 and I gave $30

Harold was happy to get the tip, in part for his excellent service but also it was the end point of 140 hours on a train.
 
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On a multi-day trip, I usually tip once after dinner in the dining car, but it's totally up to you.

I tip the SCA upon departure on the train...usually $10 a night per person as a baseline. I've had some truly excellent SCAs and they've gotten more than that.

If a SCA is surly and mostly-missing-in-action, and I wind up putting my own bunk up and down because I can't find them, don't want to deal with them, or both, I'll skip the tip.

But...to be honest..I find tipping to be a huge hassle on Amtrak, because I hardly ever carry cash, especially since the pandemic. I usually wind up with some $20s from the ATM machine, and have to break them in the café car. I wish there was an easier way to tip on Amtrak.
I pull out cash ahead of time for tips. $10 per day for turn down service and $10 per meal for wait service, including in-room service. You're basically eating out every meal, you can pay going rate percent for each meal instead of 10, no biggie. As I understand, Amtrak isn't the easiest place to work, so I try to make it easier.
 

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If you are a bedroom or roomette user, how much do you tip your attendant who gets you your meal or straightens your bed?
What is a rule of thumb?
Also, have you not tipped your attendant on purpose?
On most trips I've simply stopped tipping on Amtrak. The following post explains why.

I generally consider myself to be a generous tipper, with the exception of walk-up service counters, but many of the typical reasons for tipping (wage recovery, special requests, stronger drinks, etc.) don't really exist on Amtrak. Nor do I need help with most of the usual tasks (moving my luggage, making my bed, using my room). The one service for which I still had a strong desire to tip was easy access to ice. It seems like such a simple task to me, but on my last trip it took three hours from initial request until actual delivery.

Soon we will not be seeing cash at all.
I've been hearing that for decades, usually from people who buy everything on credit and associate cash with something sinister they saw in a movie one time, but cash is still here nonetheless.
 
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Attitude is always a big factor IMHO... if the attendant is rude, grumpy, barking at me for this or that [as so many times on the Cardinal] I find it hard to pull a $20 out of my pocket and hand it over. I've done that once or twice then felt really violated.

Conversely it's always a happy happy feeling to say thank you to someone who has gone above and beyond. Remembering a while back on the Chief I was in the H room and the attendant blocked the adjacent restroom [very light load in the car] so I could get a better night's sleep. She was always smiling and checking in on me. I pulled out a pair of $20's when we pulled into CHI and we both smiled.

So the biggest rule for tipping? Service!
 
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