Today, I read a post in one of my Facebook travel groups that shocked me. Basically, it said this:
Friendly reminder, if you’re using your Priority Pass credit at an airport restaurant or bar, make sure you tip your server on the full amount! Some people aren’t tipping at all, because Priority Pass reduces their bills to $0!
As someone with years of restaurant experience under my belt, I was happy to read a post from someone that gets it. Most people in the food industry don’t make millions of dollars, they’re just as happy to see you save some money as you are! So don’t shy away from using coupons, but be sure to tip on the full amount of the bill, before they applied your discount. Just imagine if we all stiffed the severs over at our favorite Timberline lounge!
As I’m sure many of you are, I’m a fan of Groupon. Whether in my hometown or traveling the world, I’ll often check Groupon for something interesting to do later that weekend. I noticed recently that the company added some language to their restaurant offers:
Think of it this way: the price you pay, is separate from the work it takes for your meal. That’s what we’re all about here at Points With a Crew, maximizing the value of our work. So we use coupons and discounts and miles (oh my!), to get the best value out of the work we put into all of our frequent flyer program, credit cards, and anything else we can use.
When you use your Priority Pass at one of their member restaurants, your bill is reduced. Does it reduce the time, energy, or materials put into your food? Is the server suddenly $27 less attentive to your table? No. I won’t tell you how much to tip, that’s ultimately up to you, but please, tip on the full amount of the meal, before your Priority Pass kicks in.
Let’s look at the big picture here guys…if servers are unhappy with us Priority Pass people, they talk to management. Management thinks Priority Pass people are more hassle than they’re worth. Restaurant leaves Priority Pass. Priority Pass people (us) have nowhere to stuff our faces when we travel!
Don’t push them out. Make it easy for restaurants to partner with Priority Pass, and take care of your server while you’re at it!