Here’s a Killer Las Vegas Tip if You Valet Park

Chances are if you valet park in Las Vegas, you’ve been doing it wrong. We’re here to help.

Traditionally, folks tip valets when their car is delivered. Which is awesome.

But here’s the thing: Tipping when your car is brought to you does nobody any good. Your transaction is already complete. In Las Vegas, the key is to make the most of your money, so it’s a good idea to tip more strategically.

Las Vegas valet tip

Time is money. Use our tip, get more time.

Don’t wait for your car to be delivered to tip. Tip when you give your ticket to the valet attendant. Five bucks usually does the trick.

Why? Because at this point in the transaction, the valet attendant can help you leapfrog the line. That’s how juice works in Sin City. Scratch their back, they’ll scratch yours.

Of course, true high rollers tip even earlier in the process. They tip a larger amount when the car is dropped off. A $20 bill usually means your car will be parked close to the pick-up area, and you’ll be treated as a VIP when it’s time for your car to be retrieved.

In any of these scenarios, you still have the option to tip a couple of bucks when your car is brought around, of course, but timing is everything.

Now you know. Tip early. Tip often. Gratuities are the grease that keeps the wheels turning in Sin City. You just have to know when to provide the appropriate lubrication. If you get our drift.

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  • Andrea Forcella

    Killer tip ? Right,and then 45 mintues after you’ve parked the valet guy ends his shift so YOU will have to wait in line and tip the guy again. Some smart tip indeed !!!

    • You misunderstand. You give the valet the ticket when you’re picking your car up, not when you’re dropping it off. Your car goes immediately into the queue to be retrieved. The tip determines where you go in the queue. Hope that helps.

    • Tony Crawford

      Not very bright.

  • Troy Swezey

    So… poking the pot… hopefully the ticket taker pools tips with the drivers. When I worked as a valet that is the way we did it. But is not always the case. Regardless, the ticket taker is the one to help you leap frog so your point stands.
    (At NYNY they have ticket scanner machines so…)
    Also true that if you tip nice when dropping off, your car will likely be left very close. Places will park nicer cars up front for the sole purpose of making the joint look classier. I would often take my fully original and super clean baby blue and white ’64 Studebaker out and it would always be left up front and often valets would be checking it out when I came back.
    (I always had to ask them though if they knew how to drive a car with column shift. Some of the kids today do not.)

  • Wolfdog

    I often “bribe” the desk clerk, and grease the usher, so a $5 ticket sandwich seems like a smart move.