Frequently Asked Questions
- How will I be reimbursed for tips while on official travel?
- What tips are included in the incidental expenses?
- What tips are included in the miscellaneous expenses?
- What is considered an appropriate amount to pay for a tip?
1. How will I be reimbursed for tips while on official travel?
You may be reimbursed for tips either through the incidental expenses portion of the M&IE (Meals and Incidental Expenses) per diem rate or as a miscellaneous expense.
2. What tips are included in the incidental expenses?
Tips included as incidental expenses include: fees and tips to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards or stewardesses and others on ships, and hotel servants in foreign countries. See JFTR/JTR, APP A1 under per diem for definition. For an employee with a disability or special need, see JTR, par. C7460-item 4, regarding baggage-handling costs incurred as a direct result of an employee's disability.
3. What tips are included in the miscellaneous expenses?
Tips included as miscellaneous expenses include (See JFTR/JTR, APP G):
- Tips aboard commercial ships (Uniformed Members Only): Tips to stewards and other attendants paid by or on behalf of dependents aboard commercial ships
- Tips for handling government property: Transportation-related tips for handling government property at terminals and lodgings are authorized.
- Tips, Transportation-Related: Transportation-related tips for the drivers of taxis, limousines, and courtesy transportation are authorized.
4. What is considered an appropriate amount to pay for a tip?
The appropriate amounts for tipping is not defined in the JFTR/JTR. Tipping is discretionary and the amount of a tip can vary throughout the world. A reasonable amount is the key and consideration should be given based on the location customs and the type of service rendered. A traveler must exercise the same care and regard for incurring expenses to be paid by the government as would a prudent person traveling at personal expense. See JFTR, par. U2000 for uniformed members and JTR, par. C2000 for DoD civilian employees.