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Ever Heard Of Corporate Pilots Getting Tipped?  
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

So my roomy and I were having a discussion about corporate pilots. He knows of this one flight department in LAS that flies for one of the major hotel chains. Mostly what they do is pickup up their high rollers and fly them down to gamble, for free of course. He thinks the pilots sometimes get tipped by these high rollers. I honestly never heard of this being done.

What say you?  eyebrow 

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User currently offlineAcNDTTech From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Chauffers and cab drivers get tips all the time. Doesn't sound unreasonable......especially if money is no object.

User currently offlineBond007 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

Well, this is hardly about tipping corporate pilots in general ... it's about high-rollers tipping the 'driver' of an expensive hotel 'limo'.

In general, corporate pilots do not get tipped ... in the exception, high-rollers getting a 'free' ride do tip their pilot.


Jimbo


User currently offlineTb727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

I just got tipped twice last week by the same guy. $100 each way! The last time was about 4-5 years ago though. I've gotten $100 once before when I was brand new, the guy gave the Captain a $100 bill and told him to split it with me but this Captain was the coolest guy ever so he gave it to me since I was making only per diem($1.50 per hour) at the time.

User currently offlineDashTrash From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

Happens from time to time.

User currently offlineLowrider From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

I think it is more common for charter and fractional pilots than for corporate pilots, but it happens. Those guys have to deliver a very high degree of personalized service.

User currently offlineKELPkid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

When I was a lineboy,

I rated a cool $20 once for giving good advice to a bizjet passenger on the best place to stay for the night and the best restaraunt in town  Smile (oh yeah, and rolling out the red carpet, literally, which we did anyways for any "VIP" appearing aircraft  Wink ).


User currently offlineMr AirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

In Africa flying Safari tourists around we would sometimes get tipped. Usually small USD denominations but every now and then something bigger. One of our guys got a $200 USD tip from one couple each way onetime. Not bad for a twenty minute flight!!

User currently offlineHAWK21M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Not out here.....But the boss could pass on a few goodies to the crew on a trip  Smile
regds
MEL


User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

Once or twice when I did some charter work but as a corp pilot for a devoted co. no you were a salaried employee like most everyone else.

User currently offline411A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

Ever Heard Of Corporate Pilots Getting Tipped?

Yes, it occasionally happens.

With charter flights, however, it is more likely.

At one time I personally flew, on a regular basis, the eleventh wealthiest individual in the USA (at the time) who owned radio/television stations, several hotels and golf courses and who, years before, made many western movies, and was a recording artist.

He also flew B-24 bombers during WWII and, held the same type of license that I do, Airline Transport....with four large aircraft type ratings.

His was quite a large tipper.

His name?

Gene Autry.


User currently offlineBond007 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2647 times:



Quoting 411A (Reply 10):
Ever Heard Of Corporate Pilots Getting Tipped?

Yes, it occasionally happens.

With charter flights, however, it is more likely.

Yes, although the OP specifically asked about "corporate pilots" (and I replied in respect to corporate pilots), many replies have been regarding charter pilots, and perhape the OP meant both?

Having flown many times with both corporate and charter, I cannot remember a single passenger (read: usually employee!), tip a pilot ... and when I've been up front I've never received any. As for charter, well it depends. High-rollers to Vegas would seem top of the list for tippers .. business folks using charter aircraft, at the bottom.


Jimbo


User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2645 times:



Quoting 411A (Reply 10):
His name?

Gene Autry.

Nice, that must have been a pleasure. Did you ever get any stories out of him?


User currently offlineHAWK21M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2564 times:



Quoting 411A (Reply 10):
His was quite a large tipper.

Would that be a regular basis tip?
 Smile
regds
MEL


User currently offlineRadarbeam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

Back on my corporate ramp days my colleague and I got tipped $60 by a really drunk high profile CEO. He recommended to blow all the $ in strip clubs LOL!

User currently offline411A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2498 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):


Quoting 411A (Reply 10):
His was quite a large tipper.

Would that be a regular basis tip?

Yes indeed.
Gene also owned (and flew) a PB4Y Privateer (single tail mod to the B-24) for awhile.
Then, he sold that airplane and bought a Convair 340, which he also flew.

Gene was a true gentleman of the highest order, IMO.
A pilots pilot.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2482 times:



Quoting 411A (Reply 15):
Yes indeed.

Nice to know that.
Out here a few corporate pilots I know have stories of being well taken care of by their boss during their trips.Their only regret are the uncertain timings of departure.
regds
MEL


User currently offlineOzTech From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2261 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
get tipped by these high rollers

I happen to know that the Australian owner (Deceased now) of a DC-8 used to carry US$500,000 in cash on the plane to cover for unknowns and to speed things up such as fuel, catering etc at odball airports... and Engineers if we were real lucky...

This man was about 6' 10" tall and dressed in jeans and a shirt most of the time and was in the "Highrollers" part of a top US casino and was getting annoyed at an American guy who was bragging to the girls in there how rich he was.. He went over and asked him just how much he was worth and the loudmouth said I'm worth X amount of millions... The DC-8 owner took his lucky US Silver Dollar out of his pocket and said I'll toss you for it... The guy promptly got up and left...

Supposedly a true story and from what I know of the man it is most likely true... RIP KP


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