Tip of the week
Tipping rules for the gig-economy era
Ride-sharing drivers: A 15 to 20 percent tip, which is standard for taxi drivers, is also a good range for Lyft and Uber drivers, none of whom enjoy employee benefits.
Airbnb: Home rentals booked through sites like VRBO.com or Airbnb.com usually have housekeeping costs built into the fee, so tips are unnecessary—and any tip left might go to the owner rather than the cleaner. At a hotel, leave $5 to $10 in cash each day.
Coffee shops: Many counter-service eateries use iPad payment systems that guilt customers into tipping, but don’t feel bad about selecting “no tip” when you require no special attention. You can always leave a dollar in the tip jar.
TaskRabbit: Service apps such as TaskRabbit typically don’t require that you tip, but providing a positive review for the freelancer “can go a long way.” Do tip food-delivery workers, though, and tip them in cash.