This is who you should not be tipping this holiday season

An extra holiday tip is a nice gesture to say “thank You for all you do during the year,” but there are some people who should be off your list for a little extra cash.

Your postal worker may deliver your mail through rain and snow, but don’t thank them by opening up your wallet. In fact, they can’t receive gifts valued over $20. 

Healthcare workers are important, and even if you’ve seen a lot of your doctor this year, giving them a tip isn’t appropriate. A holiday card or small gift for your favorite doctor, nurse, or therapist is all you need to make their holidays bright.

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Tipping should be based on your comfort level.

If you are getting your hair done for the first time by someone new, tipping 15% is absolutely ok. If you've developed a relationship with your hairstylists, we suggest you tip at least 20%, even 25%. While it may seem like too much, your hairstylist spends 1-2 hrs on your hair, they deserve a proper thank you!

Tip everyone

While you may be focused on tipping your hairstylist, don't forget to give a few dollars to the other stylists who helped. If you had someone wash your hair that's different than your stylist, you should always give them $4-6 as a thank you.

They helped make you look beautiful!

Tipping for freebies?
Some salons will offer a free bang trim or complimentary trim that accompanies their original service. If this is the case, make sure you tip a little. They are giving you a free service (and let's face it, nothing is free) so by thanking them for going above and beyond is key.
Tipping on your manicure
Whether you are at the most high-end salon or the local nail salon down the street, you should always tip 15-20%. Consider the treatment you are getting done as well. If you are opting for gel manicures, we suggest you tip more (around 25%). The longer and more detailed manicure deserves a bigger tip.
Tipping on your pedicure
Tipping on your pedicure is similar to tipping on your manicure but we suggest tipping a little more on this service. If you are getting a pedicure tip roughly 22%. If you are getting a discounted manicure/pedicure combo, we suggest you tip 25%. Just because it's discounted doesn't mean you should tip less!
Tipping for a spa service
Prices for a spa services vary a lot between smaller services like a wax to more in-depth services like a massage or a facial. We suggest you tip at least 25% for most services. Of course, if you aren't happy with the service, tip less, but even small services take time.
Salon ettiquete
Get off your phones! If you're in the midst of a service, we suggest you keep your phone away. Not only should you enjoy your service but for the stylist there is nothing worse. Many have expressed concern that someone on their phone is a recipe for a haircut disaster.
One more thing!
BRING CASH! Most salons will not accept tips via credit cards or debit cards which means you'll need to bring cash for tip. Save yourself a unneccesary trip to the grocery store for cash and bring it with you.
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Teachers deserve the utmost respect for helping to guide the next generation, but show your appreciation with a gift, not money. 

There are some people who should be tipped regularly throughout the year, but shouldn’t get a special offering during the holidays. 

The take out or delivery person from your favorite restaurant should be getting gratuity every time they serve you, but don’t need more in December. 

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1. San Francisco International Airport – San Francisco, California 

San Francisco International Airport is the worst airport to fly out of over the holidays. If you are flying out of San Francisco, there’s about an even chance your flight will not take off on time. According to our data, almost half of the flights out of San Francisco International Airport in December 2012-2015 were delayed. For that metric, San Francisco ranks 12th. And the average delay times and cancelation rates may make people flying out of San Francisco scream in frustration. The average delay time at SFO is 41 minutes and 3.2% of flights end up being canceled. It ranks the third-worst in the country for both those metrics. Plus, San Francisco is the ninth-busiest city for flying according to our data. Yikes!

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2. Newark Liberty International Airport – Newark, New Jersey 

Used by New Yorkers and New Jerseyans alike, Newark Liberty International Airport is the second-worst airport to fly from during the holidays. This is consistent with previous research showing Newark to be one of the worst airports for connections. Newark has an even higher flight delay rate than SFO. Over 51% of flights leaving Newark from December 2012-2015 were delayed. It’s second to San Francisco in our final ranking because it’s average delay time (almost 37 minutes) is shorter than SFO’s and fewer of its flights end up being canceled (2.8%).

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3. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field – Little Rock, Arkansas 

Fun fact: the airport in Little Rock, Arkansas is named after three people. There were 4,300 domestic flights out of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field from December 2012-2015. Just over 42% of those flights were delayed and the average delay time was almost 40 minutes. Clinton National Airport’s flight cancelation rate is the metric holiday travelers will want to be the most aware of. During the period we considered, close to 4.7% of flights were canceled. That’s the second-highest flight cancelation rate in our top 10.

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4. Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Chicago, Illinois 

Chicago O’Hare International Airport has been in operation since February 1944. It’s likely most American travelers have spent at least some time in it, as it’s the hub for some of the biggest airlines like United and American. Over the four-year holiday period analyzed there were close to 96,000 domestic flights out of O’Hare. Almost 3% of those flights were canceled and more than 48% were delayed.

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5. Palm Springs International Airport – Palm Springs, California 

Palm Springs International Airport barely made our cut-off with a total number of 4,181 domestic flights during the period we analyzed. Despite the famously pleasant Palm Springs weather, 36% of flights in December managed to be delayed and those delays lasted an excruiting 45.9 minutes on average, the longest in our study. But if you’re a lover of golf, getting stuck in this airport may not be so bad. It contains a PGA Tour Shop and a golf-themed eatery named The 12th Fairway Bar and Grille.

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6. Will Rogers World Airport – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Folks traveling through Will Rogers World Airport may be in for a bad time. According to our data Will Rogers World Airport has some of the longest delay times in the country (almost 36 minutes on average) and some of the highest cancelation rates (2.6%). At least travelers at Will Rogers World Airport can take solace in the fact that the airport is home to a branch of Salt Lick Bar-B-Que – a famed Southern barbecue restaurant.

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7. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – Cincinnati, Ohio 

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport serves the greater Cincinnati metro area and flying through here may be a struggle. The good news is that it has the lowest delay rate in our top 10 – only 31% of domestic flights out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport were delayed in the month of December from 2012-2015. However 3% of flights ended up being canceled. That’s the fourth-highest for that metric in our top 10.

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8. General Mitchell International Airport – Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee ranks seventh on our list of worst airports for holiday travel. Bad weather may factor into Milwaukee’s cancellation rate – 2.4% of December domestic flights out of this airport were canceled over the time period we analyzed. It also has a high flight delay rate of close to 42%.

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9. LaGuardia Airport – New York, New York

LaGuardia Airport in New York is ninth on our list and is the second Northeast airport to appear after Newark. When domestic flights out of LaGuardia are delayed, you’ll probably be sticking around for a while. The average flight delay time during the period we analyzed was over 37 minutes. LaGuardia also ranks in highest 10 for cancellation rate – 2.6% of its December domestic flights ended up being canceled. 

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10. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 

The Dallas/Fort Worth area is serviced by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is the third-busiest airport in our analysis behind the Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and O’Hare. There were 90,300 domestic flights scheduled to leave the Dallas/Fort Worth airport during the time period we analyzed. Of this 90,300, almost 5% were canceled and 47% were delayed. That’s the highest cancellation rate in our top 10 worst airports. The good news is that it also had the lowest average delay time of the 10 airports (just over 32 minutes).

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A small tip is nice for grocery baggers and those who help lug purchases to your car, but you don’t need to seek them out for a special tip during the holidays. 

And hotel staff, like the concierge and housekeepers, should be tipped when you receive a service or whenever your room is cleaned, but aren’t be expecting more during the holiday season.

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