I was reading through the forums on Wine Spectator and came across a message board where some people think 1. It is unethical of the front desk person to upgrade a tipper and 2. It is unethical to tip in this situation because you are essentially trying to bribe someone.
What do you think?
On one hand, it’s something that goes on a lot in Vegas. On the other hand, could the person have up-sold me this room for the same cost as my “tip” and found a way to earn the hotel some extra income on unused rooms?
Jacob Tomsky, long-time hospitality employee, told Here & Now Radio to “tip your front desk clerk, because your money will go further. And, he cautioned, front desk clerks wield a lot of power.”
But of course he would be pro-tipping. He was on the receiving end.
Hotels have the power to end this. Someone in the Wine Spectator thread did fire an employee for taking a bribe. But if hotels really wanted to end this, they could force upgrades to get cleared through someone else.
Is this a practice that hotels in Vegas allow to happen (but don’t encourage?) Is it unethical? Is it just smart traveling? I’m interested in what you think.