Wednesday, September 26, 2007

tips for baggage handlers at QAIA

How much should one tip a porter at QAIA? Leaving the other day I gave the man JD 2 and he was upset and asked for JD 5. Was I being mean? What should one tip? Any suggestions? T

14 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

I've been told that the average is about JD1 per bag. But I always decline their offers and lug my own bags.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Blogger Bilalٍ said...

Since this service is totally free, they should be happy with whatever you give them but because we are a rude nation, they will ask for more!! I would say 500fils to 1 JD max.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Blogger nasimjo© said...

dont give them money, and lug ur own bags, those guys earn over a 1000/month from tourists, jordanians from abroad and foreigners asking them for money. as well as for getting duty free stuff and selling them in the market, especially alcoholic drinks and cigarettes.

QAIA has became a mess in the last year or so ... for real!
It was one of the best airport!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Blogger Jad said...

Nasim,
People have the right to make money but they have to be polite and reasonable.

and yeah QAIA was and still the best airport but that because it's all we got.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Blogger Qwaider قويدر said...

Just say, "thank you 3ammo" and get in the cab! :)

I also started declining their offers.

2JD is more than enough

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Anonymous Onzlo said...

JD 2 is more than enough. They force themselves on travelers and then demand ridiculous amounts of money for doing their (easy) jobs.

And Jad, sorry to tell you but QAIA maybe all we've got, but it has become a disaster zone recently, and we deserve better - not necessarily a new airport, but at least new management that can do to QAIA what was done to RJ and make better use of what we've got instead of just letting things go...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Blogger nasimjo© said...

I wanted to say one of the best airports in the region ... i skipped it Jad.

I have nothing with people earning money, but they are almost steeling it from people, if they dont like the 1 JD someone is giving them they just grap a 5 out of one's hands!

I didnt have any experience with them ever, since i dont travel that much and i lug my own bags refusing any help.

Totally agree with Onzlo regarding the airport, we dont need a new one, we need this one in a better form. its not impossible, and another example of success (besides RJ ) is the airport's duty free shop.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't know why this problme keeps popping up again and again.

either supervision is failing again. or the handlers are kicking back some money to the bosses and keeping them quite. i am leaning towards the second scenario.

as always the case in jordan, one step forward, two steps back.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Blogger Issa said...

I always refuse their offers and lug my own bags, and every time I enter QAIA I find it worse than the previous time :( It seems we need a new airport...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

thanks for all the comments! I would like to carry my own bags but am getting a bit too old to lug them around. Am due back in Amman next Monday afternoon so will see how it all goes then. T

Thursday, September 27, 2007  
Anonymous Stephen said...

I hate those baggage handlers, once a guy jumped into my cab and wouldnt get out until I gave him paper money. But they are not as pushy as they use to be.

I say get rid of them, people manage without baggage handlers at other airports

Thursday, September 27, 2007  
Blogger MommaBean said...

I hate to say that anyone who thinks RJ is a success story hasn't traveled on any airline that actually cares about its customers :(. I had a long post dedicated to this topic after my most recent RJ debacle. But, thanks for the post, I'm usually able to let others handle this, but do often wonder what is appropriate.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to say but some of the comments left on this particular blog was rather disheartening. These people do work hard for their earnings and many long hours. They have families to feed too. Jordan is getting harder and harder every day. The working hours are long, the economy is getting harder, the wages are low and no sight of any minimum wage increases. I say quit whining about a 2jd tip and give them something to take home to properly take care of their families. If they have to give a "kickback" to the manager, shame on the manager....not the employee who is being coerced into securing his unstable umployment. In the United States it's not uncommon to tip the baggage handler $20 USD to make sure your luggage doesn't conveniently "get lost". I gave a luggage handler once in Jordan a 10jd tip. The man was running to secure my luggage. Got it to me in less than 20 minutes (and it was a LOT of luggage) and made sure everything was carefully placed in the taxies so there was no damage to any delicate items I may have had. I received impeccable service from this particular "luggage handler". Whining over a 2jd or a 5jd tip???? Let's get real people. You get what you pay for. Show respect and you get respect back, I have found this to be true the majority of the time. Of course you need to appropriate it accordingly to how much luggage you have, but let's not be stingy. Put yourself in his shoes and see how you would like to be treated.....this goes with anyone who's trying to make a living to properly take care of their families.

Sunday, October 07, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

Am very happy to give an appropriate amount to someone who will lug my cases around as I feel that these guys are very poor but I just hate being harrassed by them. T

Sunday, October 07, 2007  

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