Final words of advice: Tipping 10 to 15 percent is old school, Bowman says. The new standard is 20 percent and up. And if you're a regular customer at a restaurant, you might want to consider leaving more to guarantee that you get good service on each visit. After all, Bowman says, "to tip" comes from the acronym "to insure promptness."
If it seems like tipping rates keep rising, it's because they are – prices are rising. "The cost of living has gone up for people in the service industry, too," Bowman says. "If you want to 'play,' be prepared to 'pay,' especially for exceptional service and personalized attention."