Packing out a caribou

What is the Recommended Gratuity for an Unguided Trip?

Our company is in the service industry and gratuities, although often unnoticed by the public, form a significant portion of our crew members’ salaries. They work diligently in the background to ensure planes are properly maintained, camp gear is clean and ready, dishes are washed, gear is packed, and they are always available to welcome you at the airport and arrange transportation to and from the hotel.

Frequently asked questions on gratuity customs are common. In few other recreational activities, the professionals in charge play such a crucial role in ensuring your safety and enjoyment. A typical recommended tip is 15-20% of the trip’s total cost. If the service was exceptional, many people leave a higher tip.

At times, a group will collectively contribute to a gratuity pool and hand it over to the office manager for distribution among the crew. There is a predetermined calculation that all members agree on, which is then divided among the pilots and ramp hands.