Tipping is standard practice throughout the United States. You should expect to tip 15% of your bill at the minimum. If you receive excellent service, include a 20% tip. If you have a large party, many restaurants will include an 18% gratuity in the bill. You may add the tip to your bill when you pay or you can leave cash on the table.
Other workers receive different tips based upon their job function. Hotel-room attendants should receive $1 per guest per day. Taxi drivers can be tipped about 10% of the fare. Airport baggage handlers get about $1 per bag. Coat-checkers expect $1-$2 and a concierge usually will receive $5-$10 with extra depending upon any additional services offered.
You do not have to tip theatre ushers, gas station attendants, or museum guides.
ATMs are available in many parts of Washington - ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad, and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in Washington.
Bank operating hours can vary from bank to bank, but on average they are open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. On Saturday they typically open at 9:00am and close at 12:00pm and are closed on Sundays.
However, many banks offer 24-hour ATM service that are affiliated with numerous networks. You may be charged a small fee by using these ATMs (often $2).
Washington dominations comes in coins penny1¢, nickel5¢, dime10¢ quarter25¢, half dollar50¢, one dollar coin, and notes $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills
Credit cards, Diners club, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Cards and SmarTrip cards are accepted. However unsigned Credit cards are not accepted.
Airports have exchange bureaus, but you can find much better rates in many of the banks throughout the city.
The majority of businesses accept nearly every form of payment: cash, credit/debit cards, and traveler’s checks. Because Washington is an important location for many different countries, if you carry all three payments methods with you, there is a very low chance of being turned down.
Traveler’s checks provide a good measure of safety and act similarly to cash in the United States. If they are stolen, they are easily replaced. Make sure to keep a record of the check numbers, as it will be necessary should the checks get stolen or misplaced. Keep this record away from the actual checks to keep them safe. It is also a good idea to obtain the checks in US dollars (US$), as well as getting them in large enough denominations in order to avoid service fees.
Travellers cheques are accepted at all terminals.