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The numbers are likely on the high side given survey respondents’ tendency to portray themselves more positively than reality, but it’s housekeepers’ proximity to personal space that also leads to higher tips.

If you never tip a concierge when staying at a hotel, you are not alone.

According to an online survey of nearly 700 travelers, 55 percent said they never tip a concierge while 23 percent said they tip $2 to $4 a day.

The survey by hotel booking site Tingo found that housekeepers get better treatment. Among hotel guests, 40 percent said they tip $2 to $4 a day and 15 percent tip $5 to $7. Only 19 percent said they never tip a housekeeper.

“I always tip hotel maids, and you should do it as soon as you check in, and thereafter each day of your stay,” said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog, a low-airfare alert and air travel advice website. “You’ll be surprised how much extra attention you get.”

The tips might cut down on the number of times housekeepers barge into your room without knocking. According to the study, 33 percent of travelers said housekeepers have walked in on them while they were either sleeping, getting out of the shower, getting dressed or using the toilet.

(c)2013 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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