Best Vegas Hotel Upgrades!

Already know the ol’ the $20 sandwich trick? Then it’s time to hear how our users got along! Here’s a roundup of the best stories as voted by our users.

Our Users’ Favorite Stories…

Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Tower Deluxe  from  Tower 
Arrived at roughly 9pm, I didn't target anyone specific but had the $20 sandwich ready and handed it over to the lady (she was 25ish). I didn't say anything but she offered a room upgrade and then covered our $70 parking fee and the room upgrade was covered as well. She also took off the resort fees and the room deposit!
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Palace Tower Premium Room  from  Palace Tower Deluxe 
She was nice; early 30's I suppose. Made a $50 sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. My room was already comped for 5 nights, but I thought I would try anyway. She said she would look and ended up giving us a palace tower premium room. Much better room. Since I go when I get a comped room I'm going to try $100 next time and see if I can get a suite upgrade.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Octavius Tower Deluxe  from  Palace Tower Deluxe 
Upgraded to a pool view suite , got a late checkout at 5 pm as well
Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Jubilee Grand Suite  from  Jubilee Room 
We didn't target any clerk, and we also went in the mindset that this may not work. We checked in around 3pm on a Wednesday and the line wasn't long at all. I handed him the sandwich and the guy squeals "oooooh what do we have here?". I was upfront with him and told him that I "had goodies for him" and he said "hold up" and walked into a room. He came back and apologized for being gone so long. He started typing furiously and said he had an Executive Suite available for us at no extra charge. He was so polite and funny, making small talk. We slipped him an additional $20 after the transaction was complete because he was such a great guy and so grateful for the tip.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Prima Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Was directed to a young female clerk. Sandwiched $50. Said it was our anniversary. Was upgraded to Palazzo with strip view on the 48th floor. Resort fees were waived.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Deluxe Room 
I asked the clerk if he had any upgrades. He asked if I was celebrating anything special and I mentioned it was my birthday. Upgraded me to a business suite close to the elevator with a great view of the strip. Didn’t even need the tip but I gave it anyways out of gratitude.
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Tipped:  $30 Upgraded to  Jubilee Grand Suite  from  Jubilee Room 
I greeted the younger lady and handed her the sandwich. Asked if there were any complimentary upgrades and when she saw my tip (30 bucks) she quickly put it away and started typing it away. And, HOOK it up! we got tickets for a show. Two champagne bottles and ice cream!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Corner Panoramic Suite  from  Deluxe Room 
We checked in early at about 12, there was already quite a queue. We where directed to a friendly lady at about mid twenty’s. We knew getting a complementary upgrade at the aria was not easy but tried it anyway. Put my ID cc and $20 on the counter. Started a friendly chat and asked if there where any complementary upgrades available. She said because it was busy there was non, but there was a paid upgrade possible from the deluxe king room we had to a Corner Suite withPanoramic View. Normally this upgrade would be a 175 a night extra, but she could offer it to us for 90 a night. We hesitated a bit and she asked us if she needed to try to get some more discount. Sure, we said and she went away to talk to a manager. After a few minutes she came back and said for a 70 extra a night we could have the room, but had to wait a little before the room was ready. This was ok by us. She took the 20 and directed us to a private lounge for suites and above with a separate check in, and complementary coffee, tea and some other drinks and light snacks. After about half an hour the suite was ready and it was really worth the extra bucks. What a nice room! A Panoramic view when you sit in your bubble bad at night drinking a beer and overlooking Las Vegas is priceless. Glad we did the extra investment.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Jubilee Room Strip View  from  Jubilee Room 
Worked, went from the room she booked to the room she wanted. Got an amazing strip view with a king bed instead of the queen without a view. Saving us 80 bucks a night.
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Tipped:  $100 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
This was in August. Unfortunately I forget the clerk's name- young white man. I slipped him the $100 sandwich and asked if there were any upgrades available. I had read reviews about high tips leading to far superior suites. He slipped the money back to me and told me that he cannot accept it. Maybe he was a religious type. I ended up with the same room I booked. A tip (lol)- I do believe the best upgrade 99% of people can get is from Venetian to Palazzo, which is worth the sandwich. A 1PM checkout time can usually be negotiated on the day of with no money, and a view can as well.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Bay Suite  from  Deluxe Strip View 
Standard sandwich, $20. Politely asked if any upgrades were avaialble, checked and upgraded to bay king suite. Very nice room.
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Tipped:  $0 Upgraded to  Tower Suite  from  Deluxe Room 
I booked regular Deluxe King Room. As I was staying with my brother, I asked at the reception if it would be possible to get Queen instead of King. Clerk started calling somewhere, took him like 5 minutes. In between he asked if we were staying just one night. We confirmed that. From there it was little confusing, as he said that he was able to get us one of Sky Suites. We went to seperate elevators where in a part where the Sky Suites are located, our room was on floor 54. Even though on the key cards, door of the room and accessories in the room (such as toileteries, note pads, pens etc.) it said Sky Suites, the room was just a little bit bigger than regular Deluxe Room, but was decorated as Sky Suite. Also had a nice strip view. I was trying to find the room online but they aren'T offering it there. Don't really know what exactly we got upgraded to, but most certainly it wasn't regular Deluxe Queen.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  PH Resort Vistas  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
This is our second time staying at PH and the tip worked both times! Last year we booked a standard room (weren’t TR members yet) and were able to get a Resort Vista with $20 tip. This year, we had 3 comped nights and were able to upgrade from the Hip Room to Resort Vista with $50 tip. We chose to do $50 this time since the nights were comped. LOVE Planet Hollywood!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Superior Strip View  from  Classic 
arrived at Harrahs at around 12pm on a Monday and was asked to use the automated check in but refused stood in the Q, was taken by a girl , she took our details , asked what room we had been allocated , she advised classic Mardri Gras room , i asked if we could have one of the newly renovated Valley Tower rooms , and I slipped her $20 in passport , she said let me check and said they only had the double Queen strip view suite if that would be ok , to which i relied yes had a brilliant view of the Mirage and room was massive.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Deluxe Room 
Went in the mlife line and when I went to hand the sandwich she said no, just the ID. Thought my plan was foiled so I just left my card and cash on top by the edge of the counter on her side. After she read the room I had booked I asked about the upgrade she said let me check and offered a suite in Mandalay bay but it wasn't ready or a suite right then in Delano. It was 10am and we didn't expect to get a room that early so it was a nice surprise. Went from a mandalay resort king to a Delano king suite.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Two Bedroom Luxury Suite  from  Deluxe Strip View 
Slipped a $20 between id and credit card and gave it to the guy and asked if there were any 'complimentary upgrades available'. He took the $20 and gave it right back to me and said let me check with my manager. I was a bit confused and embarrassed. He came back and said that they would be able to upgrade me to the 2100 sq ft luxury king suite with two king rooms. I originally booked a basic room that was 500 sq ft. I was only staying one night, so I assume that has a lot to do with it. The guy mentioned that he couldn't take tips at the beginning, because of security cameras but if I felt that the service went above and beyond, I could tip him after he checked me in, so I gave him the $20 after he handed me the room key.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Checked in around 3PM and was quite busy. I was unable to select a clerk so got directed to one. I put $50 between my Amex and passport, she saw the $50 and pushed it up towards the desk. I ask if there are any piazza suite upgrades, she said none are available complimentary but at a reduced rate, which I declined. She then put me on the 33rd floor with a strip and mountain view. I also asked if she could come the retire fee which she happily did. So $50 saved me the $40 per day view upgrade and €309 in resort fees.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
I checked in at around 2pm and did not target a particular clerk. I asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. I had the $50 in my hand with my CC and DL but didn’t offer it to him until after he said “let me check”. I slid him the $50 and said “I would really appreciate anything he could do for me”. He said he could give me a higher floor with a better view that is normally $55 dollars more per night and I said sure, sounds good to me. It was a company trip and I had 3 colleagues check in at the same time without doing the trick and they got rooms on floors 6, 8, and 14 facing away from the strip. I ended up on 34 facing the TI with a great view.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Terrace One Bedroom  from  City Room 
I arrived around 12PM on a Monday. I did not target a clerk because they had us form a line and you had to go to the next available clerk. I walked up to the desk and said "I'm a little early, I was wondering if I could still check in?" She said sure. I handed her a $20 sandwich and said "I was curious if there are any upgrades available?". She put the $20 off to the side and said she needed to call someone. She called and then got off the phone and said she could upgrade us to a terrace one bedroom for free! :)
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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Premium Fountain View  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
We arrived about 11:30 a.m., so there was only one clerk. I decided I would try $40 just to make it worth the clerk's effort. I handed over the sandwich and said, "I was wondering if there was a comped upgrade available." She said, "Let me see what we have for you." My heart sank because I thought she was just going to give me my reserved room. She said she was giving me a high floor with a view and a nicer room. The room was on the 20th floor in the south tower overlooking the Bellagio fountains. It was all I could have asked for. I don't know that I have ever spent a better $40. Our stay was for 6 nights. Our flight home didn't leave until 11 p.m. They comped us another night in the same upgraded room. I would recommend Planet Hollywood to anyone. Also, I, too, was nervous about asking for the comped upgrade (especially since 5 of my 6 nights were already comped), but the clerk didn't even wince. It seemed to me that she was comfortable with the request even if she had been unable to fulfill it. So, if anyone is thinking of asking, I encourage you to ASK. If it is denied, it will probably be done politely and you will not be forced to feel embarrassed.