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:  $20 Upgraded to  Deluxe Suite  from  Classic Room Eiffel View 
We tried our luck with the front desk tip during our stay at Paris. We arrived later in the evening, so there wasn't much of a line, but we did not pick a specific clerk to speak with. When I handed her the cards and tip, she took a minute and authorized an upgrade to the Lyons suite! I didn't even get to ask for an upgrade- she beat me to it. Our suite was beautiful, with a separate living/dining room and two bathrooms. She said the room typically ran around $800 per night. As we were walking away she thanked us for the tip. Overall, much easier and less uncomfortable than I thought it would be. Would recommend this tip to my friends!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Palace Tower Premium Room  from  Forum Tower Deluxe 
We arrived at Caesars at ~11:30 am. There was a line of 20 people waiting to check in. The Caesars hosts kept offering online checkin - but I wanted to try the sand which. Waited 10 minutes on line. There were 3 older women, one young guy, and a young woman. We got the you woman. She asked For I’d and cc, I handed her both with a $20 in between. She took the 20 and set it to the side. I told her we were celebrating our 20th anniversary, and asked if she could check if a complimentary upgrade was available. She said she’d be happy to check. She upgraded us to a palace tower room on 17th floor, pool view. She also waived the $30 early checkin fee. Not sure how much was the $20, and how much was the anniversary - but we had booked the cheapest forum room available - and the room was really nice. I check online and the difference in price from the room we booked to the room we got was over $200 for the length of our stay. Well worth the $20. And honestly - even if we didn’t get it I felt like I was already gambling just with the attempt. Felt like the Vegas I see in the movies. Awesome...
Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Classic Suite  from  Classic Room 
We arrived in Vegas at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning. We went straight to the hotel and checked our bags as soon as we got there because we knew we wouldn’t be able to check in yet. After breakfast and walking around for a little bit, I went to check in about 11:30. The line wasn’t too busy and I did not target any particular clerk. I had a regular comped room already so I figured I could up my sandwich amount. The clerk immediately saw the money when she took my ID and asked me to hold on to it until after she assisted me. She asked how she could help me and I just asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available for my stay. I made sure to tell her that we didn’t mind waiting a while because we had already checked our bags. The clerk said she wasn’t sure she would be able to help but she would be glad to check with her manager. Off to the back she goes. When she comes back out, she says she has good news. Honestly, I was expecting an offer of a fountain view room, which I would have been fine with, but she said she was able to get us a suite. She put a rush on the room and called me when it was ready. At the end, I gave her the tip and thanked her for the excellent service. It probably didn’t hurt that the couple next to me was practically screaming at their clerk because the room wasn’t what they asked for. The tip helps, but being overly nice is helpful too.
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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Palace Tower Premium Room  from  Palace Tower Premium Room 
We checked in on a weekday evening. We got a younger Asian woman as our clerk. My husband and I had our baby with us, and we said we were interested in any complimentary upgrades to a suite, so our baby could be in a separate area. She spent a couple of minutes looking, then put us in the exact room we had booked. She tried to make it sound like an upgrade because she put us on the 24th floor with a pool view, but the room itself was the same. She kept the $40.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Red Room Eiffel View High Floor  from  Classic Room 
Had a crappy room on 4th floor comped for 2 nights. Slipped a 20 between my CC and ID... I waited till the moment she looked at the 20 dollar bill and I siad " Its my girlfriend's birthday. If there are any complimentary upgrades with a view I would greatly appreciate it." She responded with " Let me see what i can do!" We were upgraded 26 or so floors higher with a view if the Bellagio fountains
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Rialto Suit  from  Luxury Suite 
First time from the UK. Booked the standard room. Got into a long queue and couldn't particularly target anyone. A middle aged lady called us over and I put $50 in the passport and handed it to her when she asked. She asked me if I required change and I said no thank you but I was wondering if there were any complimentary upgrades. She smiled and started looking at the computer. I also added, also is there anything that can be done with the resort fees. She said she will see what she can do. She asked me what suite I was hoping for and I said one with a hot tub. She said she couldn't get me one of those (to be fair it's really expensive) but offered me a high floor in the Palazzo with a strip view. I accepted this, it was the 43rd floor with stunning views of the strip and mountains. She also offered us water to take to our room, late check out for 1pm and wiped 4 days of resort fees. Looking online I easily saved $800-1000 based on what we got. $50 well spent.
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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:  $50 Upgraded to  Piazza Suite  from  Unsure 
Did the trick and asked for any complementary upgrades. He slid to see what the bill was and said he can look. We had a standard room at the Venetian, and he upgraded us to the Palazzo 40th floor strip view, $50 dollar beverage credit for signature cocktails at the Dorsey. He came back and broke the $50 in $2, $20's and $10. I said it was for you as a tip and he said he couldn't take it because he is unable to waive the resort fee. I gave him $20 bucks as a tip just for the upgraded room. So it does work, it just matters their mood on the resort fee I guess.
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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:  $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:  $30 Upgraded to  Resort King Room  from  Unsure 
My boyfriend and I got to the hotel around 11am on Friday. There was a long line of people checking in, so we didn't get to choose who to do the sandwich trick to. When our time came, we were assigned to a gentlemen in his late 20's maybe. We were super friendly when we greeted him and handed him our $30 along with my credit card and ID. He immediately took the $30 and placed it on the counter and said, "unfortunately I cannot accept this until after I have helped you, and if you are satisfied then I will gladly accept if you are still willing." We said it was fine and continued being extra nice to him and telling him that my boyfriend and I just turned 21 this year and wanted to experience Vegas. He said he would try as much as he can but cannot guarantee because of how busy the weekend we went was. We got the run of the house room, so basically it is whatever is available at time of check in. He said that he got us a resort king room on the 25 level, but instead of it having a bad view, he gave us a room that had a great view of the strip. It was not centered in front of the strip, but you can still see the fountains and everything from our view. He also said it was ready and that we were able to check in early. Only downside was that it was an accessible room so there was no bathtub, which is what I was looking for, but for the view, I was satisfied.
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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:  $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.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Studio Fountain View Suite  from  Studio Suite 
Showed up to the front desk an hour early and just waited for whatever clerk was available. She was very kind and I paid close attention to what she did with the situation. The bill was between the two cards. I noticed she separated the bill to her left and my ID/Credit Card on the screen of her computer. My guess was she did that in case she could not upgrade me at least she could return the bill I actually didn’t talk about any upgrades, at this point I feel all clerks kind of get the hint. Our clerk then asked if I was looking for a bigger room or a view. We chose the view and was upgraded in my opinion to one of the best upgrades for the $20 offered. I was also very kind and talkative with her just to make everything smooth.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Unsure 
I tried the trick when we check in at Westgate. I placed the 20$ with my ID and Credit Card. The clerk received and ask me if I need change I said no Its for her and she ask me if I would like to have a suite room instead of the two beds that I booked. I said yes !
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Bay Suite  from  Deluxe Room 
We had booked 2 Run of the House rooms, but at check-in asked if there were any complimentary room upgrades available, as we were celebrating our daughter & her friend’s college graduations. The desk clerk gave us a regular Resort Queen for the adults and a Bay Suite for the 2 college graduates (adjoining rooms) with not a very great view, but at least the one rooms was larger. He would have given us a bigger suite, but it wasn’t ready at the time & he said there were no other suites available at the moment. If we could have waited, we could have had that one, but we had been traveling all day & wanted to get into our rooms and relax. So we did get one of our rooms upgraded. There was a huge line at check-in.
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