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:  $20 Upgraded to  Terrace Studio - Fountain View  from  City Room 
Prior to my trip, I read this website. I arrived at 9am (before check-in). I followed the instructions, except I used a $50 in between my credit card and license. She placed the bill next to her and I asked if there were any upgrades available. She stated they were pretty booked. She then made a phone call and stated she could give me 50% off on the upgrade per night. Came out to $25 a night. She also immediately checked us in and put us in a balcony room on the 55th floor with a view of Bellagio fountain and the strip. Room was awesome.
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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  City Room  from  City Room 
Checked in on Monday at 2:30pm for 4 nights into a City view room with 2 queen beds via Allegiant Air booking. Slipped a $20 bill and asked for a complimentary upgrade to terrace studio fountain view with 2 queens. Agent called then went into the back for a bit and came out and said it would be a $45 extra per night or for free he can put us in a newly remodeled room on 50th floor with fountain view. We took the latter at no extra cost and he returned the $20 to us but I insisted he keep it since we were given remodeled room on high floor with fountain view. He was very appreciative and offered us a late checkout for 1:30 pm and he even sent us a box of chocolates. Very kind and nice clerk!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Sky View Suite  from  Deluxe Room 
Checked in on a Monday afternoon, went to M life rewards express checkin line. Put $20 with credit card and driver license and asked if there were any complementary upgrades available. Got upgraded from the King Exec suite to the skyview suite.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Deluxe Panoramic King  from  Deluxe Panoramic King 
I slipped the 20 in between my I’d and credit card. The attendant winked as soon as he saw the money and said he would do everything he could to help. Same room type but the attendant changed us from non strip view 31 floor to strip view 60th floor. He also apologized he couldn’t do better since it was a Saturday and they were at 90% capacity.
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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:  $40 Upgraded to  Premium Fountain View  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
We arrived at around 11 a.m. after getting off our flight. There was a decent queue of customers checking out so we really weren't able to target any specific clerk. We were directed forward to a youngish woman in her 30's, with two $20's sandwiched between the license and credit card. All we asked for is that our flight was early and we were hoping to check in early, if at all possible. Once she saw the money she immediately said, "let me see what I can do for you!" and proceeded to start typing away on the computer. Not only did she waive the early check in fee, but she upgraded us to a premium fountain view room that was considerably larger than the rest of the people in our group's rooms after they had checked in. Overall, a very painless process that led to some fantastic views and a more enjoyable stay!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  High Roller View Deluxe  from  Deluxe 
Checked in around 10 pm and used the $20 sandwich and told the clerk anything that she can do to make my wife’s birthday special would be appreciated. We got upgraded from deluxe an older tower to the newly renovated tower with high roller view.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Terrance One Bedroom - Fountain View  from  City Room 
Didn't target a clerk. The lines were too long. It was at 3pm. I didn't even say anything. Just handed the worker $20 and voila! Got a Terrace One Bedroom with Fountain View. Absolutely amazing
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Indigo Tower Suite  from  Indigo Room 
When I arrived at Bally's at around 6pm, the front desk was extremely busy with a long line of people waiting to check in. I dropped my bags with the bellhop desk and went out to dinner. I came back to the front desk around 10pm. There was no one in line and I picked a guy behind the desk who looked like he was around 35-40 years old. I folded a $50 bill and placed it between my credit card and drivers license. He asked if I was there to check in, I said yes and he asked for ID. I handed him the "Vegas sandwich" and he set it down on the counter next to his keyboard. I asked, "Would you mind looking into any available upgrades to my room?" He replied, "Sure... let me see what we have available. How about a suite?" To which I agreed that would work out just fine. He picked up my ID and credit card, handed them back to me and put the $50 in his pocket. We thanked each other and I was on my way. Room was nice, big, it had a living room, dining area, wet bar, bedroom, two bathrooms, a dance studio (which seemed odd) and a really nice view of the Vegas strip. The only thing that would have been a better upgrade, is to get that type of room in the newer Jubilee Tower. But I wasn't complaining.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Strip View  from  Unsure 
I handed a nice lady behind the counter $20 bill sandwiched between my credit card and driver license, and asked “Do you have any complimentary upgrade?” The lady smiled and said “Yes I’ll take good care of you.” Eventually she gave us a room with two windows, viewing the Strip from two different angles, on one of the top floors, for 3 nights. Turned out we could see the volcano show at Mirage from one of the windows. Really felt great. No complimentary breakfast though. And didn’t get the resort fee waived. Got a two-for-one buffet coupon, but didn’t get a chance to use it, because we were usually outside at other more famous buffet or skipped dinner to catch some show. But the view is well worth the money.
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After finding this site I decided to give it a try on my next trip to Vegas. I originally booked 2 standard (Hip) two queen bed rooms for 3 nights (there are four of us), no strip view. Since we had two rooms and there were four of us we decided to tip $50. We arrived around 5pm. Got through the line quickly and were called over by a gentleman to check in. I gave him the sandwich and told him any complimentary upgrades would be appreciated. We made small talk about sports and I told him we were in town for one of the guys' birthday. He ended up upgrading us to Resort rooms (probably 50% bigger than Hip rooms) with a strip view. Our view was over the pool and towards the Cosmopolitan and Aria. The other room was towards Paris and the Bellagio. The bathrooms were large with a shower and tub and a sink on each side of the bathroom. Two big windows over looking the strip. Two comfy chairs to sit in. I'd say we did good. I looked online and found that normally these rooms are about $15-20 more than the room we originally booked. So $15 per night per room comes out to $180. So we saved $130.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  One Bedroom Balcony Suite  from  One Bedroom Balcony Suite 
Method: I wasn't targeting anyone specific in the situation. I got to the desk, I said, "hi!, I'm checking in (big smile)." He asked for my ID. "Here's my ID and credit card (slid it over to him), and this is for you, (slid a $20 bill folded in half) anything you can do for me I would really appreciate it (big smile)." What I booked: Regular one bedroom balcony suite Upgrades: 1. UPPER Penthouse Suite 2. Strip View 3. Early 11am Check in 4. $75 in Food/Beverage credit at MGM. Value: Early check-in alone was $75. I'm going to guess total value was close to $500. Strategy: Don't be sneaky or sly about it. Have the attitude of, Yes, this $20 is for you no matter what you can do for me. Create a conversation where you can relate to each other. Ours was how he wanted to switch careers to the tech industry and I had just made that switch.
Tipped:  $100 Upgraded to  Grand Lakeview Suite  from  2 Bedroom Penthouse Suite 
Tried to upgrade with a $100 and was unsuccessful. I think it was mostly because I booked a high end suite to begin with. I figured I'd make it a C-note and go for a Grand Lakeview Suite. The most I was offered was a different penthouse but with a better view. I declined since I was primarily looking for more space. I tried this twice before and it worked both times so I'll still be trying it in the future. Just didn't have much luck this time but I gotta give the girl a lot of credit to walk away from a hundy like that.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Deluxe Panoramic King  from  Deluxe Resort 
I checked in at 2pm on a Monday. I slipped the twenty between my ID and credit card and handed it to the male clerk. He quickly realized the twenty and slyly but the bill in front of his computer and said, "let's see what I can do for you". He asked if I would like a strip or golf view as he was upgrading me to the Panoramic King room. I went with the golf view and am very happy with my room, would definitely recommend trying the twenty dollar trick at the Wynn.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Premium Fountain View  from  Unsure 
Relatively busy due to big conference, with several people in front of me around 7pm. Was friendly to male clerk who initially seemed to be rushed when he called me up next, but handed sandwich when asked for card and ID, he immediately warmed up and was super cool, openly set the $20 aside, and said he'd look up what they had for complimentary upgrades. Was clearly absolutely acceptable practice and not awkward. Made some small talk about conference happening and how busy it was while he looked things up. Was very transparent about how busy they were, and said it was good timing before an expected rush later. Gave me a couple options and I picked a bigger room with great fountain view on higher floor. When we were done he thanked me as he picked up the tip, and since he kept the 20 on the table to the side through the process I got the clear vibe that he would have politely returned it if he couldn't find anything. Happy I found this site earlier today. Be friendly and confident about it. If they can help you, I think they will given you're not douchey, and it's a nice courtesy for them to earn a 20 spot for making your stay a little nicer.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Strip View  from  Vegas Season Deluxe 
Arrived at TI and had a $20 sandwiched between my ID and credit card. Was called next in line, was asked for my cards and gave the receptionist my sandwich. I immediately told her it was our anniversary and asked if she had any complimentary upgrades. She said "sure, let me check." What threw me off for a second was when she asked when we got married. I was nervous enough about the sandwich trick and now I had to remember the date immediately! Thankfully I remembered right, just something odd I thought she asked, maybe just to see if they tell you the truth. We were finally offered a strip view from the 30th floor, a free bottle of champagne delivered to our room, and a ton of coupons which included 2 free buffets. I do wish we got a bigger room suite, but the standard room was still nice and the view you can't beat! All in all, worth the $20. Next time I'm going to specifically ask for a Tower Suite though.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  ?L?-Suite/ Penthouse  from  V-Suite 
Holy crap, that couldn't have worked any better. I went in nervous, saw my choices and felt my heart drop. All serious looking males in their 30's. I start going to the black guy at the counter, only to be pulled in by a bald guy that looks like he should be on pawn stars. Shit, I thought. This guy looks to serious to do this, and I started to disassemble my $40 sandwhich I prepared earlier. He asked for my I'd and credit card when I thought, screw it, why not? And slipped just $20 in between. He grabbed it, and swiftly placed the 20 on his mouse pad, and quickly went to work. I'm in i thought. But I wanted to seal the deal. I brought my friend along to book the room, and continued with our carefully laid out script. "I'm in town till Saturday, and I just wanted to throw my friend a going away party. He's being deployed to Afghanistan next week." Which was mostly true. He was just leaving in about a year. I asked about any complimentary upgrades. He started typing away. I asked him about the h-suite, which, online, is the most expensive room. But they were all booked, so he offered me a l-suite. Pretty sure it was lsuite, I'm a but hungover right now. Anyways, it was 25% bigger than the hsuite, and was on the floor right below the club, which we learned was a penthouse suite. Way fucking amazing. Don't be to quick to judge a book by its cover. Also bidets are cool.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Tower King room private elevator 24th 25th floor  from  Resort King room 
I had booked a Resort King room my boyfriend and I approached a young woman clerk who seemed friendly. I handed her my DL and CC with the $20 Sandwiched in the middle and asked if they had any "Complimentary Upgrades available." She said let me check and after searching the computer she said I can upgrade you to the Tower King rooms which are on the 24th and 25th floor and have there own private elevator and there will be a surprise for you later this evening. Later that night we had a bottle of champange in the room.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Penthouse Suite  from  Bella Suite 
I was the best man for my friends bachelor party and we had decided on a trip to vegas. We booked at the Venetian because we wanted a little classier place. Originally there were 9 of us going and we had booked 3 bella suites. So we get to the Venetian at 11a.m. and 4 of us stand in line (with our drinks mind you.) We got up to the counter and had a younger guy helping us check in. I gave him the $50 sandwich and asked if there was any upgrades we could get possibly to have us all in the same room. He looked at the computer for a bit then looked up at me and said don't worry i'll hook you guys up. So that sounded good. He left the counter for a bit, came back and typed a bit more then said, ok. If we cancel your three rooms and you guys pay a total of $200 more I can get all 9 into the penthouse suite. Without checking I said sounds great. It was awesome, usually its $5000 a night for the penthouse we got it for way way less then what it goes for and very close to what we had originally booked. Made the trip, and I have now been the go to when people need advice on getting upgraded. I have to say though I learned how to do it from www.frontdesktip.com. Thanks Guys
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