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:  $50 Upgraded to  Penthouse (1 Bedroom) Suite  from  Resort Room 
Went in with the intention of giving $50. I followed the routine and gave him the $50 and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. This was a Monday afternoon check-in for a five night stay. Two of the nights were already comped through mlife to begin with and the other 3 were at a very reduced rate. The man returned from the back room and said "Unfortunately there were no 'complimentary' upgrades, however he could provide me with a one-bedroom suite for the bare minimum of $25 a night. I jumped at the chance, it was a total of $125 to go from a standard resort room to a one bedroom suite on one of the top couple of floors. By my estimation I saved between 600-1000 dollars depending on how you want to look at it.
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Tipped:  $100 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Luxury Suite 
Came to celebrate New Year with the family. Reserved regular suite. Did not target anyone special, since it was a huge line, around 1:00 pm December 30, when the clerk called approached and gave $100 between my ID and cc card. Asked if there is any complimentary upgrades available. Upgraded to the suite with the huge terrace (hospitality suite), 2 bathrooms, leaving room, separate bedroom. Worth every penny.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Siena Suite  from  Fortuna Suite 
As a IHG Spire Ambassador member I was expecting the Sienna Suite Upgrade on my two night BOGO cert stay, but for the 3rd night I used my Chase free night from my IHG credit card. I was told in advance that I would have to check out after two nights and downgrade to a standard luxury room. Tipped $25 at check-in about 9:30pm on Saturday and CSR made a quick call extending my Sienna Suite (37-705) for the entire stay! It's an AWESOME suite...1,200+ sq ft.
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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:  $50 Upgraded to  PH Resort Vistas  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
Did not target a clerk but got a clerk that seemed to be having a bad day based on interactions with previous guests checking in. Tried the sandwich trick with a $50 bill and the clerk immediately knew what was up. She immediately thanked me and began typing away on her computer stating that she would help us out. It was only two of us so I requested a resort Vista room overlooking the Bellagio Fountains rather than a full on suite. The clerk was surprised that I knew what room I wanted. After several minutes, she gave me several options and we decided on the best room with that view. Ended up with a perfect view of the fountains, Paris Eiffel Tower, and the rest of the strip. The room was also about 1/3 bigger than a regular room and had a huge tub for two people that overlooked the Eiffel Tower and fountains. $50 well spent imho!
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:  $20 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Tower Suite  from  Vegas Season Deluxe 
I received a gorgeous king size suite upgrade with view of the mountains and strip on the 26th floor, much better than the standard queen size room I would've had. Room had two separate bathroom suites one with a Jacuzzi tub and the other with all glass shower. Free bottle of champaigne, 2 free meals and countless drink coupons. So very worth it, and my early check in fee was waved!
Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Bella Suite  from  Bella Suite 
The hotel was sold out that 3 day weekend and we arrived at 10 am, way before check-in time. I asked the FD agent if they are allowed to accept gratuities...she said yes and I slipped her $40 in a small envelope and told her what was inside (cameras dont record sound). I then told her I was there for an anniversary (I wasn't) and that I didn't plan to use the pool, internet or gym so was there anything we could do about those "pesky resort fees". She said let me see what I can do...she upgraded me to a view room, let us check in early and cleared the resort fees for all three nights! Not a great score but still success.
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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  Penthouse One Bedroom Suite Strip View  from  Deluxe One Bedroom Suite 
Checked in just after 3PM. A nice woman was my clerk. When she asked for the credit card and ID, I gave her the sandwich and asked if she had any complimentary upgrades available. She said certainly, typed away for a minute, and said "I'll be right back". She went to the back room, and when she came back the explained we had an "option". She then went on to explain all the perks of our 1500sq ft one bedroom penthouse, which she would happily offer as a complementary upgrade. Started off my brother-in-law's bachelor party on a huge plus!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Penthouse One Bedroom Suite Strip View  from  Superior Room 
Never done this before but with confidence, I sandwiched a $20 between my drivers license and credit card, asked for any complementary upgrades, she smiled and said you will love your room. Lol she gave me an upgrade 1 bedroom corner suite, strip view for the weekend. I originally did a deal with Priceline for $150 a night. This was a weekend during valentines and Chinese holiday, also no rooms were available, according to the website about 12hrs I booked. Super happy :) thanks!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Deluxe King  from  Unsure 
Arrived around 7 pm, didn't get to 'choose' a clerk as the desk was quite busy and there were quite a few people in line. When it was our turn, I handed the clerk my passport with $20 tucked inside (out of sight) and my credit card sticking out. She asked for the name the room was booked under, I replied and then politely asked if there were possibly any complimentary room upgrades available. She worked away at her computer a bit, and then said she could upgrade us from a deluxe double to a deluxe king, usually another $20/night for no charge. She did say the room wasn't ready so we'd need to wait a bit for it to be cleaned, which was fine. She also gave us 8 comp drink tickets for one of the clubs at another property in the same hotel group. When she finally got to my passport and credit card, she saw the $20, asked if it was for her and then said we didn't have to do that and gave it back!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Gold  from  Carson 
My credit card sandwich was refused by the clerk, who clarified that they are not allowed to accept tips for any reason. I then presented a Landry's select card (costs $25 at any restaurant owned by Landry's, like McCormick & Schmick's) and was told that got me the last upgrade available. Skip the $20, go get a Landry's Select card and use that instead. $20 may work if you have a more experienced and confident employee.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  None  from  Basic 
Checked in early, said I didn't mind waiting until room was ready. Chatted for a bit about this and that while she was looking for a room that was ready. I asked for complimentary upgrade with a $50 in between my cards. She took off the daily resort fee but said she couldn't do the room upgrade. She kept my $50 and that was that. It did save me money overall, but was not impressed. Next time, and I suggest a different hotel as well, I will just try a $20.
Tipped:  $0 Upgraded to  Jr suit view of strip (MGM/hooters)  from  Regular room thru southwest vacations 
We were early to arrive (10:30am) and were told to come back at 2-3 pm for check in since nothing was ready. We came back around 1:45 pm and just went to the next available clerk. As she was checking us in I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She was happy I asked and said yes. My wife thru in that it was my birthday also. (It was) and no money was exchanged but I was willing to when or if she asked for ID (she also waved our resort fees 19.99$$ a day for 7 days )
Read more about Tropicana room upgrades
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Go  from  Fab 
I AM a Front Desk Clerk (Agent) on the strip. 20.00 will get you upgraded but the higher you go the better the upgrade. Choosing a "target"? Who came up with that? We all do the SAME thing, young, old, male, female clerk. Just make sure you are checking in at a union hotel, because managers can't do check ins...It's in the contract. The Tip Sandwich is discrete and we know what you want, you really don't even have to ask. If we can't do it we'll give the money back. However, the money must pass from your hand, because we have also had people try to scam us by waving around a twenty dollar bill, taking the keys and putting the twenty back in their pocket. If you do this, your keys will not work when you get to the room because we'll change the room number back to what you booked, you'll have to come back stand in line again and who knows what you'll end up with? Low floor, last room at the end of the hall with no view? Not wise to scam the clerk. Hope this helps, and YES this website is Awesome, the sandwich is the real deal.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Resort Tower King  from  Resort Room 
We arrived at the Bellagio at around 10am on a Sunday morning. We did not pick any line just took the next available window. I did the $20 sandwich trick and told her we were back for our 4th stay and we were celebrating our 31st anniversary "would you have any complimentary upgrades?" She told us that AT&T had a convention going on and there would be no fountain view rooms available. She did notice that I had been in contact with their concierge before our arrival (to surprise my wife with spots at Cypress Pool) and she made a few calls to verify it. She then offered an upgrade to the Resort Tower King corner room (she told us a $70/night upgrade) which gave us views of the mountains and the main pool area~ very nice. The best part is that the elevators took us directly down to the pool area...no need to walk through the shop areas. Not a biggie, but was nice. All in all a good score.
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Tipped:  $0 Upgraded to  Wraparound Terrace Suite  from  Terrace Studio - Fountain View 
Checked in, didn't even ask for an upgrade, was told we were getting upgraded to the wraparound terrace suite, didn't take it too serious, but low and behold it was amazing, totally made our Vegas trip the talking point.....
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Palace Tower Premium Room  from  Forum Tower Deluxe 
I had a female clerk, when I went up she said hey are you checking in and I said yep the name is Barnes, she said great can I have your ID & credit card. I handed it over, with $20. She said right away, ok, let me check. Then we chatted about why I was in Vegas what shows I was seeing etc, and she said right I’ve upgraded you to a Palace Tower Premium Room, with a Jaccuzi bath tub, Jack and Jill shower and great view, up high so you can see and it’s over three times the size of the room you had booked. This took me no time at all and no effort, may be it would have been awkward if she said no, but actually, the fun of it was almost as good as the upgrade!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Jubilee Room Strip View 
My girl and I booked a standard king strip view room and were upgraded to the Executive King Suite!!(Room 7312) The room had a nice view and a jacuzzi! Much more spacious than the room we originally booked. When the front desk clerk asked for my ID and Credit Card, I handed her the sandwich as my girl friend politely asked "By any chance is there any complimentary upgrades available." She received the sandwich and separated the 20. She said "let me check". She typed away as we made small talk. We told her we were in vegas for my bday (which we were) and it was my first time staying on the strip (which it was). She than said "since you're staying for your birthday we will upgrade your room to a suite with a jacuzzi". We responded "wow thank you!" I know she upgraded us cause we tipped not really cause it was my bday (but i'm sure it helped) haha. But she was kind and we really appreciated the upgrade. As we walked to the elevator we noticed our room was on the 73rd floor (the highest floor). We were really pleased with the room and took advantage of a nice room, his/hers sinks, small vanity, jacuzzi and a nice shower. These rooms were renovated! We stayed for one night. Glad we tried the trick! Oh and I made a youtube video reviewing the room and explaining the trick! Please check it out! Just copy and paste the link! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hziT7cADSlo&t=33s
Read more about Ballys room upgrades