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:  $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  Piazza Suite  from  Piazza Suite 
I was half awake when checking in and forgot to ask for anything or offer the sandwich. When I checked out I asked if they could waive resort fees and he said they were locked to the reservation. I showed my room keys with a 20 between them and he said "let me see what I can do." He waived $240 in resort fees and the damage from the waters and m&ms. I also asked for a 1pm checkout but didn't leave til 3.
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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  Unsure  from  Unsure 
Our clerk seemed grumpy but we thought what the hell. We slid her the $20 and asked the magic question. She went in the back and came out and said yes no problem. We were shocked we didnt expect it. We had booked the cheapest room possible and she upgrade us to the brand new (at the time) flamingo go king rooms with a strip view. This was a 10night reservation as well. My mam who was checking in right next to us was denied and offered the upgrade for $50 per night!
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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
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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:  $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
Read more about Cosmopolitan room upgrades
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.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Resort Tower  from  Resort Room 
There were about four couples ahead of us in line for checking in. Our assigned clerk was a younger person (maybe early 20s). While handing over my ID, $20, and credit card I said, "I know we booked a premium view room, but I was wondering if there were any complimentary upgrades available." The clerk put us in a room on the 25th floor (those have larger bathrooms and use the elevators exclusively for the 24th/25th floors only). It might be important to also remember to speak to your clerk with friendliness and respect.
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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:  $ Upgraded to    from   
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  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  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  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:  $50 Upgraded to  TowerSuite Resort  from  Resort King 
There seems to be a ton of people saying the sandwich trick will not work at Wynn properties. This is definitely not the case! I checked in on a Sunday around 6 PM for a 4 night stay. My package was 1 night comped and 3 nights at casino rate ($149/night) in a standard Resort King room at Encore, set up though my executive host (I am a Red Card holder and definitely not a high roller). I handed the check in lady a $50 sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She let the $50 fall on her monitor, where it stayed for the entire transaction. She said she would check and asked if I was celebrating anything special. I told her we were celebrating my wife's birthday (which was actually a month away). The woman asked where my wife was and I said she was still in the parking garage (which was true - she was too embarrassed to be with me when I tried this trick). She also asked if I had any preferences. I said something high and with a nice view of the strip. I ended up with a Tower Suite King on the 54th floor. The view to the left was of the golf course, straight ahead was the Wynn, and to the right of that we could see down the strip. Looking straight down, we could see the two Encore pools. It was a fantastic view. Checking out the rates online, this was a $90 per night upgrade, so we saved $360 total!
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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 )
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Red Room 26th Floor Facing Bellagio Fountains  from  P Room 
Walked right up to the Platinum Clerk with C/C(Total Rewards), Platinum card, and $20. Handed it to the clerk, and she said thanks. Upgraded from "P" Room to Red Room on 26th Floor, facing Bellagio fountains. Comped us 2 tickets to see COCO Peep Show as well! Never tried this before but it works well! thanks for the info
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