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  Harrah's Executive Suites  from  Deluxe 
We went to check in at about 2PM local time on a Thursday. I had a folded up twenty between my license and CC. As I handed the tip sandwich over the counter, I asked the young woman if there were any complimentary upgrades available and she instantly knew what was happening. She took the twenty dollar bill, put it on the counter top and said, "let me make sure I can help you before holding on to that." It took maybe 2-3 minutes, but eventually she handed me my CC and license as well as some room keys. She never said she could or could not get me the upgrade, but I decided to leave the $20 on the counter for her just in case. Sure enough, when we entered the spacious living room area of this awesome suite, I knew we got upgraded. We went from a single room with a king bed to a suite with a couch, breakfast table for four, view of the strip, his and hers sinks, stand up shower and a separate tub, plus a bedroom with a king bed and two chairs that were perfect for uh... nighttime activities.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Gave the clerk in her late 20s or so, the sandwich at the Venetian desk and was asked if I needed change. Told her no but I’d like to see if there were any upgrades available. After much searching I was upgraded from a view of a parking lot on the 16 floor at the Venetian to strip view at the Palazzo on the 27th floor. Also checked in at 12:30 instead of 3 and was given late check out at 1pm. Clerk was amazing and very accommodating. Overall saved about $150-200 on the upgrade. Will definitely try this again the next time I am in Vegas.
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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:  $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  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:  $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:  $40 Upgraded to  Palace Tower Premium Room  from  Forum Tower Deluxe 
I checked in on Tuesday afternoon and had high expectations. I waited in line for about 30 minutes and was assigned to a young Asian guy. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available today and he said "we'll see" with a smile. I put two $20 bills between my AMEX and driver's license, then handed it to him. He saw it, thanked me and immediately put it next to the keyboard. I originally had a sub-par (comped) forum tower room, but was upgraded to Palace Premium Studio! I wanted the Augustus Strip View but they were completely booked out. However, I enjoyed my Palace tower room very much! Two shower heads, two bathrooms, a big jacuzzi tub, bidet, high floor, pool view and directly in front of the pool entrance. Just checked and these rooms can go for $4-500 a night!
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:  $20 Upgraded to  Tower  from  Tower 
Busy day, big convention coming up on the MGM, Thursday 4pm, young female clerk in her mid 20’s, had booked a room for 2 for my parents, I decided to join the trip last-minute. Told her that straightforward while giving her the sandwich. Looked at me a little scared and gave the sandwich back. I asked for a complimentary upgrade but she told me they were overbooked. Got a Royal Tower room on the 9th floor with a view to Tropicana (not sure if that’s considered a good room), and when I asked for an extra room key she told me that if she did that she’d have to add my name to the room and that it’d be $30 extra per night. I okayed it and still gave her the $20 tip.
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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  Madison Avenue Room  from  Unsure 
Check in was really busy but went up to the available clerk to check in. Sandwiched the 20 between id and credit card and politely asked. The clerk didn’t say anything so just thought he was being subtle with it being busy. Then I was told I was getting a Maddison Avenue room in the Chrysler building part of the hotel. Room did have views of the mountains/ red rock canyon in the distance
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Terrance One Bedroom - Fountain View  from  City Room 
We checked in at around 7:00pm on Wednesday. There was a bit of wait and it was a female clerk that checked us in. She asked us if we had stayed with them before. It was our first time visiting Las Vegas and of course it was our first time staying at Cosmo. We were only staying for one night. We didn’t ask for anything. We just handed over $20 with the ID and credit card and the lady said she would check what she could do for us. She called somebody and said she was able to update us to a one bedroom King with fountain view. The view was awesome and the room was the best! The best stay during our whole trip! I would definitely stay at Cosmo again next time!
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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  Piazza Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
I checked in on a busy Friday right around 3pm and didn't get to target a clerk in particular, but wound up with a guy in his 20s. He asked if I needed any change when he saw my 20 and I said no. After speaking with a manager he offered me up a free upgrade to a Piazza suite. I asked for a late check out and he said he could only do one for 12pm b/c the suites were completely booked for Saturday. As an alternative, I could've taken a standard room with a 6pm checkout but I took the bigger room. The room was huge with a view of the strip.
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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Grand Queen Room  from  West Wing King Room 
Booked a surprise 40th bday trip thru expedia for my boyfriend this year-his bday falls just a couple days before Valentines day so everything was pretty full with regards to rooms and bookings. I booked for Feb. for 4 nights-Thurs thru Sun. We checked in at 6:30 pm on Thursday. We did not target a particular clerk-just went to the next one available-which was a younger lady clerk. We began chatting and I handed her the $40 sandwich. She took the $40 out and set it on the edge of the raised counter-closest to her-never saying a word about it. At this point I was thinking that the whole thing was a fail. I then asked if our room had a strip view? I explained that I had requested this but saw that we had a run of the house king. She asked if we would be ok with a queen? If so she would be able to give us a comp upgrade to a much better room? We said sure-sounds great! She handed us our keys & off we went. It wasn't until we were on our way to the elevators that I realized she had upgraded us to a grand queen room on the 28th floor with a beautiful strip view. She never did say a word about that $ that was just sitting there, so neither did we. When we left the desk for our room, we just left it (it was very close to her on the counter) and I'm sure she swiped it up. Im thinking there may have been a couple reasons she did that with the $. One: she was testing us to make sure that the $ wasn't accidentally placed there between the cards somehow. Setting it there like that gave us the chance to grab it back if it was done by accident. Two: I think the clerks there are allowed to take tips (for excellent customer service of course) but not bribes/tips while in the act of booking the room. I think it was a combo of two reasons above that she did it this way but either way-this sandwich worked. We went from a West Wing (ahhh the horror) King on the 10th floor to a Grand Queen on the 28th floor in the tower w/a beautiful strip view. Keep in mind too that this was Valentines weekend. Valentine's falls on a Wednesday this year so everybody was taking their trips this Weekend during our stay. With that in mind-$40 bucks still got us a decent upgrade-worth Atleast $220 had we booked the grand queen. I can only imagine if we checked in for a Sun-Thurs trip, on a non holiday and tried $100 sandwich-which is EXACTLY what I will do next time. I was so nervous to try this-I had never done this before and I gotta tell ya-this was empowering and I won't ever check in without doing this in the future. Thanks for all the other shared stories on here guys! They really helped me get up the nerve to try it & so glad I did. *Also- I purposely wasn't super descriptive of the front desk clerk that assisted us. They can get fired for this sort of thing from my understanding but what I will say is that this particular clerk (or Atleast her description type) has been mentioned thruout reviews on here for mgm grand.
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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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