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  Pyramid Deluxe  from  Unsure 
Didn't target any specific Clerk. Me and my friends arrived at about 8:30 pm. We had to wait about 10-15 minutes in line. I kindly asked if we can get a room on a higher floor. I've booked 2 pyramid rooms (through a special offer) and got upgraded to 2 pyramid deluxe rooms.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Unsure 
Did the $50 sandwich checking in at the Venetian on a Monday night. The $50 bill was taken instantly and clerk put it in their pocket with no real attempt at making the move look subtle! Mentioned no change was required and special anniversary. Were staying 5 nights at Venetian. Asked for resort fee to be removed and a move to high floor at Palazzo if possible along with a suite upgrade. Secured one night's resort fee removal (saved $51.02!) and an upgrade to a 45th floor strip view room at Palazzo. Base level suite but still lovely. All-in-all a minimum of c. $300 extra benefits by my reckoning so well worth doing. Will definitely do this again next time I return! Thanks to all contributors here on this site
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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  Resort Room  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
We had a 2 nights complimentary stay at this hotel. Presented the sandwich and got a nice smile from the front desk clerk. Just mentioned that we were looking for a nice room and got the noce answer "let me check what I can do for you". After a couple seconds, we have been told that we got a nice and spacy room which was at the 17th floor. It was an Ultra Resort King Room with Strip and Fountain view facing the Paris/Caesars and Bellagio hotels.
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:  $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  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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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:  $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  Tower Deluxe  from  Tower 
I gave her 20 USD and asked for complimentary upgrades. She said, she'll have a look and offered me a room upgrade to a better room in the 21st floor.
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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  One Bedroom Corner Suite  from  Deluxe Room 
Attended for a bachelor party (we made sure to mention this). We checked in at the normal check-in time around 2pm. My girlfriend and I approached a young lady at the front desk and slipped the $20 in between the debit card and ID. My girlfriend didn't even see me do it ( I was very sly). We made casual conversation, and then quietly asked if there was any complimentary upgrades, she smiled and said that there was a one bedroom corner suite available. YES! That was exactly what we wanted. The room was gorgeous! Can't wait to stay again.
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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.