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  Tower Deluxe  from  Tower 
Arrived at roughly 9pm, I didn't target anyone specific but had the $20 sandwich ready and handed it over to the lady (she was 25ish). I didn't say anything but she offered a room upgrade and then covered our $70 parking fee and the room upgrade was covered as well. She also took off the resort fees and the room deposit!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  PH Resort Vistas  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
Checked in Sunday 2/9/20 Originally booked the Ultra Hip Room for a (2) night stay. On arrival the line was a bit long, but I still opted to wait in line instead of doing the kiosk auto checkin, so I could try the “$20 Trick” and see if it would work since it was my first time trying such thing. Lucky me, a nice young lady on the VIP Registration side raised her hand and said she could help me. I Started by greeting her politely with small talk and I did as advised, tucked the $20 bill in between my ID and CC. Handed it to her when she asked for it and before I could even fully finish asking that I was wondering if there were any “complimentary upgrades available” she just said “ooh” smiled, and nodded saying Yes and that she would see what she could do. She then said yup, and that she would be upgrading me to a Suite. I said thank you and then she asked me if I also needed late checkout, to which I said sure why not. She asked if 1:00pm was fine and I said yes. I was upgraded to an Ultra Resort Vista Room, with a King Bed. Lots of big windows with amazing views of the Strip on the 17th floor. Spacious room with a really nice big tub separate from the shower which included a view of the strip as well. Definitely worth doing the $20 trick and from now on it’s a must do every time!!!! Upgraded to a suite and late checkout + waived the Resort fees which most of you know are $40+ per night. To anyone seeing this, just remember to be polite and smile. Trick should work! Happy Travels :) Thank you
Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Classic Suite  from  Classic Room 
We arrived in Vegas at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning. We went straight to the hotel and checked our bags as soon as we got there because we knew we wouldn’t be able to check in yet. After breakfast and walking around for a little bit, I went to check in about 11:30. The line wasn’t too busy and I did not target any particular clerk. I had a regular comped room already so I figured I could up my sandwich amount. The clerk immediately saw the money when she took my ID and asked me to hold on to it until after she assisted me. She asked how she could help me and I just asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available for my stay. I made sure to tell her that we didn’t mind waiting a while because we had already checked our bags. The clerk said she wasn’t sure she would be able to help but she would be glad to check with her manager. Off to the back she goes. When she comes back out, she says she has good news. Honestly, I was expecting an offer of a fountain view room, which I would have been fine with, but she said she was able to get us a suite. She put a rush on the room and called me when it was ready. At the end, I gave her the tip and thanked her for the excellent service. It probably didn’t hurt that the couple next to me was practically screaming at their clerk because the room wasn’t what they asked for. The tip helps, but being overly nice is helpful too.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Red Room Eiffel View High Floor  from  Classic Room 
Had a crappy room on 4th floor comped for 2 nights. Slipped a 20 between my CC and ID... I waited till the moment she looked at the 20 dollar bill and I siad " Its my girlfriend's birthday. If there are any complimentary upgrades with a view I would greatly appreciate it." She responded with " Let me see what i can do!" We were upgraded 26 or so floors higher with a view if the Bellagio fountains
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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:  $20 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Deluxe Room 
I asked the clerk if he had any upgrades. He asked if I was celebrating anything special and I mentioned it was my birthday. Upgraded me to a business suite close to the elevator with a great view of the strip. Didn’t even need the tip but I gave it anyways out of gratitude.
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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:  $100 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
This was in August. Unfortunately I forget the clerk's name- young white man. I slipped him the $100 sandwich and asked if there were any upgrades available. I had read reviews about high tips leading to far superior suites. He slipped the money back to me and told me that he cannot accept it. Maybe he was a religious type. I ended up with the same room I booked. A tip (lol)- I do believe the best upgrade 99% of people can get is from Venetian to Palazzo, which is worth the sandwich. A 1PM checkout time can usually be negotiated on the day of with no money, and a view can as well.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Bay Suite  from  Deluxe Strip View 
Standard sandwich, $20. Politely asked if any upgrades were avaialble, checked and upgraded to bay king suite. Very nice room.
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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:  $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:  $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:  $20 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Unsure 
I tried the trick when we check in at Westgate. I placed the 20$ 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  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  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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