1. I targeted a younger woman, 25-35, with an outgoing personality. I watched the check-in folks for about ten minutes before I made my move.
2. Time of day was around 12:30 pm.
3. I told her I was an old country boy from Juliette, Georgia who was trying to impress his wife. Told ’em I’d always stayed at lesser properties at the strip, but my wife had always wanted the Bellagio. Then I said the only thing that would make it even better would be a room with a nice view of the fountains. The clerk told me she’d go talk to her boss, when she came back she told me she could help me!
I never knew about this trick but when I stayed at the Bellagio for my Honeymoon, but I asked if we could be upgraded to a room over looking the fountains. The lady at the check in was very polite but said there was no rooms available but to check back tomorrow. We didn’t end up checking back the next day as the standard rooms are amazing to begin with but next time I will try the $20 trick to see what it gets me!
Highly recommend Bellagio, amazing hotel!
$20 trick successful; enjoyed a Lakeview Deluxe room on the 19th floor for 5 nights!
After reading all the reviews here, I just had to see for myself if this tipping trick would work. It did and the nice clerk gave us an upgrade to the 24th floor! 7 nights of the fountain view looking right at the Eiffel Tower and gorgeous fountains is highly recommended!!
Checked in late around midnight & gave clerk the $50 along with license. At first she attempted to give back as she thought it was an accident, then i stopped her and said i was wondering if there were any comp upgrades. she said she would take care of me and typed away & called a manager or something to unlock the room (i think she was somewhat new & with limited authority). I asked for a really nice view & she gave us 24th floor right in the middle next to where the suites are. Also i asked what she could do for me because she said that she hadnt been tipped for a long time. She only gave us comp buffet line passes & comped the minibar for about $75.00, so it was obviously worth it. I would assume the value of the $50.00 tip was about $275.00 plus about an hour of our time we would have waited in the buffett line…success!
Made the credit card, id, $20 sandwich and asked if there were any fountain view rooms available. She typed on her keyboard and made a call, took about 3 minutes. Then she never told me it was available. She promptly slipped the $20 into her pocket. They put us on the 15th floor with an OUTSTANDING fountain view. Well worth it, I think we would have been sol had I not given the $20. Go for it, it works. I have a pic of the room view if you want to email me. Find me on slickdeals, bigbearballs.
License, $20 (Sticking out), Credit Card sandwich. Checked in with another couple and we both got the same room bump , just one floor apart. Told clerk it was first trip to Vegas and asked if there was anything he could do to make the trip memorable. VERY HAPPY with the room bump!
Not much to say…We had high hopes it would work after reading all of the “success” stories here. We did exactly what everyone else had mentioned about putting a $20 between ID and credit card and very kindly asked if there were any fountain view rooms that might be available. The check in clerk (female about 25 years old) typed away for a few minutes and said sorry there’s nothing, but I can put you on a high floor. We got the 24th floor looking out to the mountains and in the distance was the pool at Caesars.
We went with the $50 trick. Checked in at 11:00am with Aga, a very nice clerk. She was very appreciative of the $50, and actually offered us a suite. That would have been great, but the suite had now direct view of the fountains. We opted for the lower upgrade of a fountain view room, since the wife really wanted to watch the fountains from the room. She gave us a gift certificate for free perfume at one of the shops. She was surprised that we didn’t take the suite, but understood. Great experience. This was my first attempt at the trick, and didn’t feel weird at all.
Booked a Bellagio Suite, husband folded a twenty between ID and Credit Card. Put it on the counter and the clerk saw it as Husband asked if there were any suites with a lakeview. He left the cards and bill on the counter and said he would look. Nothing. He went to the back to probably ask someone and was gone a few minutes. Came back and said no. All booked, supposedly. He took the card and ID, leaving the bill on the counter. He gave us a high floor with a nice view of the pool and mountains though.
Husband folded a twenty between card and ID and asked if there were any upgrades. Had booked a deluxe room (no view) and wanted a lakeview. Lady took the cards and money, slipped the bill into her pocket discreetly and quickly, then proceeded to check the system. No lakeview, but offered us a Salone Suite instead with a partial view of the strip. We said yes.