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!
Gave the check-in lady some nice English chat about this being my girlfriend’s first time in Vegas, her birthday present, etc (all true). Slipped $20 between CC and ID, asked if there was anything she could do to make my girl’s stay a little nicer. She pocketed the $20 without blinking and upgraded me to a lake view room, which was pretty damned nice. Result.
I had the $20 bill folded under DH’s driver’s license during entire check in process. Our clerk was familiar with our hometown location – Wine Country – which started a conversation about her next visit to our area. I gave her my business card and said she should email us next time she was coming out and that we would be happy to help her with her visit. DH asked if there were any comp. upgrades available for a full lake view (knew what we wanted), she said sure, and that they were allowed to accept gratuities, so DH slid the $20 over. She was very pleasant, and the trick worked so well.
It was my first time going to Vegas and I was really excited about trying the $20 dollar trick. I was skpetical at first as I booked the hotel via Travelocity and I read from this forum that hotels are known to give Travelocity customer the worst rooms and do not allow upgrades. But I gave it a try anyways. I arrived to Bellagio at 11 am (while the standard check-in time is 3:00 pm)
All of the Check-in Clerks were available thus I just went up to a random one. I started to have small talk with her and asked how her day was going. Then I gave my credit card and driver’s license to her with the $20 in between. After she saw that, I asked if “IS there any complimentary upgrades available as it was me and my gf’s 5th year anniversary and I want to make it extra special for her…” Unfortunately, she said no at first as she claimed the hotel is fully booked today, then she asked “I am sorry, but Do I have to give this back? (Referring to the $20)” OF course i dont want to sound cheap so I told her its okay. Then after typing for a minute or two on the computer, she said “Oh Mr. _____ , I have found a room facing the fountain at no extra cost to you, would you like that?” Of course i said yes, then she said “be right back” and she went to the office. When she came back, she said, “Congratulation Mr. ____ , we want to make your annivesary extra special, here is a complimentary vouchers for our bellagio perfume and cologne that you could redeem at our giftshop at no costs.” I thanked her once again when the transaction was done.
Key points: As long as you are nice, you will be able to get upgrades even booking hotels via Priceline or Travelocity.
It never hurt to ask, even at hotels like Bellagio.
Put the $20 between my license and the credit card – barely sticking out – handed it to her – didn’t let go when she reached for them – then I said “anything you can do to help make this stay memorable would be greatly appreciated” – 2 minutes later we had checked in almost 5 hours early to a beautiful room.
Upgraded To: 27th floor full strip/fountain view – free gift (perfume for my wife, cologne for me, free line cutting pass for our stay for the buffet, and got to check in @ 10 am instead of 3 pm
Sent my wife in and she told them it was our anniversary. (it was close enough, haha). She typed for several minutes and then went in the back for a while.
Not sure she even saw the $20 but we gave it to her anyway. Also got a line pass for the buffet (it sucked btw, Beau Rivage in Biloxi was MUCH MUCH better), and a free gift of
their Bellagio colonge and perfume from the gift shop. ($40 value)
pretty much didn’t want to check in too early because of the sunday morning rush from everybody checking out. so we ate at the buffet and killed some time and then finally checked in. found a guy, because we figured we’d have better luck with a guy, had the 50 inbetween the cc and dl and just asked, would you happen to have any upgrades to suites available? he typed away, and said this is what i can do for you, found a nice mini-suite on the 25th floor with the lakeview and two windows views of everything to the right of bellagio. again, as everybody else says, well worth it in my opinion.
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!
I was fortunate enough to find a room rate of $149/night for Thurs/Fri/Sat thanks to the Vegas hotel deals forum. At the front desk, I slipped $20 under my credit card and asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. I was hoping for a fountain view, but he upgraded us to a Tower Deluxe room. Basically, this meant a slightly larger room (625 vs. 510 sq ft) at the end of the hallway with windows on the north and west walls (including a third next to the bath tub with jacuzzi jets). We felt the upgrade was worth it.
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.
Just thought I’d throw in my experience for everyone. My wife and I were in Las Vegas last week. We stayed at the Bellagio (fantastic hotel!). Anyhow we got in on Wed. and left on Sat. We had booked our reservation as part of a package on Orbitz (I’m sure we were booked into the cheapest room they had). Put the $20 underneath my credit card and ask the for a view of the fountains. She put us up on the 28th floor right in the middle of the hotel looking down on the fountains. I know the tip worked as another couple went with us and booked the same trip (same price, flights, etc.) on Orbitz and checked in at the same time, and they ended up on the 12th floor facing the back of the hotel.
Anyhow we had them up for a couple of bottles of wine a couple of nights and watched the fountain shows for a while before we went out.
Definitely worth the $20!