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 was debating whether or not Bellagio would accept only $20. Some posters claimed $50 was more appropriate, but I went ahead and tried with $20. I had the $20 between my ID and CC, as suggested. She calmly laid the $20 on the counter in full view. Sure enough, the clerk had been through the drill, and my “measly” $20 was sufficient. We were originally going to be facing the pool, according to the clerk, but she offered to upgrade to either a partial lakeview in the new tower, or on the 10th floor with full view. We decided on the full view. Granted it wasn’t as high as we may have liked, but it was still beautiful. Plus I didn’t notice the water cannons at night, which some people complained was too loud.
It was a busy check in and had to wait about 15 minutes for this snotty upscale women complaining about something. The manager was right behind our clerk the whole time. I just said that “seems busy today huh!” I then asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She didn’t hear me so I had to say it again (I was a little nervous) I put the twenty in between my id and credit card like everybody else. She typed in for a minute and said that she has a fountain view available. After the check out she left the twenty on the counter and asked if I needed any change! I said that is for you hun. The manager and her were super cool. My wife and I were excited and it was a great view.
I wouldn’t recommend giving $50 a room for only two nights.
Checked in at 11:00am while everybody else seemed to be leaving. I handed her a $50 in hopes of upping the stakes a little. I asked her if there were any comp. upgrades. She left the desk and asked her supervisor. Came back and said that this was her first upgrade and had to ask how to do it (been there three weeks). I suggested that she should go for a suite since it was her first upgrade. Lakeview upper floor was the most that she was authorized to do. Nice and very polite. Great room. 20 would have gotten the same thing but 50 was worth a try.
Just like the others have done. I put the 20 between my CC and ID and gave it to the clerk. He put the 20 aside and started typing away.
Got a Lakeview room with an awesome view of the fountain shows!
Had a reservation for 2 queen bed standard non-smoking room. Slipped the clerk a $20 between the Credit card and ID and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. Typed for a while, and gave me 3 options:
1. Jr. Suite with 75 square feet more room and a king and rollaway.
2. Lakeview smoking room with 2 queens
3. Lakeview non-smoking with a king and rollaway.
Took option 2 as neither of us wanted to sleep in a rollaway, and not worried about smoke.
I was in at the Bellagio for a sales rally and my company had already booked and paid for my room weeks in advance. Upon check-in, I handed over the twenty between my DL and credit card. The woman behind the desk took the twenty and placed it aside without acknowledging it. After searching for my reservation, she said to me, “Currently we have you with a pool and garden view, is there something else you were looking for?” When I asked for a lake view, she responded that at this time of day (1 PM), those rooms are extremely rare. But she checked anyways, and a minute later this is what she said: “Sir, I hope you plan on doing some gambling because this is your lucky day! This is the first time I’ve ever seen a lake view room available at this time of day.” She booked me on the 18th floor with a perfect central view of the lake. It made my trip!
booked bellagio suite room for $299. I went up to the check in desk, and began my registration. When the part came to give my credit card I gave it to the receptionist w/ $20.00. I asked if therer where anyupgrades. Before she could finish saying no, She saw the $20.00 send hold on & picked up the phone. She replied Sir I have a Penthouse in the Cornner of the hotel. Said thank you and was on my way.
2000 plus square foot room w/ 2 1/2 baths steam shower jacuzzi tub for 299.99 a nite now that is sweet (suite) !!!!!!!!!
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.