As we were staying 14 nights, we decided to offer a $50 sandwich, which worked like a dream! The receptionist was happy to upgrade us to a 23rd floor room in Tower 2, with Strip view, widescreen TV, remodelled bathroom and safe.The only thing she couldn’t do was waive the dreaded resort fees,( which added up to a whopping $196.)
I got a younger gal, and I was nervous. I had the money in between the cards and set it up there while making small talk. She immediately took the money out and slapped it back on the counter in front of me. I asked if there was any complimentary upgrades, and she said, no but you can pay for an upgrade. Total fail.
We booked the basic room on a package deal with JetBlue vacations. Got to the next attendant at check-in and I tipped $40 ($20 for my room and $20 for my parents room) where instead of getting a room looking inward, we got upgraded to their remodeled contemporary room with a view of The Strip. Not bad.
It didn’t matter to me if I got an upgrade or not as long as I was able to get any 2 of the possible 8 views. The hotel is essentially a square with 4 views inside and 4 outside. I just wanted to either face Vegas Blvd (east) or the pool (west). With the twenty, laying on the counter after she picked up my ID cards, I was told upgrade not available and After all that I got an inside facing room. She had taken the bill and said thanks before giving me the room. I had to go back and get someone else to give me the room I wanted. I had other issues with the hotel which I notified mngt to address and was told they would address my concerns. They sent me a message about using a discount code for future stay but there’s no guarantee if issues would be addressed or what that code would provide for me. I wouldn’t stay there again unless it was free. Bad enough I paid resort’s fee and the only thing that would have been worth it was to swim in the one of the four pools they have that be utilized for laps. It was closed “for the season “ last week in August?, when in actuality they didn’t have enough lifeguards. Sad. I found other places to swim.
It was a Wednesday evening. Me and my friends arrived for a small conference. We were greeted by the next available clerk who asked me for my ID. I took my ID and credit card with the tip sandwiched in between. The clerk only took my ID so I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He said at the moment no and offered an upgraded room for extra charges which I declined.
Got in line and got my sandwich ready. I was very nervous. We walked up to the counter, I said we had a reservation. Clerk was very nice. She asked for ID and Credit card. I set the sandwich down. She set it down on her side of the counter. We made a bit of small talk, our first time in vegas, why we came, ect. She asked if we would like something up high, view. I said we would love a view. Ended up with a King renovated room on the 16 th floor. Nice view of the pool. I never even said the word upgrade. At the end she handed back my ID and credit card, held up the $20 and said \”Is this…?\”
I smiled and said, \”That\’s for you.\”
An excellent experience and a relatively cheap thrill. Do it!
Checked in a little early, and waited in a pretty long line. Got to the front and was greeted by a lady in her mid to late 20’s who seemed pretty exhausted. I began by saying something like “wow, I don’t know how you put up with all these people” and she had a nice smile and laugh. I then proceeded to give her the “sandwich” with the $20 and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available, and that we were out celebrating some “good news”. She said “well thank you, let me see what I can do”. She knew exactly what was going on, and then upgraded us to a wide-screen room with a nice view of the strip. She even threw in some free drink coupons, which were great as well. Overall, the $20 paid for itself very quickly!
I discovered this website 9 months ago and told my wife that I was going to do the sandwich trick as soon as I read about it. On the flight to Vegas, I told my wife that I was so excited to try it. We checked in on Sun. Oct. 9th at about 4:00 pm. Well, I did everything I was supposed to do, had the $20 bill folded over, and just barely visible between the id and cc. Our clerk was a woman in her mid-late 20’s. She asked for my id, so I slid the sandwich over to her and asked “if there were and complimentary upgrades available”. She then smiled at me pulled the $20 out of the sandwich, slid it back across the counter to me and said “We’ll save that until the end” We had a standard room booked, and she upgraded us to one of the newly remodeled “widescreen” rooms with a beautiful view of the mountains. After she handed me our room keys, I slid the $20 back to her and walked away with a huge smile that it worked!
IT REALLY DOES WORK!!!
checked in and hoped to get the lady that checked us in… she was mid 20’s and very nice…. first time I tried this so was very nervous… but she was vet nice took the sandwich and I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades or at least a view…. result was a widescreen deluxe room and no resort fees!!!
Basically me and a friend checked into the Excalibur at around probably 10:30pm. I told my friend to watch what I do with his $20. So I waited in line which didn’t take very long. The clerk happened to be a young male between the ages of 25-30. With the $20 sandwiched between my ID and credit card, I simply asked, “Do you have any complimentary upgrades available?”
The clerk looked both ways and when I saw him put the $20 in his pocket, I knew I had scored. I went from the cheapest room (Tower Room) to a room with a 40″ widescreen and a great view of the strip overlooking the strip with the New York New York and MGM Grand Hotels in plain sight.