It was approximately 9:30 pm and quite busy as there were a lot of families and people in the check-in line. Quite possibly there was a high school basketball or volleyball tournament in town.
I did’nt target a specific clerk, but was happy to get one that was a little bit away from the supervisors so I could try the sandwich trick. I placed my $20 in-between my ID and CC and asked “Are there any free upgrades available?” She said she would check and actually dropped my $20 on the counter. I didn’t think she heard me too well, but she did recommed an upgrade to a larger room in Tower 2 (the newer refurbished one). I took it and then I asked for an extra roll away bed to add to my 2 queen bed room, since I had a 3rd guy staying with me.
She started on the upgrade and addition and then saw the $20 and asked “Is this for me?” and a slyly gave an affirming nod and she smoothly pocketed the cash. Looking at my bill, I got the upgrade and the roll away bed for free and she did not charge me for an extra person in the room either, so its definitely a win!
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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!!!
I checked into the hotel around 6P. I walked up to the next available agent. I had my sandwich ready, and told her my name. As I handed her my sandwich, I asked if there were any complimentary room upgrades available. She took apart my sandwich leaving the $20 on the desk, and said she’d see what was available. There was indeed an upgrade she said she’d upgrade us to. We asked for a roll-a-way bed as well, and she said there was going to be a fee involved, but then waved the daily fee. All the while, I stared at my $20 hoping she’d take it. She handed me back my credit card and ID, and as I thanked her and started to walk away, she was like “Mam, you forgot this” and pointed to the $20. So, all in all, it worked, it was just a bit awkward, but I got the upgrade at no cost!
On my way down to Vegas I told my girlfriend about the “trick” on getting a room upgrade. So when we arrived around noon on valentines day and was waiting in line to check in she asked me if I was going to attempt it. I told her it wasn’t going to hurt to try and prepared my id and credit card with the $20 folded neatly in between them. While waiting, I scanned over the 4 desk clerks I noticed 2 who I felt would be a good chance, 1 that was a maybe, and one that was a no-chance (she seemed like she was the one having the bad day and grumpy while dealing with the people ahead of me in line.) Of course the luck of the draw I got the one lady I felt I had no chance of getting an upgrade but proceeded with the tip anyways. The clerk, an African American lady around mid to late 30’s asked me if I had a reservation, I told her yes, handed over my info with the $20 sandwiched in between, and asked if there might be any complementary room upgrades. In less than a blink of a eye, the tip was gone and the clerk was typing on her keyboard to see what was available. After a couple of minutes she told me she could upgrade me from my standard room to a widescreen room with a view of the pool. The catch was that the room wasn’t ready yet and I would have to come back in a bit to her and get my key. I asked her how long and she said she would call and put a rush on it. She picked up the phone but no one answered. She then said “well here’s a room with view of the strip that is available now instead.” I thanked her and she told me to have a nice stay and thank you! The girlfriend smiled at me and shook her head… she didn’t think it would work. 🙂