We were waiting in line and didn’t target one specifically. Guy was friendly but immediately handed back the $20 and told us we dropped something as my husband was asking about complimentary upgrades. Told us we could pay to upgrade wasn’t 100% specific on prices just said around twenty something or we could wait til 3 when check in started and get the go room we booked. It was about 11:30 in the morning, so we chose to pay extra and upgrade to the newly remodeled rooms and avoided paying an early check in fee, but he failed to mention many things and ended up having a go round with the front desk for being charged 30 extra a night after he told us around 20. We weren’t very pleased with the stay, you could hear the music from the pool all day long in our room so sleeping in wasn’t an option and having the time share targeters right next to our elevator just made things more frustrating as well. But I guess you live and you learn.
Checked in at 3pm and we didn’t target anyone. She was under 35 yrs old. We thought 40 could possibly get us a great upgrade and we were staying 5 nights.. Celebrating a birthday. The woman was very sneaky and said she had an executive suite for us after getting the 40 with our license and credit card. We were very excited being that we booked a basic room. We get to our room and was disappointed to see it was the exact room we booked. I was furious and marched down to front desk and nicely asked if there was a mistake. She explained no and claimed our room had more square footage.. I had to get very blunt with her and say hey I thought we were taking care of each other here.. I’m sure there is something you can do to take care of us like we did for you.. She gave us a high floor with a sliggt strip view.. And some buffet Comp dollars.. So my 40 dollar tip got me 30 dollars in food and a different view. I don’t consider this an upgrade.. Just me recouping most of the 40 I laid out so I didn’t walk away feeling completely screwed.. Just aggravated at how she was a deceiving front desk clerk. Shame on her.
We tried the $20 tip on a Friday to Monday trip in February 2019. Checked in around 3:00 pm and the line was short to check in. The desk agent took the sandwich and set the $20 aside. She looked around in the computer and came back with two options for the booked Go Room | 2 Queens | High Roller view. Option 1 was a one bedroom something (maybe a suite) on a higher floor with view of the High Roller or Option 2 a larger Go Room on the top floor with a Bellagio fountain view. We took the Option 2 that turned out to be a room on the side facing The Cromwell Hotel and the Drai’s Nighclub on top of the Cromwell. The room was nice and larger with an extended pop out area near the window. BUT come 10:30 pm the Drai’s Nighclub opened up and could hear the music and DJ on the microphone until 4:00 am at closing time. Could feel the beat of the music and hear clearly what was being played.
The next day we went to inquire about changing rooms and the desk agent said that there is noise from all the sides facing toward the strip with another nightclub across the strip and the LINQ promenade. Ended up switching to a High Roller Go room and learned a lesson. Should have taken the other option the first desk agent offered.
We tried the $20 trick and it failed miserably. I think we just got the most incompetent front desk girl ever. We asked for any complimentary room upgrades when we slipped her a credit card driver’s license with a $20 between it, she did however hand us back the 20 and said she would give us any upgrades if they’re available. She was probably in her mid-50s and we checked in around 1:00pm, and it took us over 45 minutes to check in after getting to a person and after having to get a supervisor involved, etc. This was also for “comped” rooms, still had to pay the resort fees. I think we just really got a bad front desk employee and at least we got the $20 back.
My wife and I stayed for three nigths in early October, 2018. We waited in a pretty formidable line and avoided using the kiosks as I was hoping for an upgrade. The draw was a 30-something gal who smiled and welcomed us. I delivered the sandwich and the greeting. She pecked and looked and we ended up with an upgrade from a bottom-of-the-line room to a newly-remodeled one. The view was poor, proximity to the lifts was poor, and all around the hotel itself was a bit underwhelming, but the room itself was quite nice and clean and, in fact, newly remodeled.
The young lady clarified at the end that the tip was solely for her excellent service and had nothing to do with the upgrade, which I wholly reaffirmed to her.
No specific clerk targeted as there was a line. Got a younger female staff member and checked in roughly at 11:30pm on a Wednesday night. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available when I handed her the sandwich. She immediately returned the bill, said nothing complimentary, but a paid upgrade was available. I did not see a supervisor anywhere nearby, so I don’t think management was the issue. We declined to pay for an upgrade, did not receive anything complimentary, and that was that. She was a polite staff member however.
Our clerk seemed grumpy but we thought what the hell. We slid her the $20 and asked the magic question. She went in the back and came out and said yes no problem. We were shocked we didnt expect it. We had booked the cheapest room possible and she upgrade us to the brand new (at the time) flamingo go king rooms with a strip view. This was a 10night reservation as well. My mam who was checking in right next to us was denied and offered the upgrade for $50 per night!
We didn’t target a clerk we just went ahead and went with whoever called us first, she was a female around her 30’s. We gave her $40 since it was two rooms we booked, slid in between my id and card. Right away we let her know if there was any comp room upgrades possible connected room or right next to each other. She started typing right away. We originally booked go rooms but she ended up switching us to the new remodeled rooms, high roller view and on the 28th top floor! it was beautiful definitely recommend giving this a try.
I didn’t have the chance to pick the clerk because of the big single line. I think I was lucky because everyone recommends to pick a young clerk and when my turn came a young lady called for the next one. She was very discrete trying to get a better room, not desperately stroking the keyboard like some reviews. Booked a Go room with high roller view and she gave me a bigger room at the top floor with strip view. It worked like a charm!
Me and 3 friends booked a hotel stay (2 basic rooms) at the Flamingo from Oct 25 to the 29th (4 nights, Wed-Sun). When we arrived at the front check-in, an employee tried to convince us to use the self-check in. Knowing we wanted to try the front desk tip, we passed. We spoke to a very enthusiastic man and slipped him $40 ($20 for each room), asking for an upgrade to the GO room or something with a fridge. As soon as he saw the money, he thanked us and told us he’d see what he could do. The best he had to offer us was instead of a $25 fee to upgrade (per night, per room) he could offer it to us for $15 (per night, per room). Shot down. We took our money back and left it at that. Worth a try.