I AM a Front Desk Clerk (Agent) on the strip.
20.00 will get you upgraded but the higher you go the better the upgrade. Choosing a “target”? Who came up with that? We all do the SAME thing, young, old, male, female clerk. Just make sure you are checking in at a union hotel, because managers can’t do check ins…It’s in the contract.
The Tip Sandwich is discrete and we know what you want, you really don’t even have to ask. If we can’t do it we’ll give the money back. However, the money must pass from your hand, because we have also had people try to scam us by waving around a twenty dollar bill, taking the keys and putting the twenty back in their pocket. If you do this, your keys will not work when you get to the room because we’ll change the room number back to what you booked, you’ll have to come back stand in line again and who knows what you’ll end up with? Low floor, last room at the end of the hall with no view? Not wise to scam the clerk. Hope this helps, and YES this website is Awesome, the sandwich is the real deal.
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.
We walked in to the flamingo hotel to checking in and looked at the front desk help and chose a young lady in her 30s with short dark hair who was very nice. we had got our room on Hotel Tonight for $45 and assumed it was a GO room only to find out it was a standard King. We had heard some horror stories about the standard rooms at this hotel so I decided to try the $20 sandwich and it was not successful. She said very politely I can keep the tip but I still have to charge you for the upgrade there are no free upgrades today. I politely took the money back and paid the $30 for the upgrade for the GO room. Oh well you win some you lose some.
I didn’t have the chance to pick the clerk because of the big single line. I think I was lucky because everyone recommends to pick a young clerk and when my turn came a young lady called for the next one. She was very discrete trying to get a better room, not desperately stroking the keyboard like some reviews. Booked a Go room with high roller view and she gave me a bigger room at the top floor with strip view. It worked like a charm!
I checked in around 6pm on a Monday, and there was a huge line. It took almost an hour to get to the front counter but when I did I was helped my a guy in his late 20’s. I decided to be extra nice to him just so he would be more likely to upgrade me. We chit chatted while he looked up my reservation and then when he asked for my licence and credit card I put 2, 10$ bills in between and he saw me do it and said ” ah the old sand which trick” and laughed and then went typing away and before I knew it he asked if I had ever stayed in a go room before and I hadn’t so he upgraded me to that room. It was a lot nicer than the basic room and I was pleased with the upgrade.
We booked the fab room which is the cheapest room available. We didn’t get a great upgrade for our room because we stayed at the hotel during the week before memorial day (Thursday-Saturday). However, a clerk was able to upgrade my room to the highest floor with strip view.
I didn’t target anyone and just went to the next open clerk – An older guy maybe in his 50’s. It was after 9:00pm on Thursday night. I handed him the sandwich and said “Anything you can do to help get us a complimentary upgrade would be appreciated”. He got us on the 20th floor with an amazing view of the Strip. It would have been about a $45 upgrade normally so for the $20 I’m still considering it a win.
Our reservation was for a Fab King room. We presented $20 bill in our stack of platinum TR cards and CC and IDs at checkin and asked the clerk “would you happen to have a complimentary upgrade available to a Go Room with a fridge?” She slid the 20 aside and said she would check in a bit. She tapped around confirming our reservation details and then said she did not have a Go upgrade available but would be able to give us an Executive King with fridge and coffee maker. This was on the 27th floor and was a bit larger than our reserved room. I responded that would be great! She then proceeded to tap around stating she could probably find one with a decent view too…yep decent view of strip. I thanked her and said how much that we appreciated that. She handed us keycards and waters! As we thanked her again and turned to walk away, she picked up the $20 and thanked us:) We got up to our room to find a full-on center strip view on the 27th floor!!!!!! Very decent and comfortable room with coffee provided daily – this alone saved us more than the tip to upgrade!
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.