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.
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.
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 $15 (per night, per room). Shot down. We took our money back and left it at that. Worth a try.
I checked in around 6pm on a Monday, and there was a huge line. It took almost an hour to get to the front counter but when I did I was helped my a guy in his late 20’s. I decided to be extra nice to him just so he would be more likely to upgrade me. We chit chatted while he looked up my reservation and then when he asked for my licence and credit card I put 2, 10$ 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.
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!
Arrived at around 5pm. Decent sized line, only about 4 clerks, so it was kind of slow. I didn’t feel i could target anyone specifically, so just waited to be called next. A woman in her 40s i would say, called us up (Was with my girlfriend) Immediately asked for ID and Credit card. I almost ended up backing out, since there was no time to break the ice or anything, but in the end just said “Screw it”. I definitely wasn’t smooth, was just like “Oh, in case there is a chance at a complimentary upgrade” Or something like that. Puts the Id on the monitor, 20 to the side, starts typing away. I had gotten a sweet $17 a night deal, and chose to stay 4 nights in a GO Room. She mentions the great deal i had gotten. Was able to finally talk more and make small talk as she continues to look.
She proceeds to ask if i’d like to stay in one of the newly renovated rooms. I do know the price difference was significant from the one I booked, so i was like “sure” asked if it was totally complimentary, and she confirmed. She proceeds to compare the price of the room I got and the rate of the room I was going to be staying in. It was almost a $200 difference adding up the 4 nights.
We proceed to go to the room and were immediately amazed. We were put on the 24th floor (Out of 28) and had gotten a High Roller view. She made no mention that we were getting a High Roller view. It definitely made a special trip, even more special. It was our first vacation together, and a few days later, we got engaged on the High Roller. It was awesome coming back to the room every night and be greeted by that wonderful view.
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.
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.
I stayed from sunday to thursday. I went to check in at about 10:30pm and a kind gentleman calls me forward to him. As I walked to him I noticed that what looked to be a front desk manager was standing next to him. I recall her being called over by numerous clerks to I believe give manager overrides on certain things. I slipped the 20 in between the ID and credit card and right away the guy looked over at his manager and noticed she was looking at us. He had a disappointed look on his face and kindly gave it back and said they can’t accept tips. I booked a FAB room originally. He gave me a free refrigerator and some comped buffets however for free. After his manager looked satisfied at his resistance to temptation, she walked to the other end of the desk far away from us. At this point, he hinted to me that if I came down the next day to the key desk at around noon that he would “hook me up” and pointed out numerous options for upgrades. He was strongly hinting that the upgrade was possible had his manager not been next to him at that moment. I could have possibly went down the next day and upgraded the room like he said but I was fine with our room so I didn’t bother. He gave me a fridge, high floor, and a good view while I didn’t even have to give the $20. I say this “trick” works depending on who is at the front desk manager wise.