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 arrived at the Flamingo on Eed. June 17th, staying for 6 nights.
We had booked the regular fab double queen room. I got an email earlier in the week offering a basic upgrade for 23.00 a night. We went to check in, and I did the sandwich trick.
The gal helping us was probably in her 60s, and very nice. She thanked me for the tip. I never asked for anything, and after printing our keys, she informed me that we were booked in a double Queen GO room. Yay! It worked!
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.
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!
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.
Checked in around 5pm on a Wed. Line was too busy to target so we just got the next available which was a woman in her early 30’s, glasses and medium-short height.
Put down $50 bill with card and ID. Said it was wife’s bday and our anniversary (which happened to be true). Asked if she could do something special for us with a room upgrade, meals, whatever.
She said I had booked one of the old/cheaper rooms and she was going to have to upgrade me since none of them were ready now anyway. Also gave me a whole $10 food credit. Also asked if I wanted a higher floor with a better view.
Near end of check-in I was thinking (well, maybe she just didn’t SEE the $50? since she made not mention). And I’m thinking “I’m not getting anything extra to speak of here. She did scoop up the bill and said “…and thank you for that.” at the end. I left thinking maybe it was one of the “sneaky surprise” upgrades since I didn’t know the layout of the hotel/room numbers.
Go to the room – seemed like a totally normal room to me – no upgrade and “the view” was of the courtyard anyway… It was also *literally* 5 doors from the absolute farthest I could be from the elevator needed (for convention floor). Not impressed and since the room smelled a bit like smoke anyway, went back down to same person at desk.
She re-booked me to another room with a whopping $20 extra food credit – since I had to hike my gear all the way up and down twice, good with me. While this was on a lower floor, it was 2 doors farther from the elevator. So felt like the $50 was neutral or even might have backfired.
I would NOT do it over again with her…
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 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.
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!
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.