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.
I booked a regular fab 2 queens bed. We checked in about 3 p.m. I did the sandwich trick and asked for any complimentary upgrades. Since this was my first time I wasn’t sure what to say so she asked me with a view…… and pointed out the GO Room. I Couldn’t afford the upgrade price for that room but I got a 15th floor view of Caesar’s Palace and a fridge for my “medication” It was still a Fab 2 queen room but not bad I was happy. but next time I will be more specific and ask for a suite and see what happens.
Decided to try my first 20-dollar trick ever. Was going to stay in 2 rooms for 5 nights, so opted for 2×20 dollars as our booking totaled 10 nights.
The clerk smiled as I passed over the sandwich asking for comp upgrades, and said \”I\’ll see what I can do\”. We got a magnificent Strip view and inter-connecting rooms. I asked about any GO rooms but she said they were a $25 something extra per room.
We did get a baby crib for free, normally $30 per night so that was also a treat.
We had booked the absolutely cheapest rooms we could come across ($25), so I think this was a huge improvement from our original booking.
Arrived at the Flamingo to be checked in by a short, brown haired (receding) male in his late 40’s, met him with a nice smile and exchanging pleasant greetings.
On asking, with $20 sandwich clearly on display but not mentioned, we were informed that only paid upgrades were available.
Considering we had already upgraded to Go Rooms at time of booking, via Expedia, I thought we would at least get moved to a GO Room with a strip view but sadly it was not to be!
Couldn’t really “target” a front desk clerk. Was called forward by a man who had a pin with a hand on it. When asked he said it was given to him for his customer service (as in an applause hand). Gave him the sandwich, with my ID and cc. Told him I booked a Fab room but would like an Go room, if possible. After typing a while, he said he needed to check with his supervisor. He went into the back room for quite a while. Came back and just kept typing. He told me that his supervisor approved the request. Room was spectacular! 19th floor, close (but not too close) to the elevator, amazing view of the Bellagio fountains and the south Strip, fridge, tv in bathroom mirror. 42″ flatscreen. Perfect in every way.
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…
I reserved the Fab king room and I tried the “sandwich” trick but no upgrade, not even an early check-in. We were offered to upgrade to the Go room but that was going to be $25/night. Didn’t work this time.
Checked in around 1pm easter sunday chatted with the younger girl explained to her that we were just here last november and got an upgrade to a go room with a view of bellagio fountains and asked her if she can do the same but a view of the strip .The rooms were comped for 4 nites layed out the 20 dollar bill and it worked again.Thats 7 out of 7 on my upgrades thanks frontdesktip
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.
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!