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 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.
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.
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 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 $25/night. Didn’t work this time.
I booked a regular fab 2 queens bed. We checked in about 3 p.m. I did the sandwich trick and asked for any complimentary upgrades. Since this was my first time I wasn’t sure what to say so she asked me with a view…… and pointed out the GO Room. I Couldn’t afford the upgrade price for that room but I got a 15th floor view of Caesar’s Palace and a fridge for my “medication” It was still a Fab 2 queen room but not bad I was happy. but next time I will be more specific and ask for a suite and see what happens.
We booked the fab room which is the cheapest room available. We didn’t get a great upgrade for our room because we stayed at the hotel during the week before memorial day (Thursday-Saturday). However, a clerk was able to upgrade my room to the highest floor with strip view.
As my group was celebrating a family birthday, I had previously booked TWO of the cheapest rooms possible for the weekend on the Flamingo website, averaging ~55$ per night. Thus, I didn’t know how the ‘sandwich’ would work trying to upgrade TWO rooms at the same time. I figured I would use $50 in the sandwich and try to upgrade both simultaneously.
I arrived at the Flamingo around 8pm on a Wednesday of Thanksgiving weekend. After a short line wait, I fortunately got a mid twenties female worker at the check in desk. After briefly explaining how I booked two rooms and wanted to check in both (half my group wasn’t arriving till 11pm), I provided my 50$ sandwich (two twenties and a ten) to the clerk. She used my ID to pull up my reservation, and noticed the money between the ID and credit card and while not looking at me placed the money back on the counter. I handed her back the money and said “Well I was wondering if there were any complementary upgrades available”. She smiled and then took the money and placed it next to the keyboard she was working on.
She offered a mini-suite on the 4th floor or an executive room on the executive (top) floor which had a view of the strip. We asked what she would take and she said that if we weren’t going to entertain in our room we should take the view of the strip. We chose the Exec room.
She then proceeded to upgrade the other room and even said that the room was upgraded as well and to just have my other half of our group to come and check in to get the keys when they arrive.
I then asked if there were any other vouchers she could provide such as food or casino coupons. She said no, but offered a coupon book not normally given to visitors (turns out the book is the same on given if you sign up for their “rewards” program). I asked about spa vouchers but she said the spa was operated separately.
Overall, I gave 50$ to upgrade two rooms to rooms that had a great view of the TI, Mirage and Caesar\’s Palace, were 80sq ft bigger and got 2 coupon books – all for about 6$ a day per room extra. Worth it in my opinion!