I reserved a Deluxe King room and got upgraded to an Executive King room (which to my knowledge is the deluxe room +/- 100 sq ft.). The room was on the 27th floor, so the view was OK. The room overlooked the Imperial Palace with a direct view of the Mirage volcano.
I was a little nervous because the room also overlooked Harrah’s Carnival Court. Surprisingly, it wasn’t overly noisy.
All in all, I’ve gotten a bigger “deluxe” room without using the $20 trick. However, I will still consider this a successful first attempt.
Was very personable with the clerk while checking in and telling her my name to look up the reservation. When she asked for ID and credit card, I asked about complimentary upgrades while handing her the card with 20 dollars under it; she saw the 20, but said that because it was a 5 night stay she couldn’t upgrade me for no cost. She did say that if it was a shorter stay she would have been able to. In any case, I kept the twenty, and then she attempted to upsell me to the go-rooms, for $25/night for a regular go-room and $40/night for their junior executives (the go-room but with an extra 60 sq ft. or so). Their regular rates for upselling ar $40 and $60 or so, but they were having a hotel-wide promo for people checking in that day, so the tip/being nice and personable didn’t really affect this one.
So… didn’t lose my 20, and the clerk was very polite, so no big loss, but no success either.
We’d reserved the room online. I slipped the 20 between driver’s license and credit card, and asked about complimentary upgrades. The front desk person looked at this and was totally wise to what was going on. She asked what kind of upgrade we wanted, and I just said something nice (I highly recommend being specific–if you want something bigger, say so; if you want a nice view, say so). We ended up with the same room as we reserved, but on the 21st floor overlooking the Strip. It was an excellent view, and my girlfriend was happy. Unfortunately, she wasn’t happy about the urine on the floor of the not-to-clean bathroom and I wasn’t happy about the construction in the next room starting at 8 AM each morning we were there.
Checked in at 11 AM. Slipped 20$ between CC and ID. He explained kindly, the Go-Rooms were a 50$ extra per night. But he’d give me a room on the Top floor with a view and some extra space close to the corner. Took it.
asked for complimentary upgrade to GO room with $20 under credit card but clerk said she was unable to do it without charging $25 extra/night. Kept the $20 and stayed in the basic room.
Reserved comped room on mail promo. $20.00 under the credit card and a freindly request for an upgrade scored us a Mini-Suite (2 room)
Worked great. Said she would see what she could do.. The $20 vanished and she hooked us up! Rooms arent anything to write home about but had 2 beds and a big living room.. Also got a fruit and cheese platter, had to be her!!
Thought it would work, especially since it was at a dead time. Went through the recommended procedure: slipped a $20 between the CC and ID and asked if there were complimentary upgrades. I thought the receptionist would be cool but she said something like, “Um.. let me see… no, but I can get you a room with a view of Caesars.” So I said, “Oh okay. Thanks.” and took the $20 back.
When she was printing out the paperwork, though, she said, “Complimentary upgrades…” under her breath as if she was a newbie piecing together the $20 dollar bill and my request. Another clue that she was new: she forgot to give me the coupon book that was part of the package so I had to return to the front desk pick it up. I should’ve picked a better receptionist.
This actually works! Checked in Tuesday afternoon at around 3pm, a few people in line. Went to the clerk and made some small talk, using personalization (name, etc) general rapport building. Asked for complimentary upgrade if possible, she replied they were pretty booked since a few conventions were in town, I asked her to see what she could do for me – flashing the $20 under the cc and passing it over. She immediately knew what was up, and then made some calls, and I was upgraded from a standard room on the 9th floor looking at the garage to a 17th floor room with a bellagio fountain strip view. All it took was the $20 and being friendly at the counter. Very happy that I found out about this prior to going to Vegas!
It failed at the Flamingo Airport checkin.
I had a comped room (which didn’t seem to make a difference) checked in at 9PM and the Check-in lady (Mid 30’s) typed away for a solid 5 minutes after I had flashed the $20 at her. She talked through the different choices (L something, executive rooms, etc etc) and all were full up. Ended up thanking her and kept my 20