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
We stayed at the Flamingo a couple of weeks ago. Tried the $20 trick at the airport check-in. The guy behind the desk eye’s lit up when he saw the $20 under my credit card. I asked if he had any complimentary upgrades available. He looked on his computer for a good 5 minutes and said it was a really busy weekend(World Series of Poker, big fight going on) so I said I would be happy with a nice view. We ended up with a deluxe room towards the top with an awesome view of the strip and Bellagio fountains. Totally worth it in my opinion! Another couple with us, tried the $20 trick at the Bellagio front desk with no luck.
I’m in Vegas now(second time in a month), stayed at the Rio, then moved to the Flamingo and here’s what happened:
As I approached check-in, I noticed someone observing my hotel clerk. I thought it might be a supervisor, so I was reluctant to pass the $20 bill. She was standing about 3 feet behind her so I decided I better not.
I was upbeat and very friendly (took much effort, ask my wife) and asked her how her day was. She then told me she was putting me in a suite, but I had to make sure I didn’t have a late checkout. She said the suite was in the Masquerade Tower and it was 1600 sf! When I got to the room, I noticed the suite had a dining room, living room, huge bedroom, and jacuzzi tub, it encompassed the entire east side of the building, facing the strip. When I went to get ice, some 20-something young man was bragging to me about how he got comped a free room. I asked him if it was a suite, he said yes (all rooms are suites in the Rio). I asked if he got a REAL Suite. I then led him to my room and had to pick up his jaw as it hit the floor. He asked if I was a REAL high roller. I told him the Rio always gives me this suite, and I was playing in the World Series of Poker (I wish!).
Anyways, the next day I went to the Flamingo. Once again I was my chatty self (not). When I handed her my credit card with the folded $20, I asked about the possibility of an upgrade. She asked me what kind of room I wanted. I told her it was her call. She then mentioned she would put me in a mini-suite. After my Rio suite, this mini-suite wasn’t too comparable. It had a little living room and a separate bedroom. Definitely worth the $20, the hotel clerk seemed very grateful and thanked me twice for the tip.
We went up to the counter and slipped a $20 under the credit card and asked if they had any complimentary upgrades available and they gave us a strip view and a garden view since we had 2 rooms, which it says is worth $20 more a night but even though it wasnt that great of an upgrade we would do it again because its only $20 and we might have more luck next time, by the way we stayed at flamingo at june 13th-june16th and checked in at the airport
I wait in line and I am directed to goto a young lady. I put the $20 under the credit card and while handing it to her I ask if there are any upgrades available. She feels the $20 and gets totally confused, she places my folded twenty back on the table. She mentions its her forth day working, clearly she doesn’t feel comfortable yet. I mention that its my girlfriends birthday (it was) and she goes into the back and comes back after a few mintues and gave us a better room (19th Floor, pool view). So i guess it was still a positive experience, and it was free.
Worked at the Flamingo 5/19-5/20. Upgraded to a Junior Suite with a view of the Bellagio fountains.