We planned on doing the $20 sandwich and mentioning it was my boyfriend’s birthday (it was his birthday the day we checked in).
Waited and stalled briefly for a younger female front desk clerk when we checked in at 8:30pm on a Wednesday night. Wasn’t really busy. I read to target a younger female clerk for the $20 trick.
Slid her the sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. Also stated it’s my boyfriend’s birthday today. She said she’ll look at what’s available. She looked in her system and then walked away to speak with a male front desk clerk and they looked in the system together where he was standing. After a few minutes, she came back and said we were given a complimentary upgrade to a Gold Tower King Room on the 16th floor. She was very friendly the whole time and we were also engaging and talkative with her.
We were very pleased with our upgrade for 4 nights. Room was located on the 16th floor and not facing the pool or strip. I believe our floor may have been a club level because we had coffee and snacks outside the elevator on the floor, which was a nice feature.
2.30pm check in. Sat 15th June. It was actually my birthday so I pointed this out and said if I give you money will you give me a better room. She smiled and said yes. 25th floor newly refurbished (I think) Rush Tower Gold Club with a view of the strip.
Went to the desk at 10 pm. Gave the clerk my passport with 20$ inside and as he opened it and saw the 20 bucks he looked at me and I asked him if there‘s any complementary upgrade available. He asked my if we need two beds (we were 3 People) and I told him that it doesn‘t matter. He gave someone a call and after that he gave us the cards for our suite.
Checked in around 10:30pm, didn’t target any specific receptionist. Sandwiched the $20 in between my ID and credit card and asked if there were any complimentary room upgrades. He said he’d see what he could do, asked us if we wanted a room with a view or a quiet room. We chose a view. We were upgraded to a Rush Tower room with a view of Fremont street. Very pleased with our experience!
At approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Rush Tower check in desk, was 2nd in line when I arrived. There were two clerks and I got a 20-30-something woman.
Handed her my $20 sandwich and she tossed it on the counter like she was allergic to it in one move, before I could even say anything. She did this before she even entered any information in the computer
I was booked in Carson tower and got Carson tower. Luckily my room was competed due to play from a previous stay. So it was no skin off my nose, free is free.
Got to hotel at 11. Check in isn’t until 3. I didn’t “target” any worker, just got who I got. I smiled and said hello. Asked if there were any rooms available for early check in or any complimentary room upgrades and set my “sandwich” on the counter. She grabbed my id and $20 discreetly and said she’d check. A minute later she said ok, looks like you booked Carson tower but we’ve put you in the Rush tower, bigger room. Gave me a bunch of coupons and my keys and we were off. I thanked her but without making a big show of it. Room was amazing! 4 hour early check in and great room upgrade!
My credit card sandwich was refused by the clerk, who clarified that they are not allowed to accept tips for any reason. I then presented a Landry’s select card (costs $25 at any restaurant owned by Landry’s, like McCormick & Schmick’s) and was told that got me the last upgrade available.
Skip the $20, go get a Landry’s Select card and use that instead. $20 may work if you have a more experienced and confident employee.
We checked in on a Friday afternoon. Gave the clerk ID, CC and $20. He upgraded us to the Rush tower, which was much nicer than the Carson tower. Very happy with the upgrade.
We were getting married at Golden Nugget booked a non-smoking room in the Rush Tower. We checked in about 9:30pm.
Presented a 20 dollar tip between cards to female clerk and was instantly refused.
Next time we are staying elsewhere due to poor service throughout stay.
We arrived mid afternoon after a real long flight from the east coast. While in line i made my sandwich and checked out the front desk staff. I noticed 2 really friendly ones. I let someone go ahead of me to i could get one of them. When i walked up i called her by her first name, there name tags also mention where they are from. I brought up a trip i had last year there. after some small talk she asked for my licence. While giving it to her i asked if they had any room upgrades availible. About 2 minutes later i went from a Rush Tower to a Spa Tower Suite. It was a great 4 night trip.