We booked 3 nights in Feb 2019, it was our first Vegas trip together as a couple. My boyfriend told me about this $20 trick and I thought he was crazy to actually do it at first, but he thoroughly did his research. We waited in line for about 20 mins (around noon) and were called over by a male employee with a cheerful smile, so we were feeling pretty good. Sandwiched the bill between the cards and handed it to him, my boyfriend asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available, you know the deal. He set it off to the side and got right to it. We originally booked the most basic room but he upgraded us to a newly remodeled tower room with a soaking tub (not jetted) and a strip view- this upgrade is typically an extra $20 A NIGHT! The tower is quite luxurious and looks great with the remodel. The staff member said “thanks for the tip!” after some small talk and sent us on our way to the elevator. Overall we were extremely happy with our experience and felt like total ballers.
Did the $20 sandwich. Kindof messed it up since my girlfriend was the one handing the ID, but I was the one talking. Clerk knew the jig and gave us an upgrade. Worked really well even though we fumbled a bit
Put $20 in passport, check in person was very friendly and offered us a complimentary suite and vouchers for buffet for 2. Not that scary!
My friends and I like to drive in from LA late at night to avoid traffic. I booked a standard 2 queen pyramid room using my MLife points, so my room was $39 (w/o resort fees). It was my 3rd time doing the trick so I felt pretty confident and played the part when checking in. Simply gave her my ID and card with the $20 in between, and did not even have to say anything besides asking how she was doing. Given it was 1am on a Thursday night and we were checking out the next day, if any rooms were open they were not going to be used that night. She told us what room we booked, and where she was going to put us. We were upgraded to a suite with a hot tub on the 20th floor, and also waived our $15 parking. Pretty good deal if you ask me.
my dad and I checked in on Friday 11/22 at 11am, having paid for an early check in. There was a long line, so I had no choice of clerk. The clerk was a bald man in his 20s or early 30s. I smiled and greeted him. I didn’t use a sandwich, I put down 50 bucks and said “This is for you, anything you can do for us I’d really appreciate”. The clerk wasn’t thrilled, and said “I’m not gonna lie to you man, I dont have anything”. I had to convince him that I considered it a gratuity and that I wanted him to have the money anyway.
He told me that instead of the pyramid room on the second floor, he could put me in a premium pyramid room on the 22nd floor, which I accepted. Looking at the website, there’s only like a $6 difference in cost. I’d have been better off keeping my $50 for the craps tables.
Didn’t target any specific Clerk. Me and my friends arrived at about 8:30 pm. We had to wait about 10-15 minutes in line.
I kindly asked if we can get a room on a higher floor.
I’ve booked 2 pyramid rooms (through a special offer) and got upgraded to 2 pyramid deluxe rooms.
The clerk asked for my ID and credit card. I had the $20 ready and between the ID and the card. I handed them to her and she immediately slid the $20 back to me. I said “I was hoping you could check to see if there are any complementary upgrades available” and she said “there are upgrades available but you will have to pay the difference”. She seemed to be offended and did not make any small talk with us and was not friendly at all. She never asked why we were there, which happened to be for our 20th wedding anniversary. So I was hoping we could get something comped, but we didn’t get anything. Very disappointing.
Thought I had no chance, Vegas was busy line was insane for check in due to EDC being on that weekend. Initially the lady found the $20 sandwiched between ID and credit card, she placed it on the counter and said sorry I can’t do much as we are so busy. I left the bill there and said no problem that’s for you! she was friendly and chatty and she suddenly said she managed to upgrade us to a suite facing the strip. Amazing!
Um… so the $20 tip trick worked, but then again it didn’t? The reason why i am unsure is because I did the trick but clerk didn’t take it. I placed the $20 in between my id and credit card and handed it over. I asked if there were any upgrades availible, i got an upgrade to double queen bed tower room with soaking tub, (real nice). The clerk also gave me 2 free passes to the buffet for either morning or night, (would have been better if the food was better). But after he returned my ID and credit card, the $20 was still there sandwiched inside. So he didnt take the money but i still got a deal. I wonder if the upgrades would have been given even with out the tip…hmmmm.
The check in line was busy so there was no particular clerk I could pick, I was just the next in line. Although I did not visit Vegas for the first time, I never used the complementary tactics to get an upgrade. I did set up the passport / $20 / credit card sandwich but when he only asked for my ID the sandwich collapsed and was spread all over the counter. Also the conversation with the clerk went different then I rehearsed before in my head, actually there was not much of a conversation but I guess he understood the meaning. He upgraded us from a Pyramid Queen Room to a Tower Premium Queen Room: Newly remodeled. I know this is a $15 a night upgrade because I got an email a few days earlier if I was interested in these rooms. So for 4 nights that saved me $60. He also added a free buffet for 2 and that saved us another 50.
So even if your a bit clumsy and are not that skilled with smooth talking your way in a good deal, there is a good chance the trick will work 😊
Side not, next to me was a man who also took the upgrade, but payed for it. I spoke to him the other day and he said that these newly remodelled rooms where really good value, as the older pyramid rooms are really worn down (he stayed there last year). So if you visit the Luxor for a few days, at least go for this upgrade to make your stay much more pleasant. And for only $20 more, this upgrade is worth even more then the $110 saved.