Long lines. shortest line was an asian woman. mid-day Monday.
Looked for a male clerk because that worked last time for me. No males were working at the time, so we took 1st available female clerk. Checked in around 2:30PM. No big lines yet.
I had pre-created the “ham sammy” while waiting in line and placed it on the counter when I gave my name. The 20 was offset from my ID and the CC so it was in plain view. She welcomed me to Mandalay Bay and I asked if any room upgrades were available. Keep in mind this is a holiday weekend. I purposely did not ask for a complimentary one, because I was trying to get the real scoop on availability. I had a 2nd folded 20 dollar bill on top of another credit card in my hand in plain view to grease the skids. She was very quick to tell me that they were quite full this weekend and no upgrades were available. She went on to tell me that their property next door “The Hotel” was sending guests to Mandalay due to overbooking. Whatever.
I told her I wanted to use a different credit card and retrieved my original card (with 20 dollar bill in tow). I put down the 2nd card and put both 20s back in my pocket.
I asked for a room with Pool view and not so far down the hall. She obliged and we were good to go. The room was very nice and we had a great stay.
Checked in at 4 PM on a Tuesday for 2 nights. Had my choice of clerks (1st time ever) so I chose a young, friendly-looking female. I handed her the sandwich and asked for any free upgrades. She dropped the cash on the counter like it was on fire and said, “I’m sorry we don’t do that, you can purchase an upgrade if you’d like.” Perhaps Mandalay is cracking down on free upgrades. I was happy with the room I got (nice strip view), and I got the $20 back, so no harm done. I’ve still had many more successes than failures, so it never hurts to try.
Our group arrived very late on a Wednesday night – more precisely 1230AM thursday morning.
Now I must admit I was skeptical of this concept but I figured what the heck, just try it and see what happens. After all, we’re in Vegas so if it doesn’t work we’ll still have a good time.
The lobby was almost vacant. It was late/early and a few days before the big Memorial Day weekend so we knew it was slow. Only two lines were open. We went to a younger Asian woman. I had the $50 stuck between my I’d and cc and was ready to do the routine. She asked for my last name and confirmed that our reservation was for the 550DR. She then asked for the I’d and cc. With a smile I handed it over and waited to make sure she noticed the $50. Once she touched it, I asked if she could do any comp upgrades. She looked back and smiled. This is where it gets fun.
She set the $50 aside and immediately got to work. My buddy who was with me could see the screen and said she was clicking through the list of available rooms at a blazing pace. I suspected that she was searching for something nice. She landed on one and asked us if a two bedroom, two king bed suite would work. Did we hear that right? No way would $50 get us THAT! We smiled and said yes. I couldn’t believe this was working. It was just like this site said! The $50 was quickly placed out of sight and after a few more clicks we had our room keys and the $50 was in her pocket.
As we got to our floor we wondered if we really got the 1500 suite. The desk clerk’s accent made her somewhat difficult to understand so maybe, just maybe, we got too excited and we got a room with a view- which wouldn’t be all that bad.
We stepped out of the elevator still not knowing what we got and joked how the double door suite at the end of the hall was our’s. With a bit of arrogance we continued to joke about those double doors as we kept walking down the hall. Yet we were still skeptical that this actually worked. Then we realized that our room was the last room number in that hall. We got the double doors!
We really had no idea what to expect when we opened the doors. I mean if we would have gotten any type of upgrade we would have been happy. But this was amazing. We opened the doors to see a huge suite with a lounge area, eating area, two bedrooms with separate bathrooms, and 5 TV’s. Oh yeah, and a full view of the strip on the ninth floor. Each night I went to bed (passed out) I was starring right down Las Vegas Blvd. Simply breathtaking. And if that view got boring I would walk to one side of my room and view the airport…and if that was too dull I would walk to the other room and enjoy the mountains.
So to sum this up, we went from the most basic room category to one of the best Mandalay Bay has to offer just for $50. Plus the daily resort fees were covered and we got a couple free drink tickets.
I am now a believer in this and will do it no matter where I go. This takes no special tricks or gimmicks. Just a little extra cash, a smile, and some confidence.
arrived at checkin all women picked cute asian. gave her 2 twentys id and credit card. asked if there where any complimentary upgrades, she said let me look how does a 750sq foot suite sound i said that will do. she then stuffed several free drink coupons into our envelope gave us the room card and asked me if there was anything else. i said no where great thanks.she then said whats the 40 dollars was for , i said for her excelent service. btw wife loved the room .
Showed up on Sunday of March Madness weekend when I thought the hotel would be clearing out. Tried checking in a little early at noon.
I walked up and saw a 25-30 year old woman who looked nice enough. I walked up and asked her how her day was going, hopefully less hectic than the last few. She said it was a little better. I placed the sandwich on the counter and she asked for my name. She picked it up and placed the 2 cards next to her keyboard and the 20 on the counter in front of me. I asked if they had any complimentary upgrades available, and she said they were only a few available, but the hotel was overbooked so they had to save them for high profile customers. I asked if any “The Hotel’ rooms were available, and she said only for $50 per day.
We checked in around 2pm, excited to be in Vegas, the cab ride was not a great experience however, we weren’t going to let that get us down. We tried the sandwich trick with $20, it worked! Our room was amazing looking over the entire strip, huge bathroom. Great experience.
Ok I was Skeptical about this. But its either lose money at the slots or the front desk. I arrived at the front Desk and After waiting in line for 5 minutes i got called up to a mid twenties gal. I did as was suggested with the exception of using a 50 instead of a 20( Its what i usually lose at the slots anyway) She took the tip and set it aside and clacked away at her computer. I asked for a complimentary upgrade to a 750 or a 1050 suite but they were all booked up. So she asked me if a suite at “The Hotel would do. I of course, said yes.
After clacking away some more she took the tip and said that she assumed this tip was for the awesome service that she had provided. We of course said that she had provided wonderful service and we were very happy. The suite is So very nice. The bathroom is as big as my bedroom.
Count me in as a believer in the power of the almighty “SANDWICH”
I heard about the $20 Sandwich from this website. When we got to the hotel I decided I was going to try it. I searched for a young male in his mid 20’s and got in his line .My heart was actually pounding as the line became shorter. I could tell that the man in front of me was giving him a hard time. When it was my turn I walked up to him with my most dazzling smile and said “Happy Holidays” He smiled back and asked how he could help me. I told him I was checking in he asked for my i.d and credit card. I gave him the sandwich that I’d prepared ahead of time and asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. He took out the 20 laid it flat on the desk and said “Let me see what I can do for you before I take this.” While he looked we chatted and joked with him, looking him straight in the eyes with a smile whenever he looked up. He asked us questions if we wanted a higher or lower level, close to an elevator, strip view? etc. He finally checked us in and offered me the 20 back. I said that it was ok it was for him. I’ve never stayed at MB before so by the room number I couldn’t tell if it worked or not. When we got to our floor and located our room I realized we were standing in front of double doors. A very good start. Our room was amazing. The room had a great view. We couldn’t stop saying wow. So worth it. Deluxe Sweet!
Arrived late in the evening, after midnight. My friend went to the only male clerk (his first mistake, lol) and I went to one of the females. Had the Sandwich ready, clerk took it right away and put the $20 off to the side, didn’t even give me the chance to ask the “complimentary upgrades” question. I was making small talk with her as she was typing, explained how I was upset because the airline lost my luggage and yadda yadda yadda, then thought I better ask her quickly before she’s done typing. So I asked if there were any upgrades available, to which she replied that they do not do “that”. She returned my ID, CC, and the $20 and kindly told me to call the front desk if I needed anything since I didn’t have my luggage. At this point, my friend who was checking-in with the male came over to tell me that his attempt with the Sandwich was a fail, too (and he also had a few unmentionable words to describe the clerk, as well). It was at this point I had asked my friend what floor he was on… 9th. I was given a room on the 30th.
We also had a Vegas newb with us (all 3 of us had booked our own rooms), who didn’t even attempt the Sandwich because he had overheard the two of us get shut down. However, he was even placed higher up than my other friend as his room was on the 10th floor.
I’m not sure if I received an upgrade, but since the room was on a higher floor, I’d say it was. I don’t know whether to attribute it to the fact that I had requested 2 Queen beds instead of the Kings like my friends had or if the clerk felt empathy for me because of my luggage being lost. Regardless, the $20 was returned to me.