First time in Vegas! Went to one of the clerks on the left. No line to check in. Made small talk for 30 seconds or so then slipped her the sandwich with 40 bucks and asked if she had any complimentary upgrades available at all. She said she’d see what she could do and upgraded us to the highest one bedroom balcony suite they had left with a strip view in tower 2. We paid originally with 35000 chase points and the room we got would’ve been closer to 90000 points so I’d say we made our pretty well.
Getting an upgrade here will largely depend on the person you get at the front desk. The younger the person, the better. I arrived at approximately 1AM in the morning to check in; however, early check-in time is 12AM. I went to the front desk and asked if I could check in EXTREMELY early (before the early check-in time) and get a possible room upgrade with nearly 100% occupancy at the hotel. Because of the 100% occupancy (or near), I was told that it was going to be nearly impossible to get anything. I slipped the employee a fresh $100 bill along with my ID and CC after being told that. I booked through a 3rd party site and the employee told me they would do what they could. First, they canceled my original 3rd party reservation and made me a new one, so that I could receive the upgrade. Keep in mind that my stay was a long 4 nights, which makes it even harder to upgrade. In the end, I “bumped” another person off their reservation list (sorry) and received an upgrade to a 1 bdr balcony suite ($50+ per night upgrade x 4 nights + $75 early check-in fee + priceless super early check-in fee + sleep.
Clerk was a young man. Time of day was about 4:30pm. Lobby was not busy. Slipped him the $20 and asked if they had anything available really high up with a view of the strip.
We checked in and presented the $20 between the ID and CC. The clerk knew exactly what we were asking for. She said “let me check first if I can upgrade you”. Our party had 2 rooms booked together. Initially they were going to be together on the 9th floor. I asked if its possible for a complimentary upgrade to a Higher floor with a balcony. She researched and said it would not be possible to keep the party in the same tower – since they had a single Deluxe Balcony Suite left in Tower 2 & 3. We gladly took her up! We had 32 Ph and 36 Ph floors with balconies and beautiful views. Amazing value for $20.
stayed at MGM Signature for 4 nights,so I decided to try with $40 (20 might have looked mean for 4 nights). the girl at desk at first said that she could not upgrade as our room was already allocated. I still had my cc,id and tip in my hand,so i said thats a pity and went to take it back. As I did she said to hold on and started punching the keyboard and hey presto! a room became available. She said she couldn’t give it until the morning but 10 minutes after we got to our room she called to say that it was ready. We had been travelling for nearly 24 hours(Europe) and it was our 20th anniversary, which I mentioned when trying to negotiate. It seemed to help. Also there was a gift of Champagne and strawberries dipped in chocolate when we got to the Suite. The room was great,probably worth 10 times the $40 tip for 4 nights. BE sure to mention the anniversary
Went on 06/22/2019 around 9pm. There was a big line but it went fast. I didn’t get to target anybody was looking at the younger guys but didn’t want to be obvious. Got this older gentleman, chatted up some small talk about the Raiders stadium. Gave him the $20 dollar sandwich, and made a bs excuse that I’m going to propose to my side chick lol. I wanted to see if they had any complimentary upgrades, dude went to the back and bam.. they were able to upgrade me to the signature deluxe suite and also a free voucher for a buffet and a free bottle of champagne. Small talk goes along way. Good luck!
Checked in around 4.. had the $20 sandwich ready… gave it to Erik.. he smiled and saw the 20 then gave it back to me… then i told him he could keep it and he said thank you… he began checking me in and then i asked if there were any available upgrades.. he looked and said none were really available he could looks for a high room and he gave me an option for strip view on the 15th or semi strip/airport view on the 35th.. i took the 35th… i flashed him another 20 that i had and asked if he could give me the 2 bedroom and he said that he couldnt.. SO overall i think I would of have gotten the same room without the 20.. and he kept it bc im pretty sure he didnt know what was up… Fail in my book… I did ask him for some club passes and he gave me some buy one get one free coupons for some poolside bar and 2 passes to XS… PSH!!!.. Don’t bother here…
Put a $100 bill in-between CC and ID. Didn’t care who was at the front desk, money ALWAYS talks. Was offered a free upgrade to a bedroom balcony suite ($45+ more a night), but I declined since it’s too big for 2 people. Was also put in 3rd highest floor PH, facing strip ($20+ more a night). The view alone was worth it imo, it was amazing. Had sex on the balcony too.
Stayed for 7 nights, saved more than $450+ with the $100 trick. Try it sometime, $20/$50/$100, it still works.
Seeing as the place was $259 a nite, I figured $50 for 4 nites would be the right amount to tip. Didnt get a room upgrade (1 bedrooms are actaully smaller so thats ok). I asked if there is a chance of an upgrade and she saw the $50 and said “let me see, yup sure.”. Got the 3rd to top floor (36/38), view of the strip (as opposed to view of the airport) and a room with a balcony. Well worth the cost of $50 IMHO.
Just like everyone else, I slid the $20 between CC & DL and asked for an upgrade to a 1 BR Suite. She said the upgrade would be $110 per night. I told her it was my b-day and the trip was a gift from my wife (no lie!). She said to wait and she would ask the manager. After a few minutes, she came back from the back room and said “Sorry, we can only upgrade if we are out of reserved room types”. BTW — She kept the $20 and did not offer to return it. Did score GREAT tix ($50 ea.) for KA — it was fun seeing the people next to me have $167 printed on their ticket & I made sure they saw mine that had $50