I got in late so I wasn’t sure if there would be any rooms available for upgrade. But, it’s Vegas, so gambling is part of the fun. I didn’t target anyone specifically. When I approached, I was a little sloppy due to my bags and my “sandwich” wound up being more of a salad. The $20 actually almost fell onto his keyboard when I set it down. I had a comped resort room. I asked if there were any complementary Upgrades. He immediately offered me the King Tower Strip View on the 25th floor or a King “Stay Well” Room. I took the Tower Room. He got it all set up and I pushed a little more and asked if there was any way I could get a complimentary late checkout. He was able to get me a 1PM checkout instead of 11am. All in all, great result for my fist attempt.
Waited until about 4 pm to check in just to make sure most people had checked out of the rooms and to hopefully aid my chances in getting a better one. We checked in on a Wednesday for 4 nights leaving Sunday, we got the first desk clerk available very friendly middle aged Latino lady. I forgot her name sorry. We chatted with her for a moment and mentioned we were there celebrating my wife’s first time in Vegas and slipped her our id’s, credit cards and $30 sandwiched in between which she immediately placed aside as I passed her the sandwich I asked her if she had any complimentary room upgrades available. She said why yes I believe we have you checked into the resort tower king on the 24th floor with the private elevator to the 24th and 25th floors only. The larger dual sink bathroom with glass shower and soaking tub. It also has the strip & volcano room view which when we booked was a $35 /night extra so $110 saved after my $30 tip. I will also note that I tried this at the car rental agency “ nu rentals” we had booked a basic Kia Forte for $19 /night for one day as we had a lot of shopping to do in one day it was very busy and took a while to get to the desk but after being friendly with the lady at the desk, which most of the previous people before me were not . We talked and I slipped her a $20 and asked if she had any complimentary upgrades available and she said she would be right back and walked to a box of keys and came back and showed me the keys and said I have you booked for a 2019 charger. Which I said great it’s bigger it more comfortable great thankyou. … I walk outside and the guys brings the car up and this girl hooked me up with the 2019 charger r/t 370 HP. Not just your basic charger for $19 a night… I changed the rental to keep it for the 5 days =)
Didn’t target any particular clerk, got a young man. It was 10 pm on a Friday and not busy, whole place looked pretty empty. Asked if there were any complimentary upgrades, was only offered upgrades that cost extra, ended up with regular room on third floor. Total disappointment- this has worked in years past.
First time trying this so I was a bit nervous. I was already on a 4 night comp through my players club so I was not expecting much. I approached the first available attendant. She was Hispanic and around 35. Slid the folded $20 between my CC and DL, she took the money and put it to the side. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades and she said of course. Got me a strip view (with upgraded bathroom included a tub and double vanity) on the 24th floor with private elevators and waived one night of resort fees. She then said i’m sending you a complimentary medical fridge to your room, which came in handy to store 6 cans of soda.
She then gave me her card and said when you are ready to check out please call me.
We had a small issue with our shower not draining so upon check out i mentioned it and she took off the remaining 3 night resort fees.
I assume most front desk personnel don’t get tipped like other employees, be nice and tip them.
Arrived in on a red eye flight, several of the front desk clerks were busy, so we walked up to the only available one, K. We tried the $20 sandwich trick with K, and was informed that they’re basically at capacity. I get my room keys, id, along with the $20 bill back. We were then informed that it’ll be a double queen, but they’ll hold us a king the following day.
The room we got wasn’t cleaned properly, so we spoke to the manager who was very helpful and he at least put us in for the King bed that we paid for, and a $100 credit for all the inconvience.
We arrived at approx 11pm at the Mirage to celebrate my boyfriend’s 31st birthday and my 30th birthday. The line was extremely short with only 3 clerks running the front desk. After reading on frontdesktip.com, I knew I wanted the younger guy approx 25 years old and I knew I wanted a fab suite (did my research) in order to celebrate our birthdays in style. I sandwiched two $20s in between my ID and credit card and stepped up to the plate and casually asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available once he saw the sandwich. We made small talk–be extra nice people as you are wanting something only they can make happen– and he asked if we were celebrating anything special. After a few agonizing minutes of waiting to hear the result- wha la! “ma’am you’ve been upgraded to a deluxe tower suite.” needless to say, I could barely keep my cool because I knew how awesome our room was going to be. We had some friends and cousins who were accompanying us, but didn’t try the sandwich trick and got regular rooms over looking the air conditioning unit. Our room was on a high floor with a private elevator, facing the north end of the strip and the volcano. We were like kids on Christmas morning when we got to the room!! Way to start off the vacation right! Thanks, frontdesktip.com! I’ll have to try to sandwich from now on while on other vacations.
Got to the hotel around 2pm, there was no one inline and got directed to a male agent in his 50’s. Slipped a $20 between my card and drivers license. When he saw it, he placed in on the counter and said thank you. After looking through the computer and writing a few codes down, he went and talked to his manager (for what I assumed was an authorization). When he came back he said he was able to upgrade me to a room on a private floor with an elevator for those two floors only. I asked if it was a strip view and he said he could only get on of my two rooms with a strip view and they would be on separate floors. I declined, so instead he offered a late check out and I accepted since my friends were staying later on Sunday to watch the football games. After chatting I told him I was celebrating my birthday and he then waived the resort fees. Saved $50 for the late checkout fee and $180 on the resort fees plus and upgraded room.
We booked a resort King through Mlife at a reduced rate for 2 nights and a comped third night for Labor Day 2019. We checked in on Saturday at 11:30 am because that’s when we got into town. I used the priority check in line because I have the Mlife credit card and the line was much shorter than the regular line. Handed over my $20 between my license and credit card along with my Mlife rewards card and just asked if any complimentary upgrades were available.
The young lady replied “of course” and asked if we had stayed with them before. I told her we had and we’ve only stayed at the Mirage when we’ve visited Las Vegas.
She put us on the 24th floor with a view of the strip and the volcano, a soaking tub, and more square footage than the rooms we normally get on the lower floors. Not a huge upgrade and worth the $20.
I have done the $20 trick 5 times in vegas, this was a good upgrade.
Stayed at the Mirage in August 2019 and checked in on a Thursday at 5:00. Not super busy at check in but was 3rd in line so i got the first available clerk. Had the $20 between ID and CC and as soon as the young female clerk saw it she new the game. I had booked just a regular resort king room. The cheapest i could find. I asked if a tower king was available and it was not as they were all booked. She apologized and asked me to wait a few minutes so she could try a few other things. She came back and said that she can get me on a high level floor (we were on 16) with a strip/volcano view and she waved all the resort fees without me asking. The Strip view is an upgrade on the hotel site which i am indifferent on. I wanted Tower Rooms for the private elevator and up graded amenities. However, I was very happy with the waiving of the resort fees which are $40 a night. For 3 nights I saved $120 for the $20 tip. That is $100 cash win right from the start and then what ever they value the Strip View at which is no big deal to me. Very Happy with the deal.
Went to the Mirage over Spring Break -First week in April 2019. Female clerk helped us. Slipped a $20.00 – asked for a complimentary room upgrade . Said none were available. Instead she gave us a noisy room- no strip view near the elevator. Was so noisy from the machine on the elevators, had to move to another room. Given another lousy room with view of the mountains. No strip view. Highly disappointed.