Did not target a clerk. Check-in at 4pm. Female clerk looked, asked manager, said they were full. Tuesday 12/15/2015, checking out Friday which is the very low season.
We have stayed at the Mirage several times during this time of year for our anniversary. Usually they send up a bottle of champagne. This time they did not. We have not stayed at the mirage since.
Went in with the intention of giving $50. I followed the routine and gave him the $50 and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades.
This was a Monday afternoon check-in for a five night stay. Two of the nights were already comped through mlife to begin with and the other 3 were at a very reduced rate.
The man returned from the back room and said “Unfortunately there were no ‘complimentary’ upgrades, however he could provide me with a one-bedroom suite for the bare minimum of $25 a night. I jumped at the chance, it was a total of $125 to go from a standard resort room to a one bedroom suite on one of the top couple of floors. By my estimation I saved between 600-1000 dollars depending on how you want to look at it.
It was about 5 pm on a Monday. when my group and I checked in. We wanted to speak to the only male behind the desk because he just had the look that made us assume he would be down for the trick. Luckily the manager walked away right before we were up. Got through the formalities and he asked for my ID and CC. I sandwiched a $50 bill and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He looked up the reservation and seemed a little surprised and verified that we already had a 2 bedroom suite. He thought we wanted a villa which appeared to be out of his reach. I told him we were hoping for an upgrade to the hospitality suite. He made some calls and made it happen. The space we had was awesome! That room parties were even better!
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 =)
Didnt target any clerk in particular since you were just directed to whoever was available it was really busy since it was on memorial day weekend got there on Friday around 430 I had reserved at resort king room and I was upgraded to a resort tower king which was cool I was on the 24th floor also the clerk waived the parking which would have been 30 dollars for 2 days so that was cool! In total saved around 110 dollars 🤗🤗
I checked in on Monday afternoon. The guy was unable to upgrade us to the suite, but did get us on 24th floor with the beautiful view of the strip. He did appoligize and say that no suite rooms were available .. at that time I asked if there were any tickets available (buffet or habitat). He went back and was able to comp us 4 free secret garden & dolphin habitat passes. We were planning to see that with our kids anyways … each ticket is $24 so this was an incredible deal. Sometimes you just have to ask 🙂
Directed to the first available agent. Went during the slowest week of the year to visit Vegas (week before Christmas 2019), and tried the tip trick. She immediately handed it back and said “were not currently giving free upgrades, sorry.”
The room was too basic and very dated. Won’t be staying here again, next time I’m going to Aria or Cosmo.
Very busy, got first person we saw. Told young man that it was our 20th Anniversary and asked if there were any possible upgrades for us. Didn’t slip the $20. All he gave us was the option to upgrade to a better room, but having to pay the extra $$$ for it. Sadly, they didn’t even have the original room we booked and offered us a handicap room. Got into room and everything is lowered and not as nice as a normal room. Had to call and get moved to a 2 queen room instead of King room.
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.
The check in line had a person who directed me to an open clerk. Luckily it was all the way to the end on the right hand side. It was 3PM, right at check in time. I asked the clerk to check if there were any room upgrades. Initially booked standard 2 queens room. Received the strip/volcano view as an upgrade. On the booking website, it was only about an additional $10. Not worth the tip.