Have stayed at the Mirage often, and usually do this “trick”- stumbled on this website and more power to you. I believe the clerk looked for “something good” but put me in a very standard room with no view on the 23rd floor (not private.) This seems like a clear failure to me.
My girlfriend and I booked thru Travelocity for 6 nights 7 days for a standard room. Since I was staying for so many nights I decided to use a $100 bill. Upon check in and having the bill inbetween the card and ID I asked if there were any upgrades to a suite with a pool view on the private floor. When she saw the 100 her eyes lit up and she went to work on the computer. Sadly she said nothing was available but would give us a volcano view room and handed back the 100 and said the room would not be ready for about 2 hours. It was 9 in the morning. I gave her a 20 for the volcano view room and we went to walk around till room was ready. When we returned she saw us and waved us to her line. She then smiled and went to work on the computer. She said she got us what we wanted after all. So I gave her the other $80 at that point. We were on the 24th private floor with a hot tub suite with a view of the pool and the strip. We were extremely please with everything at the Mirage. Highly highly recommended.
Great website! I was nervous for my first run at the $20 trick. Only females working check-in so that added to the tention. I put the $20 between CC and ID. Told the young lady that my wife and I were celebrating our 5 year anniversary and then asked for any complementary upgrades. She said sure and then saw the $20. She said you don’t need to give me this, its your anniversary! Got upgraded to 24th (private) floor with volcano view and jacuzzi. I will try this everytime from now on.
I had purchased a package from Vegas so the room was already prepaid and the clerk just asked for my ID. I slipped the 20 under the ID so that she could feel it when she took my ID. I asked if I could get an upgrade to a suite. She replied that the hotel was totally booked up and the best she could do was to put me on a higher floor with a strip view. The view was great by the way. She said there was availability on Sunday and that I could call the front desk to get an upgrade to a suite. I went ahead and called on Sunday only to have to pay for an upgrade to a suite if I wanted it. I of course turned it down.
I read this web site right before I went on my trip. When I was standing in line to check in, I overheard a desk clerk tell someone that the hotel was full, so I was afraid the trick wasn’t going to work. But, when it was my turn, I went ahead and folded up a $20 and handed it to the clerk under my credit card and ID. As I handed it to her, I asked if there were any upgrades available. She said she would check, and discretely took the $20 and put it in the desk somewhere. Then she called someone on the phone, asked for a room, and then said that she could give us a volcano view with a “delux” room that had a larger bathroom. The room was nice, two sinks and a whirlpool tub, and a great view of the strip and the volcano. The 25th floor was also nice because there is a private elevator for just the 25th and 24th floors, so the elevator trips were always quick.
I think this worked out great, and plan on trying again in the future.
Already is an upgrade when I reserved the room. Slip a $20 bill and ask is there any comp. upgrade. She said the hotel is full for the Christams weekend. But she comp. me for the buffet for my family and give me a line pass if me and my friends decide to dine at the Mirage buffet again. Boy, was that pass useful. Our group total is 16 people. We try to have buffet at Wynn on the 24th. We start line up at 5 and the wait time is mininium 4 hours. All the kids in my group can’t wait that long. Then we decide to use my line pass to dine at Mirage. We go right in and no need to line up. Regular line is like 3-4 hours wait. (Heard a wife got mad at her husband because of the wait). The check in clerk also give us a champagne and give me the $20 back.
I said to the clerk, “I know we already have an upgrade to a Volcano view room but wanted to know if there was any other upgrades available.” I had the $20 between my cards and I think she saw it.
She said we could get a mini suite for $75 (don’t know if she meant total or per night). We declined. She wrote down our room number and had a feeling we were getting an upgrade as I heard that the 24 and 25 floors are accessible through the prive elevator.
When we walked to the elevators, I knew it was true.
We got the upgrade like I wanted and didn’t even get a chance to give her the tip.
The next three nights were spent at the Mirage. Did the “move” and got a premium view room which is a nice room overlooking the pool with a strip view. I highly recommend front desk tipping. I live 150 miles from Vegas and travel there 4-5 times a year. When you book a standard room in Vegas, you are very likely to get a room overlooking the air conditioners or the back parking lot if you don’t upgrade.
we picked out which one of the 7 front desk chk in clerk hotties we would try this on… she was cute hot and beautiful….. all i could as for in a wifey we made good fun small talk i slipped the 20 between the ID and CC and she dropped it on the counter and said Oh here u go and handed it back to me…
we asked for an complementary upgrade and she looked around on the Comp and said we can get u in to a private floor with a jacuzzi tub… so i smiled and said OKAY lets do this, after all the paperwork was done i gave her the 20 and went on my way… but when we got in the room, it was facing the desert…and was a small suite same size as the standard room…so we decided to just get the room we were suppose to… that had the view… so all in all 20 didn’t really get us a larger room…which is what i wanted… Boooo
we did get some perks as we got in nice with the front desk clerk the one that we gave the 20 to…
Cuts in to the Club, Club JET in the Mirage as well as free entry for my 3 male family members 120 dollar Value since they were Charging 30 a head…
I went with my girlfriend at the time and the check in girl told us she was inputting into the reservation system that it was our 10 year anniversary. Seeing as at the time I was 24 and she was 21, it seemed a bit far-fetched, but I’m not going to argue.