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.
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.
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.
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.
Did not target a clerk, just took the next available, younger guy. Handed him my ID, MLife, credit card, and $20. He immediately checked the system and let us know we were all set for our Resort Tower Room. I admit, the Volcano view from that height is kinda pointless, but the room is bigger, included a tub and shower, and those rooms use a private elevator so we had less elevator traffic. All in all, worth the $20 since we had a 3 night stay!
Did not target any clerk. My clerk was a friendly woman in her 30s who complimented my Mardi Gras tie. Had a nice chat and handed her my documents with a $20 in the passport. She immediately placed the $20 on the front of the counter and upgraded me to a strip view. I thanked her, asked if it would be possible to waive the resort fee which was the main reason I tried the $20 tip trick. She said unfortunately not unless there was an issue with the room. Thanked her and left the $20 on the counter where she had put it. I hope she was able to collect it after I left.
When I arrived the line was short so didn’t target the clerk, however was lucky to get called to the line of the friendly one (other two looked more official, possibly managers or supervisors?) Originally had a $50 sandwich but chickened out at the last minute, and slid over my ID and credit card, with the money in my hand (not sure if he saw it or not) mentioned it was my first time in Vegas and asked if he could do anything special and he said he’d have a look. Originally offered me a Stay Well spa room but I guess I looked unimpressed as he pretended to make a phone call and told me there was a King Room on the 24th floor with the private elevator available. Amazing! Put the $50 back in my pocket and gave him a $20 instead
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.
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.