Worked like a charm. She went through the whole bit with calling a supervisor on the phone. The room was very nicely done in shades of deep brown and red. Very comfortable king sized bed. Killer HDTV. Large bathroom with seperate bath/shower.
Worked like a charm. Checked in with 2 friends in separate rooms, I’m the only one who tipped, I was therefore the only one who got upgraded, so I know it worked. Great having an HD tv for March Madness…
Held the 20 prominently in my hand and asked for the upgrade. The front desk lady promptly told me all the suites were sold out. She was not helpful at all. Then when we get to our room, I find we have a view of the parking lot! My original reservation request was for a view of the Bellagio fountains. Oh well!
Very nice and accommodating – said the room he was upgrading us to would normally cost $70 more. Graciously said thank you as he slipped $20 into his pocket!
Worked just like this site said- we were checking in around noon and celebrating an anniversary but are sure the $20 was what did the trick. I specifically wanted 1) a renovated room and 2) to be able to watch the Bellagio fountains from our room and we got both! Even could hear the music so knew when the fountains were starting. So glad I had read about this and also had checked TripAdvisor to know what rooms would be best to try for.
Checked in around 11:30 am on Tuesday Dec 11th, slipped a 20 between DL and CC and flashed the 20 to the clerk while asking if there were complimentary upgrades available. He snickered and said “No, only paid updgrades $60/night for a Fountain View Room with Concierge Access. $85/night for a Suite with Concierge access.” We took the $60/night and requested a recently rennovated room and were told that those are reserved for high rollers. The clerk was very by the book.
Found this site the night before I left…decided to slip a $50.00 instead of the recommended $20.00…asked if any comp upgrades…she walked into back office for 5 minutes and said that she could comp me a renovated room usually reserved for Diamond Club card members and usually an added $60.00 a night…said it would be on a high floor with wonderful view of Tower and the Bellagio Fountains…said she could only get me a suite if she charged me an extra $80.00 a night…I declined and took the fountain view room…she then handed me back my $50.00 and apologized for not being able to get me a suite..room was great with great view…renovated with huge LCD TV…
One thing I’ve noticed with this “trick” is that you have to have a little confidence and brains in order to pull it off…here are a few rules.
Unless its your birthday or anniversary, don’t say it is…chances are the clerk will take it as an excuse / lie.
Don’t dress like a tourist or a slob…if it looks like you’re trying to get something for nothing, chance are you’ll get nothing.
Don’t be blatantly obvious about it…if the clerk says no, take it as a no and try again next time…don’t give dirty looks, or gripe to someone else about it…
Don’t turn around and tell the entire group you’re with to try the same thing…
its mostly common sense people…good luck
I put $50 between my CC & Passport as we were staying 5 days and asked for a complementary upgrade. The clerk tapped away for a while and disappeared in the back for even longer before giving us a choice of a ready renovated room or a not ready room with strip view, I chose the latter.
After we went to take our luggage to the bell boy (and crucially I’d declined change from my $50) she caught up with us and said she’d found a better room. A corner room with 2 windows, both with view of the strip. Unrenovated, but fantastic. Well worth the money.
I tried the trick, even though I was extremely nervous. The clerk saw the $20 but said there are no upgrades at the time, without checking the computer at all. Then as I was filling out the forms, I asked if we could at least get a room with a view. He said he could give us a pool view, and asked if the $20 was fine. I took it back, thinking that he didn’t really put in any effort for it. But I was pleasantly surprised that the pool view also meant the view of the Bellagio fountains. Had I known that, I would have let him keep the $20. It was nice to have a room with a view though, so I figured it was a success.