We checked in on a Saturday at noon with an Asian woman in her 30s at the airport. We sandwiched the 20 between the credit card and ID, and she started typing away. She said she would call to see if the room was available, then she put the phone right down and said she would give it to us anyways. We had reserved a regular room through Travelocity, and we got a great P suite with a view of the fountains and the strip from 2 windows. We will now try this trick each time we check in at hotels! Well worth the $20.
Love the excitements both from myself and the check in clerk. He is a very friendly blond young gentleman. I checked in very late on 5/28 @ 12am. handed him a folded $20 with my cc & id. I first asked for a newly remodeled room on high floor and he said they were all taken. but could give me a complimentary upgrade for a strip room originally requires $60/night. it was on 20th floor. The room itself was old, needed to be remodeled soon. but with the views, i have no complaint. i still think it was a success and made my LV trip more fun.
First time trying this so was a bit anxious. Did the same as everyone else placing the $20 between my ID and CC. Clerk handled it like a pro as if it were commonplace. Proceeded to ask if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He said he found a really nice suite on 26th floor with a view and was clicking for a few minutes but then came back and said that he couldn’t get it to upgrade in the system without charging my account. Tried 3 times with the same result. I know it seems fishy but I really think he was honestly trying but couldn’t comp the upgrade.
I’m pretty sure he felt bad so he gave me the $20 back and said that he could upgrade me to a newly remodeled room on the 31st floor (I didn’t even know Paris had these but I guess they are on floors 26-33). The room was quite nice, everything was sparkling new, great furniture and plasma TV. Size was the same as normal though. Too bad it didn’t work out exactly like I wanted but I believe he tried his best, really nice guy and we enjoyed the room we had for no extra $$$.
I think im such a loser. i was a bit nervous about doing it. i walked up, checked in. i had my cc and dl and $20 in between ready to go. Just about when i was asking for an upgrade, she asked if i want to upgrand my room for $89 a night, i told her no and she begin to type stuff into the computer. so i asked her, if there was any free upgrades, she replied with no. and then i thought it was all done with. walked away, and just remembered i didnt even show her my $20. =O
I walked in and the clerk was a japanese male who had a lisp so I looked him in the eye and smiled and as I passed him the 20 I asked if there was a room that I could go get that was better so i could invite the clerk and his other japanese friends up to use me later that night. Sure enough it worked, I love vegas and after that trip I love asian men.
Just got back from Vegas with my girlfriend. Stayed at Paris Sun to Thur. Rates were $90, $160, $160, $160. Was the best I could do on short notice (booked about 8 days before the trip). Got an offer 3 days before my trip from Excalibur for $60 a night but decided against it, Paris is my favourite hotel of the ones I’ve stayed in (Bellagio, Venetian, Caesars are the others).
Checked in around 11:30pm. Went up and did the $20 trick and asked if any upgrades were available. She asked me what I had in mind. I decided against being greedy and just asked for a view. She said no problem. Gave us a room on the 2nd highest floor. I forgot to ask for 1 bed so when we got up there, it was of course 2 beds. Went back down and asked her for 1 king. She told me none were available so I told her it was ok, thanks for trying. She asked me to wait a sec and asked if it was ok if she gave me a suite for 1 night and we switch to the fountain view room for the other 3 nights. I said no problem. The LeMans suite was nice. Had a seperate powder room and walk in closet. The bathroom had a shower, double sink and jacuzzi and it’s own separate room for the toilet and bidet.
Next time I’ll be a bit greedier and ask for one of those double door Calais suites.
The regular room was nice as usual with a sweet view of the Eiffel Tower and Bellagio Fountain show. All in all, it was well worth the $20. The check in woman was very nice and polite and thanked me for the tip and her extra effort to get us a suite for the first night was awesome.
Only bad part of the trip was I finished 4th in a poker tournament and only top 3 paid… arghhhh.
Just got back from my trip (April 9-14). Went up to the Paris front desk and was asked if I would like to upgrade to a strip view for $65 more a night. I said… “not really” and she then said ok and asked for my driver’s license. I put the folded $20 under the license and she took her time looking at it and then put what was under it next to her. She then changed her tone and started looking for rooms. I asked for a Suite Lemans but she said it couldn’t be done because of how long I was staying. She said more than 2 nights and they would have to charge me. She upgraded me to a P room which was larger than the normal rooms with a strip view from two sets of windows. Great room and worth $20.
I was in Vegas last weekend, April 20-23 at the Paris. I’d booked a standard room with the best rate plus guarantee program. Everything was sold out for the weekend, so I wasn’t optimistic about getting a suite, but thought I’d at least try for a view of the Bellagio fountains which is usually a $40/night upgrade.
I checked in at the airport and tipped the guy $20, asking if he had anything available with a view of the strip. He hammered away hard at the keyboard for about 4 or 5 minutes and finally found something on the 24th floor that was free for all 3 nights. It was in a great spot near the elevators with a great view of the fountains and he was very appreciative of the tip. In fact, he also threw in a free dinner comp which we used.
It was $20 very well spent.
Just came back from Vegas this weekend. Checked in at Paris around 8pm. Had the room comp’d for three nites. Spotted a young hotel receptionist. Think her name was Christin* something. Handed her my id. Specifically asked her if there were any ‘complimentary upgrades available’? She answered ‘of course’! Slipped her the $20 under my cc. She gave me a big smile, pocketed it and said thank you. Next…she hands me a sheet of upgrade prices. I was like… HUH?!!! Then politely sked her if she could hook me up with any better prices. She calls over her manager and he said the best they could do was knock off $15 per nite of an upgrade due to my level of play. Anyways, I just said no thank you and got a regular room with a crappy view. Girl didn’t even hand me the $20 back. I guess a newbie rep. Oh wells, I shouldn’t complain so much since the room was free. Last time I tried this trick at Caesars Palace and got the comp’d room upgraded to the Augusta tower, perfect view of the strip and a bottle of champagne sent up to the room. That suite rocks!!! Yep, lost my first $20 bet/hand at the check-in table.
I was traveling with two other couples, all three of us staying at MGM, and all got upgraded to Suites by the same clerk. All tipped him $20.
I checked in at roughly 4am, it was so late they actually charged my card for a cancellation. My other 2 nights were free though, so that wasn’t an issue. In any case, I asked if they had upgrades, she said yes…but they would be $$/per night. I asked if there were any comp’d upgrades and she didn’t hook it up. She DID give me my $20 back though…and I gave her a 5 spot for trying.