I was spending a week in Las Vegas and booked my stay at Paris for your basic luxury room. When checking in it was crowded and full of female receptionist except for one male receptionist which I was gambling on! After my wait I was in luck! The male receptionist waved me over to be checked in. While waiting in line I had my Vegas sandwich in hand. When I approached him I gave him a huge smile and spoke a little french as well to break the ice. We chatted a bit and then he asked me for my license and credit card. Tucked in between was my $20.00. As soon as he saw it I went in with any complimentary upgrades. You could tell this was not his first rodeo! He quickly said lets see what I can do, after he typed away making this even more exciting he handed me my keys. I asked what floor we were on and he said 34. I thanked him, off to see what I scored and was thrilled that I was upgraded to the Red Room Premium!
Worked like a charm!!!!
The line was busy so we were unable to target anyone. We got to the desk around 1pm, knew the room might not be ready but we wanted to get our keys and get rid of our bags so we could go play. I had 4 nights comped through my Total Rewards card. The lady looked a little stuffy and was not friendly so I just kept my 2 $20s VERY visible in my hand on the counter. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available for us, the invited guests. She said there were only upgrades for purchase. We declined.
We checked in at about 2:00 pm on Monday. We didn’t get a chance to pick a clerk. We ended up with a woman in her 30’s. I gave her my licence, credit card and 40$. ( was hoping to get upgraded to a suite ) She asked me if i needed change, I told her that it was for her and was wondering if she had any complimentry upgrades available. She typed away for a minute, then said she had a renovated Red Room with a view of the Bellagio fountains. Our original room was there basic room, so we were very happy. We probably could have got the same room for 20$. I don’t know if it helped, but I had my wife call a week before to confirm our reservation and ask them to make a note that we were in town celebrating my birthday (which was true). Maybe it helped, maybe it didn’t. We will try the 20$ sandwich now every time.
I had a younger/ early middle age man (like myself). I just handed him a $20 bill and he said he see what he can do. He got me a room just remolded (so much they came and put the right trap on the sink the first day I was there) on a non-smoking floor.(but everybody was anyway) I had a view of the fountain show from the Belligio (sp?) but it wasn’t the greatest, but who cares I could watch it from the room or just walk outside. Works for me. Also, Travolcity had me with a buy 1 get 1 helicopter tour, but it didn’t get booked right. I slipped the lady at the excersion counter $5 after helping me get this figured out and she got me the other ticket free (this tour was NOT through the hotel). I’m happy 🙂
We arrived on a Monday afternoon around 3pm. There was a “Disney” line of people waiting to check in. It took me about 20 min to get to the front. I was watching all the clerks and picked a couple of women I thought looked nice. I ended up getting the one I wanted without having to line shuffle. I took out my reservation and handed it to her. I put my wallet on the shelf in front of me along with a $20 bill.
I asked her if I might get a complimentary upgrade to a high floor “P” room. (A “P” room is and end room with two views). As she started working on the computer, I told her how this was a special trip celebrating our 25th anniversary. While waiting in line, I didn’t have high hopes, since it was so busy.
She began working on the computer, writing down room numbers, tearing it off and trying again. She did this for like 15 minutes. I waited patiently and hopeful since all the rooms had high floor numbers she was writing. (the premier I booked is a “view” room, but not a high renovated red room). Finally, she handed me my room keys. 2825P! Yahoo!!. She said she had to shift people around to get us the room since the hotel was full. I couldn’t believe it. The room was gorgeous. Beautiful views of the strip, the pool, the tower and the fountains. It made our week wonderful. I gave her the tip, and she thanked me.
I don’t know if it was the $20 or my story, or she would have done it regardless. All I can say is I was so thrilled, I brought her some chocolates the next day from Max Brenner. She said it wasn’t necessary, but thanked me, after I thanked her again.
Third time trying the $20 Trick. First time I was denied, so I’m now 2 for 3.
Arrived around 1pm on a Monday. There were four clerks working the registration desk, but only one was open. Female, mid-30s, possibly hispanic. I placed the credit card/ID/$20 sandwich on the counter and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She took the credit card and ID, but left the $20 bill on the counter, saying that she cannot accept gratuities for upgrades. Tried to offer me a renovated room for an additional $40 per night, but I declined.
A couple of minutes later, she mentioned that her boss recently started monitoring travel blogs and websites (including this one, I presume) and was clamping down on clerks handing out upgrades for tips.
I wanted a younger clerk, but got stuck with a middle-aged Hispanic lady. Every single clerk was a middle-aged woman, so I tried to steer toward the least severe looking one. In the end, I ended up at my 4th choice out of 7. I checked in around 5 o’clock. It was starting to fill up but the line was moving briskly.
I did the $20 sandwich and before I could even ask for an upgrade, she gave me a knowing look and a smile. When I asked for a complimentary upgrade she said “Sure, sure, I’m getting to that” in a nice polite way. She bumped us up from the most basic room to the newly remodeled Red Room. It’s got a great view of the parking lot, but it was definitely worth the $20 for a nice big bed, big flat screen tv, fridge, coffee maker, nice bathroom and LOTS of room. Not to mention that it’s a corner room with more space than a regular Red Room.
This is the first time I tired this and it was all due to this website! Thanks for the great tp.
We arrive at 8pm on Thursday night. There was no line-up and we chose a middle-aged female for check-in.
There was 4 of us (2 rooms in total) and we put the $20 bill between our passports and VISA cards ($40 in total, $20 per room). We asked for any complimentary upgrades and she said she would have a look.
She told us the hotel was overbooked and couldn’t give us a “P” suite, but could upgrade to red rooms (but had to change to 2x queen beds instead of king). She even managed to get us on the same floor just doors apart!
After, she said we didn’t even need to tip and she would have done it for free. We told her to keep the money for good karma and thanked her.
It was about 4pm on a sunday. It was quite busy and no one looked like an easy target for an upgrade. It was quite busy for a Sunday afternoon so I thought we were not going to be able to get the upgrade. When it was our time to get served my new wife and I walked to a middle aged african american woman, she wasnt quite ready for us but she serviced us anyways. I slid her the sandwich and she said “are you looking for change?”. I said no my wife and I were just looking for an upgrade if there were any available. she crunched some numbers for us and gave a serious upgrade that we surely were not worthy of.
Was a little nervous to try but figured what the heck. We arrrived in Vegas at 10am so I was hoping to store our bags while we waited for our room to be ready. Did the sandwich and the clerk said if we were willing to wait about an hour she could get us an early check-in. I asked her about any upgrades and she said she could see what she could do. Ended up with early check-in and an awesome view.