Walked right up to the Platinum Clerk with C/C(Total Rewards), Platinum card, and $20. Handed it to the clerk, and she said thanks. Upgraded from “P” Room to Red Room on 26th Floor, facing Bellagio fountains. Comped us 2 tickets to see COCO Peep Show as well! Never tried this before but it works well!
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We arrived in Vegas at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning. We went straight to the hotel and checked our bags as soon as we got there because we knew we wouldn’t be able to check in yet. After breakfast and walking around for a little bit, I went to check in about 11:30. The line wasn’t too busy and I did not target any particular clerk. I had a regular comped room already so I figured I could up my sandwich amount. The clerk immediately saw the money when she took my ID and asked me to hold on to it until after she assisted me. She asked how she could help me and I just asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available for my stay. I made sure to tell her that we didn’t mind waiting a while because we had already checked our bags. The clerk said she wasn’t sure she would be able to help but she would be glad to check with her manager. Off to the back she goes. When she comes back out, she says she has good news. Honestly, I was expecting an offer of a fountain view room, which I would have been fine with, but she said she was able to get us a suite. She put a rush on the room and called me when it was ready. At the end, I gave her the tip and thanked her for the excellent service. It probably didn’t hurt that the couple next to me was practically screaming at their clerk because the room wasn’t what they asked for. The tip helps, but being overly nice is helpful too.
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.
We checked in around midnight, and went to a young-ish looking clerk, as the other clerk appeared to be talking with a manager. Simply gave the $20 sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She put it aside, was super friendly, and said she had something “really nice” for us. It ended up being a red room on the 27th floor!
Short lineup, went to the next available clerk, friendly filipina lady in her forties. Upgraded to a top floor room overlooking Bellagion Fountains, Eiffel Tower and Swimming Pool. We had the best view in Vegas!!!
Arrived at the hotel about 9am. Looked at the counter a few male and a couple of female was working. Female in the platinum line up, went in that line up with my friend. We handed her the credit card and drivers license asked if there were any upgrades, she looked at her computer and said she could get me into the Red Room and then I asked for a suite she said that the suites werent avaible and something about an audit. She saw the $50 and said well check out the Red Room and let me know within the hour if you like it or not. Went up to the room was a bit small went back down and stuck $40 with the room cards told her that my friend was going to get married so I needed a bigger room cause I wanted to have the groomsman and our friends to come to our room to have some drinks before we went out for my friends stag thursday night. She looked at her computer again and said that theres one that was getting cleanned up so I had to hang tight for about half hour or so.
Checked in about 8:30PM hardly any line. Didn’t know what to expect since it was labor day weekend, a busy time in Vegas. Didn’t target anyone in particular and the check in girl was very nice. Handed her my CC and ID with a $20 in it, she quickly noticed it and said “I’m sorry we don’t accept tips before we give you a room, but if you’d like to tip me after I give you your keys, that’s fine. Now let’s see what we can do.” She handed me back the $20, typed away for a minute and said she could offer a red room with a non strip view or a regular room with a strip view. I chose the red room with a non strip view on the 25th floor. When she handed me my room key, I had the $20 tucked in my hand and she grabbed it as I grabbed the room key and the coupon booklet. My wife laughed at me prior to trying this trick, but I was the one laughing when it was over.
We checked in late (around 10 p.m.) on a Thursday night. When handing the clerk the $20 sandwich, I said, “If you have any complimentary suite upgrades, we’d really appreciate anything you can do.” She began searching and said the only thing she could find was a smoking room. We said that would be OK and she gave us the keys to 3164P. The double doors had a metal plaque designating the room as a Lyons Suite. I’m not sure exactly how large it was, but I’m guessing around 1,200 square feet. It had two bathrooms, two TVs, wet bar, bedroom, living room and dining room. The three-night upgrade was well worth the $20 tip.
I talked a woman (25 -30), gave her 20 Dollar and asked for a complimentary upgrade. It was on a Monday at 9 pm. She was really friendly and gave my husband and me the Calais Suite (also my sister and her boyfriend got the Calais Suite) 🙂