Tried the $20 trick at the VIP check in. Was told that MGM resorts does not allow resort fee to be waived anymore. Escalated to the VIP check in manager and was told that this rule is bound by the system. WIll not be staying at MGM properties if this happens again next time.
We had a nice connection with the desk agent, she was Canadian like us, but oops, made a comment about Trudeau and Trump, turns out she loves Trump. No upgrade, no resort fee discount, at least she gave the 20 back.
Waited in a long line for check in and went to first available clerk (at 12ish at night) and followed the 20dollar trick but just doubled the amount and the lady was very nice just said they did not have any available upgrades so she gave us back the 40 dollars
My recent trip to Vegas, we stayed at the Monte Carlo. We got there at 11:30am on a Monday so it wasn’t busy. I handed the young woman my card, ID, with the $20 bill in between. She upgraded us from a deluxe room to a high floor strip view room. She also waived our resort fee and gave us tons of coupons. At the end of the transaction she handed the $20 back and said, “Use this on a cab ride or something. Free upgrades for you today.” Very successful for me!
Checked in around 4 at the monte carlo. Used the $20 sandwich and said i would appreciate any room upgrades or comps. Room upgraded to strip view and received $40 food comp.
Quite a bit of people checking in so we just picked a line, got a younger Asian dude, slipped him the sandwich w/$20. I said ” a friend on mine said I should ask if there’s any complimentary upgrades on the room.” he said “sorry its too late in the day (9pm) I wish I could ” pushed the $20 bucks back to me. It was worth a shot
Checked in around 1pm on a saturday. I was a bit apprehensive given the fact that monte carlo has a very low success rate for the trick but i thought id give it a go anyway. Got a female clerk in her mid 20s, figured she looked young and might hook it up. I put on my biggest smile and slipped her the sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She took the sandwich, saw the 20, took it out, and said, “aaand you can have that back, unless you were planning on giving it to me”, which took me off guard. I was a bit nervous doing this anyway because i HATE rejection, and said oh, thanks, and took it back. In hindsight i shouldve said something smooth like “it depends on if there’s any upgrades” but I just sensed she thought I was retarded and a douche for trying (probably my insecurities LOL). So, yeah, didnt work for me…
There was about 7 guys spread over 3 rooms – each room had 2 queens. We rustled up about $120 between us and went to the reception where it was dead (being a Tuesday night). I basically put the money in my passport, handed it over and said ‘are you able to offer any complimentary upgrades?’ making sure he saw the $$$.
He then proceeded to type things and made a phone call in which he then told me he could offer me a suite for an additional $80 per night instead of $160. Being 7 of us the suite was suitable so i just asked for 3 rooms next to one another on a high floor overlooking the strip. None over looking the strip unfortunately but got one over looking the pool on the 31st (those high floor rooms have flat screen tv, ipod dock and free wifi) and we had our resort fee waivered for all 3 rooms so was extremely happy with that.
Gave clerk the sandwich (young male late 20’s). He split the ‘wich apart, putting my dl and cc on the keyboard and laying the $20 in the counter beside his keyboard. As he was doing that I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. BEFORE he looked at his computer, he said, No, we don’t do that here.” After he looked at his computer he said, “You’ve already booked a (MOnaco) suite.” Umm, yeah, but I wanted a Diamond suite! Oh, and he proceeds to say he has a suite on the 3rd floor or if we waited 15 minutes we could have one on the 13th floor. What hotel has a 13th floor??? He bundled up the sandwich and handled everything back when he was done with my dl and cc. back the $20
We checked in pretty late, after 5pm. The hotel seemed pretty busy since it’s the Sat of halloween weekend. I didn’t think it was going to work but decided to give it a shot anyways. It’s Vegas afterall.
The clerk was cute and had a nice smile. I thought she’s worth talking to even if we don’t get the upgrade. To my surprise, she smiled when she saw the bill and returned it. But said she’ll see if she could find anything nicer. To my surprise, she had us upgraded to a nice room on the 31st floor.