Never done this before but with confidence, I sandwiched a $20 between my drivers license and credit card, asked for any complementary upgrades, she smiled and said you will love your room. Lol she gave me an upgrade 1 bedroom corner suite, strip view for the weekend. I originally did a deal with Priceline for $150 a night. This was a weekend during valentines and Chinese holiday, also no rooms were available, according to the website about 12hrs I booked. Super happy 🙂 thanks!
Arrived at 3am. Only one clerk working. Approached and gave him the sandwich. He ducked to the back room and came back to let us know we have been upgraded to the Penthouse Suit. Didn’t even have to ask!
We were the only people checking in and went to the only clerk working. Explained that it was my wife’s birthday and slipped her the sandwich. Didn’t have to say anything, she slipped the money in her pocket and upgraded us straight off.
My wife and i arrived at 4pm, i went to the front desk while.she went to the bar, there were 3 ladies ready to help me so i choose the one that smile me,she welcome me to the hotel,and ask me for my id and credit card, so i gave her the sandwich of $20, so i ask her if there were any complementary upgrades she did say nothing,she was serious,15 seconds later her supervisor comes by and ask me if everything is ok,and i say,yes,she slips the bill under the keyboard,and still very serious,so she gave me my key and show me where the elevator is,and she tells me in a secret voice,i give you a suite with a strip view in a higher floor,enjoy,i thank her,and she smiles. I go to the room and yes higher floor,strip view,something i would pay $100 more,just for $20,thanks for this tips,good luck all.
Got to the Trump around 5pm on Friday. Got in the check in line with 1 person in front of us, no one behind us and 3 agents at the check in desk. Got the 1st available agent which was a mid-thirties gal with a british accent. Said hello, gave her the sandwich, asked for any complimentary upgrades. She instantly said she would definitely check for us. Type, type type, only upgrades were the 1 bedroom suites for extra $25/night as they were fully booked for the weekend and couldn’t offer us the 1 bedroom complimentary (for the record, it was packed and EVERYWHERE in Vegas was more expensive that weekend for some reason). Declined, asked if they had anything complimentary. More typing, while initiating some small talk as to why we were visiting and told her it was my wifes birthday and also the 1st weekend getaway after having our 1st child. Was told congrats, etc… and was then told that she could upgrade us to a Strip View on the 58th floor complimentary. Took it and ran. Was a nice view and a nice room.
Going back in November on Thanksgiving weekend for my birthday, will try it again, hopefully this time I can get a 1 bedroom upgrade as the rates this time were much cheaper than before. Both times were booked via the Trump site with a Travelzoo promo code.
It was early in the day around 10am. I gave her the sandwich, but she said rooms weren’t available for us to check-in, so she (very obviously) folded it and put it back on the counter for me to take. I came back at 1pm to check in and it was packed. I waited in line for the same girl, and she said, “oh we have something special for you.” I was pleasantly surprised and slipped her the sandwich again. She gave the $20 back to me. I got up to the room to find that we were not upgraded, but a chocolate with a note addressed to me was there thanking me for being a Trump Rewards member. Big Freakin’ Whoop!!!
We booked a 1 bedroom suite with city view. We arrived late, so there weren’t many people.
The clerk asked for the credit card and ID and I gave him the sandwich. I did the trick with 50$, hoping for a two bedroom suite. I asked if there were any room upgrades available. He said he would check. The two bedroom suite would be 350$ ,ore a night – so that was not possible.. He put us into a one bedroom corner suite (what was nice because of the windows).
He didn’t took the 50$ – our upgrade was free!
We checked in around 12 noon, basically had to wait in line so didn’t get to choose who helped us. We were greeted by a nice younger female, slipped her the $20 and asked for a free upgrade, she said she would give us an upgrade for both rooms but didn’t want the money, gave it back. Our regular rooms were booked on Hotwire for $80 and she upgraded us to mini suites on the 40th floor. The hotel and experience was awesome.
I arrived at the trump around 3:00 on friday. I waited in line and was greeted by a male who was in his late 20s. I put the 20 between my credit card and my id and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. he told me that this weekend was sold out but he was still able to give me an upgrade. I’ve tried this trick in years past and noticed that only men have provided upgrades. Every time I tried this trick with a female clerk, they never hook it up and just take the 20 with no courtesy. the best advice I can give is to find a male clerk because they know what’s up and they wont try to swindle you.
Checked in after 13 straight hours of travel from Maine. The clerk was a pretty black woman, mid 20’s , I think her name was Melody. She was the only one there and we were the only ones in line. I tucked the bill between my credit card and license and asked for an upgrade but might have messed up on words as I was nervous and felt a little ridiculous, not to mention major jet lag. Anyway, she said she would check, typed away for a minute and said that she could upgrade us to a 1 bedroom for $50 a night or a view for an extra $25 a night. I said thank you anyway but we just didn’t have the money. I then mentioned it was my 40th birthday and our 10 year anniversary (both true) and just made small talk which was no small feat given my mental exhaustion at the time. She kept typing so I figured it didn’t work. She then smiled and asked if I had a problem with heights. I said no and she upgraded me to the 51st floor, strip view. I couldn’t believe it! The whole time the $20 was sitting on the counter between us. She asked if I needed change for the $20. Of course I said no and she seemed really happy. Came around the counter, gave directions, just super nice. I’d like to mention that Trump was tremendous from beginning to end. The room , view, staff, everything was perfect. It even smells great. I am pretty sure I have never stayed at a nicer hotel, and we have traveled A LOT. This is a first class hotel all the way, deserves the 5 stars. This worked and I would suggest it to anyone. I did feel rather stupid at first, looking backwoods, rumpled, exhausted, and part stuttering but they were so nice there that it really helped. You have nothing to lose and if I could so this, believe me, anyone can.