Didnt choose a specific clerk, and we checked in at around 2PM. Booked through hotwire, and the front desk clerk was very nice (25 year old woman). I put a 40 between my passport and cc, and she gave us a premium view upgrade (so we saved about half the price 40$+ per night), the 40 mightve been unnecessary (20 probably would have been fine). Think i could’ve asked for resort fee waives, but didn’t push it. She also gave us a late checkout for 1PM. Overall we saved money and didnt lose any, so thats a good gamble.
Checked in at close to 2pm and it was PACKED. When we were directed to an agent, she was behind the VIP desk (we were not VIP), not sure if this impacted our outcome or not.
As we were waiting in line I checked out the mobile check in option to get an idea of what they were charging for various upgrades and so I knew what was available.
I handed her $20 between my ID and Amex while asking if she “happened to have any upgrades, since I’m traveling with my Mom for her birthday” and literally did not even see her pocket it, super smooth. She very emphatically said she would see what she could find for us.
Note: Since I was traveling with my mom and did indeed need two separate beds, there were less options for upgrades since most of the larger rooms have only a king and a sofa bed.
She said that she found us a “beautiful suite” that was available for early check in in on 22nd floor with a view of the Mirage’s volcano. I *think* this was a Rialto Suite, but honestly I’m not entirely sure. At the very least, we did get a strip-view, high floor room for no additional charge.
We chatted as she went to town on her keyboard and she asked all about our plans for my mom’s birthday. In our chatting she discovered that my mom’s flight would be leaving at 6pm and offered a 3pm check out, again for no additional charge.
Overview according to Mobile Check-In App:
Early Check In: Up to $50
Late Check Out: Up to $65
High Floor Upgrade: $25/day
View Upgrade: $25/day
Rialto Suite Upgrade**: $75/day
Taxes (13.335%) Associated with higher room rate: $35.33 – $65.34
Went into the queue, didn’t target anyone specifically. The young lady I wound up working with was super friendly from the get go which was a relief as this was my first time using the trick. She asked for my license to begin check in so I handed her the sandwich and asked if any upgrades were available. She said ‘sure let me see what we can do’. I have family staying in other suites who’d all asked to be near one another so she asked me about that – told her same tower would be great but I’d prefer a higher floor. She seemed somewhat apologetic that the best she could do in the Venetian tower was the 24th floor but assured me it was a strip view. She was also kind enough to get me a fridge at no cost and waive the resort fees. Based on our discussion I feel like I might’ve gotten a bigger room if I didn’t care which tower but in the end I’m quite pleased with the overall location and freebies for my $50 investment.
Checked in mid afternoon. Employee working the line sent me to a woman about 25 or 30. When she took my folded $20 from between card and license she asked if I needed change. Knew I was in trouble right there. I said, no thank you and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available and also tried my annual birthday trip ruse. She click-clicked away and said I could pay an extra $80 a night to get a strip view and higher room. I declined. She gave me back my $20! I have been successful at Venetian several times with great upgrades. Odds just finally went against me. That’s Vegas.
We arrived New Year’s Eve around 6pm! It was really busy so didn’t get the option to target anyone. I had 2 rooms booked that’s why i opted to put $50 in and I was hoping for a strip view too 😉 I knew that would be a hard ask seeing as it was New Years (and didn’t get it) The check in guy was really happy to help and was excited to see the $50! He gave us 2 rooms on a higher level which gave us a good view out the back. From memory it saved us around $300 in resort fees so overall a good investment!
We didnt target a specific clerk, we just went up to the first available person, slipped a $50 note between the passport and she asked ‘Do i want any change from that’. I replied no, and she was fast to give us a better view at the palazzo, a couple of water bottles for the room and the resort fees completely wiped out.
All in all we saved $150 since we tipped $50, but its well worth it… Id try a lesser amount next time as it would probably work just as well.
I’ve seen others on here not so pleased but if you’re there for more than 2 days and get the resort fees knocked off , i feel its well worth the tip.
20 bucks upon check-in got us an upgraded floor and free mini-fridge.
20 bucks at check-out, clerk removed our resort fees!
I checked in on Sunday about 10:45 p.m. There was no line, so I was just waiting for the next available desk person.
After we said hello, I asked the nice woman if I was eligible for any complimentary upgrades. I handed the nice woman my credit card, $40, ID, and Player’s Card. She took the “sandwich” and played it real cool–I wasn’t sure that she even saw it!
She poked around on her computer a bit and then gave me the good news: I was being upgraded from the Venetian Luxury Suite to the Palazzo Bella Suite! It has more square footage, oversize bathroom, generous living area, a view of the Strip, and 2 queen beds. She also gave me late checkout (which I always ask for, so this was just a bonus)!
It’s a lovely room and I totally feel spoiled!
We got there on Friday night at around 10 pm and there was a line as well as a ton of people working the counter. We looked to see who seemed the friendliest and were hoping to get this person. Luckily for us, we did! He asked for DL and CC and we sandwiched the $20 between then and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He said, “let me see what I have.” We explained what we were doing there (just a one-night trip to have a little fun) and that it was our first time staying at the Venetian. He said that he didn’t have anything there, but he could look at the Palazzo if we want. We agreed and he kept typing. We told him that we were leaving on Saturday evening around 8 pm and then presented what he found.
He said that he could give us a suite on a higher floor as well as a room with a view. In addition (I’ve never received this one before in all of my times doing the “sandwich”), he was able to get us a late check-out without a charge. The time of check-out: 5:30 pm!! I have NEVER experienced that before and it was clutch because we were still able to sleep in, play at the casino, and leave our bags in the room until we were ready to head to the airport.
Did the $50 sandwich checking in at the Venetian on a Monday night. The $50 bill was taken instantly and clerk put it in their pocket with no real attempt at making the move look subtle! Mentioned no change was required and special anniversary. Were staying 5 nights at Venetian. Asked for resort fee to be removed and a move to high floor at Palazzo if possible along with a suite upgrade. Secured one night’s resort fee removal (saved $51.02!) and an upgrade to a 45th floor strip view room at Palazzo. Base level suite but still lovely. All-in-all a minimum of c. $300 extra benefits by my reckoning so well worth doing. Will definitely do this again next time I return! Thanks to all contributors here on this site