Gave the clerk in her late 20s or so, the sandwich at the Venetian desk and was asked if I needed change. Told her no but I’d like to see if there were any upgrades available. After much searching I was upgraded from a view of a parking lot on the 16 floor at the Venetian to strip view at the Palazzo on the 27th floor. Also checked in at 12:30 instead of 3 and was given late check out at 1pm. Clerk was amazing and very accommodating. Overall saved about $150-200 on the upgrade. Will definitely try this again the next time I am in Vegas.
3rd time trying this out, first time at the Venetian. Didn’t target a specific clerk. Sandwiches a $20 between DL and CC and the clerk said “Do you need any change?” I said no and she said “thank you” and I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She said she would check and asked if we wanted a 2 queen bed suite. As we wanted a king I said no expecting to get a larger suite with a king. She said she was able to get a suite on a higher floor with a view of the strip. My mistake is that I assume it was a larger suite. It was not. Nothing else was offered, although given the other reviews I should have asked for a mini fridge or resort amenities to be waived. I never suspected I wouldn’t get anything! Confirm your upgrade!
We had booked through Priceline and got a luxury suite for $95 with a resort fee. We visited the Venetian in December on a weekend and tried the $20 trick. It was almost 10:30 on Friday evening and the line was short when we walked it to the front desk.
We had a front desk clerk who was in his early 30s and was the next available clerk in the line. I sandwiched the $20 tip between my credit card and my ID and handed it to him without any requests for an upgrade. He put the $20 tip aside and immediately said that he takes care of all of his customers. He did some checking and made two phone calls and was able to get us a Palazzo suite on the top floor facing the strip without any additional upgrade money.
I did some checking in this suite is valued at almost $500 in December. He jokingly said he hoped that the extra space would not be too much for us.
After arranging for the room he asked if he if we needed any change for the 20 dollars and I said no.
The room was amazing! It worked better than I ever could imagined.
We were upgraded to a strip view and our resort fee was waived. We were satisfied! We didn’t target any specific clerk and we had to push for the resort fee to be waived, but she did it. This was February of 2018.
Didnt choose a specific clerk, and we checked in at around 2PM. Booked through hotwire, and the front desk clerk was very nice (25 year old woman). I put a 40 between my passport and cc, and she gave us a premium view upgrade (so we saved about half the price 40$+ 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.