I was half awake when checking in and forgot to ask for anything or offer the sandwich. When I checked out I asked if they could waive resort fees and he said they were locked to the reservation. I showed my room keys with a 20 between them and he said “let me see what I can do.” He waived $240 in resort fees and the damage from the waters and m&ms. I also asked for a 1pm checkout but didn’t leave til 3.
I was the best man for my friends bachelor party and we had decided on a trip to vegas. We booked at the Venetian because we wanted a little classier place. Originally there were 9 of us going and we had booked 3 bella suites. So we get to the Venetian at 11a.m. and 4 of us stand in line (with our drinks mind you.) We got up to the counter and had a younger guy helping us check in. I gave him the $50 sandwich and asked if there was any upgrades we could get possibly to have us all in the same room. He looked at the computer for a bit then looked up at me and said don’t worry i’ll hook you guys up. So that sounded good. He left the counter for a bit, came back and typed a bit more then said, ok. If we cancel your three rooms and you guys pay a total of $200 more I can get all 9 into the penthouse suite. Without checking I said sounds great. It was awesome, usually its $5000 a night for the penthouse we got it for way way less then what it goes for and very close to what we had originally booked. Made the trip, and I have now been the go to when people need advice on getting upgraded. I have to say though I learned how to do it from www.frontdesktip.com. Thanks Guys
WE didnt target a specific clerk we didnt arrive til just after midnight so it was fairly quiet.
We had a female clerk who seemed friendly and chatted.
We followed our usual rules and asked her what kind of room we had, she said a luxury suite (standard) this is when my husband flashed the $50 and asked her if they had any upgrades.
She said she would check and went into the back. It did take her a while to find us a room and she really was trying to get us something better she even went to ask her manager.
She eventually came back to say they had found us a piazza suite which was 1400sqft compared to the luxury which was only 650. She showed us on the tablet the pictures and i knew this was a nice room. We got a strip view looking towards the wynn and down at the pools. I asked if she could do anything about the resort fees and she said she couldnt.
I was happy with what we got it would of cost us a hell of a lot more to pay for that suite upfront.
Checked in around 3PM and was quite busy. I was unable to select a clerk so got directed to one.
I put $50 between my Amex and passport, she saw the $50 and pushed it up towards the desk.
I ask if there are any piazza suite upgrades, she said none are available complimentary but at a reduced rate, which I declined.
She then put me on the 33rd floor with a strip and mountain view. I also asked if she could come the retire fee which she happily did.
So $50 saved me the $40 per day view upgrade and €309 in resort fees.
We arrived late (midnight) on Thursday, and there was a 10 minute wait to check-in, and I was psyching myself up because this was the first time I was trying this. Nobody else seemed to be tipping, so I was unsure about how much to give, but I went with my gut and did $20. The clerk was a young guy, who seemed eager to please. I sandwiched the money between my credit card and ID, and asked if there were any “complementary upgrades”. Upon seeing the money, he went to work, asking us what we wanted and delivering. I was traveling with three other people, but booked a king room instead of paying more for the Bella room and I was nervous they would call me out and charge the outrageous “extra person fee” for the two additional people (about $50 per person per day!). Instead, he upgraded us to the Bella room and asked how many keycards I needed. He also waived the resort fees, something I also detest, without me even bring it up. Overall, the entire experience was excellent. I paid $20 for about $500 worth of savings in the end.
I checked in on a busy Friday right around 3pm and didn’t get to target a clerk in particular, but wound up with a guy in his 20s. He asked if I needed any change when he saw my 20 and I said no. After speaking with a manager he offered me up a free upgrade to a Piazza suite. I asked for a late check out and he said he could only do one for 12pm b/c the suites were completely booked for Saturday. As an alternative, I could’ve taken a standard room with a 6pm checkout but I took the bigger room. The room was huge with a view of the strip.
We checked in around 11 AM on a Friday morning. Line wasn’t very long. We were directed to a clerk, so not able to pick. Ended up with a young female. Handed her the “sandwich”. She asked if we needed change, I said no, she said “thank you…let me see what I can do for you.” She was very friendly. We chatted a bit and she ended up getting us an early check-in to a Rialto Suite on the 31st floor overlooking the strip and with a view of the High Roller. She also waived the Resort Fee, saving us $140! We were very pleased with the results of our first attempt of this “trick”.
Checked in shortly after noon on a Sunday for a four-night stay. There was a short line, so we didn’t get to pick our check-in person. Was nervous that we got a tough one, but when I handed her the sandwich with a $100 bill in the middle, she lit right up and said “I’lm going to take great care of you, sir!”
I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available and she asked me what I was looking for. I told her the Piazza Suites looked amazing and she said she would see what she could do.
After about ten minutes in the back, she came back and told us that we could wait to see if a Piazzo Suite opened up if we were dead set on that, or she could put us into a Hospitality Suite that was actually a little bit bigger. We took the sure thing and headed up to our Hospitality Suite.
Our Hospitality Suite had the same size and layout of the Prima Suites, and it was stunning. It had a massive master bathroom, as well as a second bathroom. There was a standard mini bar under the main TV, but also an empty fridge under the full-size bar area that we stocked with much cheaper drinks from the nearby Walgreens.
The $100 Front Desk Tip was the best money we spend the entire time we were in Vegas. Thank you so much for all the helpful tips and suggestions that everyone has contributed to this site. Without your help, we probably would have just assumed the tip was an urban legend and not even tried it.
While i was in the elevator heading down to the lobby floor I placed a $20 bill in between my id and credit card so i wouldnt be seen arranging it while waiting in line. I was next in line waiting, then 4 new cashiers opened up in a row. I chose the one at the end because I figured it was a fifty percent less chance that the other cashiers would see what was going on. I got up to the counter and was extremely nervous. He asked for my id and credit card and i handed him the sandwich. I froze though and didnt ask for any upgrades or was too scared to say anything. The next 10 seconds I mentally blacked out. 30 seconds later he said “you are available for a free upgrade” or something to that nature. We have a room available with a great view of the strip, with a living room area with a sofa couch w/ a pullout bed. Then I asked for 2 beds for me and my friend. He said no problem and is there anything else you guys need. I really wanted to push my limits for the piazzo suite but I was way too nervous and I just couldnt get the words out of my mouth. But i got to the room and figured out that it was the bella suite. I originally ordered the cheapest room (luxury suite). Now that i know what to expect i will be going for the piazzo suite in december. Thank you.
I was directed from the line to a young lady who was working the desk and she asked for my ID and CC. I handed her what she asked for, with a $20 folded on top in plain sight. She grabbed it and started typing. I proceeded to inform her that we have one extra person with us, going to be staying in the room, and that I hoped she could accommodate us. Me and my father booked the room but my mom later decided to tag along on our trip. She told me that it’s no problem and she set us up with a premium view suite with a fold out couch bed. She then asked if we were planning to use the gym or the wifi and I said only the wifi. She then informed us that the resort fee would be comped, and she told me to pull out my phone. She assisted me with comp wifi login and never mentioned the “extra person fee” of $50 per day. She gave us three room keys and off we went. Savings of ~$100 per day and we were staying for three days. The room is very nice and the wifi is fast AF.