Came to celebrate New Year with the family.
Reserved regular suite. Did not target anyone special, since it was a huge line, around 1:00 pm December 30, when the clerk called approached and gave $100 between my ID and cc card. Asked if there is any complimentary upgrades available. Upgraded to the suite with the huge terrace (hospitality suite), 2 bathrooms, leaving room, separate bedroom.
Worth every penny.
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.
We checked in at 13:00 on Friday (11/9/15) and it was packed! We were staying for 6 days so I had a $50 ready. Was sent over to a young lady clerk. I said that we had a reservation (through Travel Republic) – she then asked for my ID and Credit Card ($50 sandwiched between) As I handed it over she took it out (Nb. there were manager’s everywhere!) she asked if I wanted change from my $50 to which I said “See what you can do”.
She upgraded us to a double suite in the Palazzo with a Strip view (a value of £1200, £500 more than we had paid) and gave us a late check out (4pm) as our flight wasn’t until 21:25.
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.
Just finished a stay at the Venetian celebrating my son’s 21st birthday. I booked 2 low-end suites and decided to try $100 to upgrade both. I didn’t target a specific clerk as I thought a c-note should do the trick with whoever. We arrived at approximately noon and hoped for an early check in since check in begins at 3:00. We made small talk with a female clerk (20 something) then I handed her the sandwich and asked her to check for upgrades. She asked me if I was looking for something special and selection would be limited since the hotel was sold out. I mentioned things like a larger suite, a suite higher up with a strip view, coupons, passes, waive resort fees…whatever she could come up with to make this trip special. We ended up in the same type suite with a partial strip view but she waived the resort fees for both suites meaning I was coming out +170 dollars for that and $50 a night for both suites for a strip view. I was really hoping for a couple larger suites but still feel I made out on the deal. Fourth time trying this and the third time it worked.
Checked it at 3pm on Sunday using IHG Rewards Member counter. There were only 2 agents at the desk so we just went to whomever was free.
Slipped $20 between ID and Credit Card. She asked if we wanted change and we said no. She asked if we were here celebrating anything special. We told her we’re here for our 10th wedding anniversary and just asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available.
We were offered a Rialto Suite Venezia Tower Strip with mountain View for no additional charge or a 1400 square foot suite for an additional $100 a night on top of our original reservation. We opted for the Rialto as we did not forsee ourselves in our room much. It was perfect!
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.
Renaissance Suite – 35th floor looking over TAO Beach and the Strip ———— Bachelor party weekend! Booked the Bella suite for 2 people but 6 were staying. I am the best man and I was organizing everything. Flight was delayed 1 hr and I wanted to get there before the bachelor so I can try to surprise him. Got to the Ven around 445pm (way past check in time) and I was worried all the good rooms were going to be checked in. I lined up in the “invited guest” check in line because I used the Ven’s birthday promo code they have sent me months ago and it says that I can line up there. I was trying to target a lady (just because) but the line was so short (1 person behind me) that I had no choice but to go with a guy. I told the clerk how was his day and making small talk. Then I told him my reservation last name. When he asked for my ID and CC, I already prepared my $40 in between them in the cab ride and handed it to the clerk. I asked him very kindly right away if there was any complimentary upgrades and I said the “like the Rialto Suite” (since it’s just a bigger Bella suite ) …………… ((((be specific on the room type/name because if you don’t, you will probably just get a better view and nothing else. That means you have to do your homework on the rooms for that particular hotel. Don’t be afraid to go big. Doesn’t hurt to try)))) ………………… As he grabbed my ID and CC, (of course he already knew what was going on), he put the cards toward the end of the counter away from the cameras. Then he said he was going to to see what he can do and talk to the his manager as he was typing away (which he didn’t and didn’t even move). As that what was happening, the bachelor and his 3 other friends show up next to me. The clerk saw them and probably thought in his head that were here to party. Then I turn my attention back to the clerk. He then said this weekend is so busy that the Bella suites are going to be “all gone” and that I have this room available for you. He takes out a binder showing all the different rooms and shows me the “Renaissance Room”. I said I will gladly take it. He also asked If I wanted to have late check out but I kindly decline because I had a early flight Sunday. Also gave me a rollaway bed free of charge. Room was on the 35th floor overlooking Tao beach and the strip, one floor away from the top! Got my room keys and began a Epic weekend! …………….. (I really didn’t expect to get that room of a upgrade. I’m not sure if staying at the Ven couple of times help)
Went to the Ventian front desk. Went to the first available person. Slid $50 in between my license and credit card. Didnt say anything about the cash. The check in person asked if I wanted any change, I said it’s all here. She started typing away, asked if we had a special occasion I said it was out 5 yr anniversary. She ended up moving us to a suite in The Palazzo which was an upgrade from the basic room.