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.
Random Girl on the check in desk at around 3pm on a Thursday
I asked for Strip view room as we already had the luxury room non strip view. I was told it would be an extra $260 for the week ,I said no thanks and then slipped $20 into my passport at which point the girl said let me just check again and see if i can get you that upgrade free of charge.
We got put in the Tower and had an amazing view of the Mirage Caesers and Ti .
I stayed at the Venetian and the place was packed due to a big convention.
Anyway, at 4pm I slipped the girl at the random check-in a $50 and asked if there were any upgrades available for my two, non strip view Bella suites. She said that she had to check.
She came back with an offer of a strip view room at the Palazzo nest door, but the deal started the next day and the six of us didn’t want to move so…
I then asked if she could waive the resort fees and the fee for adding a fridge for two rooms for four days and she did!!!
So $50 saved me $408 in resorts fees ($102 x 4) and $200 for the two fridges. ($50 x 4)
Plus she saw that I had two kids and didn’t add them? That was $50 each per night I think. So another $400 saved!
In conclusion, $50 up front got me $608 off total, $1008 if you count the kids discount.
Lastly, I only spent $30 gambling, so that wasn’t a factor as some say. I did spend hundreds and hundreds though on Zip lines, Virtual reality, $100 lunches – burgers and shakes. (Sugar Factory)
As an added bonus we missed hurricane Michael that roared through my city as a Cat 1.
Stayed for 5 nights and check in with $20 and got upgraded view. But also did the $20 dollar trick and said “I didn’t have chance to use the amenities can you do something about the resort fee”. He refunded resort fee for all nights so $200+ back.
Didn’t target any specific clerk. Handed $40 in between ID and CC. Was originally booked for Venetian on low floor, they upgraded us to higher floor on palazzo which has bigger rooms and at the time pools were not under construction like in Venetian. Giant suite- very nice
Luckily received clerk at right end. Very pleasant to speak with and acknowledged the sandwich right away. Even asked if I needed change, which I declined. It was 3PM, right at check-in time. We were meant to stay on a lower floor, but were upgraded to the 31st floor with a few of the strip. Saved $60 (minus the $20)
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.
We checked in at midnight on a Friday. Even at midnight there was a slight line and probably 10 registration clerks working, so did not have a choice of clerks.
We asked for the clerk to waive our resort fees for our 3 night stay and she said she couldn’t do that as “they were now hard coded into the system”. I’m not sure if that’s true. She upgraded our view to a premium view and gave us late checkout. She then asked if we needed change for our money and we told her it was for her so she discreetly dropped the twenty in her pocket. She was very nice.
Targeted a younger guy, no particular reason why. It was about Friday around 9PM – and we said nothing to get upgraded, he just checked us in and started asking us what type of upgrade we wanted. Waived resort fees and gave us late check-out. Couldn’t have been easier.
This was a big nothing. I am an ambassador member so I am supposed to get a room upgrade anyway. I got what I booked and paid for but only a slightly higher floor which I would have gotten anyway. I do not believe I will go back to the Venetian again. It was just ok – and for that – I will stay somewhere else next time.
We arrived slightly early for check in. I chose the first clerk available (younger man – 25-30 yrs old at the Ambassador check in desk) and he quickly took the money without saying a word. I asked if there were any upgrades available and whether anything could be done with the resort fee. We got a lot of nothing and he did not even pretend to want to give the $20 back. He gave us a code for faster internet but I don’t see any value in that. He said that we were getting an upgrade but as I said, it was not much of an upgrade and I am supposed to get one anyway for my ambassador membership. We were otherwise charged the full ride with full cost resort fees, etc.
If I had it to do over, I would put the $20 in the slot machine rather than give it to this guy because he not only did not do us any favors, he failed to explain anything about the hotel and he did not tell us that we had a casino credit that we just needed to activate. He also messed up our check in so that the hotel charged my credit card an extra $863. After taking a lot of our time and giving us the general run around, they finally fixed it. Thank goodness I had proof that I had already paid part of the bill as a deposit when I booked! If I was someone who needed the credit on my card for other things, I would have been in a real pickle because it took nearly a week to get that bogus charge off my card. It was not an issue for us but I could see how it would really put a damper on Vegas if we needed that credit.