I got in the line of an older-looking guy (50’s), as I read here that guys are more likely to give upgrades. He saw my 20 between the credit card and drivers license and quickly put it in his pocket, and said “let’s see what we can do for you today”. It was the 7/7/07 weekend and he said he couldn’t upgrade me to a suite, but he said he could get me a Panoramic View room on the 50th floor – however, it was a smoking-optional room, which I wasn’t crazy about. He found another room which he called “upgraded” on the 23rd floor and that’s what I ended up with. It turns out that “upgraded” and “panoramic” are the same thing and just mean that the room is closer to the elevators in the center of the curve, so you get a better view of the waterfall area right below (instead of from off to the side). That was the only difference between that and a regular Resort room. Bart said it was a $50 per night upgrade. While the view was nicer, had I known that it was all my $20 was going to get me, I probably would have passed.
We were booked at Wynn for three nights, two of which were comped, so felt we had a “win” even before checking in. Slipped a folded $20 between ID and credit card and asked if there were any Strip View rooms available on one of the higher floors. We were given room 6055 — wow what a view and well worth the $’s.
Booked on Orbitz for about $230.Upgraded to Tower Suite pool view.Loved the property.Everything was great
Gave clerk $20 with license and credit card and asked if any suite upgrades were available. He offered suites at a discounted rate, which we declined but upgraded us to a panoramic view room on the 54th floor.
Told the gentlemen that we were in town for Mom’s 82 birthday and I needed a nice room by elevator. He said he would give us an upgrade room with a good view (it was golf course view not strip). Our room was on the 55th floor (out of 60). I am not sure what the difference is between a panoramic view room and a regular room. I imagine it is the floor level? He mentioned he would send a birthday cake to the room if his manager approved. We never got a cake.
Had planned to try this with a $100, but given that I was checking in when it was really busy (~1pm) I decided to just do $20 since I figured it wouldn’t work as often. Sure enough, the guy was a pro. As I handed him the card+$$+ID I said ‘and if there’s anything you can do in terms of a room upgrade i’d really appreciate it’. Heard a quick snapping sound as the money dissapeared, and got a nice upgrade to a bigger room on one of the top floors. Well worth it.
I sought out one of the men at the front desk, handed him my credit card and ID with $20 wedged in between. He saw it, kept the ID on top of the $ and looked up one of 39 corner rooms with a fantastic view of the Strip in the Resort Tower. He gave me a wink, and I was on my way.
I tried tipping the front desk clerk and they just laughed at me. I guess I need better luck next time.
I went to Vegas this past March, stayed at the Wynn Hotel (newest & coolest). When my girlfriend and I checked in the guy noticed that we were from VA. He asked where we went to school we both said George Mason University (Final Four Baby). He said that he actually went to Mason as well a few years back. He told us that the room we had requested (basic room) was not available yet, so he upgraded us to a high rise. When we were done I shook his hand and gave him the $20. He upgraded us BEFORE the tip on his own! We stayed on the 52 floor, there are only 60 some levels. Excellent experience! We’ll be going to back Vegas later this summer, I will post what happens then.
Just got back from 2 night trip to Vegas – stayed at the Wynn. Upon arrival we found a younger looking man at the front desk and waited in his line. The lady in front of me was yelling at him and would not allow him to do his job. After waiting behind this woman for about 15 minutes, we almost changed lines but she ended up walking away. We sympathized with the guy at the desk for having to deal with the obnoxious woman. He asked for our IDs and credit card and I handed him my Visa with a $20 underneath, while asking for a complementary room upgrade. He noticed the $20 right away and quickly positioned the credit card to cover it up. He said he could upgrade us to a Panorama View room (which I’ve come to learn was about a $50 a night difference from the standard room). He thanked us and we did the same, and proceeded to our room on the 54th floor. It was beautiful – view of the Wynn waterfall, TI’s pirate show, and Mirage volcano. I will return to the Wynn and will be using the $20 trick everytime in the future.