she just slid the money right back to me.
I slipped the 20 in between my I’d and credit card. The attendant winked as soon as he saw the money and said he would do everything he could to help. Same room type but the attendant changed us from non strip view 31 floor to strip view 60th floor. He also apologized he couldn’t do better since it was a Saturday and they were at 90% capacity.
Presented the sandwich at check in (mid-morning) and asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. Was momentarily taken aback when the clerk upon seeing the $20 said “is this for me?” I said “uh, yes, for whatever you can do for us.” She said “no, no, we’re not allowed to take money…but let me see if I can get you an upgrade.” She upgraded us to a panoramic view room on a high floor, for free. Very nice, and my friend was very impressed with me for knowing to ask. 🙂
We checked in at a little after 1pm knowing the hotel was nowhere near fully booked. I didn’t bother even trying the $20 trick, because it has been well documented lately that the Wynn has instructed all clerks to try and sell upgrades. Sure enough, I had hardly said hello when the clerk started offering me “bargain” upgrades.
Once I politely refused the paid upgrades, I was informed there were no standard resort rooms ready yet. What a bunch of bullcrap! I was informed I would have to wait until 3pm to check in, and I was on the 9th floor. I made a bit of a fuss to a guy in a suit who was directing people to the check-in lines, and ultimately wound up with a nice strip view on the 28th floor. Still a standard room, so no upgrade as far as I’m concerned.
I stayed at the Wynn for my Birthday/Memorial Day Weekend through a deal on Hotwire. I checked in around 5pm, did the trick and asked if they have any complimentary birthday upgrades. He put my 20 back on the counter and said “Let’s leave it here for now” (this was the first time I’ve tried this trick and am still not sure if putting the 20 back on the counter is a definite No Upgrade) and said that Panoramic Room costs an extra $25 a night but he can get me in a room on the 39th floor (one floor below the Panoramic Rooms) with a view of the golf course. I took it and let him keep the $20 that he put back on the counter.
1st time doing the 20 dollar trick. I was booked through Expedia for the Resort Room.
Clerk put the $20 bill on the keyboard, typed away, offered me a room on the 34th floor overlooking the golf course.
The clerk thanked me for the tip.
Floor to ceiling windows in the room. Nice bathroom.
To be honest, I didn’t notice a huge upgrade, then again, I’ve never been in an “un-upgraded room” at the Wynn so I have no basis for comparison. I guess the trick worked because the clerk kept my tip, but I’m not really sure what the upgrade was.
The Wynn is a very nice hotel, but I’d never pay $300-400 a night to stay there (probably because I don’t think ANY hotel is worth that!)
Stood on line for a while and finally got directed to a female clerk who was young. Told her that it was my first time in Vegas, and slipped her a $50. She put me in a villa that is on the golf course! Nicest room I’ve ever been in. Best $50 I ever spent.
Just went for a bachelor party. We reserved four rooms for 16 guys. We decided that we would tip 100 just to be safe. We thought 20 might not have been enough for all four rooms.
Well – we easily could have tipped 20 because she was more then happy to upgrade us once she felt the cash under the credit card. She just put the CC down in front of the keyboard and started looking for upgrades immediately. The CC was on top of the cash so she didn’t even know how much was there. I guess she may have read this website and thought it was a 20. I’m sure she was surprised when she got home.
In either case – all four rooms were upgraded to the panoramic view floor 53- all on the same floor
Booked a Resort room through Travelocity, when I got into Wynn it was about 2PM. Looked over the lines and slicked back my hair with my hands and then licked my thumbs and combed back my eyebrows. Walked up to a guy who looked like he knew what he was doing. I had previously folded the $20 into a little origami frog. I slid it over to him with my ID. Gave him a wink and then asked if he could hook me up.
He typed about 50 keys and came back with a Villa upgrade right by the fairway. Then he gave me the keys and touched my hand. Didn’t think anything of it. Later, while I was in the Villa around 10PM I hear the doorbell ring and think it is the dinner I ordered but actually it is the desk guy and he’s dressed to the nines and looks like he’s ready to party. I said WTF and then he left. I got downgraded 15 minutes later.
We checked in on Sunday around 3pm. Not much people cheking in, so I went for a blonde 25 to 30 year old clerk and asked for a complimentary upgrade. She returned the 20$s immediately and told me, that management doesn’t allow any complimentary upgrades anymore and she would get in big trouble, if she would give us a better room for free. So we ended up with a 25$ upgrade for a panoramic view instead of 50$.