Best Vegas Hotel Upgrades!

Already know the ol’ the $20 sandwich trick? Then it’s time to hear how our users got along! Here’s a roundup of the best stories as voted by our users.

Our Users’ Favorite Stories…

Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  PH Resort Vistas  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
My wife and I arrived in Vegas as first timers all the way from Australia. Checked in at around 11 am and there were only a few people in the check in queue. When it was my turn, I approached the staff with a big smile. We chatted for a short while. I handed my passport with the $40 inside. He smiled and asked if the money is for him. I told him, "Yes, it's for you. Is there any complimentary upgrades available?" He said he will check and after a few seconds he said he found a better room with a view of the Bellagio fountain and the Eiffel Tower. He also waived the early check-in fee for us. When we got inside the room, we were amazed with the view (photo attached). It was a room on the 22nd floor. We enjoyed our 3 nights stay at PH.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Tower Deluxe  from  Tower Deluxe 
I gave the $20 but they didn’t have any upgrades, so... She refunded my resort fees, free parking, and free early check in. Came up on +$88!!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Lanai Suite  from  Terrace Studio 
Gave the 20 sandwiched between license and credit card. Clerk asked if I needed change. I replied that it was for checking if there were any upgrades and that we were celebrating wedding anniversary. Clerk indicated that they can only take tips and they will check and we are free to take tip back if we want. Clerk checked around and found a great upgrade for us - newly renovated Terrace Suite Fountain view.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Strip View  from  Vegas Season Deluxe 
So, we where qued up ready to be seen at the front desk and got called forward when a new deck was opened just for us. We are staying for a week so thought we would upgrade the tip to $50. I handed over the sandwich and asked if there where any complmentry upgrades and the guy (assistant manager) said he could see what he could do. While he was doing his magic we chatted away to him about our trip and what we do for work back home. After a minute or so he gave us a few room opinions and we picked one that suited us. A corner veiw room of the strip with 2 windows on the 32 floor. Because it was a corner room it is also abit bigger. We got a bunch of 2 for 1 tickets for the hotel and we where put on the champagne list for our whole visit.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Tower Suite  from  Vegas Season Tower Suite 
I did the $20 sandwich and was upgraded from the Tower Suite to the Luxury Suite on the 36th floor with a killer view of the strip. I was also comped resort fees and received a handful of 2 for 1 drinks plus a bunch of other coupons.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Bellagio Suite  from  Resort King Room 
1 weekday night in April with no major events/conventions. Check-in was medium sized busy as we arrived about 5-6pm or so. Ushered to a friendly Eastern European guy who chatted us up nicely. He saw the $20, let it sit in plain view and smiled and said he'll do what he can. Went from a run of the house room to a Bellagio Suite (non fountain view...but that was ok by us) on a high floor (20+)! Well worth it. And we're going back there again next month!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Indigo Tower Suite  from  Indigo Deluxe Room 
We checked in about 1130 pm. My husband went to the first available clerk. We were there on a dart tournament, so we were in the cheapest room on an already discounted rate with no resort fee. My husband placed a 20 between his ID and credit card and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He went away for a bit and when he came back we were upgraded to a tower suite with a Jacuzzi and same rate with no resort fee. It really made the trip!!!
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  August Tower Luxury  from  Palace Tower Deluxe 
We arrived at Saturday around 2pm and it was really really busy at the check in. We had to question for around 30mins. Did not really go for a special clerk, just took the next available and behaved calm and nice. After a short small talk I handed over the my "sandwich" with 50 bucks and asked if there is a chance for a complimentary upgrade. Got upgraded huge a corner room in the Augustus Tower with a beautiful view on the strip and the bellagio fountain. I had to wait another 2h until the room was cleaned before I could get my keys but the wait was worth it.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Tower Suite  from  Vegas Season Deluxe 
I received a gorgeous king size suite upgrade with view of the mountains and strip on the 26th floor, much better than the standard queen size room I would've had. Room had two separate bathroom suites one with a Jacuzzi tub and the other with all glass shower. Free bottle of champaigne, 2 free meals and countless drink coupons. So very worth it, and my early check in fee was waved!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Deluxe Resort  from  Deluxe Resort 
Walked up to the clerk and I made sure to be super friendly with eye contact, jokes and everything. When she asked for my ID and credit card, I had it already set up in my pocket with a $20 slipped in between. As I handed it to her, I asked if they had any complimentary upgrades. She told me to hold on to the money for now and to put it on her side of the desk afterwards. She said that my two rooms were lower floor rooms with no view but now I was on the 52 and 54 floor with a strip view! Worth the $20.
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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Bella Suite  from  Bella Suite 
The hotel was sold out that 3 day weekend and we arrived at 10 am, way before check-in time. I asked the FD agent if they are allowed to accept gratuities...she said yes and I slipped her $40 in a small envelope and told her what was inside (cameras dont record sound). I then told her I was there for an anniversary (I wasn't) and that I didn't plan to use the pool, internet or gym so was there anything we could do about those "pesky resort fees". She said let me see what I can do...she upgraded me to a view room, let us check in early and cleared the resort fees for all three nights! Not a great score but still success.
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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Tower Suite  from  Vegas Season Deluxe 
I tipped more than usual, but this is because I was wanting two rooms upgraded. So normally I would tip $20, but I thought if I had 2 rooms then $40 was fair. When we first approached the young man at the counter he only asked for my credit card, which was super awkward since I had already prepared my sandwich in between my ID and credit card. He was flabbergasted by the $40 and immediately set them on the bar back in front of me saying "he wanted to leave this here in case he did not meet my expectations". My boyfriend and I carried on very light conversation and then the guy started saying things like "happy anniversary" and "happy birthday" (probably trying to justify this major upgrade. We made sure to mention it was our first time staying at treasure island. He then showed us our rooms in a binder which we gladly accepted. So grateful that he could accommodate us the way he did. We felt so spoiled!!!
Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Indigo Tower Suite  from  Indigo Room 
When I arrived at Bally's at around 6pm, the front desk was extremely busy with a long line of people waiting to check in. I dropped my bags with the bellhop desk and went out to dinner. I came back to the front desk around 10pm. There was no one in line and I picked a guy behind the desk who looked like he was around 35-40 years old. I folded a $50 bill and placed it between my credit card and drivers license. He asked if I was there to check in, I said yes and he asked for ID. I handed him the "Vegas sandwich" and he set it down on the counter next to his keyboard. I asked, "Would you mind looking into any available upgrades to my room?" He replied, "Sure... let me see what we have available. How about a suite?" To which I agreed that would work out just fine. He picked up my ID and credit card, handed them back to me and put the $50 in his pocket. We thanked each other and I was on my way. Room was nice, big, it had a living room, dining area, wet bar, bedroom, two bathrooms, a dance studio (which seemed odd) and a really nice view of the Vegas strip. The only thing that would have been a better upgrade, is to get that type of room in the newer Jubilee Tower. But I wasn't complaining.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Pyramid Suite  from  Pyramid Deluxe 
Did the trick while asking for any complimentary upgrades and got a suite. Arrived about 7pm.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Stratosphere Select  from  Strip View Guest Room 
I've been doing a lot of research on this $20 trick, so I decided to try it a two-day stay at the Stratosphere hotel. Since we were doing this, I decided to book the cheapest level rooms to see how much of an upgrade we would get. My friend and I came on a Sunday afternoon around 4PM in the 2nd week of August. The check-in line in the lobby was very long, nearly a 20 - 30 minute wait! Tons of people trying to check in. At this point, I was rather doubtful that the trick would work since they probably wouldn't have any availability (and the clerks all looked so busy). But boy, was I wrong! When I got to the front, I was greeted by a friendly young man. When he asked for my credit card and driver's license, I handed him the $20 sandwich and asked in a low voice, "Are there any complimentary upgrades available?" As if by routine, he casually took the sandwich and replied with a hint of craftiness in his voice, "Ok, sir... let me see what I can do." He then began typing away on his computer. At this point my heart was pounding with excitement since this was my first time! He then excused himself to and walked to a back room. I knew at this moment that the bribe had worked. He soon returned to the counter, finished my check-in on the computer, and handed me my room keys. "I've upgraded you guys to the Select Rooms in our newly-renovated building," he said, "And here is a Take Vegas Back card to get special discounts throughout the resort!" The promotion card was already free to begin with if you sign up online, but it was a nice touch if you never knew about it. The room was excellent; very clean, comfy, and beautiful! Definitely worth the $20.The only thing I would do next time is ask for a room with a "nice view", because they gave us one that directly faced the parking structure - not the most romantic vegas scene! Bottom line: Upgraded to the Stratosphere Select Rooms in the nice newly-renovated building, got a Take Vegas Back promotion card without signing up. Just be sure to ask for a room with a good view!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Rush Tower  from  Carson Tower 
We checked in on a Friday afternoon. Gave the clerk ID, CC and $20. He upgraded us to the Rush tower, which was much nicer than the Carson tower. Very happy with the upgrade.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Comtemporary Tower Room Queen  from  Tower Room Queen 
It was approximately 9:30 pm and quite busy as there were a lot of families and people in the check-in line. Quite possibly there was a high school basketball or volleyball tournament in town. I did'nt target a specific clerk, but was happy to get one that was a little bit away from the supervisors so I could try the sandwich trick. I placed my $20 in-between my ID and CC and asked "Are there any free upgrades available?" She said she would check and actually dropped my $20 on the counter. I didn't think she heard me too well, but she did recommed an upgrade to a larger room in Tower 2 (the newer refurbished one). I took it and then I asked for an extra roll away bed to add to my 2 queen bed room, since I had a 3rd guy staying with me. She started on the upgrade and addition and then saw the $20 and asked "Is this for me?" and a slyly gave an affirming nod and she smoothly pocketed the cash. Looking at my bill, I got the upgrade and the roll away bed for free and she did not charge me for an extra person in the room either, so its definitely a win!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Resort Tower King  from  Resort Room 
We arrived at the Bellagio at around 10am on a Sunday morning. We did not pick any line just took the next available window. I did the $20 sandwich trick and told her we were back for our 4th stay and we were celebrating our 31st anniversary "would you have any complimentary upgrades?" She told us that AT&T had a convention going on and there would be no fountain view rooms available. She did notice that I had been in contact with their concierge before our arrival (to surprise my wife with spots at Cypress Pool) and she made a few calls to verify it. She then offered an upgrade to the Resort Tower King corner room (she told us a $70/night upgrade) which gave us views of the mountains and the main pool area~ very nice. The best part is that the elevators took us directly down to the pool area...no need to walk through the shop areas. Not a biggie, but was nice. All in all a good score.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Augustus Tower  from  Forum Tower 
We arrived at the hotel on a sunday at 11a, and check in wasnt until 3p. We were served by a young lady (Yeleny) and she told us that our room wasnt ready yet as it wasnt 3p, but if we wanted a room right away, it would be $30. My husband and I said that we were in no rush and that we would wait until 3p and that we would leave our suitcases with the bellman. When she asked for id, my husband slid over his cc, $20 and his id, and then asked "if there were any complimentary upgrades available". As soon as he asked her that, she had a small smirk on her face and asked "What kind of upgrade did we have in mind". Since we already paid for a King size bed, I asked if it was possible if we could get his and her bathroom sinks. That was pretty much all I asked for. She said "lemme see what I can do. Can I see your id please" my husband pointed his card that he slid in front of her as she forgot it was there. She saw it and then split the card in two and saw the $20 in between. In a blink of an eye, she flicked the $20 beneath her keyboard and said "lets see what options we have here" she then proceeded to tell us we could either have the Palace Tower which a room was ready for us, or the Augustus Tower which we would have to come back after 4p for the keys as the room wasnt ready yet. We asked her what her preference would be and she said the Augustus Tower, as this room goes for $600/night and on NYE goes for $900/night. Also our window had a fantastic view of the Bellagio water fountation show. So we booked the Augustus Tower. She then asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. We told her we got engaged last year and married this year and it was our first trip together as husband and wife. She then said she would make a note in the computer (I think because she would have a reason as to why she upgraded us). After some smal chit chat we were done. We would do it again in a heart beat. Next stop...WYNN!!!!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Senators Suite  from  Classic Room 
Arrived around 5pm on Friday for a one night stay and found a younger male clerk. Sandwiched $20 between the ID and credit card and asked for any "complimentary room upgrades". After a little bit of small talk about having a rough flight and feeling that "my luck will change soon" he said "I think your right" and gave me my room keys with a smile. We got upgraded to a 1500+ sq/ft Senators Suite and it was INCREDIBLE! 3 bathrooms, 4 plasma tv's, remote control curtains, bar, robes, surround sound stereo, view of the strip. Yeah, it was all of that and more. Total cost....$85 special I found online + $20 tip = $2500 room. BIG thanks to everyone here for the tips! Don't know if I will ever be able to top this upgrade but it sure will be fun to try.