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:  $50 Upgraded to  PH Strip Suite  from  Hollywood Hip Room Strip View 
We arrived at approx 10:30 am and there was no line so we got the first person who called us up. Handed him the $50 sandwich and said we were hoping to check in early, and wondered if there were any other rooms available. He let the $50 stay where it fell from the sandwich as he carried on a friendly conversation and looked up what rooms were available. He waived the early check in fee, upgraded the room, and was extremely friendly. We had booked a fountain view hip room but the room we got was a suite - which is quite large with a giant bathroom, a huge soaker tub, and fountain views, and it was in the 18th floor. We could watch the fountains and gaze at the Eiffel Tower while soaking in the tub - so amazing! We saved just over $1000 on the room cost and it was well worth the $50. I will definitely ise this at every future hotel stay! Thanks!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Fortuna Suite  from  Bella Suite 
I went to the next available clerk, Joshua at about 8:30 PM. I gave him the sandwich and he thanked me and asked me if I needed any change. I told him I didn't and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. He said he'd check with his manager and went to the back. He emerged to say he could upgrade me to a Fortunate Suite with a view of the strip. I knew from checking around online that the Fortuna was a great suite. I was so pleasantly surprised I didn't even bother asking for resort fees to be waived (ie I thought the upgrade was enough). We loved the Fortuna!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Prestige Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
I walked up to the counter and did some small chat with the young woman who was checking me in. When she asked for my ID, I put my $20.00 behind it and told her that it was my wife and I's fifth wedding anniversary and asked her if there was anything she could do for us to make our stay more enjoyable. She upgraded us to a prestige luxury suite on the 43rd floor and gave us some coupons for free drinks, and slot play. She said the upgrade fee was typically $45.00 a night but my $20.00 covered that for 4 nights. Well worth the $20.00 trick if you ask me.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Resort Room  from  Hollywood Hip Room 2 Queens 
Walked up to the counter with the $20 sandwich ready to go. Handed it to the clerk and asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. He set the sandwich aside and said he would check. After a few minutes of typing and searching, he found a resort room overlooking the pool/strip to which we could upgrade. And, here's the best part....he handed the $20 back!
Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Spa Suite on 40ish floor with stip view  from  Park Ave 
We checked in late Monday night, (Tuesday 1AM actually), and went to the first available clerk. I gave him a $50.00 sandwich. He placed the bill between us and he said I could tip him after if I was pleased with the service. He made a very brief call and then checked the computer while we were making small talk. He said he had a spa suite available, a double room upgrade, on the 40 ish floor over looking the strip and asked if that would be ok. I said that would be just fine. He also said that since it was so late he would waive one day of the resort fee, ($22.40). I handed him the $50 and went up to the room. When I checked out early Friday morning I noticed that the other 3 days of Resort Fees, ($67.20), were also comped! What a bonus!!! Now I wonder if he knew it was a $50 at check in? Did he just assumed it was a $20 as the bill denomination was face down? Had he realized it was a $50 could I have gotten into a Players Suite? I guess I'll have to go back and try it again!!!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Bella Suite with Strip View + Prestige  from  Luxury King Suite 
We arrived at the hotel around 4:00PM on a Sunday and the line for check in was quite long, so we didn\'t have the option to choose a clerk. We ended up with a male clerk in his 20s - he was quite nice and friendly! He started up a conversation with us regarding our stay in Vegas and asked if we needed one or two beds. We said two and he asked for ID and credit card. I chose to give him my ID first, then my credit card with the $20 folded and tucked behind the card facing him. Once the clerk saw the $20, he laughed and I asked \"So are there any complimentary upgrades available?\" and he quickly started searching for us. We got upgraded to the Bella Suite with a FANTASTIC view of Treasure Island and The Mirage Volcano show at night on the 45th floor at Palazzo. We also got our resort fees waived by asking nicely during the payment (\"Is there any change you can waive the resort fees for us? We don\'t use the gym or spa). The resort fees were waived for us but we still got wifi in our room (AWESOME!). Not only did we get upgraded to the 45th floor, but we also gained access into the Prestige lounge! Definitely try the $20 tip when you stay at the Palazzo, it\'s worth every penny!
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Tipped:  $30 Upgraded to  Tower King (24th/25th floor)  from  Standard  
We arrived at the Mirage around 4pm (after Southwest helpfully lost our luggage) and got in the short check-in line. This was going to be my first time trying "sandwich" trick, so I was a bit nervous. I approached the clerk with $30 tucked between my ID and credit card, and politely asked if they had any rooms available on the 24th/25th floor (all rooms are king, non-smoking and there is an express elevator that only goes to floors 24/25). She grabbed the "sandwich", and immediately started punching on the keyboard and placing some phone calls (I counted 3 phone calls total). After around 5-6 minutes, she announced that they DID, in fact, have an upgrade available, and our room would be on the 25th floor. SCORE! It was certainly easier than I thought, and I will most definitely be tipping on check-in again!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  suite at the Palazzo  from  suite at the Venetion 
Arrived at the Venetian at 8:30am in the morning. Didn't really target a clerk but got a very pretty young lady and felt I got lucky with that. She initially said that our room will not be ready until 2-3 pm that day. I then hit her with my $20.00 sandwich. I simply slid it towards her and asked if there were any upgrades available. She smiled and starting typing away. She came up with the same grade of room in the new Palazzo(sister building next door) with a gorgeous mountain/ strip view. And room was available immediately. Good investment. As a side note - when we got to the room we noticed some wall repairs that they forgot to paint. I mentioned this to our clerk and she proceeded to credit me $20.00 night for a total of $120.00 credit. I didn't ask for anything so think she offered due to the sandwich. Net return on my $20.00 - $100.00 and a gorgeous room at the Palazzo.
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Tipped:  $0 Upgraded to  Spa Suite  from  Carson Tower 
I checked in at 2:30 AM on a Sunday night. When I got to the front, before I even had a chance to ask for an upgrade, the clerk said they were all booked and they would be upgrading me to a 1500 sq ft Spa suite from a regular room. Stayed in it for two nights. Best upgrade ever!
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Tipped:  $ Upgraded to    from   
After finding this site I decided to give it a try on my next trip to Vegas. I originally booked 2 standard (Hip) two queen bed rooms for 3 nights (there are four of us), no strip view. Since we had two rooms and there were four of us we decided to tip $50. We arrived around 5pm. Got through the line quickly and were called over by a gentleman to check in. I gave him the sandwich and told him any complimentary upgrades would be appreciated. We made small talk about sports and I told him we were in town for one of the guys' birthday. He ended up upgrading us to Resort rooms (probably 50% bigger than Hip rooms) with a strip view. Our view was over the pool and towards the Cosmopolitan and Aria. The other room was towards Paris and the Bellagio. The bathrooms were large with a shower and tub and a sink on each side of the bathroom. Two big windows over looking the strip. Two comfy chairs to sit in. I'd say we did good. I looked online and found that normally these rooms are about $15-20 more than the room we originally booked. So $15 per night per room comes out to $180. So we saved $130.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Prestige Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Didn't get to choose a clerk since there was a line at check in and was directed to the next available clerk. We checked in right about 3:00 on a Friday afternoon. I was getting nervous standing in line and waited until I saw who I ended up with before deciding to try it. I had my $20 sandwich ready and luckily I was walked up to a female clerk at the far right end with no other clerks close by. We exchanged pleasantries and then she asked for CC and ID. I handed it to her and she placed the whole sandwich to the side of her keyboard. She was so pleasant to talk to asking about my plans and reason for coming that I didn't even have to ask for any complimentary upgrades. She knew what to do and just informed me that she was looking into upgrades for me. It was our 10 year anniversary which the clerk asked about and offered me 2 room options. Since it was our anniversary she recommended the higher room. We ended up in an amazing luxury suite on the 49th floor (out of 50) with amazing views of the north end of the strip (views of the Wynn, Trump, and Treasure Island). She informed me that this suite is usually $50 more per night. Overall a very pleasant experience with the $20 upgrade trick which I think had a lot to do with this clerk's exceptional service and not making it feel awkward. Seems like they are use to it and the reputation for it being done at the Palazzo often continues. Just go in confident and they'll do the best to help you out. Thanks to frontdesktip.com for all the advice.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to    from   
Booked through hotwire for June, super cheap rate, stayed like 5 or 6 nights. I was checked in by a nice lady, handed her licence and credit card then passed over a $50 and said any complimentary upgrades are appreciated and said this is hers regardless and she checked me in and gave me a coupon book. Got to my room and it was located near lobby elevator so not a far walk and walked in my room and it was a suite with a bedroom, walking closet, full bath, a separate living room with table, couch, tv, and half bath. Comfy bed, had a nice stay for a great price!
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Harrah's Petite Suites  from  Classic 
So easy! $20 for suite with jacuzzi tub on 34th floor!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Penthouse One Bedroom Suite City View  from  Superior Room 
Arrived at 3am. Only one clerk working. Approached and gave him the sandwich. He ducked to the back room and came back to let us know we have been upgraded to the Penthouse Suit. Didn't even have to ask!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Parlor Suite  from  Tower Suite 
We booked our stay through vegashotelescapes.com with a no-resort fee special. When we arrived to the hotel they said compliments of the provider that we were upgraded from our tower king suite to a parlor suite. Enough said!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Executive level, Bellagio/Strip View  from  Fab Deluxe King 
I did not target anyone. Just walked up to the next available gal. Gave her my ID, $20, Credit Card sandwich. Asked if we could check in early (noonish). She said, YES, and WOULD YOU LIKE AN UPGRADE? I said, "That would be great!". The person next to me asked to check in early and was told it was a $35 fee. AWESOME!!! Thank you!!!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Palazzo Siena Suite  from  Piazza Suite (comped) 
Arrived about 12:30. Little choice as to clerks as there was a line, but managed to get a younger female. Was handed back the 20 at first and asked if it was supposed to be there, to which I replied yes. The 20 vanished and she started typing. We chatted a little, and she mentioned that my originally booked Piazza suite was not ready yet. Was offered a Prima suite at first, but knowing that those rooms hadn't been renovated I then I asked if there was anything at Palazzo. She found a Siena suite that was ready, and mentioned it was slightly smaller than the Piazza (which I didn't mind as it retails for much more than a Piazza) and a phone call later I was on my way up to a very high floor of the Palazzo! The Siena suite was lovely, but this particular one didn't have a view of the strip nor any exercise equipment like some do. The shower was AMAZING to say the least with 5 shower heads!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Flamingo Royal Suite  from  Fab Delux 
I came across this site before I went to Las Vegas, and decided to try this out. Long story short, I was upgraded from their most basic room to a suite (bedroom, living room, fridge, whirle pool tub, strip view, two bathrooms, etc.). I was lucky enough to get a female (25-30-ish) clerk who I could charm. I placed a $20 in between my ID and credit card, and nicely asked for a complementary upgrade. She, smiled (this wasn't her first time I'm sure) and was on the phone and typing for about 5-6 minutes. She asked if I was okay with a room with a fridge hot tub and I said yes. That was the LEAST of the upgrades. I also must note I was on the 27th floor, with 28th being the highest. This will forever be a memorable experience.
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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!!!!