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.

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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Bella Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Finally have some time to report back... Here's my last trip to the Palazzo results. We booked two standard non-strip-view (cheapest) rooms two nights via Priceline and got it at $106 per night. We have 4 adults and 2 very young children. When we got to the hotel; there was no line, some guy directed me to the clerk. I can't remember exactly what his name was but he was young and in his 20s. He asked whom I was and I handed him a 40 sandwich since I had two rooms reserved. Like everyone else he set the money aside and started doing this thing. He asked what I was in town for and I said I was taking my inlaws to Vegas for a visit. He replied "great, I'd imagine you'd like your trip as enjoyable as possible." I responded by saying "oh definately, if there's any complimentary upgrades that would be awesome!". He kept on punching things into the computer, about 30 seconds later he handed me two keys and said "I've extended this one time courtesy by upgrading you guys to strip-view high floor room." I then asked him "are these room next to each other? We have two kids and would be great that they can run around! And if you can get us two beds each room that would be great!" Knowing that in order to get two beds he will have to upgrade us to the Bella suite. He proceed to punch some more stuff to the computer for another 15 seconds and says "I have got you guys in connecting room with two beds each and a view of the strip! But this is just a one time courtesy." I got exactly what I wanted! Two connecting rooms facing the strip with two beds in each room. We stayed for two nights and saved nearly $400 with the sandwich. Standard King to Bella Suite with view is about an additional $80 per room per night for the the dates we selected. (mid-April week night) Connecting rooms $10 per night. The only thing I wish I had asked was the waiver of resort fees... But in the end I was very happy with the sandwich.
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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:  $20 Upgraded to  Bella Suite  from  Bella Suite 
Originally booked bella suite with no view, did $20 trick and upgraded to bella with strip view in venezia tower with late checkout and free breakfast for two/$15 in free gambling. Also, was given a complimentary fridge.
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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  Contemporary Tower View  from  Tower 
I was a little nervous as I approached the front desk at Excalibur but once I saw the young woman who would be checking me in I was immediately at ease. Young female, professional, smiling, pleasant. It was about 9pm on a Monday evening so it wasn't terribly busy. She asked my name, and after telling her I immediately displayed my credit/$20/ID sandwich while asking if any complimentary upgrades were available. The young woman smiled and asked me to place my money on the counter and offered me a room with a view in the Royal Tower and on a higher floor. I hope anyone traveling to Vegas comes across this site and realizes that this is how Vegas works. Tip friendly, be friendly, and have some manners. It makes a big difference in how you're treated.
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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  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:  $100 Upgraded to  Skyline Marquee Suite  from  Grand Queen Room 
My wife's best friend was having a milestone birthday and we booked a week at an all inclusive Cancun resort, however, due to hurricane season the weather turned out to be awful and we cancelled our trip to Mexico and booked a shorter stay in Las Vegas. We arrived at MGM around 4pm on a Monday afternoon and there was a fairly short check in line ahead of us. I didn't target any specific desk clerk and was directed to a mid 30s male behind the counter. I told him we had two rooms booked with another couple and slid the sandwiched bill to him, briefly explained the Mexico trip cancellation and said "I was wondering if you have any complimentary EPIC upgrades for us that would put us in the penthouse and make you a hero to the birthday girl." He took the sandwich and said let me see what's available. I responded by saying "I'm hoping that since we are here for 3 week nights there's something awesome available." He confirmed we were checking out on Thursday morning and said "I think you'll be happy with this room, it's high and has a nice view of the strip." We got our keys and headed to the room. He upgraded us from two separate standard queen rooms to a 1500 square foot marquee suite with to separate king bedrooms, two 5 piece bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows with automated curtains, 4 TVs, and a wet bar. The view of the strip was great and for $16 dollars per night per couple we upgraded from a $185 dollar room to a $600 dollar a night suite. All told, between the two couples we got an awesome upgrade for $50 each and saved over $700 by the time you figure in resort fees and taxes. Yes, I paid more than $20 but with 2 couples I felt it was worth it and we got a smoking deal, well worth the $100. This was my first time trying the trick and I'll surely do it again next time we go.
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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:  $50 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Unsure 
We arrived in Vegas Friday morning and got to the Westgate at around 10:30 AM. We weren't sure if they would be able to check us in that early, but the checkin line was empty so we decided to ask. We had booked our room through Hotwire so we hadn't picked Westgate specifically. We got a great rate for a standard room. When we got to the desk, I gave them my name for checkin. I indicated, I realized we were very early in the day. Then she said that is no problem our room was ready. I then passed my passport with CC and a $50 bill in between. I indicated we were there for our wedding anniversary and wondered if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She set the $50 on her key board and started typing. We made small talk about the weather as we were there from Canada on Super bowl weekend..... anyway, she then pulled out a book and showed us a picture of a sweet in their owners tower and asked if we thought we would like it? She indicated it was a recently renovated room. Anyway, we had originally booked a standard king room and ended up with a 2 room suite that was fantastic. It was 3rd highest floor and indicated, this was the best she could do without charging us. She also gave us free breakfast for each morning. It was awesome and It really made our weekend.
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:  $20 Upgraded to  Madison Avenue Room  from  Park Avenue Room 
I had a basic room at NYNY, merely went to the first clerk available on a Monday afternoon, kindly put $20 between ID and credit card, and politely asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. She smiled, said she would check. First asked, if I was parking a car during my stay. I wasn't. She then upgraded me to a room that had a nice view of the strip facing MGM, and parts of excalibur. Also a bigger room. Enjoyed it.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Petite Suite  from  Vegas Season Strip View 
My story is good and bad. I explained to my brother in-law how this is done and he checked in right after me. I slipped the sandwich and asked the younger girl if there was any comp. upgrades as it was the day after birthday. She hesitated and was afraid to help but offered free champagne. I asked for a buffet coupon and was denied also denied for waiving the resort fee. I motioned to my brother in-law to try a different person. He went to a man a did the $20 and they guy gave him a room upgrade and a 2-1 buffet coupon. I told him if you get those items then get aggressive when he mentions the resort fee and show him another $20 and ask if he can do anything about waiving the fee. The clerk said he could take care of it saving him $70. So he got a tower suite, a 2-1 buffet coupon, and $70 waived resort fee for $40. The moral of the story is make sure you get the right clerk when you check in. I think my clerk was hesitant because an older lady clerk was sitting next to her and seemed to be watching us closely and listening in. Good luck
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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  Premium Fountain View  from  Unsure 
Relatively busy due to big conference, with several people in front of me around 7pm. Was friendly to male clerk who initially seemed to be rushed when he called me up next, but handed sandwich when asked for card and ID, he immediately warmed up and was super cool, openly set the $20 aside, and said he'd look up what they had for complimentary upgrades. Was clearly absolutely acceptable practice and not awkward. Made some small talk about conference happening and how busy it was while he looked things up. Was very transparent about how busy they were, and said it was good timing before an expected rush later. Gave me a couple options and I picked a bigger room with great fountain view on higher floor. When we were done he thanked me as he picked up the tip, and since he kept the 20 on the table to the side through the process I got the clear vibe that he would have politely returned it if he couldn't find anything. Happy I found this site earlier today. Be friendly and confident about it. If they can help you, I think they will given you're not douchey, and it's a nice courtesy for them to earn a 20 spot for making your stay a little nicer.
Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Bella Suite  from  Bella Suite 
Checked in at 1 PM on a Friday and was directed to a young female clerk. I had a reservation for two connecting Bella Suites and handed over the sandwich with $50 inside. She stated she was unable to find any other connecting room upgrades but waived the $30 resort fee and $10 connecting room fee as well as giving me late checkout. A decent outcome considering the fees would have cost me $160.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  None  from  Basic 
Checked in early, said I didn't mind waiting until room was ready. Chatted for a bit about this and that while she was looking for a room that was ready. I asked for complimentary upgrade with a $50 in between my cards. She took off the daily resort fee but said she couldn't do the room upgrade. She kept my $50 and that was that. It did save me money overall, but was not impressed. Next time, and I suggest a different hotel as well, I will just try a $20.