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:  $20 Upgraded to  Lanai Suite  from  Terrace One Bedroom 
I checked in around 7pm on a Tuesday night for a one night stay at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. I used the $20 dollar trick with a mid thirties female clerk. She put the $20 on the counter and told me she would see what she could do. She made a call to her manager and ended up upgrading us to the Lanai Suite which is one of the best hotel rooms in the Cosmopolitan! It is a loft style room with it's own private outside area with a hot tub! I couldn't believe our luck and thanked the clerk along with giving another $20.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Wraparound Terrace Suite  from  Terrace One Bedroom 
It was around 2:30 pm when we checked in, I chose to line up at the front desk furthest away from the autograph lounge. I smiled and gave her the tip and she said, I have you booked in a wraparound terrace suite fountain view on the east tower
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Two Bedroom City Suite  from  City Room 
We arrived at midnight with 3 adults and 2 kids. There were only 3 front desk attendants. I put the $20 dollar tip between ID and visa. The lady was very polite and put the money besides her computer and asked if we wanted change? I said slowly with my poor English if "I could get a free room upgrade?" She said she will see what she can do. She then called someone and was able to get us a room with two bedrooms, a living room and two washing rooms! The rooms had 2 queen beds and one king bed and she added a free crib so everyone could have a bed, which was fantastic! It's our first time to las Vegas and it's such a wonderful room. Thank you for the kindly lady and this helpful website! Good luck everyone!
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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  Deluxe with Balcony and Pool view  from  Standard 
First time in Vegas and read about this online as I was looking to see if you can do free upgrades. Slipped a $20 when she asked for payment and ID and asked if here were any complimentary upgrades. Immediately said "Sure we can do something" as she discreetly put the $20 in her pocket. So worth it! She gave is the option of a pool view or strip view and said we could get a nicer room of we had a pool view.
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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 need to walk through the shop areas. Not a biggie, but was nice. All in all a good score.
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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Red room  from  regular luxury 
We checked in at about 2:00 pm on Monday. We didn't get a chance to pick a clerk. We ended up with a woman in her 30's. I gave her my licence, credit card and 40$. ( was hoping to get upgraded to a suite ) She asked me if i needed change, I told her that it was for her and was wondering if she had any complimentry upgrades available. She typed away for a minute, then said she had a renovated Red Room with a view of the Bellagio fountains. Our original room was there basic room, so we were very happy. We probably could have got the same room for 20$. I don't know if it helped, but I had my wife call a week before to confirm our reservation and ask them to make a note that we were in town celebrating my birthday (which was true). Maybe it helped, maybe it didn't. We will try the 20$ sandwich now every time.
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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.
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  higher floor with view  from  suite 
Well I arrived at 5pm no wait in line,told the lady we were checking in and gave her our ids and the 20 dollars with the is and cc and asked if there was a up grade,so she looked and said she could give us the next level suite for more money ,but I said no and she said that she could give me a higher floor room 37017 with a view So we ok and she gave us some passes for voodoo night here were its gets good we get to our room and unpacked our luggage and went out and gambled and party came back to the room early than normal because we worked that day and had a long flight from Chicago,always we get to the room in you can here the club bass in our room felt like we were in the club,I wanted to get some sleep but new it would be impossible so I called down to the front desk and told them to move us to a quieter room in the morning,so when we woke up I went down stairs to get moved and the wanted to move us to the other building and a lower floor with no view ,so I got upset and told her I wanted to talk to the manger and I did in I told him my story and he said that for my trouble he give me 30 dollar credit so I told him how upset I was with the lack of my concern with lower floor and my booming room from last night for 30 bucks and he said wait in that he would take care of us and boy did he he gave us the best suite they had with everything possible all the luxury you would want if you were a high roller,do my 20 dollars got me the upgrade of my life.......
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Tuesday, April 24 approximately 1pm. I didn't target any particular clerk, I went to the next available clerk, that I was directed to. I slid the clerk $50 under my license, and asked if there were any upgrades she could provide for the 2 Luxury suites I booked for 4 days. It was my father in law's 74 birthday. I then told her if upgrades weren't available, I would prefer a very late checkout. She told me my rooms were not ready, but I would get a text when they were finished. This is what I recieved when I walked into the room: A strip view for both rooms A 2pm checkout for both rooms A mini fridge in each room One daily resort fee removed for each room.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  PH Resort Vistas  from  Hollywood Hip Room 
Did not target a clerk but got a clerk that seemed to be having a bad day based on interactions with previous guests checking in. Tried the sandwich trick with a $50 bill and the clerk immediately knew what was up. She immediately thanked me and began typing away on her computer stating that she would help us out. It was only two of us so I requested a resort Vista room overlooking the Bellagio Fountains rather than a full on suite. The clerk was surprised that I knew what room I wanted. After several minutes, she gave me several options and we decided on the best room with that view. Ended up with a perfect view of the fountains, Paris Eiffel Tower, and the rest of the strip. The room was also about 1/3 bigger than a regular room and had a huge tub for two people that overlooked the Eiffel Tower and fountains. $50 well spent imho!
Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Tower Suite  from  Vegas Season Deluxe 
I had booked 3 Deluxe rooms. I had just gotten married two days ago, and I was bringing my in-laws to Las Vegas. I gave a $40 tip. The clerk upgraded 2 of the deluxe rooms to Strip view rooms. She also upgraded me and my wife's room to a huge one bedroom suite. Granted it was a Tuesday and not a weekend, but nevertheless that was an amazing upgrade. She also give us a complimentary bottle of champagne for each of the three rooms! Thanks to TI!
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 Strip View  from  Unsure 
I handed a nice lady behind the counter $20 bill sandwiched between my credit card and driver license, and asked “Do you have any complimentary upgrade?” The lady smiled and said “Yes I’ll take good care of you.” Eventually she gave us a room with two windows, viewing the Strip from two different angles, on one of the top floors, for 3 nights. Turned out we could see the volcano show at Mirage from one of the windows. Really felt great. No complimentary breakfast though. And didn’t get the resort fee waived. Got a two-for-one buffet coupon, but didn’t get a chance to use it, because we were usually outside at other more famous buffet or skipped dinner to catch some show. But the view is well worth the money.
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