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  Bella Suite  from  Bella Suite 
My brother threw his 30th bday in Vegas with a bunch of family and friends coming. The majority stayed at the Palazzo. This was labor day weekend on Saturday so I figured the tip trick would never work with the whole town being booked to capacity. He didn't target but he got a clerk at the corner away from other eyes and ears... One thing that made me nervous about doing it was asking within earshot of other employees or customers... He didn't ask for a room upgrade but he did ask for a special request. "Here's my ID and credit card and here's a $50 for you if you can get all our rooms on the same floor with a high view of the strip... anything you can do to help I would appreciate it" After banging away at the keyboard for what seemed like forever she found 3 rooms. We were all on the 42nd floor. Although we did have to wait until the rooms were clean... They texted us within 20 mins and the rooms were ready.... Also the next day he rented a cabana at the venetian pool. Cabana 22-23 were the most popular ones to pick. He knew he wanted to get Cabana 22 or 23 because of location but everything is first come first serve starting at 9am even with a reservation. Earlier the pool girl said she couldn't preassign cabanas and that the cabana map wasn't even given to them until 9am.. He slipped her a $20 and gave her the last name on the reservation and said he wanted 22 or 23. He got in line at 8:45am and was already deep in the back of the line.. When he got up he saw that 22 was already assigned to him.. SCORE! Remember, all of this was on Labor day weekend
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Roman Tower Room  from  Roman Tower Room 
Wasn't sure if it would work, but we followed the directions. The front desk man said to hold onto the money until the end and we could decide at that point whether to give it to him or not. He got us a deluxe room in the newest tower overlooking the pools. Way worth it.
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:  $50 Upgraded to  HRH Pool Suite  from  Casino Tower 
A 20 has gotten me a room way before 4PM check in, and also got me into their nicer Paradise tower with strip view (but 2 beds). If they have availability a 50 has gotten me into the HRH tower, a 1,000sqft suite, and a corner king. During the week my buddy did the same and got a $400/night bachelor party room for $100/night.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Red Room Eiffel View High Floor  from  Classic Room 
Checked in around 10pm and asked next available clerk if there was any complimentary upgrades available as I handed her the "sandwich". She said she'd check and we were given a wonderful room on 27th floor overlooking Eiffel Tower and Bellagio fountains. The best $20 I spent in Vegas. So happy I found this site, thanks.
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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:  $50 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite/32nd Floor with view of strip; comp.drink tickets and waived resort fee  from  Luxury Suite/View 
My flight arrived early into Las Vegas, and everything between getting my luggage and airport shuttle to the hotel ran flawless to the point I arrived at the Venetian by 11am. There were two lines when I arrived, a longer line for check-out, and a short one at the concierge area to check-in where a manager directed me right to an available person. Before entering the hotel, I had the $50 ready to go between my DL & credit card. I was staying six nights and felt $20 wouldn't get me anywhere. Having it my pocket, I made small talk with the lady who was checking me in. She asked me about my flight and what brought me to Vegas; I in turn asked if we could see if my room was ready. When she asked for the DL & credit card, I gave her the sandwich. Without hesitating, she typed away and told me she was moving a few things around, and found a ready room on the 32nd floor of the Venetian Tower. She said it was the highest floor before the penthouse suite floors come into play. In addition, I received four complementary drink tickets and when checking out, learned the resort fee was waived at check-in. The room itself overlooked the entire southern end of the strip; including the mountains and airport. The floor was non-smoking and outside a couple minor occasions at the beginning of the trip, the floor was very quiet. People I met at the pool complained the middle and lower floors were very noisy, and I felt fortunate about my situation. At the beginning, I wasn't sure if I truly had an upgrade. However, at the end, I believed I got one in more ways than one.
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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:  $50 Upgraded to  Siena Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Checked in at 3:00 pm and was directed to a 20 something lady. I handed her the sandwich with a $50 bill in the middle. She asked if I needed change, and I told her no, that was for her. we made small talk for a bit and she asked what my plans were in in town. I told her my husband and I had never taken a vacation in all the 17 years we have been married, and we thought would be a perfect place to take one! I asked if she had any complimentary upgrades available, she said of course and started typing away. I told he that I would love to check out one of your sienna suites, and said she said that since we booked directly through the palazzo hotel, and not a third party site, that she would love to give us our requested room upgrade. She found 2 sienna suites available, and asked if I would like the one with the view, and I smiled and told her she read my mind! She said she was going to make this trip amazing for us and handed us our keys to our suite along with 3 vouchers for full meals of our choice for 2 at the LUX cafe. (so over a $300 value or more) We also had a $100 credit for the mini bar in our room! And she also added late 2:00pm check-out with no charge. I had received so much from tipping $50, that I never asked about resort fees. I had gone from the regular, cheapest room, to one of the best rooms in the hotel (1,900 square feet) and more deluxe than anywhere I had ever stayed. Always book direct!!! even if you pay a few dollars more!! The hotel makes more, and you will have a better chance of getting what you ask for! I booked my room at $159/night and the room I got was $497/night. Plus $300 worth of food and two for 1 drink tickets at all hotel bars.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Resort Tower King  from  Resort King Room 
Almost chickened out, but decided to do the sandwich trick (I used a $50). I was polite and asked about any upgrades. We were given the upgrade to a Resort Tower king, a free buffet and a line pass to get us to the front of the line. Definitely worth it.
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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
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Terrace Studio  from  City Room 
I checked in on at 6pm on a friday night. I handed my $20 dollars between my ID and CC and asked politely if they had any complimentary upgrades and also mentioned that it was my first time staying at the Cosmopolitan. The clerk placed the $20 dollars on her keyboard and started typing and let me know that she would see if anything is available. It took awhile and she even called someone on the phone asking what she could do for me. I ended up in a terrace studio which was amazing and was much better than I had expected as I booked the lowest room type.
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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:  $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:  $50 Upgraded to  Pyramid Suite  from  Pyramid Deluxe 
Arrived late night Monday, waiting in line for the next clerk.. me and my buddy go to the counter and Peter is there to help us out. We throw in a 50$ sandwich just to be on the safe side (as the tip failed for me 8 years ago at the Excalibur, didnt want to go 0/2). My buddy actually slings it without saying a word, the clerk looks back at another agent behind them on the phone and after a few keyboard strokes we were updated to the Pyramid Suite. Unfortunately we asked if they could wipe the hotel fee's (110$US for 5 nights) and they said no.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Unsure 
We arrived at the Flamingo on Eed. June 17th, staying for 6 nights. We had booked the regular fab double queen room. I got an email earlier in the week offering a basic upgrade for 23.00 a night. We went to check in, and I did the sandwich trick. The gal helping us was probably in her 60s, and very nice. She thanked me for the tip. I never asked for anything, and after printing our keys, she informed me that we were booked in a double Queen GO room. Yay! It worked!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Big screen, strip view, 24th floor.  from  Standard (part of an airline package) 
Of course like most people, I expected to be too chicken to do this. But ended up doing it anyway. It was for a four day visit with my son. I have been in Vegas many times, but at 37, it was his first visit to Vegas. I explained to him that I just might try "the sandwich". When we arrived at the front desk getting the first available clerk, I thought what the heck, I'm going to try it. So, I put a folded up twenty under my credit card and slid it towards the clerk. While I did that, I asked if there was a complimentary upgrade available. The clerk glanced at the credit card, noticing the money underneath it and said "I'll see what I can do". I looked at my son and he looked at me, rolled his eyes and when we looked back at the credit card, the money was gone. Just slightly sticking out from under the keyboard. After some searching, the clerk came up with a room that turned out be perfect. A higher floor (24) with a strip view, large screen TV, a sitting area in the room and a granite counter top in the bathroom. Couldn't have asked for more. This was on a Saturday night with a giant thing happening at the Tropicana, right across the Boulevard!
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Tower King room private elevator 24th 25th floor  from  Resort King room 
I had booked a Resort King room my boyfriend and I approached a young woman clerk who seemed friendly. I handed her my DL and CC with the $20 Sandwiched in the middle and asked if they had any "Complimentary Upgrades available." She said let me check and after searching the computer she said I can upgrade you to the Tower King rooms which are on the 24th and 25th floor and have there own private elevator and there will be a surprise for you later this evening. Later that night we had a bottle of champange in the room.
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