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  Deluxe Fountain View  from  Resort Queen Room 
We checked in around 12:30pm on Friday, the lobby was not too busy. After reading the stories we almost didn’t try but then decided what the heck. We took the first available clerk. She was very friendly and as I handed her my $50 sandwich I mentioned that we were in Vegas celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary and asked if there are any complimentary upgrades available.She casually let the 50 slip onto the counter and said she’s see what she could do. She then went to the back for a couple of minutes. When she came back she said she got approval for a beautiful room....and it was with a great view of the strip and fountains.
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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  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:  $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  Bay Suite  from  Bay Suite 
We arrived at the hotel very early in the AM (7 vegas time). I prepared my $20 sandwich (nom nom nom) and presented it to the next available host with the phrase "any complimentary upgrades available?". She was startled a bit at first but threw the $20 on the desk and begin looking. The hotel was very full as there was a conference booked there and the pool was opening this weekend. She found us an upgrade to a executive bay king suite with a strip view (that is 2 tiers of upgrade I think). Even better, she got us checked in to an already ready suite (that is normally a $50 upcharge) and extra late checkout on Sunday (normally another $40). So thankful, normally checkin is at 3pm and the place becomes a zoo! Also 2 buffet passes! When I looked at rooms, a exec over a bay room was an extra $200 or so a night, so for our 2 night stay, we ended up with $500 worth of value for our $20 bucks. Total win!
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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 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  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:  $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:  $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:  $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:  $20 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Strip View  from  Vegas Season Strip View 
Which clerk did you target and why? First available. What time/day was it? 1pm What did you say to get upgraded? Standard $20 sandwich, said it was our Anniversary and asked for any complimentary upgrades available. She said yes she could put us on the top floor of rooms (3rd fl from top, under the 2 top floors of Suites) at the very end of the hallway with corner strip view (2 windows facing 2 directions). She also sent up a complementary bottle of champagne.
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  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.