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  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:  $20 Upgraded to  PH Panorama Suite  from  Resort Room 
It was 4pm on a Wednesday. I told the clerk that my husband was turning 40, which was true, and gave her the $20. She upgraded us to an enormous panoramic suite with a 180 degree view of the strip. Our room was already comped, so we really scored!
Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Hospitality (2 Bedroom) Suite  from  Tower (2 Bedroom) Suite 
It was about 5 pm on a Monday. when my group and I checked in. We wanted to speak to the only male behind the desk because he just had the look that made us assume he would be down for the trick. Luckily the manager walked away right before we were up. Got through the formalities and he asked for my ID and CC. I sandwiched a $50 bill and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He looked up the reservation and seemed a little surprised and verified that we already had a 2 bedroom suite. He thought we wanted a villa which appeared to be out of his reach. I told him we were hoping for an upgrade to the hospitality suite. He made some calls and made it happen. The space we had was awesome! That room parties were even better!
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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:  $40 Upgraded to  Deluxe Room  from  Deluxe Room 
Denied...I could pay $50 a night and get a nicer room, but I thought the idea was that the cash up front took care of that. I was given the money back.
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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  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  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  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  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  Jacuzzzzzzzzeeeeeee Suite Top Floor, Great Room  from  Standard 
It was easy, tip was presented as recommended and the clerk smiled and said one moment please. His next comment was I hope you like heights. My answer was "I love heights, I just out of perfectly good airplanes so I'll feel right at home" It was the second floor from the top and it was so nice not having so many rooms on the floor. Great time !
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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:  $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
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  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.