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  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  Terrance One Bedroom - Fountain View  from  City Room 
Didn't target a clerk. The lines were too long. It was at 3pm. I didn't even say anything. Just handed the worker $20 and voila! Got a Terrace One Bedroom with Fountain View. Absolutely amazing
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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  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  Superior Strip View  from  Classic 
We checked in around 8:30pm, there was a line, so we had no choice of clerk. But when we asked "is there any chance for a complimentary upgrade?", she smirked as if there were not that many options and said, let me see what I can do. We had booked a carnival room with two queen beds, she was able to get us upgraded to a room on the 24th floor with a view of the strip. At first I did not think it was all that great of an upgrade, but then the volcano show at TI started. Great advice! Thanks!
Read more about Harrahs room upgrades
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Gold  from  Carson 
My credit card sandwich was refused by the clerk, who clarified that they are not allowed to accept tips for any reason. I then presented a Landry's select card (costs $25 at any restaurant owned by Landry's, like McCormick & Schmick's) and was told that got me the last upgrade available. Skip the $20, go get a Landry's Select card and use that instead. $20 may work if you have a more experienced and confident employee.
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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  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:  $50 Upgraded to  Siena Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Was unable to Target a specific clerk but got an awesome guy. Slid him a $50 sandwich and he immediately went to the back to see what he could do. He reappeared and told us that he could upgrade is to the sienna suite for our stay. This room is insane and totally worth the 50.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Jubilee Room  from  Indigo Room 
**We were actually upgraded to a Jubilee Premium Suite** Checked in around 11am and there was about a 15 min wait to check in. Didn't get the chance to target anyone unfortunately. We were called by an older woman (name started with R) and I greeted her with small talk and asked about her day. She was clearly flustered but put on a happy face and answered, asking for my ID after. Gave her the 20$ and asked if there was any upgrades she could give us since we were only there for 1 night. She was extremely grateful, ran back to talk to a supervisor for about 5 minutes. She came back with a smile and said we made her day, and for that, "I hooked you guys up". We go to our room and discovered we went from a small 300 sq ft room in the old tower we paid 70$ for, to a massive 1700 sq ft new tower suite with separate bedroom and living room, and a huge jacuzzi tub, with a great view of the Eiffel Tower. An amazing upgrade!!! My only sadness was that we were only there for 1 night.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Great Room Suite  from  Deluxe Room 
I was in town with inlaws for a 2 night stay. I booked both rooms with my registered malice account. I'm not a big gambler but I had stayed at Mandalay Bay previously. I had $49 run of the house rooms reserved. When we went to check in I just pulled out a $20 and held it folded in my fingers and asked if they had any upgrades. Clerk was a 30ish year old looking white dude. He said let me check....yup...you guys want suites? Said sure ! We got suites in Delano with a view of an ac unit literally outside the window, but still a nice upgrade. I had $75 food and beverage credit with my reservation and he upped it to $100 per room, too. This was in Jan 2017
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  High Roller View Deluxe  from  Deluxe 
Checked in around 10 pm and used the $20 sandwich and told the clerk anything that she can do to make my wife’s birthday special would be appreciated. We got upgraded from deluxe an older tower to the newly renovated tower with high roller view.
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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
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Resort Tower  from  Resort Room 
There were about four couples ahead of us in line for checking in. Our assigned clerk was a younger person (maybe early 20s). While handing over my ID, $20, and credit card I said, "I know we booked a premium view room, but I was wondering if there were any complimentary upgrades available." The clerk put us in a room on the 25th floor (those have larger bathrooms and use the elevators exclusively for the 24th/25th floors only). It might be important to also remember to speak to your clerk with friendliness and respect.
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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:  $10 Upgraded to  Unsure  from  Unsure 
This was around 7:30 PM. Tipped $10 and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades for me and my wife today. I booked the premium room and got upgraded to Signature Room + Strip View. It totally works!