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:  $30 Upgraded to  Vegas Season Tower Suite  from  Vegas Season Deluxe 
Stayed at the TI several times before and have had 100% success rate with $20 and have been upgraded to the petite suite. This time was no different. Had $30 (bumped it up to see what I could get) via the sandwich method and asked if he could help me out. The guy said sure and just like that he worked his magic and this time I landed a Tower Suite. I was staying from Saturday - Monday and checked in at 1p.m. I had to wait for 3 hours before I could check in because the party that stayed in the room the night before had a late check out. Well worth the wait!
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:  $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:  $20 Upgraded to  Bella Suite with Strip View + Prestige  from  Luxury King Suite 
We arrived at the hotel around 4:00PM on a Sunday and the line for check in was quite long, so we didn\'t have the option to choose a clerk. We ended up with a male clerk in his 20s - he was quite nice and friendly! He started up a conversation with us regarding our stay in Vegas and asked if we needed one or two beds. We said two and he asked for ID and credit card. I chose to give him my ID first, then my credit card with the $20 folded and tucked behind the card facing him. Once the clerk saw the $20, he laughed and I asked \"So are there any complimentary upgrades available?\" and he quickly started searching for us. We got upgraded to the Bella Suite with a FANTASTIC view of Treasure Island and The Mirage Volcano show at night on the 45th floor at Palazzo. We also got our resort fees waived by asking nicely during the payment (\"Is there any change you can waive the resort fees for us? We don\'t use the gym or spa). The resort fees were waived for us but we still got wifi in our room (AWESOME!). Not only did we get upgraded to the 45th floor, but we also gained access into the Prestige lounge! Definitely try the $20 tip when you stay at the Palazzo, it\'s worth every penny!
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Tipped:  $40 Upgraded to  Luxury Suite  from  Standard Room 
Some background. I checked in at 8:30 p.m. and there was no line. I tried this new technique (made this myself), where as I walk through the line I made sure I fumbled with my $40 and put it visibly between my credit card and ID. Two guys flagged me down, but I went with the younger white guy. After giving him my name and also telling him I'm here for my 30th birthday, I passed along the goods. He took the $40 and placed it visibily next to his keyboard. He said thank you for taking care of me and let me see what I can do for you. I asked him if he had any complimentary upgrades available like a luxury suite. Moments later one of the pitbosses came over and took over for the initial guy. He said thanks for taking care of us. 2 minutes later he said all he had was a smoking suite on the 36th floor and a non-smoking on the 5th floor. He said I could call again the next day to see if there was a cancellation on a higher floor. Room came with coupons as well as a free bottle of champagne. The tip worked, but also note, it was really my 30th birthday. My guess is you can say it's your anniversary and get the same treatment. Try the visible fumbling technique in line and see if you can get a couple of the front deskers to see you and purposely choose one specific guy. I think that works.
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  Mini Suite  from  The cheapest 
I booked a room for my husband and I on Cyber Monday and got a deal - $17.00 per night for a "deluxe" room. I have read horror stories about IP but the deal was too good to pass up. We checked in early at 1pm. There was no line up. Our clerk was young and very friendly. I put the $20 in my passport and headed up to him. After some friendly small chat I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He seemed really surprised by my question and was like "Um..." and I looked down at my passport. He noticed the $20 and again looked surprised and started laughing and said in an upbeat tone "Well maybe!"...a couple minutes later we were fully checked in and he handed us our room keys. He said if we didn't like the room we couldn't complain! (said with a wink and a smile). He knew it was our wedding anniversary and put us on the 10th floor in one of the newer towers. Our room was actually a suite! And everything looked recently renovated. New carpet, couches, chairs, TWO 40 inch flat screen tvs and a new king sized bed. We could not have asked for more and were so grateful to be given this suite for the duration of our stay!!! All of the staff at IP were amazing. We have zero complaints and will be back soon!
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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:  $ 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:  $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  Jubilee Grand Suite  from  Indigo Room 
3 pm last friday, 9/3, I approached the diamond check in, (i'm Diamond) and had the $20 in very obvious plain view sticking out of my chest pocket. "Hello, do you have any complimentary upgrades?"... And there we have it, jubilee grand suite. Nice!
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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  Luxury Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Checked in Sunday around 3:00 PM. Was escorted to a man probably in his 20's. Told him we were in town for our wedding anniversary (true), hadn't been in Vegas for years (also true), and wondered if he had any complimentary upgrades. I then handed him the $20 sandwich. He offered a Siena Suite for $100+ more per night. Then he offered a Fortuna suite for $75 more per night. I then asked for a room with a view of the Strip - nope. Can you waive the resort fees? Nope. How about a coupon book????? Nope. And I thought grabbing the $20 and putting it back in my pocket would feel awkward......... it didn't.
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Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Harrah's Petite Suites  from  Classic 
So easy! $20 for suite with jacuzzi tub on 34th floor!
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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  Palazzo Siena Suite  from  Piazza Suite (comped) 
Arrived about 12:30. Little choice as to clerks as there was a line, but managed to get a younger female. Was handed back the 20 at first and asked if it was supposed to be there, to which I replied yes. The 20 vanished and she started typing. We chatted a little, and she mentioned that my originally booked Piazza suite was not ready yet. Was offered a Prima suite at first, but knowing that those rooms hadn't been renovated I then I asked if there was anything at Palazzo. She found a Siena suite that was ready, and mentioned it was slightly smaller than the Piazza (which I didn't mind as it retails for much more than a Piazza) and a phone call later I was on my way up to a very high floor of the Palazzo! The Siena suite was lovely, but this particular one didn't have a view of the strip nor any exercise equipment like some do. The shower was AMAZING to say the least with 5 shower heads!
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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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