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:  $20 Upgraded to  Indigo Tower Suite  from  Indigo Room 
We arrived 6hrs before scheduled check in. Clerk called us and I handed over $20 along with id and credit card. The tricked worked like charm!! :D. The guy thanked us and upgraded our room to suite which has jacuzzi and facing to Flamingo Rd. Thanks a ton to folks on here to share this valuable tip.
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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:  $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:  $50 Upgraded to  Pyramid Suite  from  Pyramid Deluxe 
Arrived late night Monday, waiting in line for the next clerk.. me and my buddy go to the counter and Peter is there to help us out. We throw in a 50$ 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  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:  $40 Upgraded to  Bella Suite  from  Luxury Suite 
Finally have some time to report back... Here's my last trip to the Palazzo results. We booked two standard non-strip-view (cheapest) rooms two nights via Priceline and got it at $106 per night. We have 4 adults and 2 very young children. When we got to the hotel; there was no line, some guy directed me to the clerk. I can't remember exactly what his name was but he was young and in his 20s. He asked whom I was and I handed him a 40 sandwich since I had two rooms reserved. Like everyone else he set the money aside and started doing this thing. He asked what I was in town for and I said I was taking my inlaws to Vegas for a visit. He replied "great, I'd imagine you'd like your trip as enjoyable as possible." I responded by saying "oh definately, if there's any complimentary upgrades that would be awesome!". He kept on punching things into the computer, about 30 seconds later he handed me two keys and said "I've extended this one time courtesy by upgrading you guys to strip-view high floor room." I then asked him "are these room next to each other? We have two kids and would be great that they can run around! And if you can get us two beds each room that would be great!" Knowing that in order to get two beds he will have to upgrade us to the Bella suite. He proceed to punch some more stuff to the computer for another 15 seconds and says "I have got you guys in connecting room with two beds each and a view of the strip! But this is just a one time courtesy." I got exactly what I wanted! Two connecting rooms facing the strip with two beds in each room. We stayed for two nights and saved nearly $400 with the sandwich. Standard King to Bella Suite with view is about an additional $80 per room per night for the the dates we selected. (mid-April week night) Connecting rooms $10 per night. The only thing I wish I had asked was the waiver of resort fees... But in the end I was very happy with the sandwich.
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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:  $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  Contemporary Tower View  from  Tower 
I was a little nervous as I approached the front desk at Excalibur but once I saw the young woman who would be checking me in I was immediately at ease. Young female, professional, smiling, pleasant. It was about 9pm on a Monday evening so it wasn't terribly busy. She asked my name, and after telling her I immediately displayed my credit/$20/ID sandwich while asking if any complimentary upgrades were available. The young woman smiled and asked me to place my money on the counter and offered me a room with a view in the Royal Tower and on a higher floor. I hope anyone traveling to Vegas comes across this site and realizes that this is how Vegas works. Tip friendly, be friendly, and have some manners. It makes a big difference in how you're treated.
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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  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.
Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  Bella Suite  from  Bella Suite 
Checked in at 1 PM on a Friday and was directed to a young female clerk. I had a reservation for two connecting Bella Suites and handed over the sandwich with $50 inside. She stated she was unable to find any other connecting room upgrades but waived the $30 resort fee and $10 connecting room fee as well as giving me late checkout. A decent outcome considering the fees would have cost me $160.
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Tipped:  $50 Upgraded to  None  from  Basic 
Checked in early, said I didn't mind waiting until room was ready. Chatted for a bit about this and that while she was looking for a room that was ready. I asked for complimentary upgrade with a $50 in between my cards. She took off the daily resort fee but said she couldn't do the room upgrade. She kept my $50 and that was that. It did save me money overall, but was not impressed. Next time, and I suggest a different hotel as well, I will just try a $20.
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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