How To Do The $20 Sandwich Trick


  • Why should I tip $20 to my hotel check in clerk?
    Tipping the hotel’s front desk staff means the chance of landing a cheap room upgrade. Twenty bucks for a room upgrade is a no-brainer, right?The so-called ‘$20 sandwich trick’ or ‘credit card sandwich’ is common across the US, but in Las Vegas – a city that runs on tips – it’s universal. Your chances of a room upgrade vary with the hotel and the clerk who serves you.
  • Which hotels do I have the best bet of an upgrade at?We believe the top Vegas hotels on the Strip for an upgrade are currently Palazzo, Mirage and Planet Hollywood. Our full list of hotels ranking by odds of an upgrade is here.
  • How much should I tip the front desk for an upgrade?A $20 tip is the norm, but some of our users prefer to live large. Take a look at our ‘best of’ section to see what our users say to get some idea of what works at which hotels.
  • How should I tip?There is no secret handshake, sign or password. When you go to the front desk to check into a hotel, they will ask for a credit card, driver’s license or passport. Slip a $20 bill between or under your ID and credit card. Ask the clerk if there are any complimentary upgrades available.There must be more to it than that, you’re thinking. Damn straight – signup to our newsletter for the inside track.
  • What if my front desk tip doesn’t work?So what? Relax! It might be a little embarrassing, but either chalk it up to experience or come back later and try your luck with another check-in clerk. Most clerks will know to give you back the money if they cannot upgrade you.

Feeling lucky? It’s time to try it for yourself. Be sure to report back on how you get along!