Bally's Hotel Room Upgrades

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154 Reports From the Bally's Hotel Front Desk

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  • Room Booked: Indigo king
  • Room Upgrade: Jubilee king
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2014-03-28

Jackpot! Mike Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Forgot the name of the young girl, but I arrived
late on Friday, around 1030pm. I didn\\\'t know if anything would even be left. But I handed her the tip sandwich ($20), and asked about upgrades. I was upgraded to Jubilee towers at no additional charge. I booked indigo towers for $75 a night (early reservation), so getting a room that usually runs closer to $150 per night on weekends was substantial enough for me. Jubilee towers are the newly renovated rooms of Bally\\\'s. Highly recommend, and will definitely do this again!

  • Room Booked: Comped a regular room
  • Room Upgrade: Mini-Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2013-08-30

Jackpot! Brian Gray Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Passed the Gold Line with no wait at the Platinum line. Handed the nice lady $10 c/c and D/L. Did not say a word as it was Labor Day weekend. All she said was "all we have left is a mini-suite, 24th floor in the Diamond Area! Wife and I were very pleased. They even let us print out our airline tickets the next day for free!

  • Room Booked: north tower classic
  • Room Upgrade: south tower celebrity suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-09-29

Jackpot! val Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


I used the platinum check in line because I am currently a platinum member and it was about 2am in the morning on Saturday because we had a wedding Friday night and drove straight to Vegas after. I had booked a comp room in the north tower and gave her $20 between my rewards card and ID and she already knew to check for a comp room and told her we were there for a late celebration for my birthday and she gave us South Tower Celebrity Suite.

  • Room Booked: south tower classic
  • Room Upgrade: north tower mini suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-04-29

Jackpot! jon Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Stayed at Bally's for our honeymoon. My wife was nervous about me trying, but I felt confident that $50 would get us something. We checked in at 3 pm on a sunday afternoon. It was pretty busy so we didnt have a choice of clerk. The clerk was a young woman. We told her we had a reservation. I had a $50 sandwich already made up. I asked "Do you have any complimentary upgrades available" she said of "course!" She then set my money aside and typed some into her computer. we made friendly small talk and she said "I could really use this 50 bucks!" Upgraded from a South tower classic to a North Tower Mini suite with a fridge and wetbar. I was really happy just to get an upgrade, but would recommend you ask for something specific if you know whats available..a room with a jacuzzi for example. I would definately try this again!

  • Room Booked: South Tower Classic
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower Mini-Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-02-24

Jackpot! Chad Mosher Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


I booked a South Tower Classic room for five nights a few weeks beforehand and checked in around 9:30pm on Friday. I chatted with the very nice clerk for a bit, telling her about some of my flight issues I had experienced. She asked for my ID/credit card and I slipped her the "sandwich" with the $20 peeking out, my first time trying it. I asked if there were any available comps. She responded very quickly, almost if she had been waiting for someone to do it, and offered me a 6th floor mini-suite in the North Tower. There wasn't much of a view but the room was very spacious with a mini-fridge, separate sink and seating area. Most definitely worth the initial $20.

  • Room Booked: Classic South Tower
  • Room Upgrade: Executive Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2011-08-18

Jackpot! RockStar Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


We arrived at the hotel at 4pm on Thursday. I book 4 nights in the Classic South Tower room. All 4 nights were comped. I used the Platinum Players line, Since I am one and the regular check in line was really long. Also the clerk was a young female in her 20's.

There was 1 person in front before my turn. I was talking to my cousin and asked her if I should do it or tell her I tip well then tip after we get a good room. So we decided to do the sandwich.

When I got up to the desk I was soo nervous. I handed over my CC $50 and ID. I stuttered "Are there any available complimentary upgrades?" She said "what??" I was so nervous! I said it again and she said "yes we do!" I went on and said "the biggest room you have, I want something very nice." She says" the presidential room?? I would love to put you in there but they are blocked off this weekend!" But they were having a huge convention this weekend. I couldn't believe that I almost got that room. So she is checking around and found a room in the North Tower that had a Sunken in bedroom, with a jaccuzi. I really did not want this roon cause of the size, but it was better than a south tower room. She then says "it only has a king bed it tho, but I can get you rollway." I asked if it would be free. Then she says "hold on I'll be right back." She runs off to her manager and comes back 5 mins later. She says" I can put you in our 1,200 sq ft. executive suite but its in the south tower." This was the room I wanted!! She says let me get you a good view. After that she said that if we needed anything , she was there all weekend.

We get to our room and it was huge! It had 2 bathrooms, big wet bar with fridge and 6 bar stools, a living room, family room, dining table, 3 tvs, a huge separate sunken in bedroom with a king bed. In there was 2 closets and his and her sink. And we had a beautiful view of the eiffel tower and cosmo, and a partial view of the Belligo fountains. This was worth $50! Comes out to $10/day for long weekend since it was a comped room.

  • Room Booked: South Tower Classic
  • Room Upgrade: Executive Suite - South Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2011-07-18

Jackpot! Angie Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Worked like a charm! We checked in at about midnight on a Monday night (in July). I don't remember the clerk's name, but she was a young Asian girl. I gave her the $20 sandwhich between my ID and credit card. I didn't even say anything and she smiled and said "let me see what we can do for you." She typed for a minute or so and then disappeared for over 5 minutes. When she came back she had a smile on her face and said that she was able to find us something really nice. She said our room was in the South Tower, so at first I was a little disappointed. However, when we got to our room I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. They gave us their Executive Suite which is HUGE! It was a two room suite. On one side was a large bar with two seperate seating areas. The other side was a very large room that stepped up to a very large bathroom (two vanities, a sunk in tub, and two toilets). The room was definitely dated and the halls to the room had an old hotel kind of smell, so if you are wanting something a little newer you should probably specifically ask for the North Tower. Overall we were very pleased with how well this worked for us!

  • Room Booked: South Tower Classic
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower Deluxe
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-07-04

Jackpot! Jesse Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Had tried unsuccessfully previously at Planet Hollywood so was hesitant to try again, did anyways, glad I did. Check in was lined up pretty heavy on the 4th of July around dinner time. Had a nice check in clerk, she found the 20 between the id and cc, asked if that was for her?? pretending shock, lol. Said it was and asked if there were any comp upgrades available, she said she would see what she could do. Ended up in a north tower deluxe on the 24th floor with a view of the belagio fountain, was an AMAZING room for 20 bucks!!! Would DEFIANTELY do it again.

  • Room Booked: classic south tower room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2011-06-13

Jackpot! Jennifer Barrera Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


My husband had used the 20 dollar trick before and it worked like a charm at Excalibur. This trip was for our anniversary and we booked at Bally\'s. The first time we were so nervous, but this trip we were totally excited to try this trick again. We decided to tip 40 this time because we wanted to try and get a Jr. Suite. We checked in around 4 pm on a Monday. The clerk was a 40ish caucasian lady but she looked happy so we thought \"What the heck?\" I went to call and check on the kids while my husband went to the desk. He slipped the 40 between his ID and CC and explained to the clerk that it was our 8th anniversary (true) and was there anything she could do to make it special for me so I would enjoy myself and stop worrying about the kids. She started typing away, smiled and said of course she could make it special! She thanked my husband for the tip and handed over the room key. We were on the 25th floor...the top floor, the only thing above is ballrooms and confrence rooms. We get to our room and open the door and the first thing that hit us were the STAIRS!!! Yep, 2 story penthouse, 2 bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows, loft bedroom with king bed, dining area, full living room, and a wet bar!!!!! We find out later from housekeeping that this room is not available to the general public and is reserved for celebrities and high rollers!!! Oh, and did I mention the view of the fountains at the Bellagio on the right and the Eiffel Tower at Paris on the left???? It was amazing. We had 4 nights in this amazingly beautiful penthouse. Best 40 we ever spent!!!

  • Room Booked: Grand Suite with an adjoining
  • Room Upgrade: Celebrity Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2011-06-05

Jackpot! Shari Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Checked in about 10:30 P.M. on a Sunday night. I had booked the Grand Suite with an adjoining room. Walked up to a Female clerk (who was next) and did the sandwich. Asked her if the room had a wet bar and fridge she said no. I then asked her if there was something she could do about that she said "Let me see" and went to the back to talk to her manager. After what seemed like FOREVER she came out and gave us the celebrity suite for a full 5 days plus an adjoining room for the same price as the grand suite. 1500 sq ft 2 bedroom with wet bar, sunkin tubs, walk thru showers and a grand total of 4 tv's. Best view of the strip. Well worth the 20. We will go back! Love Bally's

  • Room Booked: Cheapest possible in South Tower
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower room
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-04-15

Jackpot! Ryan Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Checked in around 1 pm on a Friday afternoon, small lineup. We had booked a bare bones room through a package deal which would have been in the older South Tower. Didn't have my choice of clerk at all, so proceeded to the next open spot. The clerk was late 20s. He immediately asked me for my ID and credit card so I handed over the sandwich which I had pre-prepared. I had never tried this before so was a tad bit nervous about it. As I set it on the counter he immediately knew what was up, thanked me and told me he would see what he could do for me. I didn't even have to ask about a free upgrade. After a quick minute of typing, he told me (in a slightly quiet voice because there was another older female attendant right next to him) that he would get me an upgrade. A minute later he handed me my keys to an upgraded room in the North Tower. Very nice room with a decent view. Very worth the $20 considering we stayed for three nights. I will try this every time from now on!

  • Room Booked: Classic Room
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2011-01-14

Jackpot! Barry Z. Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Checked in to Bally's around 4:00 PM. There was a pretty long line with about 8 clerks working. Had to wait aprox. 20 min. to get a check-in clerk.

We had booked the cheapest room possible via Southwest Vacations, and had stayed there before, so I was familiar with their standard room.

My clerk was a mid-30's black woman. I had the $20.00 bill sticking out of my shirt pocket . After she told me my room and the location, I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available and she said, "No. But I can upgrade you to the north tower for an additonal $20.00 per night."

I responded, "The last time I was here with my daughter, the reservation clerk was able to upgrade her room. If you could do the same for us, I would be glad to show my appreciation." (That's the code word for TIP.)

She started typing away and finally said, "I've gotten you changed to the north tower. Is that O.K.?"

I said "Thank you so much," and gave her the $20.00. She was very apreciative and actually seemed surprised then I subtley passed her the $20.

The north tower room was spacious with a very nice bathroom, well worth the tip, IMHO.

  • Room Booked: Basic Room on the Southside
  • Room Upgrade: Jr. Suite on the Renovated Northside
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-10-01

Jackpot! Christopher Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


I targeted the young looking clerk. I chose her because It was an older asian woman there that seemed to turn someone else down who must've known about the tip sandwich.

It was about 5:30 PM (VEGAS TIME)

I just simply just asked if there were any complimentary room upgrades and she searched and said that she could either give me a Jr. Suite on the Southside with a Jacuzzi in the room OR I could have the Jr. Suite on the Renovated Northside without a Jacuzzi.
So I took the Renovated Northside of the hotel...I am really wondering, What does the Southside look like? any comments anyone?

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: Mini-Suite on the "Diamond Club Level"
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2010-07-28

Jackpot! Robbie Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Stood in line for about 10 minutes on a Wednesday afternoon when we were ushered over to a middle aged woman. I slipped her a $40 sandwich and asked her for a complimentary upgrade as we were celebrating my wife's 40th birthday. I think she may have tried for a bit more, but was denied by her supervisor. We did end up with a very nice newly renovated North Tower Mini-suite over looking the pool. Our original South Tower Standard Room was comped before we arrived, so for $40, a mini suite for 2 nights was a great upgrade!

  • Room Booked: North Tower Standard
  • Room Upgrade: South Tower Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-07-14

Jackpot! Jason Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Long check-in line on a Wednesday at 5:30pm. 7 people working, 6 of them women. Was called over by a very nice lady. Handed over $20, ID, Credit and rewards card. Asked if their "where any complimentary upgrades available" She said said she would see what she could do. I was booked for 3 nights. I got the first night in a full suit comped, and the second half price.

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: Penthouse!
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2010-07-14

Jackpot! Jordan Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


It was about 1:30 in the morning, and there was only 1 female clerk available. I handed her the sandwich and told her we were here to celebrate my friends birthday. A phone call and a trip to the back.. she comes out and gives us a PENTHOUSE! Turns out that the penthouses are not availble to the public, so that made it that much better!! Best $20 I've spent!

  • Room Booked: A basic room
  • Room Upgrade: A suite in the North Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-06-28

Jackpot! Jose G Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


After reading the comments left I felt like trying this out. I checked in after 4PM and could not pick the clerk because of the long line so it felt like a '"gamble". I got a gentleman and just explained that my girlfriend came in from out of the country and if he had a chance to upgrade with a room with a view I would appreciate it. He checked and even let me pick from a view of the strip or a room with a jacuzzi bath.

  • Room Booked: Queen South Tower
  • Room Upgrade: King Jr. Suite North Tower Strip View
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 36
  • Check-In: 2010-06-08

Jackpot! LasVegas-J Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


I had contemplated trying the $20 Sandwich for several days prior. I finally decided on the plane flight over that I would give it a try. I was checking in with 2 other couples, but I didn't tell them about the $20 sandwich (just in case it didn't work). There were 6 check-in attendants working. I wasn't able to target a specific one, but was greeted by a 45ish male. I immediately commented on how nice it was to back in this hotel, and how I had celebrated other anniversaries here (in reality, I had only been there once before). the Attendant asked for my driver's license and Credit Card. I slid the $20 sandwich over, and before releasing the sandwich I asked "Are there any complimentary upgrades available"? He immediately knew what I was talking about. He nodded his head, placed my sandwich under the counter on the keyboard and began typing away. Within a few moments, he handed my my DL and CC back. We were upgraded to a King JR Suite in the North Tower. Well worth the $20. My travelling companions simply asked for an upgrade, and landed up paying about $80 more for the same room that I got for $20. I will definitely use this again.

  • Room Booked: classic
  • Room Upgrade: suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-05-04

Jackpot! roxanne Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


no line up, walked right up to two good looking young men (early 20's) at approx 11pm. It WAS my daughters 21st bday, mentioned that and it was nooooo problem, "lets see what we can do to make this special" wham bam, BEAUTIFUL suite for the first night, then back to the original room booked, but it was well worth the $20 sandwich trick - i wouldnt try more $ they only slightly move the cards apart to see that there is something there, they cant see if its a 20/50 or 100 it would have been nice to have continued to stay in the suite, but i didnt know how to ask without being pushy - im very grateful for what we got (south tower)

  • Room Booked: Standard South Tower Room
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-05-02

Jackpot! Justin Got A Bally's Room Upgrade


Checked in at 12:30 on Sunday, had a Mid aged woman check me and my girl in. Gave her the "sandwich" with a $20 in the middle, she started typing away and got upgraded to the renovated north tower, 24th floor good view of the strip, cant go wrong!


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