1. I targeted a younger woman, 25-35, with an outgoing personality. I watched the check-in folks for about ten minutes before I made my move.
2. Time of day was around 12:30 pm.
3. I told her I was an old country boy from Juliette, Georgia who was trying to impress his wife. Told ’em I’d always stayed at lesser properties at the strip, but my wife had always wanted the Bellagio. Then I said the only thing that would make it even better would be a room with a nice view of the fountains. The clerk told me she’d go talk to her boss, when she came back she told me she could help me!
My boyfriend and I got to the hotel around 11am on Friday. There was a long line of people checking in, so we didn’t get to choose who to do the sandwich trick to. When our time came, we were assigned to a gentlemen in his late 20’s maybe. We were super friendly when we greeted him and handed him our $30 along with my credit card and ID. He immediately took the $30 and placed it on the counter and said, “unfortunately I cannot accept this until after I have helped you, and if you are satisfied then I will gladly accept if you are still willing.” We said it was fine and continued being extra nice to him and telling him that my boyfriend and I just turned 21 this year and wanted to experience Vegas. He said he would try as much as he can but cannot guarantee because of how busy the weekend we went was. We got the run of the house room, so basically it is whatever is available at time of check in. He said that he got us a resort king room on the 25 level, but instead of it having a bad view, he gave us a room that had a great view of the strip. It was not centered in front of the strip, but you can still see the fountains and everything from our view. He also said it was ready and that we were able to check in early. Only downside was that it was an accessible room so there was no bathtub, which is what I was looking for, but for the view, I was satisfied.
We checked in on Colombus Day weekend 2017 and stayed from Saturday – Monday. The queue was huge but we wanted to try this trick so decided it was worth the wait. We got a middle aged, female clerk and had the sandwich ready to go. When she asked for my cards, I handed them over and said “I was hoping to ask about potential upgrades?”.
She immediately stashed the fifty under her desk and said “let me see what I can do”.
After a couple of minutes she advised that there weren’t many options as we had already booked quite a nice room. She explained that a penthouse suite would be available for 2 nights but we had to wait for the current occupant to check out. She couldn’t do it for free but gave us a reduced price. I can’t remember the total cost but I know we save around $400.
I don’t have pictures to upload but I did put a video on YouTube of us getting the upgrade and giving a tour of the room which you can see by searching my name – Toomey To You
It was around 8pm when I decided to try our luck with the 20 dollar trick. I talked a bit of pleasantries before proceeding to ask if there were any complimentary upgrades available with the 20. The clerk at the counter after seeing the 20, immediately took it out and said we’re not allowed to accept this until after. He took out the bill and laid it on the counter and then said then unfortunately everything was sold out. There were no talks of discounts or reduced rates at all. In the end we got a standard room close to the ground with nothing extra. I still gave him the tip as that felt like the right thing to do. Maybe just went to the wrong agent or they are really cracking down on these.
I was checking in on a Thursday, and staying until Sunday on the last weekend of September. I’ve never tried anything like this before, so I’m not sure if I did it right or if I missed something. But needless to say I was a little nervous when I tried it. When I got to the front desk, I handed the clerk my ID and card with a $20 bill folded in the middle. While handing it to him, I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He took my cards saw the $20, and gave it back to me and replied something along the lines of “you’ll be taken care of.” However the room I got was A regular King room, on the 8th floor, on the back of the hotel facing away from the strip. This was my first time at the bellagio but I’m pretty sure that was just the standard king room that I booked.
We checked in late, close to midnight on a Friday. There was a short lineup to check in and we went to the first available clerk. He was nice enough, and I handed him the sandwich, asking if there were any upgrades available. He removed the $20 from the sandwich and left it on the counter in plain view, on top of the credit card machine. He quickly checked on his computer and said no upgrades were available. He was very nice and professional, and when it came time to pay, I took the $20 and handed it to him, saying it was for him, which he accepted. I figured it was worth the gamble and I lost, so it should go to him in the end. Of note though, the next day we complained about the A/C in our room and got an upgrade to a higher floor with a nice view (our original room had a horrible view).
I was originally booked to stay in the Bellagio Suite with a Strip View between April 1 and April 6, 2018 (5 nights) (avg. of $289 per night, plus resort fee). I made my reservations through the Bellagio’s website and signed up to be an M-Life member (for a 20% discount on the room). We arrived around 10:30 in the morning (Easter Sunday). We waited about 20 minutes to get to a front desk clerk. Due to the line, I was assigned the clerk–I did not make the selection myself. I gave the clerk (a lovely Asian fellow), $150 sandwich with a $100 bill on the outside–so he could see it was a good tip. The clerk was immediately impressed with the tip and said, wow–that’s a lot of money. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available since it was my wife’s 40th Birthday. He told me to hold onto the money for now and he will do his best to accommodate me. If was happy with his service, the gratuity would be appreciated. He immediately left to talk to his manager and came back to offer us an upgrade to a Penthouse Suite with a view of the Fountains (Room 36032). The Room was absolutely spectacular and the view was perfect. It was worth every penny of the gratuity and then some!!! Money well spent!!!
We checked in around 12:30pm on Friday, the lobby was not too busy. After reading the stories we almost didn’t try but then decided what the heck. We took the first available clerk. She was very friendly and as I handed her my $50 sandwich I mentioned that we were in Vegas celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary and asked if there are any complimentary upgrades available.She casually let the 50 slip onto the counter and said she’s see what she could do. She then went to the back for a couple of minutes. When she came back she said she got approval for a beautiful room….and it was with a great view of the strip and fountains.
Stayed at Bellagio Nov 17-20. Checked in at 1pm on a Friday, with check-in being not too busy. Went to the first available clerk with the $20 sandwich. Asked if there were any complimentary upgrades, clerk looks at $20 and quickly replies “no”. Got the $20 back with no upgrade. While in line saw another clerk pocket a $20, so I think I just got bad luck re: the clerk I dealt with.
We checked in at 6:30 PM on a Wednesday on August 2. We had a King room reserved for 2 nights. Check in wasn’t too busy. The front desk clerk was a nice young lady in her 30s and looks like she’s worked here for awhile. I was hesitant in doing the sandwich trick, but did anyways. I was nervous, yet polite and friendly. She in return was friendly as well. As I asked for a complimentary upgrade, I gave her a $50 with my sandwich. As soon as she saw it, she returned it back to me and politely said that she can not accept it. She did say she can see if there are any upgrades. At this point I was embarrassed. She told me she can try to get me into a Salone Suite at an extra $75 a night, but then she said it wasn’t ready. She end up giving us a King room on the 20th floor with a far view of the fountain at an extra $40 a night. The tower is located far from the front desk and behind the parking structure. We ended up paying a total of $520 for 2 nights with all the tax,fees and upgrade included. At $260 a night on a week day. Seems like we didn’t make out on this deal. Will try at another resort next year. The irony of this was that the $50 I was trying to give her for an upgrade. I used it playing slots that night and won a total of $800!
1 weekday night in April with no major events/conventions.
Check-in was medium sized busy as we arrived about 5-6pm or so. Ushered to a friendly Eastern European guy who chatted us up nicely. He saw the $20, let it sit in plain view and smiled and said he’ll do what he can.
Went from a run of the house room to a Bellagio Suite (non fountain view…but that was ok by us) on a high floor (20+)!
Well worth it. And we’re going back there again next month!