It was a Wednesday evening. Me and my friends arrived for a small conference. We were greeted by the next available clerk who asked me for my ID. I took my ID and credit card with the tip sandwiched in between. The clerk only took my ID so I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. He said at the moment no and offered an upgraded room for extra charges which I declined.
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.
I am not an advertiser this is just my first time going to Vegas ever. Excalibur has a pretty great offer on smartervegas if u give them your email. You get extremely low rates, and a complimentary room upgrade as part of the promotion. I booked the contemporary room for very cheap it was only $2 more a night than that ugly basic room! Also i recommend every one to try because it worked for me to call and get your extra person fees dropped. Im a college student and it saved $160 which just means more for drinks and gambling 🙂
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!
It was approximately 9:30 pm and quite busy as there were a lot of families and people in the check-in line. Quite possibly there was a high school basketball or volleyball tournament in town.
I did’nt target a specific clerk, but was happy to get one that was a little bit away from the supervisors so I could try the sandwich trick. I placed my $20 in-between my ID and CC and asked “Are there any free upgrades available?” She said she would check and actually dropped my $20 on the counter. I didn’t think she heard me too well, but she did recommed an upgrade to a larger room in Tower 2 (the newer refurbished one). I took it and then I asked for an extra roll away bed to add to my 2 queen bed room, since I had a 3rd guy staying with me.
She started on the upgrade and addition and then saw the $20 and asked “Is this for me?” and a slyly gave an affirming nod and she smoothly pocketed the cash. Looking at my bill, I got the upgrade and the roll away bed for free and she did not charge me for an extra person in the room either, so its definitely a win!
We booked the basic room on a package deal with JetBlue vacations. Got to the next attendant at check-in and I tipped $40 ($20 for my room and $20 for my parents room) where instead of getting a room looking inward, we got upgraded to their remodeled contemporary room with a view of The Strip. Not bad.
Got in line and got my sandwich ready. I was very nervous. We walked up to the counter, I said we had a reservation. Clerk was very nice. She asked for ID and Credit card. I set the sandwich down. She set it down on her side of the counter. We made a bit of small talk, our first time in vegas, why we came, ect. She asked if we would like something up high, view. I said we would love a view. Ended up with a King renovated room on the 16 th floor. Nice view of the pool. I never even said the word upgrade. At the end she handed back my ID and credit card, held up the $20 and said \”Is this…?\”
I smiled and said, \”That\’s for you.\”
An excellent experience and a relatively cheap thrill. Do it!
Checked in a little early, and waited in a pretty long line. Got to the front and was greeted by a lady in her mid to late 20’s who seemed pretty exhausted. I began by saying something like “wow, I don’t know how you put up with all these people” and she had a nice smile and laugh. I then proceeded to give her the “sandwich” with the $20 and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available, and that we were out celebrating some “good news”. She said “well thank you, let me see what I can do”. She knew exactly what was going on, and then upgraded us to a wide-screen room with a nice view of the strip. She even threw in some free drink coupons, which were great as well. Overall, the $20 paid for itself very quickly!
As we were staying 14 nights, we decided to offer a $50 sandwich, which worked like a dream! The receptionist was happy to upgrade us to a 23rd floor room in Tower 2, with Strip view, widescreen TV, remodelled bathroom and safe.The only thing she couldn’t do was waive the dreaded resort fees,( which added up to a whopping $196.)
Basically me and a friend checked into the Excalibur at around probably 10:30pm. I told my friend to watch what I do with his $20. So I waited in line which didn’t take very long. The clerk happened to be a young male between the ages of 25-30. With the $20 sandwiched between my ID and credit card, I simply asked, “Do you have any complimentary upgrades available?”
The clerk looked both ways and when I saw him put the $20 in his pocket, I knew I had scored. I went from the cheapest room (Tower Room) to a room with a 40″ widescreen and a great view of the strip overlooking the strip with the New York New York and MGM Grand Hotels in plain sight.