Our reservation was for a Fab King room. We presented $20 bill in our stack of platinum TR cards and CC and IDs at checkin and asked the clerk “would you happen to have a complimentary upgrade available to a Go Room with a fridge?” She slid the 20 aside and said she would check in a bit. She tapped around confirming our reservation details and then said she did not have a Go upgrade available but would be able to give us an Executive King with fridge and coffee maker. This was on the 27th floor and was a bit larger than our reserved room. I responded that would be great! She then proceeded to tap around stating she could probably find one with a decent view too…yep decent view of strip. I thanked her and said how much that we appreciated that. She handed us keycards and waters! As we thanked her again and turned to walk away, she picked up the $20 and thanked us:) We got up to our room to find a full-on center strip view on the 27th floor!!!!!! Very decent and comfortable room with coffee provided daily – this alone saved us more than the tip to upgrade!
We walked in to the flamingo hotel to checking in and looked at the front desk help and chose a young lady in her 30s with short dark hair who was very nice. we had got our room on Hotel Tonight for $45 and assumed it was a GO room only to find out it was a standard King. We had heard some horror stories about the standard rooms at this hotel so I decided to try the $20 sandwich and it was not successful. She said very politely I can keep the tip but I still have to charge you for the upgrade there are no free upgrades today. I politely took the money back and paid the $30 for the upgrade for the GO room. Oh well you win some you lose some.
We arrived at the Flamingo on Eed. June 17th, staying for 6 nights.
We had booked the regular fab double queen room. I got an email earlier in the week offering a basic upgrade for 23.00 a night. We went to check in, and I did the sandwich trick.
The gal helping us was probably in her 60s, and very nice. She thanked me for the tip. I never asked for anything, and after printing our keys, she informed me that we were booked in a double Queen GO room. Yay! It worked!
Decided to try my first 20-dollar trick ever. Was going to stay in 2 rooms for 5 nights, so opted for 2×20 dollars as our booking totaled 10 nights.
The clerk smiled as I passed over the sandwich asking for comp upgrades, and said \”I\’ll see what I can do\”. We got a magnificent Strip view and inter-connecting rooms. I asked about any GO rooms but she said they were a $25 something extra per room.
We did get a baby crib for free, normally $30 per night so that was also a treat.
We had booked the absolutely cheapest rooms we could come across ($25), so I think this was a huge improvement from our original booking.
I did not target anyone. Just walked up to the next available gal. Gave her my ID, $20, Credit Card sandwich. Asked if we could check in early (noonish). She said, YES, and WOULD YOU LIKE AN UPGRADE? I said, “That would be great!”.
The person next to me asked to check in early and was told it was a $35 fee.
AWESOME!!! Thank you!!!
We checked in at about 6pm. Handed the clerk mt sandwiched $20 and ask of there were any upgrades available. She left the counter for a moment but came back and offered the mini suite. We took it immediately considering we were already taking advantage of comped stay!
I checked in around 6pm on a Monday, and there was a huge line. It took almost an hour to get to the front counter but when I did I was helped my a guy in his late 20’s. I decided to be extra nice to him just so he would be more likely to upgrade me. We chit chatted while he looked up my reservation and then when he asked for my licence and credit card I put 2, 10$ bills in between and he saw me do it and said ” ah the old sand which trick” and laughed and then went typing away and before I knew it he asked if I had ever stayed in a go room before and I hadn’t so he upgraded me to that room. It was a lot nicer than the basic room and I was pleased with the upgrade.
Arrived at the Flamingo to be checked in by a short, brown haired (receding) male in his late 40’s, met him with a nice smile and exchanging pleasant greetings.
On asking, with $20 sandwich clearly on display but not mentioned, we were informed that only paid upgrades were available.
Considering we had already upgraded to Go Rooms at time of booking, via Expedia, I thought we would at least get moved to a GO Room with a strip view but sadly it was not to be!
I didn’t target anyone and just went to the next open clerk – An older guy maybe in his 50’s. It was after 9:00pm on Thursday night. I handed him the sandwich and said “Anything you can do to help get us a complimentary upgrade would be appreciated”. He got us on the 20th floor with an amazing view of the Strip. It would have been about a $45 upgrade normally so for the $20 I’m still considering it a win.
Checked in late, after 11:00. we were booked for a 2 queen room, asked if she could find us a king bed, maybe something with a strip view, almost jokingly. slipped the 20 between the id and cc. got a king bed go room on the 24th floor overlooking caesar’s and the bellagio fountain.