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156 Reports From the Flamingo Hotel Front Desk

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  • Room Booked: Fab Luxury w/strip view
  • Room Upgrade: GoRoom with strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2013-04-06

Jackpot! Felko Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

Checked in around 1pm easter sunday chatted with the younger girl explained to her that we were just here last november and got an upgrade to a go room with a view of Bellagio fountains and asked her if she can do the same but a view of the strip .The rooms were comped for 4 nites layed out the 20 dollar bill and it worked again.Thats 7 out of 7 on my upgrades thanks frontdesktip

 
   
  • Room Booked: Standard Fab
  • Room Upgrade: Go with Strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2012-12-06

Jackpot! Nigel Baillie Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

We were unable to target any specific clerk. Our flight was 3 hours late, so we arrived at 9.30pm on a Thursday night. The Flamingo was exceptionally busy due to the Rodeo Finals but the woman gratefully noticed our $50 note as we enquired if there were any complementary upgrades available and quickly upgraded us to a 26th floor Strip view Go room directly opposite Caesars Palace and we were also able to view the Bellagio fountains nightly! We gave $50 as we were staying 2 weeks. Go rooms are far superior to Fab and have a fridge, CD/DVD player, largescreen TV and even buttons to open and close your net curtains and drapes! Go on, ask for an upgrade, provide a sandwich, they can only say no, but we have never failed yet!

 
   
  • Room Booked: classic
  • Room Upgrade: GoRoom
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2012-11-04

Jackpot! Felko Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

Arrived at check in around 11 Am. No line at all. Had the $20.00 sandwich ready & asked the clerk if there were any upgrades available. Possibly a room with a view of The Bellagio fountain. To my surprise we received a Go Room on the 17th floor looking straight at them. Who says you can't upgrade to a Go Room? It happens! Still batting 6 out of 6 on upgrades .Thanks frontdesktips.com

 
   
  • Room Booked: FAB DELUXE - King, cheapest on website, no view
  • Room Upgrade: FAB LUXURY, Executive Floor, Strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-10-26

Jackpot! Bob Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

Didn't target clerk but used the Total Rewards Gold Card line (which is the entry level for TR so all you need to do is sign up for a TR card). It was a Friday right about noon. There was a small wait for the regular check-in line, and no wait in the TR Gold line. I handed her the sandwich with a $20 inside, and before I could even ask the money was gone, she smiled at me, and started typing away. Bad news is that it was Halloween and Jimmy Buffett weekend so all GO rooms, and GO suites, were booked, but she did upgrade us to the executive floor (28) and we got a front strip view, so facing Caesars but we could also see Belagio fountains and north up the strip. Was hoping for a GO room, but got a great price for the 3 nights we were there so the extra $20 was worth it. What was best was she was on board from the second she saw the tip and was really trying to help us. She did order us a small fridge to be brought into the room for free which was nice for beer and left-over breakfast.

 
   
  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: standard with view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-09-23

Jackpot! John Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

We checked in early 10:00 am on a Sunday line was fairly busy so we did not get much choice who checked us in,the employee was in her early twenties and very friendly so I gave her the $20 sandwich and asked if they had any complimentary room upgrades and she immediately started to type and told us we can give you a room on the 27th floor with a view of the strip, great view but the room had seen better day's but considering we had 5 nights comped the$20 dollars was worth it.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Fab Luxury
  • Room Upgrade: Go Luxury
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 36
  • Check-In: 2012-08-13

Jackpot! Steve Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

Couldn't really "target" a front desk clerk. Was called forward by a man who had a pin with a hand on it. When asked he said it was given to him for his customer service (as in an applause hand). Gave him the sandwich, with my ID and cc. Told him I booked a Fab room but would like an Go room, if possible. After typing a while, he said he needed to check with his supervisor. He went into the back room for quite a while. Came back and just kept typing. He told me that his supervisor approved the request. Room was spectacular! 19th floor, close (but not too close) to the elevator, amazing view of the Bellagio fountains and the south Strip, fridge, tv in bathroom mirror. 42" flatscreen. Perfect in every way.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Mini Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2012-04-20

Jackpot! Griffey Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

I have used the sandwich trick in the past and always got a minor upgrade. This time I waited in line and didn't target anyone. The a couple clerks opened up at the same time and the person in front of me grabed one of em. Then a guest from a differnt line started throwing a fit cuz they felt they were next in line from the rewards short line. Well she fussed and stormed off. I got the lady that was trying to help her. We laughed at the situation. I handed her my sandwich with a 20 as a tip and asked politely if there were any complimentry upgrades available as my buddy and I were in town for his bachelor party. bingo. went from a deluxe room to a mini-suite on the 12th floor overlooking the pools and gardens!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Cheapest room possible
  • Room Upgrade: 2 Bedroom, 3 bathroom suite. Top floor, strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2012-03-03
  • Booked at: Travelocity

Jackpot! Amy Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade
Booked Via Travelocity

 
 

I didn't target any certain clerk. It was about 7pm on a Saturday night. And all we did to get upgraded was slip them a $50 (because we had 2 rooms and there was 4 of us) "is there any chance we could get a 2 bedroom suite?" And it seemed like we weren't going to and that we were only going to get conjoining rooms with a possible strip view and when she told us that we were on the top floor we started to get excited. We got to the room and opened the first set of doors because we got 2 sets of key cards so that is also why we thought we just got regular rooms. Well when we opened the door to the connected room, it wasn't another bedroom. It was the livingroom/dining/wet bar, with an extra bathroom! Then another bedroom was connected at the other side! It was so awesome, we met some people on the plane that we planned to party with so our room ended up being the pre-gaming spot! It was so worth the extra money for 4 awesome nights! Cheap room price for the best view in Las Vegas!

 
   
  • Room Booked: lowest king bed
  • Room Upgrade: 19th floor, amazing strip view "Fav" room on superbowl weekend
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2012-02-04
  • Booked at: Hotels.com

Jackpot! EC Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade
Booked Via Hotels.com

 
 

We couldn't target, it was too busy. Were nervous because we got an older woman but she was super nice, got us the 19th floor with an amazing view. A newly upgraded room as well "Fav" I believe was the term of the room.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Go
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2012-01-30

Jackpot! Steve Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

I found out about the sandwich technique two days before my trip to Vegas and decided to try it out. I discussed it with my mother, and she was down as well. We arrived at the Flamingo around 1130am and only had to wait about 20 minutes in line. We weren't able to pick our clerk, however, ended up with a 60+ lady who seemed like she was in a good mood. I had the sandwich ready in my hand when we approached, and my mom warmed her up with a big smile and saying that we were celebrating her 50th birthday (which was true). She asked for the ID and credit card, and my mom handed over the sandwich, smiled, and asked if she had any "complimentary room upgrades." A bit surprised, the clerk took the sandwich and said those magic words, "let me see what I can do." After a few seconds, she lowered her tone and said "Alright, I've got you in one of our newly remodeled rooms with a view of the strip." JACKPOT! The rest is history, and we enjoyed a nice strip view from the 16th floor in a NEWLY (and I stress NEWLY...the mattresses were manufactured this month!) remodeled room at the Flamingo! Thanks FrontDeskTip!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Deluxe Room
  • Room Upgrade: Mini Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-01-06

Jackpot! Scott Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

Checked in around 5pm on friday night, waited only about 10 min in line. We were in the diamond club check in line, so there was only one clerk working our current line. We slipped the 20 between DL and CC, and asked if there was any upgrades availible for the weekend, mentioning it was my friends birthday. She asked if we would like a mini suite, said yes and checked us in. she was very friendly, and seemed glad to give us the upgrade.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Standard room
  • Room Upgrade: 16th floor suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2012-01-02

Jackpot! Mike Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

My Fiance and I scored a really good hotel rate at the Flamingo. They had a $28/night special with a $45 special for 24hrs of "Buffet of Buffets" (which I would recommend if you're on a budget, you get to choose from up to 9 different casinos to eat from). Anyway, we arrived at 8:00pm and there was a lengthy line to check in, so we couldn't choose which clerk to go to. I was worried that the $20 Sandwich wouldn't work with such a huge line of people that was in front of us. As we arrived to the front desk, I presented the Sandwich and asked for any complimentary room up grades. The clerk saw the money and gasped a little, as if it was the first time she got tipped. She made a phone call, but couldn't get through, so she then started typing on the computer and upgraded us to a suite on the 16th floor with a view of the strip over looking the fountains at the Bellagio!. I think she wanted to get us something better, but hey, any upgrade was ok with me. AND my Fiance thought I was a big pimpin' hero!! Good luck!!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe with a strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 46
  • Check-In: 2011-08-19

Jackpot! Eric Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

Slipped the elderly clerk a $20 with my credit card and asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. He punched some keys on his keyboard and then offered me a view of the strip. I don't consider it an upgrade, but I suppose it's better than nothing. He was polite and seemed eager to help.

I couldn't really target the clerk; the check-in line was a mile long at around 10a on a Friday, and the next available clerk was calling the next person in line.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Basic
  • Room Upgrade: Luxury
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-07-28

Jackpot! Jim Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

It was my first time trying the $20 sandwich trick. I went up to the bell hop and told him that I was in town for a bachelor's party. He asked for my information and I put the money in between the ID card and my driver's license.

It worked. Got upgraded to a luxury but didn't get a room with a view. We were just happy to get a free upgrade.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Executive Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2011-07-16

Jackpot! Sam Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

I checked in on Saturday around 4 p.m. There was a line so I took the first available clerk. She was a nice lady and we had a good time chatting about all sorts of things. I folded up $20, but placed it on top of my license and credit card and put them all on the counter. She took the license and credit card, but left the money.

She said the hotel was pretty booked and said she couldn't upgrade me to a GO room, which I had already figured wasn't an option (especially after reading this site). I asked about the executive rooms. She said she had 2 available and called her manager. The manager said he'd rather charge the extra rate for them, since the hotel was so full.

So, the best she could get me was on the 7th floor. Yuck! I keep chatting with her and I could tell her mind was thinking about the upgrade. This time she walked to the back room and talked to the manager personally. I guess she convinced him, because I got upgraded to an executive room on the top (28th) floor.

The top two floors stick out about 6 feet from the other rooms, so they're longer. The room included a coffee maker and small fridge, both of which came in very handy. The room also included a couch, instead of the standard chair.

Even though I struck out at first, just being nice and chatting with the clerk allowed me to get an upgrade. I handed her the $20 and thanked her for her customer service.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Classic
  • Room Upgrade: Executive suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2011-02-21

Jackpot! Felko Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

Checking in w/5nights comp.classic rooms clerk was young but a pro with the 20dollar trick.Room was on the 28th floor looking right at Caesars-palace/"target="_blank">Ceasers.Since doing the trick in the last 4 years i am batting 5 out of 5 thanks Front Desk Tip.ps i talk about this website anytime people going to vegas will listen.

 
   
  • Room Booked: basic(free offer)
  • Room Upgrade: suite 21st floor
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2011-02-21

Jackpot! david gonnella Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

We arrived at the Flamingo around noon to a good size line that was being managed rather well.Twenty minutes later we were at check-in, and although I had been scoping out a cheerful young woman at the counter ,the volume of people dictated that we get whoever became open next ! As it was,we ended up with an older woman who at first appeared all business,but with some lite banter showed a sweet side.I passed her the $20 sandwich with ID etc. and she calmly put the money aside as I asked the obligatory"Are their any complimentry upgrades available?" She at first didn't respond, but was rapidly typing away and checking things.We had originally booked the room for 3 days (all free, from a Total Rewards offer we had received in the mail) so I was skeptical that an upgrade would happen,with the room already being comped.Well, it is Vegas and money does talk (at least in this case) so our 5th floor basic room became a 21st floor suite!!! She also offered to upgrade us to a GO room (for extra cash)which we declined,based on reviews we'd formerly read on this, and other sites.The room was quite a bit larger than our original choice on the 5th floor,and was facing Caesars Palace and the strip,which the original wasn't.The room was fine-we don't require to many amenities,as we go to Vegas to gamble,see shows and eat things .The CARPET was as bad as every review we had previously read had stated,bad stains,peeling up in places and generally trashed.But,once again,I wasn't staying at the Flamingo for the decor.The location was excellant and easy to navigate around.All this,and the SUITE deal,for a $20 sandwich!! Wahoo!!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Mini Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 36
  • Check-In: 2011-01-13

Jackpot! Katie Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

My girlfriends and I arrived at around 2pm and was helped by a man around his 30s. I was a little nervous about executing the $20 tip trick, especially since he said that he did not need to see my credit card again (because that would charge me twice). So in actuality, I didn\'t sandwich the $20, I just hid it underneath my ID.

As the $20 dropped on the desk, I said, \"I\'m actually planning my girlfriend\'s bachelorette party and was wondering if there were any complimentary upgrades available...\" He responds back with, \"Let me see what I can do.\" and starts typing away. He says there is a mini suite available. He hands me my keycards and tells me to enjoy my stay. It\'s much bigger than our original room and even had its own sitting area. The bathroom was bigger too!

For an extra $5/night, I think it was a good deal. :)

 
   
  • Room Booked: Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Executive
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2010-11-24

Jackpot! Loren Got A Flamingo Room Upgrade

 
 

As my group was celebrating a family birthday, I had previously booked TWO of the cheapest rooms possible for the weekend on the Flamingo website, averaging ~55$ per night. Thus, I didn\'t know how the \'sandwich\' would work trying to upgrade TWO rooms at the same time. I figured I would use $50 in the sandwich and try to upgrade both simultaneously.

I arrived at the Flamingo around 8pm on a Wednesday of Thanksgiving weekend. After a short line wait, I fortunately got a mid twenties female worker at the check in desk. After briefly explaining how I booked two rooms and wanted to check in both (half my group wasn\'t arriving till 11pm), I provided my 50$ sandwich (two twenties and a ten) to the clerk. She used my ID to pull up my reservation, and noticed the money between the ID and credit card and while not looking at me placed the money back on the counter. I handed her back the money and said \"Well I was wondering if there were any complementary upgrades available\". She smiled and then took the money and placed it next to the keyboard she was working on.
She offered a mini-suite on the 4th floor or an executive room on the executive (top) floor which had a view of the strip. We asked what she would take and she said that if we weren\'t going to entertain in our room we should take the view of the strip. We chose the Exec room.
She then proceeded to upgrade the other room and even said that the room was upgraded as well and to just have my other half of our group to come and check in to get the keys when they arrive.
I then asked if there were any other vouchers she could provide such as food or casino coupons. She said no, but offered a coupon book not normally given to visitors (turns out the book is the same on given if you sign up for their \"rewards\" program). I asked about spa vouchers but she said the spa was operated separately.

Overall, I gave 50$ to upgrade two rooms to rooms that had a great view of the TI, Mirage and Caesar\'s Palace, were 80sq ft bigger and got 2 coupon books - all for about 6$ a day per room extra. Worth it in my opinion!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Deluxe Room
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 46
  • Check-In: 2010-10-06

No Dice For Rick at Flamingo...

 
 

Waitied for the 2 people ahead of me on a Wednesday afternoon, about 4pm...got the oldest man at the checkin desk...;probably 75+. He looked at my sandwich, removed the twenty, said "We can't give complimentary upgrades," set it back on the counter, and pushed it back towards me before I could even ask for an upgrade. He didn't make me feel bad about it, and even told my wife and me happy anniversary.

Hope next time to get the upgrade, as standard non-GO rooms are not great...can't complain for the $40/night we paid, though. Still a good hotel, just not the top of the line.

 




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