My wife and I stayed for three nigths in early October, 2018. We waited in a pretty formidable line and avoided using the kiosks as I was hoping for an upgrade. The draw was a 30-something gal who smiled and welcomed us. I delivered the sandwich and the greeting. She pecked and looked and we ended up with an upgrade from a bottom-of-the-line room to a newly-remodeled one. The view was poor, proximity to the lifts was poor, and all around the hotel itself was a bit underwhelming, but the room itself was quite nice and clean and, in fact, newly remodeled.
The young lady clarified at the end that the tip was solely for her excellent service and had nothing to do with the upgrade, which I wholly reaffirmed to her.
No specific clerk targeted as there was a line. Got a younger female staff member and checked in roughly at 11:30pm on a Wednesday night. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available when I handed her the sandwich. She immediately returned the bill, said nothing complimentary, but a paid upgrade was available. I did not see a supervisor anywhere nearby, so I don’t think management was the issue. We declined to pay for an upgrade, did not receive anything complimentary, and that was that. She was a polite staff member however.
Our clerk seemed grumpy but we thought what the hell. We slid her the $20 and asked the magic question. She went in the back and came out and said yes no problem. We were shocked we didnt expect it. We had booked the cheapest room possible and she upgrade us to the brand new (at the time) flamingo go king rooms with a strip view. This was a 10night reservation as well. My mam who was checking in right next to us was denied and offered the upgrade for $50 per night!
We didn’t target a clerk we just went ahead and went with whoever called us first, she was a female around her 30’s. We gave her $40 since it was two rooms we booked, slid in between my id and card. Right away we let her know if there was any comp room upgrades possible connected room or right next to each other. She started typing right away. We originally booked go rooms but she ended up switching us to the new remodeled rooms, high roller view and on the 28th top floor! it was beautiful definitely recommend giving this a try.
I didn’t have the chance to pick the clerk because of the big single line. I think I was lucky because everyone recommends to pick a young clerk and when my turn came a young lady called for the next one. She was very discrete trying to get a better room, not desperately stroking the keyboard like some reviews. Booked a Go room with high roller view and she gave me a bigger room at the top floor with strip view. It worked like a charm!
Me and 3 friends booked a hotel stay (2 basic rooms) at the Flamingo from Oct 25 to the 29th (4 nights, Wed-Sun). When we arrived at the front check-in, an employee tried to convince us to use the self-check in. Knowing we wanted to try the front desk tip, we passed. We spoke to a very enthusiastic man and slipped him $40 ($20 for each room), asking for an upgrade to the GO room or something with a fridge. As soon as he saw the money, he thanked us and told us he’d see what he could do. The best he had to offer us was instead of a $25 fee to upgrade (per night, per room) he could offer it to us for $15 (per night, per room). Shot down. We took our money back and left it at that. Worth a try.
I stayed from sunday to thursday. I went to check in at about 10:30pm and a kind gentleman calls me forward to him. As I walked to him I noticed that what looked to be a front desk manager was standing next to him. I recall her being called over by numerous clerks to I believe give manager overrides on certain things. I slipped the 20 in between the ID and credit card and right away the guy looked over at his manager and noticed she was looking at us. He had a disappointed look on his face and kindly gave it back and said they can’t accept tips. I booked a FAB room originally. He gave me a free refrigerator and some comped buffets however for free. After his manager looked satisfied at his resistance to temptation, she walked to the other end of the desk far away from us. At this point, he hinted to me that if I came down the next day to the key desk at around noon that he would “hook me up” and pointed out numerous options for upgrades. He was strongly hinting that the upgrade was possible had his manager not been next to him at that moment. I could have possibly went down the next day and upgraded the room like he said but I was fine with our room so I didn’t bother. He gave me a fridge, high floor, and a good view while I didn’t even have to give the $20. I say this “trick” works depending on who is at the front desk manager wise.
I reserved the Fab king room and I tried the “sandwich” trick but no upgrade, not even an early check-in. We were offered to upgrade to the Go room but that was going to be $25/night. Didn’t work this time.
I booked a regular fab 2 queens bed. We checked in about 3 p.m. I did the sandwich trick and asked for any complimentary upgrades. Since this was my first time I wasn’t sure what to say so she asked me with a view…… and pointed out the GO Room. I Couldn’t afford the upgrade price for that room but I got a 15th floor view of Caesar’s Palace and a fridge for my “medication” It was still a Fab 2 queen room but not bad I was happy. but next time I will be more specific and ask for a suite and see what happens.
We booked the fab room which is the cheapest room available. We didn’t get a great upgrade for our room because we stayed at the hotel during the week before memorial day (Thursday-Saturday). However, a clerk was able to upgrade my room to the highest floor with strip view.