Slipped $40 between card and id. Woman at the desk asked, “How can I help you today?” I asked if there were any upgrades available. Few keystrokes and was on my way to a corner king room. Saved about $200 for the 3 nights I was there.
Slipped $40 in between Driver’s License and Credit Card. At first she acted totally shocked and surprised when she saw the money and I said “Please let me know if you have any upgrades available. If not, that’s alright.” And she said “Lemme look,” and upgraded us to a pool suite. Probably saved about $100. She then said “This is *very* appreciated. Always.” Like she was trying to encourage me to do it again.
Check in time is at 3pm or something, right? Well, we showed up at 3am, the previous morning.
Head to the desk, we’re tired, we want a room. Sorry, we’re full and busy this weekend, best I can do is to wait until at least noon to check in, but we can hold your bags at the bell desk.
Ok, are there any upgrades or anything we can purchase just so we can sleep? Here, I can give you this (passed a nice, fresh $100 bill).
Click click click on the keyboard, yeah I have something, but in a different tower. Fine with us!
Got upgraded to the new tower, bigger room, overlooking the pool for 3 nights. Best $100 I ever spent.
A 20 has gotten me a room way before 4PM check in, and also got me into their nicer Paradise tower with strip view (but 2 beds).
If they have availability a 50 has gotten me into the HRH tower, a 1,000sqft suite, and a corner king. During the week my buddy did the same and got a $400/night bachelor party room for $100/night.
I was checked in by a young female clerk. It was around 7pm. I got my resort fee waived for one night too!
I had been told check in started at 4pm when I booked the reservations. I called the day of at noon and I asked if I could check in early and if I could get a room upgrade. They agreed to both and had my room ready and waiting when I arrived at 1pm. This was a Saturday. Always try calling first before you arrive. What could it hurt? If that doesn’t work then you can try the 20$ tip trick.
I checked in late around 7PM on a Tuesday after a long flight from the East Coast. I walked up to the first clerk available, a younger guy and handed him the $20 between my ID and Credit card, and asked him if any complimentary room upgrades were available. He said, let me see what I can do. I had booked a Casino Tower room through an offer I received from the hotel for $19 a nite. He offered me a Paradise tower room first, but I politely asked if he could give me an HRH suite. He first said that would be an upgrade charge, but I talked up the long flight, and that I had worked in the morning and it would really make my trip if he could hook me up. He found me a suite in HRH! I was stoked…So I head off to the separate entrance to the HRH feeling like a rock star!..But to my surprise when I got into the room, it was a suite, but not one of the nicer suites in HRH, so I was a bit disappointed. I tried to lock my bankroll in the safe prior to heading down for a late dinner with my boys, who had hit vegas earlier in the day…but the safe wouldn’t lock. I saw this as a great opportunity. I went back down, to the different check in desk that is exclusive for the HRH, and explained to the different clerk that my safe didn’t work, and that they had given me a small suite, not the big HRH suite. I talked up the long flight again, and said if he could hook me up with a bigger suite with a pool view, that would make my trip. BINGO, he said no problem! I checked into the big suite with separate living room, built in room stereo, and the largest bathroom! So, I stayed in the HRH tower suite for 3 nites. The $20 sandwich works!
Arrived at 6:30pm on a Tuesday evening, on my check-in date. Did the line, was not particularly busy, only a few people ahead of me. My turn came up and I chose whoever was available.
I chatted him up, asked how busy it was during the previous weekend and when he asked me for my DL and Credit Card I handed him my premade sandwich and said “do you have any complementary rooms available for upgrade?”
He grabbed my DL and Credit Card and cleverly put the 20 in his pocket. He typed away and found me a room.
Didn’t target any clerk, just spoke to a very friendly Filipino Girl at around 10am to check in and asked her if we could get any complimentary upgrades. Put the $50.00 in between my booking sheet, passport and credit card. Wasn’t able to check in straight away but when we came back at 3pm she advised us that we were upgraded to the HRH Suite. Massive Win.
To be honest is was very easy… It wasn’t busy when I checked in and I began by chatting up the girl at the front desk a bit, when she asked for my ID and credit card I slipped her the “Sandwich” and while doing it I asked in a pleasant voice, “Do you think you have any complimentary upgrades available?” and she said ” I’m sure I can find something”. She seemed very surpised for the $20 tip. I’m not in the penthouse, but I believe my $20 was money well spent!!! Great advice!