Harrah's Hotel Room Upgrades

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34 Reports From the Harrah's Hotel Front Desk

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'All Time' Upgrades: 65% (22/34)

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe with Balcony and Pool view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2014-05-05

Jackpot! Gerardo Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


First time in Vegas and read about this online as I was looking to see if you can do free upgrades. Slipped a $20 when she asked for payment and ID and asked if here were any complimentary upgrades. Immediately said "Sure we can do something" as she discreetly put the $20 in her pocket. So worth it! She gave is the option of a pool view or strip view and said we could get a nicer room of we had a pool view.

  • Room Booked: Standard 2 Queen Room
  • Room Upgrade: Executive Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2013-05-27

Jackpot! Eric Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


Arrived late 11pm. Went to the next available clerk (Female, 30ish). Ask politely for a complementary room upgrade as I handed her my sandwich. She knew the game and proceeded to say she got me a nice room. I was amazed when I got to my room, 30th floor overlooking the strip. 2 Room suite with Jacuzzi tub, wet bar. Looked it up later and found out it was the executive suite. Great upgrade for the week stay. Well worth trying to get any upgrade.

  • Room Booked: Classic
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2012-09-28
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! J.R. Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia


Arrived just after 4 PM. There wasn't a line, and I was waved over by the clerk. I already had my $andwich ready to go, and handed it over while asking if I could get something better then the "Expedia" class of room. She smiled and said "Let's see what we can do" We ended up getting upgraded to a deluxe with an eighth floor view of the strip hotels and mountains in the distance, and a small balcony, as well! This was in addition to the better bedding, bath, and TV the deluxe provides. Definitely worth the $20!

  • Room Booked: Classic
  • Room Upgrade: Luxury
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-11-20

Jackpot! Chad Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


We checked in on a Sunday early afternoon. I put the $20 between the ID and credit card and asked if there were any "Complimentary Upgrades Available". Easy and the staff the whole stay was amazing! Going again next month for 5 nights...only $157 total!.

  • Room Booked: COMP-Premium Pet Stay
  • Room Upgrade: COMP-Premium, Mardi Gras tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2011-06-08

No Dice For Kevin at Harrah's...


Was offered a two-night complimentary room Tuesday and Wednesday at CET's web site (TotalRewards). Was given a choice of "Deluxe" or "PremiumPetStay." Though I don't have a pet (and wouldn't bring a pet to Vegas anyway), I chose the latter, it being a better quality room. I arrived really early, at 11am, and decided to check my bags rather than seeing if I could check in so early. I waited until 3pm before checking in. I stood in line, handed the clerk my license, CC, and a $20 tip below it, and asked for any upgrade and also the possibility of a late check out. Unfortunately, I didn't get a suite or even a very fancy room. The clerk told me I could check out at 1pm instead of 11am. I wanted 3pm, but she told me to call down at 1pm the day of my check out. (I didn't end up doing that, I checked out at 1pm anyway.) The room was OK, nothing awesome, but overall decent. I really can't complain. A $20 tip on a comp room for 2 nights is $10/night. Yet, I don't think it was an upgrade from what I already booked (no junior suite, no executive suite) and my tip only bought me 2 extra hours before I had to leave for the aiport for my 5:30pm flight. I ended up going to a different hotel/casino and storing my bag there. The verdict is mixed. (Side note: I've personally had better success with the $20 tip elsewhere.)

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: N/A
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2011-05-26

No Dice For Dave at Harrah's...


Arrived in Vegas around 11 and attempted to check in at noon on the Thursday before Memorial day. The place was dead and I was hoping the trick would work despite recent negative reviews. I made small talk with the woman and thought I stood a chance. I handed over the sandwich and the money was immediately returned. She tried to get to me purchase the upgrade but I declined. I ended up with a high floor room in the Carnival tower.

  • Room Booked: Mini Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Petite Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2011-01-24
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! Konni Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia


We got into Harrah's at around 3pm, so just before Check-in for the day starts. The line was pretty darn long and we had to wait for more than half an hour. They staff was clearly shorthanded, only three people were trying to minimize the damage and unfortunately many guests didn't exactly help to speed up things (mildly saying: they acted their worst).

Finally, we were called over to the information desk where we were served by a very nice gal in her early 30s. She immediately pocketed the twenty I had slipped her, smiled and thanked me. She then took a look into her computer and said she was really sorry that she could only give us a petite suite and that one had two queen beds instead of one king.
We thought about it for a second and accepted. Turned out to be a very nice room with a perfect view of the Volcano at the Mirage, comfortable beds, clean and pretty spacious, although I don't think it should be called a "suite" but more a deluxe room. However I'm not going to argue about definitions, it was a 20 well spent.

  • Room Booked: Standard King Room
  • Room Upgrade: VIP Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-12-08

Jackpot! Debbie Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


Checked in about 11 am into our standard room. Next day my hysband went to front desk told them he wanted to surprise me with a room upgrade. She gave us an upgrade that cost us a little under $300.00 for 4 nights. We stayed Tues-Sun. in a VIP Jacuzzi Suite. We did not give her any money. They were wonderful!!

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: deluxe, with pillowtop king, balcony, flat screen tv in bathroom
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2010-08-28

Jackpot! MWM Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


I told my husband about the trick and he thought I was crazy, but said he would try it. We got there about 9pm on a Saturday. There were only two women working the front desk. Neither looked particularily friendly. The one that ended up helping us looked down right mean when we walked up. My husband told her our names and gave her his license and the twenty. I've never seen anybody perk up like she did! She gave us a great room, lots of coupons, and two free show and drink tickets. She said the room was $15 a night more and since we were staying a week, this was a good upgrade. It was worth it for the pillowtop king mattress alone!

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade:
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2009-11-26

No Dice For Anne at Harrah's...


We checked in early around 11:30am and approached a woman in her early 50s. I handed her the sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She placed the $20 by her keyboard and said she had to ask the managers. When she returned she said that upgrades were for "sale"...not for free. What she offered was a room that was recently renovated with a view of the strip for $15 more per night. We decided not to pay for the upgrade and she gave us our $20 back. In addition, she told us that there was a $10 charge added to our fee because we booked directly with the hotel over the phone. If I had known this I would have booked online for the same amount and wouldn't have been charged $10. I was not happy and probably wont be staying at this hotel again.

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: none
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2009-10-17

No Dice For Bill at Harrah's...


when I asked the desk clerk if any comp upgrades were available she handed me back the $20 and said Harrahs does not do that any more.

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: suite
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-06-13

Jackpot! brenda Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


Did this at Harrahs A.C. Said it was my anniversary and I would like a suite. Clerk did not blink and gave me a suite. very nice.

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: 2 room suite
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-06-13

Jackpot! susan Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


Booked a standard. Used the 20.00 between
credit card and license. Upgraded immediately.
Later that night we had to move due to some rooms
being shut down and we went to a bigger, better room and got 150.00 in food credit for out trouble.
Pays to gripe about the inconvenience. They offered 75.00 and I wouldn't budge.

  • Room Booked: basic
  • Room Upgrade: strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 31
  • Check-In: 2009-04-29

Jackpot! Brad Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


As my wife waited outside the check-in line embarrassed that I would try to tip the clerk, I waited in line for a minute, then left quickly realizing I would be waited on by either of the males. While waiting though I overheard the family in front of me being waited on by the younger female and thanking them for something and her also thanking them. So I figured she would be the one I wanted to go to. There was no one in line, so when her window opened up, I went straight to her. After I handed her the $20 sandwich, her eyes got real wide and immediately thanked me for the tip and put it behind the keyboard. I said it was our anniversary and would appreciate any upgrades she could provide. I think it helped that we were close to same age with kids as we discussed our kids for a while. She offered a new remodeled room with 2 plasma tv's but would be overlooking the carnival bar and might be loud throughout the night. Or she could give us a 16th floor strip view but was a regular room. both of them would've cost extra but said she would be able to upgrade for free. I chose the strip view as I was cautious to hearing the bar all night, even though we ended up there most nights anyway. Strip view wasnt much of a view, since the layout of Harrahs doesnt allow for the best views. But it worked great and got what we wanted and loved the stay. Would definitely recommend the $20 sandwich as tips go a long way in vegas, especially while playing video poker at the bar or blackjack. as long as there are tips, the drinks keep coming. much cheaper then paying full price (5 or 6 bucks per).

  • Room Booked: king
  • Room Upgrade: suite
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-04-28

Jackpot! dennis Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


I went up to the counter in the diamond registration and gave the girl the twenty dollar sandwich and got a big grin on her face and upgraded me and my wife from a king bed to a very nice suite on floor number thirty.

  • Room Booked: Basic
  • Room Upgrade: Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-03-26

Jackpot! Jason Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


The $20 tip got us upgraded from a free basic room to a suite, but was only allowed to stay in there for one night since the weekend was approaching. Not sure if it was completely worth it since we got in at 11 p.m. and had to check out at 11 a.m.

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade:
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 46
  • Check-In: 2009-02-21

No Dice For Michael at Harrah's...


I had a two-night comp through the Total Rewards club. When I checked in, I had the $20 folded between my credit card and drivers license. When the clerk saw it, her eyes widened as if in horror and she handed it back to me before I could even say anything. I asked if there were any kind of upgrades available, but she wouldn't give me anything for free.

  • Room Booked: Premium
  • Room Upgrade: na
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 31
  • Check-In: 2009-02-05

No Dice For Chucker at Harrah's...


The clerk spent several minutes on his computer clicking away. Finally excused himself - when he returned he apologized and said the boss said he couldn't upgrade us to a suite because it was the weekend. He returned my 20.

  • Room Booked: Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Premium
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-01-18

Jackpot! John Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


Had two nights comped into a deluxe room on a Fri and Sat. Didn't get in until 9:30pm and when checking in asked if there were any upgrades available. Handed her the $ sandwich and got an immediate "No upgrades available on Fri or Sat nights" because they were so busy those nights. She handed the $ back saying she couldn't take it if she couldn't help me and continued the check in. Mentioned that I would really like her to have the $ and hoped there was something she could do. She said Hang on and checked with a mgr. Came back and got us into a 14th floor room overlooking the pool and part of the strip. Gave her the $ after completing the check in. It was a much nicer room with 2 LCD's and pillowtop bed. Worth the $!

  • Room Booked: Basic King
  • Room Upgrade: Top floor remolded room over looking the pool
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 18
  • Check-In: 2008-04-12

Jackpot! TW Got A Harrah's Room Upgrade


Well I was not to sure this was going to work at Harrah's I almost always stay at the Venetian. I handed the clerk the sandwitch and asked for the upgrade she immediatly said she could not do anything, then she saw the 20 and changed what she was telling me, almost in mid sentence. She asked me if I wanted change for the 20 I told her "no that is for you". We were put on the top floor over looking the pool in a very nice remolded room. The bed was excellent with a nice pillow top. The room had two plasma TV's.


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