Las Vegas Hilton Hotel Room Upgrades

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85 Reports From the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel Front Desk

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'All Time' Upgrades: 89% (75/85)

  • Room Booked: cheapest room
  • Room Upgrade: none
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2014-06-19

No Dice For Christina at Las Vegas Hilton...


Waited ij the longest line for check in which only 3 clerks. Did the sandwich- was EDC week. He simply told me no. He didn't check the computer or anything. Worked the night before at Stratosphere.

  • Room Booked: Classic Room
  • Room Upgrade: Superior Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2014-03-09

Jackpot! Scott Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


(hotel is called The LVH now) I didn't get a chance to "target" any of the clerks, as they were busy at the check in and i was in line. It was midnight, but apparently still busy. I had the 20 already folded in between my ID and Visa. The clerk smiled and didn't miss a beat. It did take her a minute but she found me a room in the East Tower (was pretty sure I was booked in the Central Tower in one of the "lowest priced" rooms. Loved the jetted tub, used it every night :). Worked like a charm. Just a heads up tho, make sure you aren't staying here when there is a major convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Otherwise you might be competing with tons of others lol...

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Grand
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-06-21

Jackpot! Jorge Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


I had been trying to figure out a way to do this "trick" that I had been reading up on. Sure enough, it was show time.
My girlfriend and I stood in line for about 5 mins...not targeting anyone in particular. My girlfriend was a little hesitant on me doing it saying, "these ladies don't look like they would give you an upgrade." Just as she finished saying that, a mid 20's gentleman waved us over.
I told him I had a reservation under my name. He than asked for my id. Now, I had already made the sandwich on the way to the registration desk, thinking he would need my players card and CC...when asked for my id, i just had to improvise a bit.
I slid him the id and $20 while asking "do you have any complimentary upgrades." He knew what was up and replied, "let me see what I can do for ya boss."

Sir enough, we got a Grand room which normally runs $50 extra/night (according to him).

It was a great room. On the 11th floor facing the mountains and country also had a fridge. The fridge alone was worth the $20.

All in all, it was a great upgrade and money well spent.

  • Room Booked: I think hot wire booked us for a regular room.
  • Room Upgrade: We got upgraded to Premium
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-02-12
  • Booked at: Hotwire

Jackpot! Mnm Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade
Booked Via Hotwire


We didn't target any clerk. We got a nice blonde woman in her mid 20's and she was very nice. We gave her the "tip" and she upgraded us to Premium with a view, flat screen, pillow top/down mattresses and a fridge! Beautiful room! plus 4 free drinks to be redeemed at the bar! We also got a free late checkout at 2pm!

Totally worth our $20!

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: grand room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-10-13

Jackpot! jim Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


Thursday check in, crowded 3:00 pm. Had two standard rooms booked on slot special packages for 3 nights each. Gal didn't flinch and upgraded my rooms to nice 600 sq. ft. Grand Rooms connecting facing the strip in north tower. What a deal, $3.33 per night more per room. I've been going to Vegas for 35 yrs. and this will be done every time from now on.

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: Grand Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-09-16

Jackpot! toobrown Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


I had read about the $20 trick on a website and surely wanted to try this thing out. It was on a Friday Afternoon @ around 3:40 PM, there was a big crowd around the check in counter. I was helped by an Asian lady, who asked for my last name to pull up my details. When asked for my ID and CC, I sandwiched the $20 bill between the two cards. I then asked for the complimentary upgrade, she smiled, thanked me and upgraded me to the Grand Room with Strip View.

  • Room Booked: Standard room
  • Room Upgrade: Grand room
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-04-28

Jackpot! Tom McDonald Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


I checked in about 1PM on a Thursday afternoon. The front desk was quiet and one of the young men behind the desk waved me over. He was about 25-30 years old and asked me for my last name to look up the reservation.

I had booked a 3 night package, with air, through US Air Vacations, so I wasn't sure if that type of reservation was "upgradeable" but figured why not give it a shot.

So as he acknowledged my three night reservation, I casually asked "Are there any complimentary upgrades available?" His eyes were on his computer screen as he replied "i'm sorry sir, the only upgrades we have available right now are paid upgrades". Just then, he looked up and saw the twenty between my license and credit card and his reaction was palpable. "Ohhhh......., well let me see what I can do sir" was his response with a big smile. He said he had a recently renovated Grand room available with a Strip view on the 15th floor available and I said that sounded great. And it was! These rooms are about 600 square feet, have a sofa, coffee table, comfortable chair with ottoman, refigerator, two walk in closets, very comfortable beds, a work desk with acomfortable work chair and to top it off, Hilton has a deal that if you don't have maid service done that day you get a $10.00 voucher to use in any of their food establishments. So I did that as well and recouped my twenty!

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-09-08

Jackpot! Ray Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


It was on a wednesday night @ 9:00p.m. I was skeptical whether it will work since it was my first time but when i approached the lady and she asked for my id and cc..i sandwiched the $20 in between and asked for a complimentary upgrade. She quickly looked @ the computer and said "Well you have a 400 ft standard room right about i upgrade you to a 650 ft North tower suite @ the 27th floor. I was like "HELL YES" (in my mind of course)...

I don't remember her name but i remember she was in her mid 20's and shes from Costa Rica in her name tag.

  • Room Booked: standard room
  • Room Upgrade: given a standard room with a connecting room that was the size of two rooms.
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-04-06

Jackpot! Robert Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


Booked a special that they had, arrive on Thursday and stay until Monday and get Sunday night free. So I booked the cheapest room($45 on Thurs. and $59 on Fri., Sat.) and arrived late (11:45pm) on Thursday. Only two clerks working. Got the female. Gave her my name and while she looked up my reservation I put the $20 sandwich on the counter and asked her if any comp. upgrades were available. Since I had my kids with me I asked her if she had anything with 3 beds. She said, "well we are booked this weekend but I can give you a bigger room with two beds and a rollaway." I told her that was fine and as she continued to type, I ask her if she had any of the murphy bed rooms, since I knew they were bigger, and then she said that's what I was getting but she continued to type and then came back with the key cards, 4 of them. So we went up to the room and tried two cards, they didn't work but the third one did. Wow this was a room that was the size of two rooms with two murphy beds on one side and dining table, couch, and wet bar on the other and also had another entrance door. So now I was very happy but wondered why the other cards didn't work. So I tried them on the other entrance door, but they didn't work there either. So I looked at the card envelope again and saw that there was another room number on it. This was the room next to the parlor side of the room. So I tried the keys on that door and low and behold I also had the next connecting room which was a standard size room with a king bed. The wife and I had our own room and the kids had theirs for only $20 extra. Plus with the package, I also got a bunch of discount coupons and like others have said, if you don't have them clean the room, you get a $5 food voucher each day. Since I really had two separate rooms, I got $10.

  • Room Booked: Standard North Tower
  • Room Upgrade: No upgrade
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-03-13

No Dice For Leif at Las Vegas Hilton...


Got in about midnight after a late flight. This room was booked through a casino host as I was able to get my first two nights comped through player reward points.

Tried, but the hotel was booked solid. I figured he was probably BSing me, and continued to try to schmooze him, but then a couple of guys came in and I overheard their conversation with the clerk next to me, where they were told that the Hilton was completely full that night; they got turned away outright. Obviously no room existed to upgrade me to.

I didn't lose my $20 over this, he was nice and I just pocketed the money, but in any case this ended in failure.

  • Room Booked: Standard-Classic Room
  • Room Upgrade: Standard-Superior Room, Strip view, high floor
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-02-13

Jackpot! Jon Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


Checked in around 3 PM on a very busy Presidents' Day weekend, so I wasn't expecting a huge upgrade, just a modest one. Handed the clerk the sandwich and asked for a complimentary upgrade. She looked very hard for a few minutes and came up with a Superior room on a high floor with a strip view. These rooms are generally $25/night more expensive than the standard, so it is a modest upgrade but still a good value. I've had a 100% success rate at the LV Hilton (at least 5 times, see my other reviews) with this trick, so feel free to try it here.

  • Room Booked: Standard-Classic Room
  • Room Upgrade: Standard-Superior Room, Strip view, high floor
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-01-04

Jackpot! Jon Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


Checked in about 3 PM on a very slow Sunday. Only 1 clerk working. I smiled, handed her the sandwich and asked for any complimentary upgrades. She seemed very happy and upgraded me to a nice superior room on a high floor. I've gotten better rooms before, but many of the suites were being used by companies for the big CES convention later in the week and I was staying several days. Still, I've never failed to get an upgrade at the LV Hilton.

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2009-11-13
  • Booked at: Hotwire

Jackpot! Hal Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade
Booked Via Hotwire


Checked in about 4 pm and approached the clerk and asked her about possible upgrades and showed the $20.00 sandwich. She said the hotel was full and had no upgrades. As a matter of fact she said all they had were rooms with double beds and smoking rooms. I pocketed the twenty and she typed away. I then asked her how bad the smoking rooms smelled of cigarettes. She said never mind, I found you another room and this one is a room with a refrigerator and a deluxe room. I would have gotten the room without a tip but I gave her $10.00 anyway and thanked her.

  • Room Booked: Standard Room, per players club offer
  • Room Upgrade: Grand Room, North Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-10-02

Jackpot! Mac Steinway Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


Booked a 3-night stay for Fri/Sat/Sun at $33/night based on players club offer received in the mail. This in itself is quite the bargain at the LVH. Was delayed and as such arrived extremely late on Fri night/Sat morning, approx. 3 AM. Front desk was quiet so rather than do the sandwich, I merely asked the clerk if I could get a complimentary suite upgrade if I were to provide a $20 tip. He advised that they were sold out for the weekend and offered an oversized Grand Room. He apologized for not being able to do better and I had the impression I would have landed a suite if one were available. The Grand Room is certainly larger than the standard room. The clerk claimed the room to be 600 square feet but that may be a bit optimistic. It was in the North Tower, near the "Scenic Elevator" at the far end of the hall, which made trips to and from the parking garage a relatively short distance. The room featured a 37" HD television, couch with coffee table and (2) end tables, refrigerator, very nice bathroom with tile floor, oversized tub and curved rod. Nice view of the mountains. A tremendous value for a 3-day weekend.

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 46
  • Check-In: 2009-09-13

Jackpot! Dennis Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


Checked in late on a busy Sunday night. I handed the sandwich to the friendly clerk and, after complaining about my travel hassles for the day, asked if they had complimentary upgrades available. We ended up with a very nice suite including bar, dining table, sofa and extra chairs in the North Tower.

  • Room Booked: standard 2 queen
  • Room Upgrade: Suite on 20th floor in north tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-09-06

Jackpot! Kapil Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


I sandwiched a 20 dollar Bill between my Id and CC and gave it to the lady clerk who may have been around 35 to 40 yrs old (asian features) and asked if there was any chance of a complimentary upgrade and she readily said yes and gave me a suite in the north tower on the 20th floor with a strip view. I checked in around 3:30 pm.

  • Room Booked: Regular room buy 3 nights get 4th free
  • Room Upgrade: 19 floor north tower strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-08-21

Jackpot! Chris Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


There were 100 people waiting to check in went straight to the Hilton Honers line which I am a new member was free to sign up and man did it help me skip that 2 hour check-in wait. Did it just like it said put the 20 between the CC and ID and she did'nt even raise an eye. Great room everything was clean plenty of towels shampoo ect.. Room would have been 89 a night times 3 we paid 160+20 so all in all a great deal..Thanx Paris :)

  • Room Booked:
  • Room Upgrade:
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-07-06
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! Russ Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia


Clerk offered me the room upgrade immediately, I didn't even need to ask for it.

  • Room Booked: Superior Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: Grand Room
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-05-06

Jackpot! Ron Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


Checked in with a nice lady at 5pm. Handed her the 20 with my id, cc and AAA card. She looked up and said "ok what do you want" with a smile :) Asked for an upgrade, she typed for about 5 minutes. She put me up on the 27th floor, away from the elevator, overlooking the golf course in a Grand Room. Good deal!

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: North Tower 19th Floor Strip View
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-03-25

Jackpot! Pheasant Plucker Got A Las Vegas Hilton Room Upgrade


We arrived with the knowledge that the sandwich worked for a fellow traveler of ours who arrived a day or two earlier. We funded half of his sandwich as an investment so we could guage whether it was worth it for the 3 of us, who had 2 rooms, to fork over a full sandwich per room. At first we were told they were sold out, then when the desk clerk looked up and saw 2 sandwiches laying on the counter top, she quickly and artfully tucked the twenties behind her keyboard and upgraded both of our rooms. Alas, I'm vertically challenged so I did not have the same perspective of the clerk that my 6'3" traveling companion had; he had such an angle that he would have spent $20 (and probably has)for that view alone! Why do the tall get all the breaks? He is the same guy who got confused about what to do with a piece of (alleged) cheese that was on his plate at a steakhouse (it was actually tofu); he was the same guy who couldn't figure out how to use a barstool at the airport (sit on the flat part!); and, he was the same guy who unsuccessfully put $1200 on a foolish parlay: Louisville and the over in the Elite 8. Polly the Insulting Parrot could have done a real number on him this trip. I'll do the sandwich again when I return in October.


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