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28 Reports From the New York New York Hotel Front Desk

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'All Time' Upgrades: 61% (17/28)


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  • Room Booked: Park Ave
  • Room Upgrade: Madison Ave
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2013-01-26

Jackpot! Chere Got A New York New York Room Upgrade

 
 

Got into the hotel around 1 am, so it was technically 1/27/13. Stood in line behind 2 other parties and got the next available clerk who was a SE Asian woman in her mid-20s. She was not overly friendly. Handed sandwich and asked if there was any possibility of a complimentary upgrade to a suite. She never really responded to that question and took all the cards and the $20 and placed them all at the top of her keyboard. She double checked our room reservation on her computer and re-confirmed that we were booked for a standard Park Ave room. She asked what bed type we wanted and if we wanted smoking or non. We told her we wanted a King non-smoking room. She replied, unfortunately, we do not have any Park Ave rooms that are King non-smoking, so I can upgrade you to the Madison Ave street view. I was a little disappointed because it sounded like we would have gotten the upgrade anyway w/o the $20. The room itself was on the 19th floor, relatively low, and facing the roller coaster so we could hear people screaming. The room was dingy and tired, the carpet had seen better days and I never went barefoot in the room. The toilet had a weird black stain in the bottom - looked like a fat permanent marker - and the shower was like being under a watering can. Overall, I was disappointed. We had better luck when we left NYNY and checked into Mirage 2 nights later and got a fantastic room I was really happy with.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Madison Strip view
  • Room Upgrade: Didn\'t
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2012-06-24

No Dice For Don at New York New York...

 
 

Checking in to NY-NY around 3:30pm. After standing in line for about 20 minutes, I was ready to try the $20 tip trick. I handed the clerk the sandwich with $20 easily visible and asked if there was an upgrade available to a Spa or Marquis Suite. She typed for a few seconds and said the Spa Suite was $25 per night and the Marquis Suite was not ready yet.
I told her to forget it and she continued to check me in flipping the $20 with the cards but not touching it with her hands. She finished and handed me back my cards and money the same as I gave it to her.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Madison Avenue
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-02-26
  • Booked at: Local Agent

Jackpot! Melissa Got A New York New York Room Upgrade
Booked Via Local Agent

 
 

Flight arrived about 6:30 from Omaha, there was no wait in line. Handed the young clerk the sandwich. She smiled sheepishly and looked kind of shocked. Asked if the hotel was offering any complimentary room upgrades since my husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. She said she'd see what she could do. Upgraded us from a standard room to a Madison AVenue room with a very nice view of the mountains. Handed the $20 back to me and said it was complimentary and to have a nice anniversary! Score! :)

 
   
  • Room Booked: Base room
  • Room Upgrade: Broadway deluxe. Corner strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-01-26

Jackpot! Clsullivan Got A New York New York Room Upgrade

 
 

Got to nyny at around 3:00 on a Thursday. There were 4 women working check out two older two younger. I got a younger gal which I was glad. Walked up put sandwich on desk and asked are there any complimentary upgrades available for my stay. She said let me see what I can do. Presto she upgraded us and gave us a corner strip facing room. I thanked here left the 20 on the counter said that is for you and she thanked me. I will definitely try this again.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park Avenue
  • Room Upgrade: Madison Avenue
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2012-01-06

Jackpot! Ryan Got A New York New York Room Upgrade

 
 

Flight landed at 8:30 AM so went to check in early and was greeted by Monica. She was great and very nice. I told her that my wife and I were there to celebrate our first anniversary and I was looking for an upgrade to a suite and slipped her the $20 between my license and credit card. She noticed it and set it on the desk while she worked to look for upgrades. She told me that suites would only be available for an additional fee/day, but that she could offer me a complimentary upgrade to a Madison Avenue room, so I took it. She then returned the $20 because the upgrade was complimentary. She was very nice. Maybe $50 may have been a better play.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park Avenue Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Broadway Deluxe w/ Strip View
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 18
  • Check-In: 2011-09-03
  • Booked at: Local Agent

Jackpot! Phil D Got A New York New York Room Upgrade
Booked Via Local Agent

 
 

We checked in on Sat. around 1:30 pm on Labor Day weekend so we weren't really expecting to get an upgrade on a holiday weekend. There was a pretty good line but it went fast and we were lucky to get a young guy. I handed him the "sandwich" and he said "Oh, is this for me?", I said yes and asked him if there were any complimentary room upgrades available. He said that he could upgrade me to the next level room with a strip view also. I thanked him and off we went to enjoy our vacation thanks to frontdesktip.com!!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park avenue Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: NA
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2010-08-15

No Dice For kelly at New York New York...

 
 

Couldn't target the young guy I wanted to talk to, got a 40-something woman from the Philippines.
I gave her my friend's ID cause the room was in his name, then I gave her my sandwich w/ my ID & CC, saying I wanted to put the resort fee on my card.
When I handed the sandwich, I asked if there were any complimentary room upgrades available, and she said no first without looking at the computer. she said that all the spa suites were booked because of the Lady Gaga and Rush concerts that weekend. She checked on the computer, too. I even leaned over the counter and nudged my CC so that the $20 was more visible. She just ran all the info and then handed back the cards & $20 without ever acknowledging the money. Totally ignored it. FAIL

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park Avenue
  • Room Upgrade: Spa Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2010-03-06

Jackpot! Johnny V Got A New York New York Room Upgrade

 
 

Checked in about 4pm on Saturday, there was a very short line, maybe 2 people in front of us. I didn't target a clerk, just figured it was worth trying with anyone. Handed the sandwich to a female clerk in her early 40's. She moved the license and the bill fell out in front of her. She said in a surprised voice "oh, is that for me?" I said yes and asked for an upgrade, she checked the computer and offered a spa suite if we were ok with a smoking room. Well worth the $20 and made up for the crummy weather this weekend since we could more or less hit the pool in our room.

 
   
  • Room Booked: park ave
  • Room Upgrade: next size room up, strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2010-01-16
  • Booked at: Orbitz

Jackpot! aj Got A New York New York Room Upgrade
Booked Via Orbitz

 
 

We targeted a younger woman at around 4pm and gave her the sandwich. At first she was confused. I explained I was interested in comped upgrades and we ended up with a booklet good for some free drinks, free morning paper and a upgrade to the next level room with a strip view.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Skyline
  • Room Upgrade: Spa Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: not-rememb / not-remember
  • Check-In: 2009-12-11

Jackpot! sdfan Got A New York New York Room Upgrade

 
 

Got in after midnight. Only 3 people ahead of us and the line went quick. Gave the clerk my credit card and drivers license, but had the money in my hand. My wife asked if there were any available upgrades. I added, free upgrades. He checked and said he had one, but it was a smoking room. We took it and luckily it didn't smell bad at all. He even threw in a bunch of free drink coupons. At the end of the transaction, I thanked him with the $40. Was my first time asking and it worked beautifully!

 
   
  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: same with view of the side of the building
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-07-07

No Dice For tom at New York New York...

 
 

Checked in late 11 pm - waited in line 90 minutes - only one clerk having a bad night - asked for complimentary upgrade none available - used the 50 trick - just looked at me and said no upgrades available - will not be staying at NYNY again - won't even gamble here - had better luck at TI last trip

 
   
  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: none
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-07-07

No Dice For Tom at New York New York...

 
 

Flight arrived late - after 11 PM - though this would be good for an upgrade - stood in line for over an hour only two clerks working the check-in line - approached available clerk - presented the sandwich with a $50 for upgrade - asked if any were available - told nothing was available - saw the 50 - looked at me upset - said she could place me in a smoking room - passed - room we received had a great view of the backside of the same hotel - service from front desk on was poor - did not even gamble here - will stay at TI next trip

 
   
  • Room Booked: PARK AVENUE
  • Room Upgrade: PARK AVENUE
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-03-27

No Dice For BOB at New York New York...

 
 

Handed the sandwich over. Clerk immediately pushed the twenty back and said thanks. Asked for any available upgrades, he said they were available, but I would have to pay. He made me feel like I farted in church. I'm not doing this again here.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park Ave.
  • Room Upgrade:
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-02-20

No Dice For Jonny Bingo at New York New York...

 
 

I gave the $20 between my CC and DL and asked for the complimentry upgrade. The lady slipped back the $20 and told me there was nothing available (it was a Friday at 1200). My room was on the 30th floor looking out at the MGM. I was very satisfied with the view. I am not sure if this was an upgrade, but I was happy with what I got.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe Corner with awesome view!
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-02-08

Jackpot! James Got A New York New York Room Upgrade

 
 

I slipped a fifty between the cards. She immediately agreed to upgrade and slid the fifty back with a smile. Because of the bad economy now is a perfect time to visit Las Vegas if you can. There are no crowds at all and the hotels have fantastic deals. I have already booked another trip for March.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park Ave Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Park Ave Deluxe Strip View
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2008-12-16

Jackpot! SaltyCandy Got A New York New York Room Upgrade

 
 

Slipped $20 in the passport and since I stayed once before, I was able to make conversation saying how different it was while being checked in, and being very polite. I simply asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available, and she typed away, and got upgraded to a nice view of the Strip and got the $20 back as well!

 
   
  • Room Booked: park avenue
  • Room Upgrade: nothing
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2008-12-13

No Dice For geoff at New York New York...

 
 

checked in sunday @ 3pm. quite a few people in line.

slipped a $20 on my photopage of my passport. reservation was booked via travelocity sale @ ~25$/night (83 inc tax for 3 nights), so no need for credit card. told i could upgrade to broadway suite for $20/night or spa suite for $55. no complimentary upgrades avail.

ignored the 20 and handed it with my passport back to me.

 
   
  • Room Booked: park avenue
  • Room Upgrade: park aveune
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 31
  • Check-In: 2008-09-14

No Dice For amanda at New York New York...

 
 

clerk looked v official, placed passport and $20 asked for upgrade to higher floor and strip view.Said strip view would be $7.50 a night but could get us a higher floor. declined $7.50 a night as staying a long time after checking in clerk curious why $20 on top asked did i want change. embarressed left got room already booked.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park Avenue
  • Room Upgrade: N/A
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 25
  • Check-In: 2008-01-03

No Dice For Mario at New York New York...

 
 

We checked in around 8:30pm and there was a longish line. The woman checking us in was pretty young but very serious, all business, so I had a bad feeling about our odds of success. When she asked for id I placed the credit card, id, and $20 bill all on the counter together. She didn't bat an eye at the $20. At some point I told her it was my friend's first time in Las Vegas (which was true), and I asked if there might be any room upgrades available to make the experience more memorable. She immediately said the hotel was full, so all she could do was upgrade us from the lowest room (skyline) to one class higher (park avenue). However we had booked with an internet promotion on their website that was already supposed to get us the park avenue room, so this was not actually an upgrade. I took the $20 back. The eventual room was not that high and had a nice view of the construction next door. Oh well.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Park Ave Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade:
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 25
  • Check-In: 2007-10-05

No Dice For Matt at New York New York...

 
 

Asked about a complimentary upgrade. Clerk said that they were sold out and there were no upgrades available and returned the money.

He actually asked me if the money was for the complimentary upgrade and seemed surprised. He also worked a little extra time to find us a king, non smoking room even though he initially thought there weren't any available.

 




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