Had booked just a regular room for three nights. Showed up kinda late and walked right up to the desk. Held the bill($50) in my hand and asked if a nice room was available. He told me I would be happy with the room and I gave him the money. I was happy as it was a suite at the end of the hall. Big living room, bar, dining room area. Wrap around windows looking out at Fremont Street. Nice Bedroom, jacuzzi tub, real nice. Totally worth it since the room was dirt cheap to start with.
I was staying a week and was booked through America West Airlines Vacations. Thus it was a pretty cheap way to go. Because I was staying a week, I thought I might try the 20 dollar trick. But, because I was staying with some buddies, I upped the ante and thought $100.00 would help.
I tried twice with 2 different clerks. I even told the guy that I had 100 good reasons why he might want to upgrade me. The money was in plain sight, but still no luck. I did not surrender the money so I guess it was a good gamble.