Checked in at 330pm on a Wednesday via Priceline for 2 nights. We had never tried this before so we were extremely nervous but tried it anyway and IT WORKED! I flashed him my CC and ID with the $20 inside and he grabbed it out of my hand and said, “thank you for taking care of me, let me see what I can do for you”. He then gave us a deluxe corner room with a strip view on the 18th floor! This room had two windows instead of just the 1 and an extra 400 sq ft (great view of both the strip and the pool)! He also comped us a bottle of champagne and gave us a booklet with 2 for 1 buffet coupons, etc. Next time im going to ask them to waive my resort fees so we will see how that works lol! LOVE this trick!
Some background. I checked in at 8:30 p.m. and there was no line.
I tried this new technique (made this myself), where as I walk through the line I made sure I fumbled with my $40 and put it visibly between my credit card and ID. Two guys flagged me down, but I went with the younger white guy.
After giving him my name and also telling him I’m here for my 30th birthday, I passed along the goods. He took the $40 and placed it visibily next to his keyboard. He said thank you for taking care of me and let me see what I can do for you. I asked him if he had any complimentary upgrades available like a luxury suite.
Moments later one of the pitbosses came over and took over for the initial guy. He said thanks for taking care of us. 2 minutes later he said all he had was a smoking suite on the 36th floor and a non-smoking on the 5th floor. He said I could call again the next day to see if there was a cancellation on a higher floor.
Room came with coupons as well as a free bottle of champagne.
The tip worked, but also note, it was really my 30th birthday. My guess is you can say it’s your anniversary and get the same treatment.
Try the visible fumbling technique in line and see if you can get a couple of the front deskers to see you and purposely choose one specific guy. I think that works.
Checked in at 9pm on a Saturday, so I expected that there might not be any upgrades available. Multiple clerks were present, but only one group of customers was checking in as I approached. They stepped away, having finished checking in, and their clerk motioned for us to come over. I immediately put down the sandwich with the $20 bill poking out the front, introduced myself, and stated that I would like to check in please. I then immediately followed up by stating that my girlfriend and I were celebrating 2.5 years together, and asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. The $20 bill disappeared almost instantly, and both our clerk and another next to him began to grin (as did I). He said that they were mostly sold out, but asked if we minded a smoking room. I told him that it did not matter to us, and next thing we know he had us in a corner room on the 36th (top) floor with a stellar view of the strip. He even threw in a bottle of champagne! Will most likely try this trick again next time I’m in Vegas, and certainly if I’m at Treasure Island.
3pm check in time – slipped $20 in between card/id asked if any upgrades available, was chatty friendly – was given two free buffet coupons, bottle of champagne, upgraded to a strip view room with view of the Siren’s cove, 2 for 1 drinks at Kahunaville.
on New Years Eve we arrived to check in at Treasurer Island about 11 am.we had the sandwich ($20) ready and it worked very well….. The teller at the front desk was new because she asked for help…..She upgraded us to a double room with a strip view and a bottle of Champagne!!!! Great time we will continue to do the sandwich every time!!!
Checked in at 1:30 PM. Short line. Took the first available clerk. Handed $20 between the cc and dl and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She said “Sure”. After clicking on her computer for a minute or two she offered me a high level corner room (Room 32-073) with a strip and mountain view. Also offered a free bottle of champagne, 2 for 1 buffet and other 2 for 1 coupons for TI restaurants. She said the upgraded room normally would have been $30 per night. She was very nice and the process was hassle free!
Got there Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. Line wasn\’t long (surprisingly), nice younger girl helped us out. She was very pleasant right from the beginning so when my husband slipped her the sandwich and asked if there were any upgrades, she thanked him for the $20 and said she would check and see what she could do. She ended up putting us on one of the highest floors in a corner room that had huge windows with a PERFECT view of the strip! She had champagne sent up to our room and gave me a coupon for 30% off at the Spa! I ended up getting a wonderful massage for a fraction of the cost! If we get her next time, I may try a $50 sandwich, maybe that will get us a suite 😉 Awesome, totally made our trip more memorable and it only cost us 20 bucks
We book directly at the hotel website a 50% off offer. Arrived at the hotel at 7 pm, 1 couple in the waiting line. Only 1 clerck for this saturday night. Give bill with my id and credit card and ask for complimentary upgrade as it was our wedding birthday (true). And it worked. Nice corner strip view. Really love ti !
It was very late…1 am or something like that.
I was very sure, that the sandwhich-trick would not work at all…but I was so tiered and I had nothing to lose…so I put the 20$-bill into my passport and just said: “Is there a chance for a free upgrade?”…and I got a suite- a very huge suite with two bathrooms-just for me 😉
Got there at 8am in the morning- couldn’t check in until 11am. Got breakfast and starbucks coffee at the corner and hung out on the strip for a few hours. Came back at 11 and the check-in line was crazy. Waited in line for 30 minutes and was helped by an asian girl in her late 20’s or early 30’s. Slipped her the $20 dollar sandwich with our printout of the reservations we got through a Groupon deal, with our Credit card and ID. As soon as saw the tip, she glanced up at us with a grin( Could see she was surprised yet happy about the tip). Placed the tip on the side of her table. I asked if there were any upgrades and she responded by saying “I am checking right now.” End result of our $20 bucks: free comp. champagne, 2 free buffets, 2 tickets to B1G1 free buffet tickets, upgraded room to the 25th floor with a fantastic view of the strip. On top of that, our groupon deal gave us $50 dollar food/drink voucher to anywhere in the hotel and a $30 spa credit per person. I would definitely do this again! =D