Showed up to the front desk an hour early and just waited for whatever clerk was available.
She was very kind and I paid close attention to what she did with the situation. The bill was between the two cards.
I noticed she separated the bill to her left and my ID/Credit Card on the screen of her computer.
My guess was she did that in case she could not upgrade me at least she could return the bill
I actually didn’t talk about any upgrades, at this point I feel all clerks kind of get the hint.
Our clerk then asked if I was looking for a bigger room or a view.
We chose the view and was upgraded in my opinion to one of the best upgrades for the $20 offered.
I was also very kind and talkative with her just to make everything smooth.
I actually booked my room through Hotwire so I wasn’t too sure if they would provide an upgrade but I tried with the $40 tip sandwiched between my credit card and DL – it worked! We went from the base level room (i.e. Studio Suite) to the Executive Corner Suite which had a really nice tub with separate glass shower. Additionally, it had a living room, sliding doors that separated the bedroom, a kitchen, and another half bath. We loved Vdara, it’s easy to get everywhere – it’s next door to Aria.