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132 Reports From the Venetian Hotel Front Desk

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  • Room Booked: venetian piazza
  • Room Upgrade: palazzo siena
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2014-02-19

Jackpot! Patrick Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

Checked in about noon. There was a line so there was little choice, but I almost got an older female. Put the $20 sandwich on the counter, and when she separated the ID from the credit card she handed the 20 back for a second until I quietly suggested it was for her. It then vanished.

A bit of typing and a phone call later and I was off to the 46th floor of the Palazzo.

The Siena suites cost a lot more than Piazza yet are slightly smaller but are apparently a lot nicer.

Didn't have a view of the strip but that's fine with me.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Piazza Suite (comped)
  • Room Upgrade: Palazzo Siena Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2014-02-19

Jackpot! Patrick Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

Arrived about 12:30. Little choice as to clerks as there was a line, but managed to get a younger female. Was handed back the 20 at first and asked if it was supposed to be there, to which I replied yes. The 20 vanished and she started typing. We chatted a little, and she mentioned
that my originally booked Piazza suite was not ready yet. Was offered a Prima suite at first, but knowing that those rooms hadn't been renovated I then I asked if there was anything at Palazzo.

She found a Siena suite that was ready, and mentioned it was slightly smaller than the Piazza (which I didn't mind as it retails for much more than a Piazza) and a phone call later I was on my way up to a very high floor of the Palazzo!

The Siena suite was lovely, but this particular one didn't have a view of the strip nor any exercise equipment like some do. The shower was AMAZING to say the least with 5 shower heads!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Luxury Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Palozzo Luxury Suite 19th Floor- Strip View
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2013-09-07

Jackpot! Nancy Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

I arrived at the hotel early (around 2pm), there was no line but all the front desk clerks were busy. Suddently .. drum roles.. a young gal call me over. I told her i had RSVP for the Venetian. I proceeded to give her my ID and C/C and $50 bill in between and ask do you have any complimentary upgrades available? And her response Oh yes! Let me check... went to her computer and started typing away. She offered me the same room but over at the Palazzo with beautiful stip view and view of the fountain/pool. She also allowed us for a later check out time (2PM), which was NICE. She gave us our room key then proceeded to give me about 6 complimentary drinks at several locations. Overall i think this trick was well worth it!! Try it everyone!!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Luxury Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Rialto Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-12-25

Jackpot! Frank Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

The Venetian has somebody to assist you finding the next clerk, so it was difficult to select my own clerk. The clerk I was assigned to was a young male in his 20s, so I got lucky.

The clerk didn't blink an eye with the sandwich and slipped the $20 under the keyboard like a professional card shark. I hardly noticed the move.

I asked for the complimentary upgrades for one or both of our rooms. One room was already a Piazza Suite with two beds and they didn't have any better rooms that had two beds.

The other was upgraded from Luxury Suite to Rialto. I paid $149/night booked from the hotel site (yeah, I know!) so I reminded the clerk I paid a full fare. So he comp'd the resort fees for both room on all nights. We also got a gold and platinum coupon book, which has much better deals (and lots of free stuff) than their standard book.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Luxury Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Bella Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-07-27

Jackpot! Denise Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

While i was in the elevator heading down to the lobby floor I placed a $20 bill in between my id and credit card so i wouldnt be seen arranging it while waiting in line. I was next in line waiting, then 4 new cashiers opened up in a row. I chose the one at the end because I figured it was a fifty percent less chance that the other cashiers would see what was going on. I got up to the counter and was extremely nervous. He asked for my id and credit card and i handed him the sandwich. I froze though and didnt ask for any upgrades or was too scared to say anything. The next 10 seconds I mentally blacked out. 30 seconds later he said "you are available for a free upgrade" or something to that nature. We have a room available with a great view of the strip, with a living room area with a sofa couch w/ a pullout bed. Then I asked for 2 beds for me and my friend. He said no problem and is there anything else you guys need. I really wanted to push my limits for the piazzo suite but I was way too nervous and I just couldnt get the words out of my mouth. But i got to the room and figured out that it was the bella suite. I originally ordered the cheapest room (luxury suite). Now that i know what to expect i will be going for the piazzo suite in december. Thank you.

 
   
  • Room Booked: 2 Queen beds with city view
  • Room Upgrade: 2 queen beds, terrace 48th floor 700 Sq ft city view facing the fountains
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 18
  • Check-In: 2012-07-12
  • Booked at: Priceline

Jackpot! Anshul Got A Venetian Room Upgrade
Booked Via Priceline

 
 

We just got the one who was free. Gave him the sandwich and asked him if there was something available. He said let me check, and gave us a much much better room on the 48th floor with the Bellagio fountains view.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Bella Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Penthouse Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-05-18

Jackpot! Justin Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

I was the best man for my friends bachelor party and we had decided on a trip to vegas. We booked at the Venetian because we wanted a little classier place. Originally there were 9 of us going and we had booked 3 bella suites. So we get to the Venetian at 11a.m. and 4 of us stand in line (with our drinks mind you.) We got up to the counter and had a younger guy helping us check in. I gave him the $50 sandwich and asked if there was any upgrades we could get possibly to have us all in the same room. He looked at the computer for a bit then looked up at me and said don't worry i'll hook you guys up. So that sounded good. He left the counter for a bit, came back and typed a bit more then said, ok. If we cancel your three rooms and you guys pay a total of $200 more I can get all 9 into the penthouse suite. Without checking I said sounds great. It was awesome, usually its $5000 a night for the penthouse we got it for way way less then what it goes for and very close to what we had originally booked. Made the trip, and I have now been the go to when people need advice on getting upgraded. I have to say though I learned how to do it from www.frontdesktip.com. Thanks Guys

 
   
  • Room Booked: Luxury Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Palazzo Bella Suite, 33 Floor, Strip View
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-05-03
  • Booked at: Priceline

Jackpot! Amber C Got A Venetian Room Upgrade
Booked Via Priceline

 
 

Went to check in about 1:00pm. Line was short, but you didn't have a choice of clerks. Was sent to a male in his late 20's. Simply had the $20 folded between the credit card and my ID. He slipped the $20 behind the keyboard, and before I could even ask about upgrades, he offered the Palazzo. Room was GREAT!!!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Venezia bella
  • Room Upgrade: Palazzo Bella
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2012-02-04

Jackpot! John Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

Checked in Saturday around 2:00pm 1 day before Super Bowl. Things were busy so I waited until I got this petite lady in her late 20's who was smileing was available. I told her I was with my brother & this was his first time in Vegas (And it was) And then asked if there where any complimentary upgrades available. She took my $20 sandwich & said let me see what we have. What I was able to get was a Palazzo Bella Suite strip view on the 45th floor. My brother loved the view. $20 well spent for me.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Bella suite Venezia tower
  • Room Upgrade: High floor strip view Venezia tower
  • Hotel Clerk: not-rememb / not-remember
  • Check-In: 2012-02-03

Jackpot! Leslie Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

We arrived quite early (8 or 9am). I slipped the $20 between License and cc. I asked if there were any free upgrades available. I ended up with a king bed suite in the Venezia tower on a high floor with a strip view. We looked out directly across from the Mirage volcano. It was a fabulous view especially at night! We also got right into our room that early!

 
   
  • Room Booked: The Venetian regular king suite
  • Room Upgrade: Palazzo regular king suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-09-24
  • Booked at: Priceline

Jackpot! Maarten Got A Venetian Room Upgrade
Booked Via Priceline

 
 

We made an offer through Priceline for about 105 USD (3 weeknights) and got a king room in The Venetian, which is already a very good deal.

When we checked in, we told the clerk we had a graduation to celebrate and offered him 20USD hidden between our cc and id and asked for any complimentary upgrades, after some smalltalk.
After about a minute of searching on his computer, he offered us a king room in The Palazzo. When he warned us about the weight-system of the fridge, we asked if we could put our own drinks inside. Immediately he answered he'd comp us a fridge to the room as well, cause I just graduated.

Even though we didn't get a high floor (18), we had an amazing strip view in a superb room, all for only 105/night + tax & resort fee + one 20 USD tip. We obviously were beyond stoked.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Standard King
  • Room Upgrade: 2 Queens on 31st floor Strip View
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2011-08-19
  • Booked at: Priceline

Jackpot! RL Got A Venetian Room Upgrade
Booked Via Priceline

 
 

Got in line and was directed to a young clerk. Handed her the sandwich, and she very discretely took the $20. I asked her if there were any available upgrades, especially a room with 2 queens (there were 4 of us staying in the room). She gladly upgraded me from my Priceline standard room to a room with 2 queens on the 31st floor. Had a beautiful view of the strip, right in front of TI where we could see the Pirate Show from up top. We had a great time. $20 tip well worth it for a weekend trip with the guys!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Luxury Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Piazza Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-08-08
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! Peter Got A Venetian Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia

 
 

I had a Vegas vacation booked since January and had initially booked the Hard Rock hotel until about 1 month ago I saw a 25% off sale for Venetian suites.

I checked the rates and for an average of 149 for 6 nights I was booked into a Venetian Luxury Suite at 650 sq ft. More than I had hoped for but meh it was bigger than a normal room.

As a regular at JC forums I decided to try the 20 dollar sandwich. By pre researching I had decided that my next upgrade from the luxury suite would be the Piazza suite. This suite is actually 1400sq ft and is just huge and amazing.

Anyway Unsure if this would work I had my license and my amex in one hand with a 20 in between and my passport and my visa in the other hand with 80 wedged inside.

I finally arrived at the hotel and got called to the front desk by a lovely lady. Right behind her were 2 other workers which seemed to be managers.. I quickly freaked out and lost my nerve and when she asked for my ID i left the 20 in my pocket and thought forget it i cant do this.

So the first thing the lady asks is if i want an upgrade to a piazza. I asked how much and she said 150 per night. For 6 nights this is 900 dollars I politely said no thanks.

She then replied and said we have plenty available how about for 100 a night. Knowin this was still 600 more I said no thanks.

By wit or smartnes or by seeing money poking out of my passport she beckoned for my passport I was holdong on the counter.

I handed it over and awkwardly said is there anything else u can do. She opened it up quickly took the money (4 x 20s) And slipped it under her keyboard). She then said, have you ever stayed at the piazza suite before I said no.. She said you will love it. I got you a strip view. Woot! I had done it.. an 80 dollar sandwich

In hindsight I could have placed any value there. 20, 40 , 50 or 100 however I believe you have to be fair and 80 for 6 nights into a piazza suite is more than fair. I the end I upgraded from 650sqft to 1400sqft for about 15 per night.

Once I was in my room and had finished my happy dance she rang up and asked how everything was. I asked about internet and she said its part of your daily charge but if i come down on checkout maybe she can sort that out too (wink wink).

I will probably give another 20 for her wiping the daily charge of 18 dollars (x 6 days).

All in all the room is amazing. breathtaking and it just exuberates optulence and luxury. I dont even know if that is a word but I dont care.

The moral of the story here is never be afraid and never skimp on what you think is good value.

ciao or as they say here benevuti

 
   
  • Room Booked: Bella
  • Room Upgrade: Plazza
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2011-03-11

Jackpot! Scott Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

Yep....did the $20 sandwich at check-in (the lady at the desk was a very friendly female in here early 30’s) she took the $20 with a smile!! We got bumped from the Venetian over to the Plazza. We got put on the 42nd. with an awesome view of the strip/pool!! We also got some extra coupons as well……Yes this dose work and everyone should try it!!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Ventian Bella Suite
  • Room Upgrade: Strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2010-08-13

Jackpot! Mike Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

I arrived around 6:30 PM on a Friday night. There was a line of about 10 people, with plenty of clerks. There was an attendant at the end of the line who would greet you, ask your name, and direct you to the first available rep, to whom they would give your name.

I handed her the sandwich and told her I was wondering whether they had any strip views available. She saw the tip, which she kept between the credit card and driver's license, with the $20 just peeking out. We made some small talk while she worked her magic. After she told me where we would be staying, she asked if I needed change. Of course, I replied, "No, thank you."

She placed us on the 30th floor with a nice strip view. One enormous benefit of the higher floor was the more private bank of elevators. Throughout the trip, we could see that the other sets of elevators were much more crowded. While walking to the spa on level 4, we also heard that the lower floors are much busier. Our room was far from the elevator, quiet, and fantastic.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Used Bookit.com mystery bid. Pais avg $200 for each night Friday and Sat. Orginal room was suite on
  • Room Upgrade: High strip view only thing above us were penthouses. Great view of pools and mirage, ti, trumpand N
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2010-08-06

Jackpot! Mike from RI Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

Waited in a short line, wife asked if i was going to do the trick. I said yes what do we have to lose rooms were $200 each night. Use bookit.com mystery 5 start north suite. Easy to figure out which hotel it is look at what they tell you. It said Roman tub and only Venetian and Palazzo say that in theres. Cheapest other website was $279 friday and $329 for Sat. So I get called up to very pretty young asia named Jenna. Slid her CC $20 and license. She smiled slide the $20 under keyboard and smiled. She told me we were slated for a room which was a suite with double beds and with a not so nice view she said you could maybe see the mountains. She smiled and asked if we had ever been to the Venetian and I said no. She asked where we stayed before we compared the Encore and several others as she typed away. She finally stopped and handed us our room keys. 33rd floor with great view of pools, tao and strip from Mirage toward north area. Plus room had just been redone. Everything looked brand new. Great stay.

 
   
  • Room Booked: Venezia basic room
  • Room Upgrade: Venetian Bella Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 18
  • Check-In: 2010-07-31
  • Booked at: Priceline

Jackpot! Jong Got A Venetian Room Upgrade
Booked Via Priceline

 
 

Walked up to first available counter at 7:30am on a Saturday, asked if we could check in early: "its much too early"...asked if there are any comp upgrades: "its much too yearly to know"...gave the DL, CC, and 20...:"give me a minute pls, (goes to back room)...I can put you on a high floor at the Venetian, give me your cellphone and we'll call you around 9AM when your room is ready!" WOW! He did not even notice that I gave him my sister's DL (I am male), wrong name, wrong gender....STILL WORKED! AMAZING! Got a better suite with strip view, got $25 slot credits, and eary check in!

 
   
  • Room Booked: Luxury suite
  • Room Upgrade: Luxury suite at Palazo with excellent strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-07-11

Jackpot! David Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

We checked in at 9 a.m. and got lucky with the desk clerk .. and after handing her the $20 sandwich and asking if there were any comp upgrades avaialbe.. she also waived all extra fees for the upgrade...

 
   
  • Room Booked: Venetian, standard
  • Room Upgrade: Palazzo, strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-06-29

Jackpot! Cory Got A Venetian Room Upgrade

 
 

First time trying this technique. Sandwiched $20 between my cc and dl and said "oh, I was wondering if you had any complimentary room upgrades available". She immediately knew what was up and snuck the $20 under her keyboard with ninja-like precision. She asked me what type of upgrade I had in mind. Not being prepared to answer, I just said, "the best you can do." She said "how about a room in the Palazzo [I was originally booked for Venetian] with a nice view of the strip?" Perfect, I said. She also waived my $18/night resort fee which was awesome bc that was $54 I was going to have to pay, so basically got $34 + Palazzo + strip view for free bc of this trick. I'm hooked. Will always do this; can't wait to try it at Treasure Island in three days.

 
   
  • Room Booked:
  • Room Upgrade:
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-06-25

No Dice For Steve at Venetian...

 
 

We were sent to the first available clerk who was a gal in about her mid-twenties. We were checking in pretty early; around 1pm on a Saturday. I handed over the sandwich and said "I know I'm staying on a comp rate, but I don't suppose there are any complimentary upgrades available?". She held the sandwich in her hand while she did some stuff on the computer and the manager stood behind her. She then bent down as if she was fiddling with printouts under the counter and when she came up the $20 bill was gone.

We ended up getting a 33rd floor room with a view of the pools and partial strip. (We couldn't see the TI show thanks to some construction over by Tao.) I was a bit unpleased that the girl went ahead and processed everything without even talking to me about what she could get me. I didn't even have a chance to ask for other freebies. I had to ask "Uhh, so what kind of room do I have?" and "What's the difference in the view?" If you are targetting a specific upgrade like a certain suite, I guess it's best to just say so up front.

 




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