The $20 Dollar Trick

Learn how to get free room upgrades, comps, and stunning views in Las Vegas with the $20 Dollar Trick.

$20 Dollar Trick Las Vegas

Does the $20 Trick work in Vegas?

Yes! The $20 Dollar Trick still works in Las Vegas in 2021. You only need to do three things to receive a free room upgrade. First, before you walk up to the check-in desk, put a $20 bill in between your credit card and ID. Second, be kind to your front desk representative. Third, ask, “Are there any complimentary room upgrades available?” That’s it. 

Frequently, if the hotel has an upgrade, the front desk clerk will keep the $20. If they don’t have a free room upgrade for you, they may offer other offers like free early check-in, free late check-out, or return the $20 to you. 

Some hotels are more accommodating to the $20 Trick than others. Our website has a guide for every hotel in Las Vegas with success/failure rates, stories from visitors like you, and additional information, so your first $20 bet in Las Vegas is a winner.

What is the $20 Dollar sandwich trick?

The $20 Dollar sandwich trick is a Las Vegas secret of getting free room upgrades and complimentary offers from the hotel. The trick gets its name because you fold a $20 bill small enough to be sandwiched between your credit card and ID. 

What you need to do:

  1. Put a $20 bill between (“sandwich”) your credit card and identification so the bill can’t be seen and hand it to the front desk clerk at check-in.
  2. Ask the clerk, “Are there any complimentary room upgrades available?”
  3. Enjoy the glamorous results!

In most cases, if the hotel doesn’t have an upgrade, they will return the $20 tip to you. On our site, you will find guides to each hotel in Las Vegas and which hotels have the highest success rate. 

Can you tip the front desk for a better room?

Absolutely! In Las Vegas, the $20 Dollar Trick or $20 Dollar Sandwich is a popular way to try to snag an incredible room upgrade.

The $20 Trick is the Vegas insiders’ way of tipping their front desk clerk and letting them know you would like a comped room upgrade. 

For example, we once booked an entry-level room at Planet Hollywood for $49/night. At check-in, we used the $20 Dollar Trick to receive a free upgrade to a Wraparound Suite with stunning views of the Bellagio Fountains, Eiffel Tower, and The Strip. The listed price of the suite was $550/night during our stay. 

It was an incredible experience and made us feel like VIPs.

While your hotel may not offer such an extravagant upgrade, site visitors have received benefits like early check-ins during huge events, upgraded views, and even complimentary buffet passes and drinks. 

How do I get a complimentary hotel room upgrade?

The easiest way to get a complimentary hotel room upgrade in Las Vegas is to use the $20 Trick! Sandwich a $20 bill between your ID and credit card and hand it to your front desk attendant at check-in. Ask them if there are complimentary hotel room upgrades, and watch them go to work!

We have received comped suites, upgrades to Strip views, free buffets, early check-ins, and more. 

The $20 Trick is the best first gamble for every visitor in Las Vegas. But it doesn’t always work. Be polite and confident. What happens next can be incredible.

Can I refuse to pay resort fees in Vegas?

Sort of, some hotels have policies that will waive a night or two of resort fees upon request at check-out. Some vacationers had reported that using the $20 Trick resulted in waived resort fees when a room upgrade wasn’t available.

The truth is it doesn’t hurt to ask kindly and grease the palms of your front desk clerk with some cash. But please, if the clerk says they can’t waive the fees, be kind to them because it’s not their choice.

Does the sandwich trick work in Vegas?

Yes! Even in 2021, the $20 Dollar Trick works in Las Vegas. The fact is that cash is king in Vegas. Many front desk employees were financially devastated by COVID-19 in Vegas. Your front desk clerk will do everything in their power to find a comp for you so they can keep the tip.

Some hotels aren’t so giving. Read our hotel guides to see which properties have a high success rate. In most cases, if the hotel doesn’t have a reasonable $20 Dollar Trick policy, the clerk will hand your tip back to you.

If you want to try using the sandwich trick, simply fold a $20 bill and hide it on the inside of your credit card and identification. Hand the card sandwich to your front desk attendant and ask politely “if there are any complimentary upgrades available” and see if the magic happens.

How can I get a free room upgrade in Vegas?

There are many ways to get free room upgrades in Las Vegas. The simplest way is to use the $20 Dollar Trick at check-in. Simply fold a $20 bill, stick it between your ID and credit card and hand it to your front desk representative. Ask your representative if they “have any complimentary room upgrades available?” 

Most of the time, it’s the best $20 you’ll spend in Las Vegas.

Other ways to get free room upgrades include gambling (a lot) at the casino or contacting a host before your trip. 

Is it OK to ask for a room upgrade?

Yes, of course! Vegas is in the hospitality business. They want to treat you like a VIP. Asking for a room upgrade doesn’t always work. We recommend greasing the palms of your front desk clerk with a $20 bill. 

Stick the bill in-between your ID and credit card and hand the sandwich to your front desk clerk at check-in. Ask for a complimentary room upgrade and watch them try to find you something special. 

It’s possible to get a free upgrade without the $20 Trick. However, most of the time, the hotel clerk will offer a room upgrade with additional costs added to your bill.

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