Estimated Savings: $200+
We checked in at the front desk at 11 am. I gave her my card, ID, and the $20. I asked if any complimentary upgrades were available. We were one of few that didn’t have to wait for a room to be ready, and we got a view of The Strip. At checkout, as luck would have it, I checked out with the same employee. I thanked her for the amazing view from the room. She comped our bikini bar bill, which was around $200! Overall I was very pleased!
I looked for the hustler guy I knew would be in the game. Check-in was at 3:00 pm; I checked in around 4:30 pm. He handed over the sandwich when he asked for ID and credit card and then asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. The clerk quickly responded with, let me see what I can do as the $20 bill quickly and magically disappeared somewhere. The clerk moved me to the 35th floor with a Strip and pool view.
Estimated Savings: $300
At check-in, I didn’t target a specific clerk. When asked for id and credit card, I had put $50 in between and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. The clerk said thank you and asked if we were celebrating anything special. I told him it was our first trip to Vegas and our 20th anniversary. He said there was an upgrade and told me to hold on for a second. He talked to someone for a minute. He returned and said he was doing something special for us and upgraded us to a King Suite at the Palazzo on the 38th floor with a strip view. He said it was normally $75 more a night but waived those fees. A great anniversary and a great first trip to Las Vegas!
I walked up to the clerk after being forced to check-in through the kiosk. The last was very pleasant to talk to. I asked her if there were any complimentary upgrades because it was my sister and I’s birthday trip. She cut me off and said they aren’t allowed to do that anymore, then continued to explain how it sucked for them too because they take home way fewer tips. I paid for an upgraded room since it was a birthday trip, and I didn’t want to be disappointed.
Estimated Savings: $45/night
I gave the front desk receptionist $20, to which the male stated that I didn’t need to hand it like a sandwich ”it’s normal here.” He placed us on a 34th-floor standard king facing the fountains.
Estimated Savings: $1,600+
We got to the Venetian at 9:00 pm last Tuesday. I couldn’t target a specific counter employee, as they were taking who was next in line. My 19-year-old son knew what I was doing and was amused the entire time. We walked to the counter, and the young woman asked for my ID and credit card. I handed them to her with a $20 sandwiched between the two and asked if they had any complimentary room upgrades available. She peeked at the $20 and very politely asked if I needed change; I said no, and she smiled and said she’d see what was available.
Because I’d booked through a 3rd party site and had read that The Venetian can’t do upgrades, I was hoping for a really high floor with a great view… maybe some restaurant vouchers? But a minute later, she showed me some pictures on an iPad and asked what I thought of the room. I thought she was kidding. It was MONSTROUS. She said she’d have to move us next door to the Palazzo, was that ok? I said yes and thanked her.
Honestly, it was TOO huge… But the trip was a surprise for my son (who’s heading back to college next week), and he was beyond thrilled. It truly was unreal, like something you’d see in a movie. The original room I booked was a generous 650 square ft. This was 1500 square feet with an additional 400 square foot private terrace, complete with seating for 8-12 and a huge stone fireplace. One king bed (which was fine, she asked), two bathrooms, living room, dining room, bar, office area, walk-in closet, remote control drapes, etc. It was nuts.
I like to laze in bed and watch television at night, but the tv was too far from the bed, so I had to sprawl out on one of the two full-size couches in the living room. As far as complaints go… Yeah, not bad!
Next time I’d probably ask for a higher floor and food freebies because it was SO BIG it was kind of ridiculous…lol 🙂 Or I’ll have to bring 20 of my closest friends and really make use of the space!
Estimated Savings: $450
There were a couple of people in front of me in the check-in line, so I didn’t really target a front desk agent. I just went with the next available one. It was around 1 p.m. (check-in is at 3, but I gave it a shot).
I did the $20 sandwich. As soon as the front desk lady saw it, she smiled, put the bill on the counter, and told me that she was going to see what she could do for me. She then asked if I was celebrating anything, but she looked at my ID and saw my birthday was the next day, so she immediately grabbed the phone called someone to get approval for a birthday, and it was approved.
I was shocked from excitement, she did say something about the upgrade, but I didn’t really know how big of an upgrade was until I got in the room. This was my first try, and I’m always doing this. FYI I made a reservation thru the Hyatt using points.
Estimated Savings: $80+
“I walked up to the first available clerk at Bellagio, handed a $20 sandwich, asked for a room with a fountain view, and scored. Rooms are slightly smaller than Caesars’ Augusta Tower, but you can hear the fountain music through TV channel 22. I was here for two nights with one night comp, so it was $20 well spent. I watched water fountain shows every night.”
We think that’s a pretty awesome upgrade at Bellagio using the $20 Trick!