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$20 trick-other places than Vegas?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe, Jul 22, 2012.

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  1. Joe

    Joe VIP Whale

    Sep 11, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Is the $20 check-in trick unique to Vegas, or does it work in other cities?

    Only reason I ask is that I called a hotel in Seattle to ask if they had a resort fee and they had no clue what that was. Maybe I just got a newbie on the phone and after I explained, the answer was no. So it just got me wondering about the $20 "sandwich", because I was going to try it next month.
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  2. zamboni

    zamboni VIP Whale

    Mar 31, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    When I worked at a rental car front desk in both Kansas City and Mpls, I had a few people slip me cash for an upgrade as opposed to having the added fee to their contract. It worked with me. If you were to be upgraded to a Caddy for 7 days at $5 extra a day, slipping me a $20 saved you money and got you the Caddy. I am not speaking for all rental car agents, but it doesn't hurt to try :peace:
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  3. eloisegirl

    eloisegirl Low-Roller

    Jul 2, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I had read about the $20 trick and thought it sounded like a worthy idea. Went to Seneca Casino in Niagara on a friend's comped 2 nights and we picked the younger male check-in person. I slipped a $20 with our ID and repeated the phrase that pays, "Are there any complimentary upgrades available?". We were thrilled to get a corner suite on a high floor with king bed, sofa bed, spa jacuzzi, etc. I intend to try this in Vegas as well. Can't hurt, and could help - worth a gamble!
  4. blazer

    blazer Tourist

    Apr 1, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I have found a free alternate to the $20 trick that works sometimes. Let me explain. First, I am frugal. We live about 60 miles from AC and only stay over night only when we are comped free rooms. I have no credit cards in my name (long story) but wife has plenty in her name. During the check in process, and while the clerk is holding our casino cards and wife's credit card, I usually announce that it's our wedding anniversary, or first date anniversary, or first time we met anniversary, my birthday, her birthday, etc. Sometimes the person who is checking us in will say "ooohhhh, how sweet" and announce that we are getting a free upgrade. One time we were upgraded to a nice suite, free valet parking and extended check out. Sometimes it works,,,, sometimes it doesn't,,,, but what do you have to lose?
  5. LucyR.

    LucyR. VIP Whale

    Feb 17, 2012
    Los Angeles,CA.
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Hotel rooms

    It is really hard to me to bullshittt the res clerk.
    I am not even able to play the $20. game.

    I just pay for what I want in a hotel room. I pay the upgrade fee in advance.
    I get what I pay for.
    My major problem is because I am handicapped/special needs.... I am able
    to get in the VIP lines at the Hotels. I don't look handicapped so the
    res clerks think I am bullshitting them. I can see it in their eyes that they
    think I am not handicapped but just a phony.
    Maybe next time I will show my handicapped car card as I look for my I.D.
    I hate being doubted by the res clerks.
    The Law states I don't have to tell anybody what my handicap problem is.
  6. oghuman

    oghuman High-Roller

    May 24, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    My GF was checking into the Waldorf Astoria in NY, I told her to try the $20 trick (placing it behind the credit card as she is passing the card to the clerk) she did get an upgrade. I wasn't there so I didn't know the exact conversation.
    BTW, I've never tried it myself, but I didn't tell her that.
  7. redsdog

    redsdog Tourist

    Jun 13, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Hey There

    This may sound cheesy but I've always found that the best way to get upgraded is simply to be nice and ask.

    Its normally work for me. For example stayed in NY last year at the Essex House overlooking the park. Paid for a park view room. Got to the room and it was on the 7th floor but you could hardly see into the park because it wasn't really high enough.

    On the way out to dinner stopped at the desk and spoke to the check in staff. Just mentioned that whilst the room we had was excellent and what we had paid for I wondered if they had something on a higher floor to get a better view of the park as it was the wifes first time to New York and the Park view was the reason we choose their hotel.

    Got back from diner and the lady caught us and told us that if we packed our stuff they would move us to a new room in the morning whilst we were out during the day. Said thanks a tipped her a $100. Got back the next evening to find ourselves in a suite on the 18th floor. Which was amazing and a massive upgrade on the rack rate bearing in mind we were staying for 6 nights.

  8. chuckM

    chuckM Low-Roller

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NY
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Cash is king. Just think for one moment...a $20 bill to a young girl making minimum wage while working her way thru college. If she has the power to give up a nice room, it's yours.
  9. wrxrob

    wrxrob High-Roller

    Oct 13, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I got a suite hookup at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN several years ago. I was there for a work conference, so the room was already covered, but I really needed to be in a certain location, as its one of the largest (acreage) hotel/convention centers in the U.S. Working in IT, I didn't want to carry big heavy items hundreds of yards from my room to the convention area and vice versa. Asking nicely didn't seem to help, but $20 did :thumbsup:. The suite was actually a bonus, as I was more interested in location than size of room.
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