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odds of getting an upgrade

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Warmgingerale, Jul 14, 2013.

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  1. Warmgingerale

    Warmgingerale Tourist

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    I'll be arriving in Vegas at Ballys around 8:30-9 pm on a Saturday night for 7 nights. 5 of which are comped. Would getting an upgrade be possible or is that too many nights? Or bad time?

    I did look up that there is a convention of 1300 people leaving the day after
    (sunday). Does that make it better or worse?
     
  2. aliasyoshi

    aliasyoshi Low-Roller

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    I used a couple comp nights back in November before Thanksgiving. I think we arrived on a Sunday and were given what I assume was an upgrade to the North tower from the South tower. Or vice versa. Whichever is supposed to be better. With that said, I think it is kind of a gamble with these sorts of things.
     
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    I think if you are looking for a complimentary upgrade or using "the $20 trick" then you have a lot going against you: arriving late, Saturday night arrival, 7 night stay.

    I can't say for sure about Bally's (never stayed there) but the other CET hotels we've stayed at always had a price list of room upgrades available. These are an extra amount you can pay each night (usually from $5-30) for different levels of upgrade.

    If you want to try and keep it complimentary then what you can also try is: arrive and check in to your room, then Sunday afternoon (1-2PM) go down to the front desk and say something like how you arrived late last night and that you wanted a particular type of room and the front desk person couldn't help you but said to come back the next day and you could be moved... or you could take the route of going down there and saying there is something wrong with your room and that you want to be moved to another room - in this case you want to make it something thats hard to verify and totally subjective, like you might say "there was a really weird smell in the room and it was making me sick and dry heave all ngiht!" as compared to "there were bed bugs" which they could easily just go up and check and find out if there are or not.
     
  4. michele14

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    It will probably depend on whether the hotel is near full capacity or not. A couple of years ago we came in at about 11PM on a Sunday evening and we were upgraded to a suite. I didn't even ask for an upgrade - we were just having a nice conversation while checking in and she said I'm going to give you something nice. It wasn't until we got up to the room and saw the double doors that we realized what we had. Our reservation was for 5 nights so we didn't go over a weekend.
     
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    C0usineddie VIP Whale

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    you already have a free room, that sounds like a sweet deal in my book.
     
  6. paperposter

    paperposter VIP Whale

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    what status are that will really help.

    saturday checkins sux and if your a late checkin and there full you get whats left over.

    if u have staus call and ask them to block out something for you.
     
  7. lotso-bear

    lotso-bear VIP Whale

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    You might have a tough time because you're staying there for quite a bit. The FD agents and Rooms Coordinator won't give you a room if they already oversold or are close to selling out a certain room category(s) on one of your dates.
     
  8. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    I think it is too long a stay but what I would do is go down to the desk halfway through the trip and try the $20 trick for an upgrade move.
     
  9. casinoboy

    casinoboy Low-Roller

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    if your diamond or seven star you can get an upgrade for free even on saturday at somewhere like ballys most times unless they are completely sold out. its easier to call them first and ask a host to upgrade your room if your a diamond that way you won't need to ask the girl at the front desk.
     
  10. Warmgingerale

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    Thanks for all the responses.
    I knew it was a long stay so wasn't going to get hopes up. And I'm completely happy with the comped rooms to begin with,don't get me wrong.
    I am platinum if that'll help ? I've never arrived on a Saturday night so I figured that would be the worst time and day.

    I'm actually trying to get two rooms at aria with myvegas for the last two days of the trip which I'll change the ballys reservation. But until then I'm excited to just be going back. :)
     
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    Yeah, Saturdays are pretty much the worst day for arriving... before the recession a few hotels wouldn't even allow Saturday checkins except for their bigger players.

    Most people do trips to Las Vegas like:
    Friday to Sunday
    Sunday to Thursday or Friday
    Monday to Friday

    And the cheap travel agent junkets (probably still available, but were very common 5-6 years ago) would be Tuesday to either Thursday or Friday.

    Granted that there are still a lot of people that arrive on Saturday overall, but the reason room selection isn't so great is because the hotels don't want to have a good room (with a good room rate) sit empty on a Friday night waiting for somebody on Saturday and because so many are arriving on Friday that just means more people are getting upgrades (either bought or tipped for) for the better rooms that are left.
     
  12. Warmgingerale

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    I've usually arrived on a Sunday or weekday but the airfare was for some reason a decent amount cheaper so we booked for Saturday.
     
  13. paperposter

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    saturday airfare is usually cheaper as most people fly home on sundays then mondays
     
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