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The Fremont and the end of the $20 trick?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by PrincessaMyron, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. PrincessaMyron

    PrincessaMyron Low-Roller

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    I booked a comp room for my solo trip, 10/14-18 and received an email offering me a standby upgrade.

    Can't remember all the particulars, but for an additional cost of $30-$126/night, I could opt for a larger king room up to a mini-suite.

    Does this mean the end of the $20 trick?

    Has anyone been recently who has the insider info?

    Thanks in advance!
    Lauren from TX
     
  2. MGinCO

    MGinCO Low-Roller

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    Fremont Hotel has suites??? Ha

    I saw their regular rooms. Would never stay there, since MSS is so much better.

    I had an upgrade at GC, and was able to get my host to take the charge off.
    Otherwise, I don't bother.
     
  3. Nevada1278

    Nevada1278 Low-Roller

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    Most of the Boyd properties (apart from Cal and Main St) offer these e-standby upgrades now. Usually a week before arrival, an email will come through offering the chance of a bigger room/roll-away bed/refrigerator for a 'small extra fee' per day.

    I have done these upgrades before at Gold Coast (Deluxe to Premium room) and Orleans (refrigerator use for entire stay $15). Both times I have been pleased to have the early opportunity to request. You get told at check-in whether you have got the upgrade.

    For the Fremont, I have never done the e-standby even though I'm offered it each time. If you are staying solo, as I do, then a bigger room really isn't worth the extra fee you've quoted IMO. They will bring up a refrigerator free of charge if you request one at check-in.

    I really like the Fremont. Yes, the rooms are small but well laid out and clean. There are 2 sets of elevators for only a small number of rooms, so getting up and down from the casino is easy and fast (unlike the Cal West Tower...the worst and busiest elevators with the most clueless users).

    The $20 trick is tacky. If guests want an upgraded room, they should either book one in the first place or take the e-standby if offered. Or, just ask nicely and tip afterwards.
     
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  4. vegasvic

    vegasvic VIP Whale

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    There will never be an end to the $20 sandwich. Just because they offer you an upgrade for an additional cost doesn't mean the clerk won't give you one for $20. It's never a guarantee of course but money talks in Vegas. Always has, always will. Nothing tacky about sliding the cash out there as you ask for what you want. It's been done that way in Vegas for decades.
     
  5. Nevada1278

    Nevada1278 Low-Roller

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    Many front desk clerks would disagree with you.
     
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  6. vegasvic

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    Many clerks would disagree? With what? That they'll give you an upgrade for $20? I guess I'm just "lucky", they must be off duty when I check in. I've stayed at virtually every place in Vegas and there's never been a "disagreement". Of course it doesn't always work, sometimes nothing is available, but most of the time it does work. Maybe it's my male model looks. Would it work without the $20 on the counter ahead of time? Sometimes, of course. But I do it when I give them my CC/DL. <shrug>
     
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  7. Nevada1278

    Nevada1278 Low-Roller

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    It's increasingly common for front desk employees not to accept the $20. If they are caught by a superior taking it then they face disciplinary. Of course they'd take it if they were allowed, but is it worth their job? Yes, I know it's not like this at every hotel - yet.
     
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  8. BadKarma

    BadKarma Low-Roller

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    Most, if not all of the major casino properties have been doing this for years.
    CET started it with me about 3 years ago, Boyd has been offering these for over a year now. Can't recall if I have ever received one from MLife though.
    This does not signal an end to the $20 trick.
     
  9. tvon

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    At Boyd (and many downtown properties) they dont really have much to upgrade. I was told a few years back that Boyd only had suites for comp'd players. Maybe if floor/view are important then maybe the $20 would help.. but the whole thing with the $20 trick is "YMMV"
     
  10. joespoolhall

    joespoolhall Low-Roller

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    Agree with tvon. DT hotels just don't have much to offer for upgrades. They have a limited number of suites and mini suites. They usually reserve these for higher level players. The $20 trick might work, but the upgrade might end up being anything from a view of the strip (wow) to a suite or mini suite.

    Good Luck!
    Ric at Joes
     
  11. PsyDoc

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    Just because you received an email offering you a standby upgrade and you decided to accept the offer, doesn't really mean that you will actually get that particular standby upgrade. Upon your arrival at the hotel, the receptionist will decide whether you will get the upgrade based on availability. The 20$ trick may will help you actually get the upgrade. So I don't see the end of the 20$ trick anytime soon.
     
  12. PrincessaMyron

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    The $20 trick worked at the Fremont this last trip. I checked in, was confirmed in King Smoking. He didn't have a suite in smoking, so I went with non-smoking (and didn't smoke in the room, btw).

    Suite had a mini-fridge and a coffee maker in it, as well as a little sofa, table and two chairs. Would have been perfectly fine to entertain a guest or two before hitting the town.