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$200 sandwich??

Discussion in '$20 Trick Section' started by Ruark, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. thebucket

    thebucket VIP Whale

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    This. Particularly the 'old charm' bit. A smile and a friendly, warm, even conspiratorial (if your agent seems to respond well to that) demeanor goes a long way. And if the bill in question is extra-large, and your request is extra-large, make up a story to back it up. Celebrating your 10th trip to town? An anniversary? Wanting to impress your wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend who is arriving tomorrow? For their birthday? (not your birthday, at some places that'll be in the system)... Smile, ask for what you want, make the interaction pleasant for your desk-person no matter how it goes (as soon as it sours you're out of luck), and tip accordingly.

    In my experience, in LV, money really does talk. So does basic people skills, so exercise both and enjoy the best the town has to offer. :D
     
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  2. vegasdev

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    I am all for keeping it at $20. however, it is not uncommon to tip or offer more at the ritzy joints.
    what if they take the $100 and don't give you anything?
     
  3. Gino

    Gino "The King of Inappropriate."

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    Actually it's our 10 year anniversary and my birthday. That plus $200 should work for something even at The Bellagio..
     
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  4. Grid

    Grid Well-Known Member

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    You say "Sorry, I seemed to have dropped something when I gave you my card. Can you pick that up for me?"
     
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  5. Maxbet

    Maxbet Low-Roller

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    200 dollar sandwich? I would just ask for a comp upgrade. If not available, then ask what a paid upgrade will run to the room you prefer. Look at the various rooms at B online and know what you want and what the price is for your travel dates. Enjoy your trip!
     
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  6. AceOfVegas

    AceOfVegas Low-Roller

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    I did taslk to my boss the other day. He did drop a bill ($100.00) during his last trtip..He, however, had 3 rooms. 1 for him and his wife, 1 for his kids and one for his in laws. So he did tip bigger. Works out to 33 bucks a piece for a higher floor and a proper room upgrade, plus complementary snacks for the kids.
     
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  7. Laostuh

    Laostuh Low-Roller

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    Do you know which hotel this is at ? We have 2 rooms booked at Planet Hollywood and are planning to do something similar. Was hoping to get fountain view rooms that are connected.
     
  8. mdm4sfest

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    Man, just getting $20 for clicking a button for an upgrade is pretty damn good. If managers turned a blind eye and I was able to get $20 a day tax free, 5 times a week ($100), times 48 weeks of work (assumed)...thats an extra $4800.....I wouldnt scoff at that.
     
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  9. AceOfVegas

    AceOfVegas Low-Roller

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    I'll ask him tomorrow. I wanna say it was at Hardrock or Bally's. I feel like it was a Caesars property.
     
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  10. AceOfVegas

    AceOfVegas Low-Roller

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    Double Post/Bump. Turns out it was Planet Hollywood that the boss went to. Dropped his cash and they made him a very happy guy.
     
  11. Laostuh

    Laostuh Low-Roller

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    Very encouraging that it is the same hotel I'm going to be in this May. Have 2 rooms booked planning to do a $100 sandwich and ask for a 2 bedroom suite fountain view. Will report back.
     
  12. AceOfVegas

    AceOfVegas Low-Roller

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    May the force be with you my friend. Just smile and keep an open mind. I'm sure if they can't get you the suite they'll be more than happy to compensate/accommodate you in other ways. :)
     
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  13. martinr

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    I've not always felt that I was truly upgraded after getting to my room following what I felt was a successful "sandwich" interaction. The terms that some properties use as Jr. Suite or Premium View don't always translate to a real upgrade from what was originally reserved. Of course, they take your "sandwich" and smile as if they are really pulling a rabbit out of a hat. I wonder what the result would be if you offered to reward them AFTER you had gone to your room and found it to be some sort of true upgrade. I would gladly come back down with my "reward" in an envelope and even wait in line again to hand it to the person who checked me in. I bet the majority of times, the room would be better if they knew they would be facing you again right after you went to your room. Sure, they might think you might not follow through, but, this way, it would tend to plant the idea that you just MIGHT reward them if they find a real life upgrade. If anybody tries this, let us know how it went. I'm going to try it on my next trip in April.
     
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  14. MikeOPensacola

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    There's a post somewhere on VMB from a former front desk supervisor. In a nutshell, and maybe a little self-servingly, he said if you are going to be there for more than a night or two why f**k around with $20 and instead go with $50 to give yourself a better shot at a more significant upgrade. I tend to agree with this, in principle, and I'm two for two going with $50. Both were for 8-night stays, and the 50 bones more than made up for the price difference that I would have paid. $200? I suppose if I knew the front desk person and was assured I'd get an incredible room I'd go for it but what are the chances of that? $50 over the span of a week is not a huge expense, IMHO, but I suppose it depends on the person. However, I'm of the opinion that if you want a sweet suite or a room with a view its probably much better to just book that room and get there at an early check in time to relieve all the stress.

    :peace: :beer:
     
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  15. HighButNotRolling

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    I used to regularly tip a particular front desk staff who i’d developed a friendly working relationship with at the diamond check in desk. I would usually come in on comped nights and tip her according to the quality of the free upgrade. Sometimes she got me the presidential suite for three nights at a time. Anytime she did that I didn’t hesitate to tip her $100 per stay and we were both very happy.
     
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    @TriggerMN i know this crossed your mind when you saw this topic.[​IMG]
     
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  17. TriggerMN

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    I’m still brooding about trying this.
     
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  18. Grid

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    In the old days, it was that easy. In today's "Corporate America and Everything has a Price Tag", not so much. When you get those emails, before your trip begins, that says "Pay $35 now for a larger room" or "Just $25 to guarantee your room type" ETC. That is the Corporations assigning a value to things that used to just be a push of a button.

    Same goes for those matts they show you at checkin, which features paid upgrades.

    If a clerk keeps giving away these items, they will be called out for it. "Why was Mrs. Jones assigned the Junior Suite with a Strip View when she booked on Expedia for $39.99? "

    They don't want product being given away. And you can only say "It was their Anniversary, Wedding Night, Birthday or whatever" so many times as an excuse.

    This is why they don't usually give away "better" upgrades without seeing that "sandwich". They can only sneak so many of them in!

    If you are swinging for the fences, they will bring their manager in on the ruse. They will split the better money to get them to override your assignment. And to also take any heat off of themselves.

    The "easy upgrades" are:

    Higher Floor
    Room away from the ice machine or elevator
    Better View
    Slightly Larger room

    All of those things the clerk knows just by experience. Which rooms in a category are slightly larger, usually at the end of a hall or such. Higher floor is easy, assign the same type to a floor 4 stories higher. Which rooms face the Strip, easy. ETC.

    These are all done with $20. If you are looking to go from $39.99 in a basic room to a sky suite, even $100 wont do that for you.
     
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  19. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

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    Sounds like you both enjoyed a happy ending. Good job.
     
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  20. Travelingman

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    Give $100 Tip in my opinion. You are going to spend thousands in gambling, food, entertainment but then you are worried about a $100. Take a chance and go for big upgrade.