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Discussion in '$20 Trick Section' started by Sonya, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Verboten72

    Verboten72 Tourist

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    $20 trick got us upgraded to a recently renovated Burgundy Room on the 14th Floor with a nice view of the Eiffel Tower and the Bellagio fountains...pics of the room view for reference.

    We were well pleased! :clap:
     

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  2. RTD022219

    RTD022219 MIA

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    I stayed at Paris again this past September 2017. Since I had such great luck during my last strip in May 2017 (Le Mans Suite eiffel view), I decided to try again. I got in around 10:00pm and was surprised to see that check-in was so busy. As I waited for my turn, I noticed that one of the front desk agents was the guy that previously turned down my $20 trick the year before. He is a tall guy with glasses and a mustache. I think he might have a managerial role at the front desk. The previous year, I approached him and gave him my $20 and he told me "Don't try to bribe me sir. If you are happy with my service, call the 1-800 number and tell them about it." I was very embarrassed.

    Anyways, flash forward back to September 2017.... I'm standing in line and praying that I get one of the other agents on my turn. Sure enough, I'm next and he calls me over to his counter. I approach the counter $20 sandwiched between my credit card and license. I greet him very nicely and hand him the sandwich. Immediately, he grabs the $20 from in between the cards and hands it back to me. He tells me "Go try your luck in the casino with this. I don't need it."

    Awkwardly, I take the $20 back and put it in my pocket. He tells me that I'm booked for 4 nights comped in a 2 queen bed non-strip view. I then asked him "Are there any complimentary upgrades available?" He tells me "no, I'm sorry the entire hotel is booked tonight." I then ask for a King bed instead since it was just me and my wife and he tells me "nothing tonight, but come down and check each day that you're here. If you really wanted a king, you should have reserved that instead." I explain that the other guests decided not to join us but he didn't seem to really care. He finished checking me in, handed me my key cards and I walk towards my wife standing in the casino with a frown on my face.

    TIP: If you get to the check in counter and a tall man with a mustache & thick glasses signals you towards him, let the person behind you go ahead of you. Pretend that you are waiting on other members of your party to join you. Otherwise, the $20 trick is most likely to fail. I'm 0-2 with this guy. I'll be staying at Paris for the fifth time this year in just a few days & I'll definitely be trying my very best to not make it 0-3 lol.
     
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  3. texas_aggie_girl_93

    texas_aggie_girl_93 VIP Whale

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    I didn't have any luck. I arrived about 9 pm on a Sunday. The check in girl attempted to give me my $20 back since she was unable to upgrade me for my birthday. She tried for a good while, so just told her to keep it. It ended up paying off though since several machines there paid off quite well for me.
     
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  4. budroux2w

    budroux2w Low-Roller

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    I'll be there in April but it's the weekend of the ACM awards, not sure if that's going to impact any chances but I booked a burgundy room already. I may just ask for a high floor and tip instead of doing the sandwich. Fountain view would be great, but we'll be moving to the Cosmo a couple days later and will have it there.
     
  5. tsou89

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    Checked in yesterday Jan 25th. Had 3 of 4 nights comp’d. $67 for the 4th night. The $20 trick got me upgraded to a P burgandy room. End of hall. Big room. No fountain views were available.
     
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  6. Loluvsvegas

    Loluvsvegas Low-Roller

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    Anyone have any luck lately?
    Booked in a 2 queen red room high floor.
    Going to do 20 sammich & ask for a view. Will be arriving about 830 Monday am.
    It is a comped room, so if it doesn't work maybe the 20 will get early check in waved
     
  7. mattjs33

    mattjs33 Low-Roller

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    Just got back from a weekend at Paris. Checked in Friday around 1pm, gave my license, credit card, and Total Rewards card. Held the 20 in my hand so she could see it. We had a Strip view red room booked through a third party (credit card points), but didn't specify high floor. I asked if we could have something 26th floor or higher, she said she would see what she could do. Tappity tappity tappity, soon enough she gets us into 2886, says cryptically, "I stole it from someone else but I covered my tracks pretty good." Handed the 20 with a smile and a "thank you very much." Room was ready and we weren't charged early check-in.

    It may have helped that she could see our past stays on the Total Rewards account; she even asked me what wing we preferred, and noted what rooms we had been in that same wing in previous stays (both of which I remembered because I always snap a shot of the room numbers for future reference!).

    TL;DR: $20 got us the wing and view we specified and no early check-in fee. Two-for-two at Paris on the 20 and four-for-four overall.
     
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  8. MTPocket

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    Not really an upgrade, I did a somewhat of an early arrival. I showed up just after 9:00 am and was in the room around 11:00 am. Normal Check-in is 4:00 pm.

    However, what I really wanted was a sunrise room. I live in Alaska and this time of year the sun doesn't come up till well after I'm at work and goes down as I'm going home. I really miss seeing the Sun rise. Got a room in the northeastern wing with a southeastern exposure. Been nice to see the sun come up. This is probably not what most people want in Vegas, but the Sun is one of the reasons I visit Vegas in December or January.
     
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  9. Travis

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    Not sure what to ask for.

    I'm in a burgandy end room. I was comped a blue room, but on the TR website after I made the reservation it offered to upgrade to burgandy end room for $20 total for 4 nights, so I took it.

    I haven't stayed at Paris in over 10 years, so I don't know what to ask for. My suspicion is that there is nothing I can realistically ask for as a complementary upgrade. I will be there M-Th nights, but it is during the D1 BBall tourney so I'm guessing still pretty crowded, and I'm definitely not a suiteworthy gambler.
     
  10. vegasmacker

    vegasmacker Canadian Ambassador for Sully's Bar

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    If you've already paid for the upgrade the only thing you should really be tipping $20 is for the view. I would take the renovated end room vs a red room with a view, but yeah you could shoot for a suite and then "settle" for a fountain view.
     
  11. RebelDiceMan

    RebelDiceMan High-Roller

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    We are going back to Paris in May and if I can get half as good an upgrade with the $20 trick as we did on our wedding trip two years ago, I will be plenty happy.
     
  12. RebelDiceMan

    RebelDiceMan High-Roller

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    Well, the $20 trick didn't get us a suite this time like it did in 2017. But we didn't have a good story like getting married like we did then either. We were already booked into an end-of-hallway burgundy room with no guarantee of a view. The $20 moved us up to an end of hallway P room with a great view of the Bellagio fountains. The girl at the desk didn't blink an eye when I handed it to her. She spent several minutes looking before she found what she thought would make us happy. My wife (who loves watching those fountains) and I were both satisfied.