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What is the $20 Trick & how do you do it?

Discussion in '$20 Trick Section' started by Sonya, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. co21ss

    co21ss Tourist

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    Tried the $20 sandwich with my CC and ID and politely asked if there were any upgrades available. Being as it was Memorial Day weekend I knew chances were pretty slim. We didn't get a room upgrade, but managed a high floor with pool view and an extra refrigerator for the room. The clerk was super friendly though, and I just figured it as good karma overall.
     
  2. filmntravelguy

    filmntravelguy Tourist

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    It's obviously I have been missing out on this wonderful thing! I may have to add this to my repertoire for my trip at the end of the year!
     
  3. npro1464

    npro1464 Low-Roller

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    I don't really think the $20 trick is worth it anymore. The most that places seem to do is give you a better view. I almost feel you could request that anyway. About 0.5% of the people get lucky and get a suite. I've read stories about upgrades to the Golf suite at Wynn, but those are so rare theyre almost not believable.
     
  4. npro1464

    npro1464 Low-Roller

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    I don't think it really works like that. People that get lucky with tremendous upgrades usually stay 1 or 2 nights. The longer you stay, the less likely you are to get a good upgrade. If you're happy with just a better view, then that's your choice, but personally I need at least to stay in a better tower to justify the $20.

    For such a large tip, we really should be able to get suites IMO. But since too many people do it now, I guess that has died out a little.
     
  5. KazooTom

    KazooTom Low-Roller

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    If you ask nicely and make sure you let the clerk know you are celebrating an anniversary, you may get an upgrade for the asking. I heard it is not uncommon to get upgraded to a lake view room. Not much difference in the actual room, big difference in the view.
     
  6. frank5465

    frank5465 Tourist

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    Has anyone done this got the Upgrade and then find out they were charged the Upgraded room difference on their CC Bill :grrr:
     
  7. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    I haven't had that happen, frank. Did it happen to you? Which hotel?

    I'd sure make a big fuss about that at checkout.
     
  8. Carol1113

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    When you checked in your receipt should have stated any price increase--if not it would show the actual price your originally had.
    Very important to check these before you sign them.
     
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  9. DReynolds86

    DReynolds86 Let's Go Pens!

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    I doubt it will work at the airport check-in but best of luck to you! Keep us informed.
     
  10. Tuna

    Tuna High-Roller

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    I don't know, part of me thinks I may have more success because there should be less supervision. I'll take one for the team and give it a shot.
     
  11. ah6tyfour

    ah6tyfour High-Roller

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    I've gotten upgrades for me AND my friends' rooms by just checking in together. Walk up to the check-in desk with the parent who reserved the room and do the talking for both rooms. "Hi, we're here to check in. We have two rooms under different names." Hand over YOUR credit card + ID, include the $20 (or two $20s since it's two rooms) and continue with "and we'd really appreciate a complimentary upgrade". The person will then ask for the parent's credit card + ID to check in the other room.

    The check-in person will know you want both rooms upgraded and will do so if possible. This way, you and your wife's parents will either both get luck or both be denied.

    Edited to add:
    Just reread your post and realized you probably booked both rooms under your name. I think it will be obvious that you booked two rooms and you'd want the upgrade to be for both rooms. Just tip appropriately. Depending on which hotel, you might think about using a $50. It's a little more than $20 per room, but much less awkward than sandwiching two $20 bills. Just make sure the denomination is peeking out so they realize the amount.
     
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  12. sammowhammo

    sammowhammo VIP Whale

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    Tuna - I found a thread on TA from back in 2006 that says the $20 at the airport counter worked... I seem to remember a discussion there back in 2008 or 09 when we were planning one of our trips, but I can't find the thread.
     
  13. Rob #4

    Rob #4 Tourist

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    Thanks for the info.

    Has anyone had luck with this working lately. I will be going next week, and was going to try.
     
  14. B_Landers

    B_Landers Low-Roller

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  15. gotavegasjones

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    Old posts that need to be sorted.

    On 10 of our 15 trips I asked about the possibilty of an upgrade. I always let the clerk know that they will be rewarded monetarily. We've been upgraded at Paris many times. 2 times we were upgraded to a Suite Lemans. Once to a Suite Calais. Several times to corner P rooms and once to a great room up high looking right at the fountains across the street. When the upgrade was to a Lemans or Calais the clerk was tipped $50 'cuse the upgrade 'saved' me $800 - $1200 if I had paid for the upgrade. On the other upgrades $20 was given. We've done similar upgrades at Planet Hollwood, Monte Carlo, Stratosphere and Imperial Palace. The offer of a tip has not worked on two of our attempts. Once at Red Rock on Memorial Day weekend. And, once at Paris when the hotel was way crowded. On all of those occassions our rooms were 'comped'. So, a $50 tip made the cost of a really nice suite $10 a night ($20 - $5 a night). I can deal pretty well with that expense.

    I encourage every traveller to Vegas staying in a resort/casino to ask for an upgrade. If there is room available they are usually willing to accomodate. If they can't help - nothing lost. Give it a try!

    On our first 5 trips I was uncomfortable ( scared) with the thought asking for an upgrade. Sure glad I got over that.

    later, GVJ
     
  16. ROTJob

    ROTJob Low-Roller

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    The trick to the trick is that if they have nicer rooms available, they will put you in them. It's just that simple. There is no reason at all for them to refuse a tip if they are able to put you in a nicer room, so they want to do it if the rooms are not booked up.

    There are a few factors to consider though.

    - size of the hotel - the tip trick is much more likely to work a large property like Caesar's or Bally's or MGM because of the simple fact that they have more rooms available. Do not expect to get much of an upgrade at Bill's or El Cortez or TI, because they just don't have as many suites available.

    - the type of upgrade - this is a big issue I have with the frontdesktip website. Most people consider a view room to be an upgrade. I don't. Unless the hotel is absolutely booked solid, if I am stuck in a backyard room with a view of the HVAC then I am complaining until I get moved. Also, after 2 trips with "bellagio fountain views" I am no longer willing to pay any extra for this feature that I rarely ever use. For me, it's all about the room. Upgrades to a bigger room, a renovated room, or a suite are the only ones I consider real upgrades. Others will disagree about this though.

    - day of the week - If you are arriving after 7pm on a friday, don't count on a good upgrade. You might get a room with a view, but that's about it. However, if you spring the extra cash to show up on a thursday, shoot for the moon.

    - time of year - Don't expect a suite upgrade on superbowl weekend, during the WSOP, or on a special wedding date like 9-10-11 or 11-11-11. The town will be packed and pickings will be slim. The best time to get good upgrades is summer, because most people like to stay out of the desert in the summer.


    On my last trip there, one couple in our party stayed at Bally's and scored a very nice suite with a living room, spa tub, and a full view of the north strip for a week for $20. We stayed at Bill's and ended up getting a king bed with somewhat of a view of Bally's and the Bellagio from the bathroom window.
     
  17. gotavegasjones

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    I agree with ROTJob's comment about 'the type of upgrade.' I do not want to pay (tip) for simply a higer room with a view. What I want is a suite or larger room. When I ask for an upgrade I always ask for a room that has a jaccuzzi tub. If the request is granted that usually means we are staying is some type of suite. Sweet!

    later, GVJ
     
  18. zononymous

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    Not vegas, but just did the $20 trick in lake tahoe at harveys (cet property) and it worked. Upgraded room with the best view I have ever had there.
     
  19. TheHotLunchLady

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    I've got to try this! Couldn't hurt, huh?:)
     
  20. 5Hawkeyes

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    My guess is they would usually give it back. In my case, when he was all done he actually tried handing me back the $100 bill. I told him thanks but that is for you. He just kind of dropped it behind his computer screen. My buddies who were standing with me thought it was pretty cool he even tried to hand it back. It was really one of the neatest things on our trip. We all thought it was cool we got such a great upgrade for nothing.
     
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