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Trikster

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394 posts

90 months

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Off to LV shortly, been reading up and found a couple of places indicating that if you slip a few $'s into your passport when checking in you may get an upgrade, and if not they'll return the $'s.

Anyone had experience of this? Does it work? What's the patter? Staying at the Venetian

Cheers.

louiebaby

5,637 posts

79 months

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Used at two hotels in Vegas in the last fortnight. Great success.

Upgrade from basic suite to corner exec suite at Vdara.

Upgrade from 3x basic rooms to 3x luxury suites at the Luxor.

$20 in the passport with the credit card, and a polite "Is there any chance of any complimentary upgrades?"

Great trick!

RedWhiteMonkey

4,274 posts

70 months

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I don't think there is any obvious rule to this. My wife and I were upgraded from a Salone Suite to a Bellagio Suite at Bellagio without even asking or parting with any cash. Much nicer to be in a seperate tower away from the plebs!

louiebaby

5,637 posts

79 months

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For the sake of 20 bucks, it's worth a try. You'd lose more than that on the tables in 5 mins anyway!

nick s

1,192 posts

105 months

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It all depends on the hotel! Worked a treat at The Venetian, but tried it at the Encore a couple of weeks back and really embarrased myself! They just put the $20 back on the counter as if i'd left it in there by mistake!
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louiebaby

5,637 posts

79 months

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At the Luxor, the guy checking me in shoved it in his pocket quickly and surreptitiously, muttering "I'll see what I can do for you." He came up trumps.

At Vdara he left it on the counter as if to say you've left that in your passport by mistake, then informed me he could upgrade me, and started doing loads of typing. I left the note on the counter as I left, and he nodded thanks and dropped it in his pocket as I left with the room key. No doubt I could have picked up the note, but I'd have felt like a bit of a tt. It's nice to be nice. The bathroom was about the size of my entire London flat.

Both are part of the same big chain anyway.

My thoughts are that a trip to Vegas is quite expensive. Dropping $20 is not a lot, and it can cheer the people up who are checking you in, and probably don't get paid a lot for their job. (Also it seems to feel a little bit like a secret club too. Which is cool)

sneijder

5,086 posts

122 months

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Is this confined to Vegas, or can you pull this off in New York ?

I feel the urge to pop my big apple cherry next year.

Also I'm as tight as a ducks arse.

Tophatron

309 posts

109 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
The good old $20 sandwich smile Tried this myself at Paris in Las Vegas and got a upgrade to a nicer room with a strip view. Well worth an attempt, even though I was bricking it for some reason. I just put $20 (visibly!) between my passport and credit card and asked "Do you have any complimentary upgrades?" when I handed it over.

A good site for which hotels offer the best success rate is http://www.frontdesktip.com/ .

Best of luck! smile

HOGEPH

3,905 posts

74 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
I got a free upgrade at Mandalay Bay to a bigger suite. Mind you, I had to get married downstairs at the hotel chapel...

David A

2,291 posts

139 months

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O/T but can anyone reccomend good but cheap restaurants. The ones in the hotels seem overpriced for what they are. Though the Brazilian churrasica in the mirage looked okay.

Have done nobhill tavern in mgm and a Wolfgang pucks in ceasers. Likely to head to the Mandalay or belagio tonight.

Piano bar in New York New York was fun!

Dave

tvrolet

2,702 posts

170 months

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Simplest method to a decent room is just to have stayed in the place before. First time we stayed at the Encore we were on a low floor facing a view of sod-all. Next year at the Wynn when we said we'd been in [essentially the same] property the previois year we got a decent view on a high-ish floor. 3rd time we had a suite on the 50somethingth floor with an absolutely stunning view.

Then the Wynn started to put its rates right up so we went to the Aria. First year a low floor and poor view. Second year (last year) a mid-level floor with a decent view; just back from the 3rd stay at the Aria on Friday and this time they put us on the 50th floor with a stunning view.




Onemcs

353 posts

62 months

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We just requested at the Aria and she moved us to a strip facing room. Incredibly nice.

She wouldn't accept any money, everyone else seems to!

YetiMan

19 posts

33 months

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Stayed at the Wynn during June 2011. A $20 bill was put into one of the passports as we checked in. We were about to mention an upgrade possibility and before we could we pocketed the bill and said - "right, lets see if we have an upgrade available for you". Nice. smile The room was simply stunning, as was the whole overall experience.

volks al

4,064 posts

102 months

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Venetian for our wedding in Aug, were supposed to have an upgrade through expedia but nothing happened on check in and they said the hotel was nearlyfull for carnevale, maybe I got shafted. Should have done the money trick frown
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