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    Upgrade room in Vegas

    Thinking of doing an anniversary trip to Las Vegas. Does it really work to give the check in person a fifty and ask for an nicer/upgrade room at the same rate? Also, any must see shows, thanks.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    I saw the Beatles Cirque du Soleil a couple years ago and it was good. I'm a big Beatles fan but my wife was hesitant about going because she didn't think she knew any Beatles songs. It turned out she knew almost all of the ones they used in the show, so she also enjoyed it despite her skepticism.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    never tried it myself, but I think it's usually $20, not $50

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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    I just asked and I got one.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    I've never had to do that to get an upgrade. All you need to do is ask once you get there. They really won't do much for you in advance because those rooms are a premiuim and they do not know exactly what will be open at the time. I've gotten upgrades at Bally's, Harrah's, and Luxor. Every time I did it they pulled a book out from under the counter that had pictures of the potential upgrades. If you are a member of the players club for that particular hotel you will get a better price. My upgrades have ranged from $0-$45 per night and I'm not a huge gambler.



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    I've tried it twice with $20 and both times it worked. When they asked for my credit card and ID I had a 20 slid in between the two. Both times the lady just slid the $20 right in her pocket and said "Where room would you like?". Do a little research ahead of time to see what room your looking to get. I know there are some hotels that discourage this practice.


    Its worth noting that staff at MGM Grand, Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay have been told that they face disciplinary action if they are found to be taking “bribes



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    I've tried it twice with $20 and both times it worked. When they asked for my credit card and ID I had a 20 slid in between the two. Both times the lady just slid the $20 right in her pocket and said "Where room would you like?". Do a little research ahead of time to see what room your looking to get. I know there are some hotels that discourage this practice.


    Its worth noting that staff at MGM Grand, Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay have been told that they face disciplinary action if they are found to be taking “bribes



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    It works for hooker upgrades.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I've tried it twice with $20 and both times it worked. When they asked for my credit card and ID I had a 20 slid in between the two. Both times the lady just slid the $20 right in her pocket and said "Where room would you like?". Do a little research ahead of time to see what room your looking to get. I know there are some hotels that discourage this practice.
    Thats the way to do it. In a crowded lobby its good for them if you're discreet. I use it every time and it almost always works. No need for $50 though. $20 does the trick. One time, got a 1600 sq ft suite out of it..just for a night. I always just ask "you have any complimentary upgrades available?". They usually discreetly slide the 20 into the drawer.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I've tried it twice with $20 and both times it worked. When they asked for my credit card and ID I had a 20 slid in between the two. Both times the lady just slid the $20 right in her pocket and said "Where room would you like?". Do a little research ahead of time to see what room your looking to get. I know there are some hotels that discourage this practice.
    I have a good friend who is the rare Vegas-lifer. He played golf at Nevada-Reno and then transfered to UNLV where he got his PGM (Professional Golf Management, I think) degree. He is now Assistant Golf Course Sup. at a major course in Vegas.

    I've asked him that same question assuming, much like you, that $20 might be enough. He said "no way." When he's visited me in Chicago and Iowa (while I was at ISU), we would golf or go out to eat, etc. and he'd always leave tips I considered to be excessive. He says that there's just a different culture in Vegas than the midwest and that if you want good service, or to be "comp'd" on somewhere, you should tip well. He mentioned that many people in Vegas have chosen these service industry jobs for their career and it is viewed as a profession to them (whether they are bellhop or cart caddys / bag boys at the course).

    So, it's interesting to note that it has worked when you've put down a $20, but I would imagine that's on the low end of the scale.

    P.S. If you want to get on to a nice golf course (greater than $125 / round or so), try slipping the guy at the counter $20 - $40. Don't forget to tip the bag guys, too. Granted it depends on what time you come too.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    $20 in between the credit card and ID.

    They aren't supposed to take tips for upgrades, only service. So, don't say anything about the upgrade. Just hand them the money.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by Chitowncy View Post
    He says that there's just a different culture in Vegas than the midwest and that if you want good service, or to be "comp'd" on somewhere, you should tip well.
    The same Vegas culture that paid $500K for homes that are now worth $200K.

    IMO, $20 for 1 minute of non-physical work is more than enough.

    Just my opinion and I am pretty cheap and my income is probably pretty low compared to many others on here.



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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    Worked for me. Gave a twenty with my id and cc and asked if they had any complimentary upgrades. She upgraded us to a room that should have been double the price and handed me back the twenty with my id/cc. I then gave it back to her as a tip.


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    Re: Upgrade room in Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    The same Vegas culture that paid $500K for homes that are now worth $200K.

    IMO, $20 for 1 minute of non-physical work is more than enough.

    Just my opinion and I am pretty cheap and my income is probably pretty low compared to many others on here.
    Hah! Indeed. $20 initially seems like more than enough to me too, but it's just interesting to hear what someone with a service-industry background and Vegas lifer thinks.

    I'm pretty cheap, too, even though I'd like to tip more if I could afford it.



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