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How To Do The Hotel $20 Room Upgrade Trick

Posted: 03/09/17 07:01 am ( 2 months ago )
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How To Do Hotel Room Upgrade Trick

Las Vegas has over 62,000 hotel rooms. This is a trick known at Vegas hotels, but probably will work anywhere. Commonly known as the $20 sandwich trick.

Next time you are about to stay at a hotel, try the following to be upgraded to a better room or even a suite with a $20 tip to the hotel clerk.

Note : People have a success rate of 74.57% by doing this.

1. Watch this video which shows it being demonstrated

2. Go to FrontDeskTip to see the success stories people are having at the hotel you are going to

3. Call ahead and know the availability of the hotel during your stay.

4. Have a $20 bill

5. Pick a hotel clerk that looks like they may do you a favor and be friendly with a smile

6. When they ask for an ID and credit card, hand them a $20 bill with them. It helps to know which hotel room you want to be upgraded to and just ask the clerk for it.

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graceinc (L5 Recruit) - 1 month ago
What if the clerk hands you another $20 bill and asks you to go to some roadside Motel.
Guest
Guest - 2 months ago
Bribery. Sad.
BigJules27 (L11 Sergeant) - 8 years ago
Fugetaboutit.

Save gas, save more than $20, remember the Golden Rule, have more fun than trying a simple scam. Stay at home, or just be sweet, and see what happens.
jdopple (L5 Recruit) - 8 years ago
Stay home.

Put the $20 in your pocket.

Win/Win
spydo3x (A Spoofster) - 8 years ago
Reply to ccomstock

OUCH!

:rant:
spydo3x (A Spoofster) - 8 years ago
I found it's even MORE effective if the folded bill is a Benjamin!

:teeth:
jjcool (L10 Corporal) - 8 years ago
Not a deal.
BigJules27 (L11 Sergeant) - 8 years ago
:wink:Hey TwoHands, it might help if the clerk was a guy.
EthanP2 (L9 Corporal) - 8 years ago
Why do people keep digging this back up out of the ancient posts?
Can we delete or lock this thread? lol geez...
It wasnt a "deal" to start with.
Mateo1041 (L13 Sergeant) - 8 years ago
I think you need to be more direct instead of just handing over the money. But I probably still wouldn't try this. Would rather look for good deals elsewhere with no surprises. Doesn't seem like that much of a deal in most cases.
ccomstock (L3 Member) - 8 years ago
I actually tried this for the first and last time at Mandalay Bay this weekend. I did it against my better judgement, and had already paid for a super suite there so it was just plain silly. She kept my 20 and gave me the room I paid for. I actually got a "downgrade" and had to come back to a different person to get my king bed I paid for vs. the queen bed she snuck us into. Lesson learned, and I'll never do this again. It seemed like a "schmoozy" way of getting things done anyway. I love to tip for great service, and even tip the maids. I'll never try the "sneaky tip" action again though... Just be nice.
cybermom (L17 Officer) - 8 years ago
Reply to JerryP

:sus: Uhhh...Jerry? YOU bumped it! :confused: The last post was from June 26th LAST YEAR!
rjcress (L2 Member) - 8 years ago
When is this "deal" going to die!?
Every time it is re-posted folks speak up that this IS NOT A DEAL.

Lets be honest here... if you are actually NICE to the front desk people at pretty much any hotel, not just Vegas, they'll likely help you out, if they can.

In my experience, most people are rushed, rude, and impersonal with front desk clerks. Try smiling and asking how their day is going... or just NOT being an A$$. I routinely get offered room upgrades without giving away hidden $20s... I'm left to assume that being nice is appreciated.
DanC (L27 Lieutenant) - 8 years ago
Reply to JerryP

Most front desk clerks I've met aren't that astute.
JerryP (Lets' go Yankees!) - 8 years ago
Reply to sweetwinter

That is the most astute comment on this whole thread. Well done.
sweetwinter (L17 Officer) - 8 years ago
I wonder if the original article was posted by front desk clerks by any chance?!!!LOL
Beattraax (L6 Recruit) - 8 years ago
Reply to douglasfir


lolololollololololol
JerryP (Lets' go Yankees!) - 8 years ago
:yawn: OMG, this thread has been here for 3 years. As the bowl of petunias said, "not again?"

Usually all you have to do to get an upgrade anything is to be friendly and ask. :sleep:
groove1 (L17 Officer) - 9 years ago
Reply to spydo3x

I used to live very close to Niagara Falls (in Grand Island which is a big island in the Niagara River). The rates are very high during the summer anywhere around there, especially at Fallsview. You can get a decent 2 or 3 star hotel for a good prices. Ever since the casinos opened there, it jacked the prices up.

Also, in spoofee's op on this thread, it said this is known to work at Vegas hotels. Remember their motto.
spydo3x (A Spoofster) - 9 years ago
Reply to cybermom

Thank-You.

HOTWIRE huh? I'll try it. Maybe with that and another $20 under my ID I can get a FALLS VIEW!!
:bigok:
cybermom (L17 Officer) - 9 years ago
Reply to spydo3x

My husband and I used Hotwire last time we went. We didn't get a room w/a view but we did get a nice room at the Doubletree for about $80 compared to the $150 they were going for.
spydo3x (A Spoofster) - 9 years ago
This experiment has no CONTROL data set. You would need to sample the same hotels to see which gave equal upgrades for NO TIP. This would reveal what effect the tip actually had.

For all we know the clerks were offended and would have offered SUPERIOR or more frequent upgrades with no tip? These experimental results are highly suspect.


- Spyder, Practicing Scientist
:doh:
spydo3x (A Spoofster) - 9 years ago
We're trying to get a fallsview room mid week, 2 days in July. It costs as much as a WEEK in Cozumel- like $600 plus 14% tax!!

Any ideas spoofistas? I'm tired of lookin at hotels.com, orbitz, and everywhere else. Nothing even CLOSE to reasonable!

:verysad:
jrdnjstn (L12 Sergeant) - 9 years ago
When I book a room I go through my work which gets a better rate then AAA, military, government or senior rates. I can get a room right now for 52$ then paying the rate which it is going at for 165$. Also when I go on vacation, I only use the room to sleep and change and shower. I like to get out and check out the city I'm staying in. I could care less what kind of view I have from my room. I want to enjoy the city from the city not the hotel window. To each their own though. I'm not complaining.
Mortiki (L15 Officer) - 9 years ago
i have been upgraded many times and it never cost me anything except a little flattery and some butt kissing
rdhidajat (L0 N00b) - 9 years ago
dang... I used to work at the front desk for a hotel, if someone tipped me $20, i'd give them a "complimentary" upgrade, the price they give you is inflated anyways.
DarrenC (L7 Private) - 9 years ago
Cracks me up how upset some people get over this...although it IS repeated a little too frequently for my taste...
cybermom (L17 Officer) - 9 years ago
While this may work as a "money saving tip" I'm hoping spoofy was just in a mood and trying to be funny.

I think the sleeze piece here is the slipping the $20 under the credit card. If you're going to do it why be ashamed? Hold up the bill and ask, "Will $20 buy me an upgrade?"...which by the way I would think would have to be a pretty good upgrade to be worth it.

I wouldn't mind my boys seeing me legitimately trying to buy a service for cheap..(I have my oldest trained to look for clearance signs)..but if you're doing it on the sly...that's not a lesson I want them to learn.
l31007 (L2 Member) - 9 years ago
:claps: :claps: :claps:
Spoofee, that is the best deal posted ever. I love it. Thank you for the info!

And for those of you wondering where the stats are coming from or just wanna hear other people's experiences at each specific hotel, visit the link posted earlier.

1. Click here http://www.frontdesktip.com/ to see the success stories people are having.
elgrangus (L13 Sergeant) - 1 decade ago
My wife tried it at the Orleans while I went park the car. She flashed the 20 and ask for a free room upgrade. Recepcionist smiled and said she gets asked a lot that question. She told us she had no upgrades available... :-(
blackwatch (L4 Member) - 1 decade ago
Worked for me 2 weeks ago at the MGM Grand.
elgrangus (L13 Sergeant) - 1 decade ago
I'm in vegas right now, I'll try it at the Orleans, will let you guys know how it went.
BTW, has anyone posted success of failure here in spoofee?
Valkyrie (L9 Corporal) - 1 decade ago
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If you actually expect me to believe that there was empirical statistical data representing a 74.57% success rate, you gotta cite your source. You think Simmons Market Research was outside a hotel saying to folks, “Excuse me sir, did you try to bribe a clerk? Did it work for you or did you just foolishly waste a Jackson?” What do you think the responses would have been?

Or was this data gleaned from clerks? “Taking a poll here. When you accept bribes, do you actually give the customer a better room, ripping off your employer? Or do you just take the money and rip off the customer?”

Where’s the data, baby?


Well obviously you would learn that the data and the statistics came from the website posted at http://www.frontdesktip.com/ from first hand experienced customers. so it's successes divided by attempts is where that data is coming from and it is good to being accurate.

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I have been with spoofee for some years... it is shocking to see a deal like that, but i will take it as information and experience sharing as spoofee been very good with that.

This is not entirely bad, nor right or wrong. Information is presented to you everyday and everywhere, just a matter of how you use it.

Cheers!


I have been with spoofee for years too and i have to admit, i was surprised about this post but i felt like it was one of the best posts EVER! it's awesome seeing all these reactions and cool posts everyone is doing. and it's like "JustLooking!" said, it's just a matter of how you use it. I'm a big fan of random knowledge and this is definately a cool topic to bring up for conversations. Spoofee rocks! :bigok: :bigok: :claps:
WENEEDLIGHT (Happynews.com :)) - 1 decade ago
hahaha Nice.
JustLooking! (Deal or No Deal) - 1 decade ago
I have been with spoofee for some years... it is shocking to see a deal like that, but i will take it as information and experience sharing as spoofee been very good with that.

This is not entirely bad, nor right or wrong. Information is presented to you everyday and everywhere, just a matter of how you use it.

Cheers!
feer5785 (L12 Sergeant) - 1 decade ago
Reply to Dothan



hahahaha too funny
feer5785 (L12 Sergeant) - 1 decade ago
hmmm bribing as a front page deal... lol
Dothan Magazine (Serious Shopper DealQueen) - 1 decade ago
If you actually expect me to believe that there was empirical statistical data representing a 74.57% success rate, you gotta cite your source. You think Simmons Market Research was outside a hotel saying to folks, “Excuse me sir, did you try to bribe a clerk? Did it work for you or did you just foolishly waste a Jackson?” What do you think the responses would have been?

Or was this data gleaned from clerks? “Taking a poll here. When you accept bribes, do you actually give the customer a better room, ripping off your employer? Or do you just take the money and rip off the customer?”

Where’s the data, baby?
:doh:
Dlk_inVegas (L1 New Member) - 1 decade ago
I'll chime in here since I worked in a large Las Vegas strip property. Front desk agents are allowed to accept tips, as are most casino employees as long as it isnt over a certain amount. If an employee is not allowed to accept a tip they wont. They wont put their job on the line for you. This $20 for service is nothing new. You can try it for getting dinner reservations, better seats at a show, into clubs etc.. Before offering money just ask nicely (Without begging or being mean), you just may get it. Also, when booking a room resv. you could always just ask them to note a request for a room with a view & that you know it isnt gauranteed or you can call the front desk the morning your due to checkin & see whats available.
share2000p (L4 Member) - 1 decade ago
Mostly this trick works with our elected politicians in Washington!!!
groove1 (L17 Officer) - 1 decade ago
Reply to fir2


I agree with you about the oldest profession. Reno has had legalized prostitution for over 20 years with mandatory weekly testing for sti's and monthly testing for HIV. The rates of these are virtually non-existent among the "professionals" in Reno.

OT, but some drugs should be legalized too. If some people smoked a little bit of pot it might settle everyone in this country down a little bit :)
GIVIT2MESTR8 (L10 Corporal) - 1 decade ago
Reply to whttgr

How dare you make that statement. Why I am a politician and you are talking about what runs the country. Good ole fashioned harmless lobby groups and call girl rings. Why when I pull out my 20 I get a lot better looking ho ho ho if you know know know what I mean. Also the rate of $$ is not that 74.57% but rather 76.59- 76.69%. Thank you and goodnight and God bless America.
fir2 (L6 Recruit) - 1 decade ago
Folks, please remember, this is about vegas. Remember, vegas??? The city that promotes gambling and prostitution? The CITY that uses as its ad slogan "what happens here, stays here." Or, come here and be whatever jerk you want.

Now, all that aside, I'm actually in favor of gambling (well, as an investor, not as a gambler) and, well, prostitution should probably just be legalized. After all, it's not going to go away and legalizing it might help clean it up.

But, Vegas is a city were long ago what most would consider a bribe became only a "tip." For example, no ticket to a show is real. Just "tip" the guard at the front of the velvet rope and you'll never wait in line. Just "tip" the maitre d' of the showroom (who buy their jobs because of the "tips" they rake in), and whatever ticket you have will be upgraded.

We all know that money talks. But, in Las Vegas, it talks louder and bribes are a way of life.

So, i'm not surprized that this works 75% of the time on average in Las Vegas. In other locations that number will drop far lower. Be friendly. Chat. Ask. You might get that upgrade for free.
elgrangus (L13 Sergeant) - 1 decade ago
I'm going to Vegas this weekend. I'm going to try it on the MGM, I'll keep u all posted ;)
Judbud (L3 Member) - 1 decade ago
Man that seems like a upsetting way to get a room upgrade or better view!!!

I'll stick to the easy & guaranteed plan of action for an easy to get upgrade. Going to Vegas multiple times a year for 10 years, I'll tell you this if you guys are getting this creative to get that worked up about a room upgrade or better view for $20.00! That's LOL... What's wrong with making a simple phone call to confirm your room reservation and at same time be very friendly tell them your coming to vegas to get married or fiancee has never been to vegas & would like to suprize her or him.. Next thing you here is please hold next thing you know there back on the phone and your set. This has worked every time I have stayed in vegas.. And to most peoples it's a suprize "It's So Easy". I have no problem staying at the next guys hotel but this trick has never failed me.. Free Shows, Bottles of Wine, ton's of Free stuff, not to mention a room & View upgrade's eveytime sometimes they will even double or triple the upgrade. I'll tell you this it's alot easier to call them you get multiple chances to confirm your room "Upgrade Opportunity" till you actually get there to the hotel and have to be face to face and try to pull that $20.00 trick off in front of there boss and trying keep your cool etc. etc.

Save that 20 bucks and hit the slots on the way to your room!!! Hit and Win I Get %50 Commission....
dmdvfl (L4 Member) - 1 decade ago
My question is, can you ask for your $20 back if the front desk clerk ignore your upgrade request? ;)

When I travel, I rarely spend time in my room. All I need is a nice clean room. Of course there is exception such as Haiwaii or other places where you can have beautiful ocean/mountain view.
striider (L11 Sergeant) - 1 decade ago
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You see, in essence what you are doing is cheating the hotel: you are trying to get a service for less than it would normally cost you by paying the clerk more than he would normally get but less the the hotel would normally charge. You are also insulting the clerk and his integrity. Just ask them nicely - as pointed out many will accomodate you if they can. Then you can give them the $20 as a thank you and they can enjoy it guilt free. Or, if you get it free and do not tip them the $20 you reveal your true intentions and pettiness.


Um, you've BEEN to Vegas right? :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:
whttgr (L12 Sergeant) - 1 decade ago
Reply to CMaWoods

I'm sure they would all accept tips - who wouldn't? It is also very rare that anyone would get in trouble for accepting a tip or would question anyone tipping someone.

A bribe, however is generally frowned upon and can cause employees to lose their jobs.

The key is the difference between a tip and bribe. A tip is given after a service as a thank you. A bribe is given before the service to buy the person off.

a Tip - Small present of money given for service rendered - Collins English Dictionary

a Bribe - A payment made to person to induce them to treat the payer favorably. - Deardorff's Glossary of International Economics

Bribery is the practice of offering a professional or an authority person money or other favours in order to circumvent ethics or other rules in a variety of situations. It is a form of corruption and is generally illegal, or at least cause for sanctions from one's employer or professional organisation.
- wikipedia

You see, in essence what you are doing is cheating the hotel: you are trying to get a service for less than it would normally cost you by paying the clerk more than he would normally get but less the the hotel would normally charge. You are also insulting the clerk and his integrity. Just ask them nicely - as pointed out many will accomodate you if they can. Then you can give them the $20 as a thank you and they can enjoy it guilt free. Or, if you get it free and do not tip them the $20 you reveal your true intentions and pettiness.
Deluxe (L5 Recruit) - 1 decade ago
hahahaha, i worked at a 5 star hotel at the front desk where $20 would not be anywhere near enough for a upgrade. But since I am a nice guy and just dont care about anything, obviously I did upgrade people. Even if people just simply asked. Front desk agents have access to anything. They are the command center of the hotel. I could send up 5 dinners to a room for free and not even be asked why.

Heres a tip. When walking up, obviously look for the younger clerk, not a older person. The older people are scared theyll lose their job and not take it. The younger ones just dont care, and would like the $20 for some drugs or alcohol. And just be really nice to them. They will ask how your day has been, etc. THis will work.

ORR, you could pull the depressed move. Like walk up asking like youve had the worst day of your life and say your flight was delayed a lot, etc. Then just ask desperately, is there any upgrades? Since guests are always right, they will do anything to satisfy you. :)
mark71mark (L10 Corporal) - 1 decade ago
Reply to Spiderman32

Exactly! As someone once wrote, if you don't get your upgrade and worst case scenario the clerk keeps the money, consider it as your first gambling loss in Vegas.



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