The "$20 trick"

  • White Guy

    The "$20 trick"

    Who has done this?
    I usually am alone and never in the room other than sleep, plus stay in nicer hotels so never tried-BUT-going for 2weeks mid Jan and have a few visitors stopping by so a bigger room would be nice. If it’s free/cheap.
    All stay is at 4 star or better hotels. I assume it would work at dumps like the Sahara or Excalibur but better hotels?
    Is is it now the “$50 trick” due to inflation?

  • Bondy3

     

    I think that’s more of a thing of the past. most casinos now are more professional that I have been to

  • SecurityRisk

     

    Doesn’t work at Saharah.

  • shadroch

     

    In January, I attempted to check into the Rio very early- I think I got there around 10AM on a Monday. The clerk told me nothing was available but I should leave my bags at the coat check and come back after 1Pm. He said he’d have everything ready for me then and I would have a nice mountain view. I thanked him and gave him $10. As I was walking away, he called me back and told me to hold on a minute. I got a room right away and it turned out to be one of the real suites. – Kitchen, dining room living room, two bathrooms and a jacuzzi.
    Thats not the first upgrade I’ve gotten, nor will it be the last.

  • tezzadiver

     

    Whats the best way to go about this? Slip the $20 in your passport and ask the clerk for a upgrade when he opens it? Or just give it to him and hope for the best?

  • shadroch

     

    I hand the person my CC and license and stand there with the bill in my hand, visable to them but don’t hand it to them.

  • tezzadiver

     

    ROFL. This made me chuckle

    and then ask for change if no upgrade is available?
    We were thinking of writing a note, giving it to the clerk and ask her/ him if she wants to make a extra 20 bucks Nod If yes.

    Only kidding We will definetely try the trick though- any chance this works for resort fees?

  • SleightOfHand

     

    I tried it at the Signature at MGM and they said they don’t accept the $20 tip for upgrades. It has worked at Excalibur, which was a barely an upgrade, but got a nice upgrade to a room with vaulted ceilings at Stratosphere

  • moo321

     

    This is obviously a very hotel-dependent thing. But it can work if they have the authority to do it.

  • Lonesome Gambler

     

    Some places will also give you a “complimentary upgrade” if you simply ask very nicely.

  • shadroch

     

    Quote: Lonesome Gambler said:
    Some places will also give you a “complimentary upgrade” if you simply ask very nicely.

    Your dress and the way you comport yourself while on line and at the clerks station can go a long way towards the end results. It never hurts to find something to compliment the clerk on.

  • White Guy

     

    So I should wear a nice dress and tell the clerk he/she looks nice. Then hold a 20 in my hand as if to say ” play your cards right, and this is all you ”

    Got it.

  • aslan

     

    I was shocked one time in the 1980’s, when my Father-in-law slipped a twenty to the maitre de after being told there were no available seats without a reservation, upon which he led the four of us into the dining room to a very nice table. This was in a restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. Such a practice apparently is, or was, commonplace in New York City, where he was from, but unheard of in the Washington DC metro area as far as I knew. IMO, It is always worth a try if the perceived benefits outweigh the cost of the gratuity.

  • Billy C1

    Money talks——

    ——-and always has. I “bought” front row seats to many shows in Vegas years ago by placing a twenty or fifty (depending on the headliner) in the ushers hand.
    Booked full restaurants can mysteriously have an opening appear along with a little stipend for the hostess.
    Not saying it’s “right”——-just that it’s reality.

    BillyC1

  • ChefJJ

     

    Worked for us 3 times this past year. All Caesars Entertainment hotels, if that makes any difference.

  • zengrifter

     

    Quote: White Guy said:
    Who has done this?
    I usually am alone and never in the room other than sleep, plus stay in nicer hotels so never tried-BUT-going for 2weeks mid Jan and have a few visitors stopping by so a bigger room would be nice. If it’s free/cheap.
    All stay is at 4 star or better hotels. I assume it would work at dumps like the Sahara or Excalibur but better hotels?
    Is is it now the “$50 trick” due to inflation?

    For highline joints I would use the $100 trick. zg

  • shadroch

     

    This obviously works better midweek when the hotel is at less than optimal capacity.

  • aslan

     

    Quote: zengrifter said:
    For highline joints I would use the $100 trick. zg

    That term, “highline joints” kind of grates on my ears. Anyway, I rarely pay more than $100 for a meal, so I am assuming I have never graced a highline joint.

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