Las Vegas Front Desk Tips - Free Hotel Room Upgrade

During your Las Vegas trip, there's a very simple method to get a complimentary upgrade on your hotel room. This is your guide to front desk tips.

It's a simple trick where you tip the front desk clerk $20 when you check in to kind of bribe the clerk into giving you a free upgrade. For those of you who have a bit more money, and have actual casino hosts, you can tip them as well for other freebies such as show tickets. It works about 80-90% of the time, and some hotels are easier than others.

To begin, prepare a "sandwich" before you start lining up. During check-in, the concierge will always ask for a piece of ID and a credit card.You put a $20 between your ID and credit card, making sure that the $20 is perfectly visible. While handing them the "sandwich", casually ask if there are any complimentary upgrades available. Sometimes its good to know what you want, like a suite, or a strip view room. Now, one of two things will happen. If it's successful, your $20 will disappear pretty fast, the clerk will start typing furiously on the keyboard, and magically, you'll get a free upgrade. The other thing is, the clerk will say that he/she cannot accept the $20 and that you'll have to pay for any upgrades.

Below are a few of my experiences with this trick.

Trump Hotel
After reading about this somewhere online, I decided to try it out. Checked-in relatively late, it was very quiet, and there was no lineup. Walked up to clerk, handed the "sandwich" and started with some small talk. Asked for a complimentary upgrade, and before I knew it, the $20 disappeared, and he asked me what I was looking for. I just asked for the best he could offer, and what I ended up with was a 1 bedroom suite, with 2 washrooms, 3 LCD TVs, and a new found admiration for this Las Vegas front desk tip. Booked a studio, and got a 1 bedroom suite, very successful!

Planet Hollywood
Unlike the first time, the hotel was quite busy and there was a lineup. I prepared my "sandwich" and approached the clerk. Did the exact same thing and requested a complimentary upgrade. He put the $20 beside him and asked what I wanted. I requested a fountain view and maybe a bigger room. He happily obliged and put me in a better room with a great view of the Bellagio Fountains. Again, success!

Did the same thing at Rio, but this one was a little unusual. I guess, during that time, the clerk's weren't allowd to accept the $20 so he refused it. However, after some small talk, he was still able to upgrade me to a bigger, nicer room, with his and her sinks, and a great mountain view. This was a weird situation, but again success!

Paris(first stay)
My expectations were a little high, as I heard previously that I may actually be able to get a suite. I went ahead and did the same thing, and asked for a suite when the clerk asked me what I wanted. I requested a suite but was rejected. She said I'd have to pay for that but what she did manage to do for me was put me in a corner room with a view of the Bellagio fountains. The room was bigger, much nicer, and definitely worth the extra $20. Didn't get what I wanted, but still successful.

Paris(second stay)
Wanted to try something different to see if I could get an upgrade without the "sandwich". Made some small talk and asked for a complimentary upgrade. Clerk said I'd have to pay for an upgrade, but I persisted to see if she could do anything. She managed to upgrade me to a pool view room, which wasn't that great. I tipped her $5 for her efforts anyways.

The lesson here is, if you want an upgrade, tip the $20. Don't cheap out and don't be scared, the worst that could happen is that you lose your $20. Good luck!