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Scoring Hotel Upgrades - HELP

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Scoring Hotel Upgrades - HELP

All, Family of 4 going to Vegas early Aug. We are staying at Ceasars. I hear some reports saying its very hard to get upgraded while others say its not, just ask. What I mean by upgrade is asking (somehow) for a better room, maybe in the more desirable tower but not paying the higher rate. Is this possible? How does one do this successfully?


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1. Re: Scoring Hotel Upgrades - HELP

You could try being polite when you are checking in and ask if there are any complimentary upgrades available. Or you could try the $20 trick.

It depends on the clerk, the hotel policy, and how busy the hotel is.

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One asks. success not guaranteed.

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Try the $20 trick as said before, aka The Sandwich. Place a twenty between the credit card and license when giving to the clerk, making sure they have a glance and politely ask. If they say no 9 times out of 10 they hand you the twenty back. If they keep it don't make a big deal otherwise you could have the worst vacation of your life. The upgrade your asking for also depends how much more a night it would be to upgrade. If it's comped and is an expensive upgrade $50 is almost normal for the trick.

Or just ask without giving any money nicely.

It's basically 50/50 now-a-days and depends on the clerk and their mood, hotel and how busy it is.

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If the hotel is busy enough, no amount of money will secure an upgrade -- unless you pay it in advance, by booking the type of room you want in the first place. Ask at check-in if any complimentary upgrades are available. If so, feel free to give the person at the desk a gratuity. While they're looking for the room, ask them if they can accept a gratuity. This will let them know you're willing to tip for their better service.

If they find you an upgraded room, feel free to tip them the $20 that has been mentioned. If they can't, I'd like to say tip them some amount (maybe $5) for going through the effort of looking. (Unless they flat-out say "No, nothing is available" without even looking.)

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