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$20 Upgrade Trick an Update, Las Vegas

Since I first published the $20 ugrade trick on my website I have had a quite a few emails from both people who have thanked me saying the $20 upgrade trick this has worked and others almost blaming me because it has not and they have had to end up staying in the room that they have paid for – how terrible. More recently I have been reading on other sites and blogs people saying that the $20 upgrade trick does not really work and how it’s just a waste of time and you get the same result just for being friendly and polite. Some people have even said that it annoys the check in clerks and if you try it they put you in a basement room with no windows with the Brady bunch in the room next to you.

So I thought it time that I wrote another post on this very popular subject and make it clear what I know either through personal experience or that of friends rather than say what I think (but without trying it) which it seems many people are keen to do on chat rooms and forums. You will see below the hotels in Las Vegas where the $20 upgrade trick has worked.

I have had success at many resorts in actually getting a room above the standard to what I had paid for, even if you don’t get the upgrade by tipping the clerk will generally put in more effort to accommodate your preferences with a room on the same level, lets face it not all rooms are equal. As well as these successes I have had some failures but in each instance the clerk has handed me my tip back. I have a standard room booked for Xmas and you bet that I will be trying this then 😉 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” for room upgrades this does not mean that they will not be happy to take them nor does it mean that they will not get you a nicer room on the same level that you have paid for but it does mean that you are less likely to get an upgrade to higher level of room or suite than you have booked.

I have had personal success upgrading the level of my room at these hotels
Wynn Las Vegas – Standard room Vista Suite
MGM Grand, Las Vegas – Grand room to Bungalow Suite
Luxor – Pyramid Room – Tower Room and Pyramid Room – Spa Suite
Tropicana – Garden Room to one of the Towers
Mirage, Las Vegas – Standard Room – Strip View room
NYNY, Las Vegas – Skyline room – Broadway Deluxe
Friends have had success at;
Caesars
Bellagio
Monte Carlo

I have had success here ensuring that whilst the room has been the same level that the room I have got has been a good room usually with a view.
Excalibur – basic room View room
Luxor – High Floor view
MGM Grand – High floor Strip view
Mirage, Las Vegas – Strip View top floor

Just a reminder on how the $20 trick works.

This Las Vegas trick can work at any hotel and is worth a shot the worst that can happen is you get what you have paid for.

1.Before you leave home make sure you know what the levels of rooms are at the resort so you know what you are being offered and if it is something that you want.

2.Before you get to the check in desk place a folded $20/$50/$100 note between your credit card and your ID and ask the clerk if there are any complimentary upgrades available for the period that you are there.

3.Try to look for a youngish clerk as your odds are usually better with them than an older one and one at the end of the check in desk so that they are not overheard and be discreet. A young and friendly looking will
improve your chance of success.

4.You generally have more chance of success if your room is booked directly with the hotel rather than through a consolidator. You can book directly here for the best price using the best codes on the web

The most important thing is to make sure that you will be happy if the $20 Upgrade trick does not work that you will be happy in the accommodation that you have booked.


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Vegas Strip Hotels and Casinos and cheap lodging

Hotels and Casino QuestionWe can’t afford to stay at the MGM Grand, but i would still love to eat at some of the restaurant and see some of the shows there, as well as other hotels on the strip….so my question is, can you enjoy what the different hotel/casinos have to offer if you are not a guest staying there?

Hi Angela,
My first couple of trips to Vegas we stayed at Motel 6 off of the Strip but all we did there was wash and sleep, it was as
MGM Grandcheap as chips. You are welcome and encouraged to use the restaurants in all of the hotels the same goes for all the shows. If you really want to save money you can go to the Tix4Tonite booths and get tickets for that night for half price, they open at 11am and its best to get there at say 1045 and wait for them to open then you get the biggest choice. The best thing about Vegas is that wherever you stay there is so much to see and do at the strip casinos whether you pay $40 for your room or $400 per night you can still see the Volcano at Mirage, the fountains at Bellagio, the Lions at MGM and many others for free. If you buy tickets for say Love you see the same show as the people staying in the penthouse at Wynn and your meal at Stack is the same food and service as that given to the people staying at a suite at MGM. So yes stay as cheap as you can (I would always stay on or very near the strip) and you have the same access to every restaurant and show that any guest does, some even try to use the pools of hotels that they are not staying at !

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April 29, 2008 Posted by | boxing, buffets, Casinos, circus circus, Cirque, cirque de soleil, cocktail waitress, cocktails, Dumb, entertainment, free drinks, Hatton, Las Vegas, Mandalay bay, Mayweather, MGM, MGM Grand, Monorail, Monte Carlo, Paris Las Vegas, resturaunts, Riviera, shows, Stupid, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Las Vegas Buffet (including top tips)

Las Vegas is famous for many things gambling, shows, show girls, headliners, sports the list goes on an on and near the top is Buffetthe famous buffet. All of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip (with the exception of NewYorkNewYork) offer a buffet this is a one price dining option where you eat as much as you like for fixed price, this includes starters, main courses, deserts and soft drinks. Buffets range in both cost and quality. Buffets started out in Vegas as a cheap way to feed the whole family and were often use as loss leaders to get people in through the casino doors and were extremely good value. Now a days you get a few cheap buffets but most are at least on a par as far as cost goes with the hotel coffee shop. Most buffets have a selection of food stations including, Italian, Mexican, carving stations and salad bars and many more. The quality generally matches the price and the cheap buffets have more stodge and cheap high carb foods to fill you up where as the more expensive ones may have more sea food or prime rib or other quality foods included. My favourite buffet by far is the Mandalay Bay dinner buffet it’s not cheap but its good value for quality food and a smashing location and setting. The worst buffet I have had was at Tropicana, too few choices and food that had been left warming for too long. The best value is either the breakfast buffet at Excalibur or a dinner buffet we had at the Hacienda near the Hoover Dan that was $3.49 for our dinner buffet!

Top 5 Buffet Tips

  1. Find out the times and arrive and pay just before the lunch buffet ends you will get the dinner food for the lunch prices.
  2. Don’t fill up on bread, pasta and potatoes they are put there so you fill up on the cheap food.
  3. Check to see if by joining the players club you can get a 2 for 1 coupon many casinos offer this the LV Hilton usually does.
  4. Take your time there is no time limit for you to be at the table of you eat slower you will enjoy it more, be less likely to get indigestion and be able to eat more!
  5. Don’t forget to leave room for desert – of you are stuffed before you have had your pudding you will be gutted!
  6. Super Vegas Vacation Saver book

April 28, 2008 Posted by | buffets, Casinos, circus circus, Cirque, cirque de soleil, cocktail waitress, cocktails, Dumb, entertainment, free drinks, Hatton, Las Vegas, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Paris Las Vegas, resturaunts, Riviera, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas pools, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Las Vegas $20 free room upgrade trick

In Vegas the room prices vary greatly not only from hotel to hotel but also on day of the week or time of the year, a room that costs $60 on a Wednesday night can quite easily cost $180 for the Saturday or double that on a fight weekend. Now I do not want to pay a penny more than I have to at any time and I will show you how to ensure that you are paying the cheapest price that you can hope to pay for any room at any time of the year but not just yet. On my first post I will give you one of the best Vegas tips (or tricks if you) like for getting a free or nearly free room upgrade this is called the $20 trick which can also be used as the $50 trick or even the $100 trick if you are far richer than me. This Vegas trick can work at any hotel and is worth a shot the worst that can happen is you get what you have paid for. I will show you a top ten list of the hotels to try this at. Ok enough babble here is the Las Vegas $20 free room upgrade trick. Before you get to the check in desk place a folded $20 note between your credit card and your ID and ask the clerk if there are any free upgrades available for the period that you are there. Try to look for a youngish clerk as your odds are usually better with them than an older one and one at the end of the check in desk so that they are not overheard and be discreet. Some people feel you have a better chance with males and others females so it’s a bit of luck but young and friendly looking is a must. This works in most hotels some better than others but you must be discreet that is the key. For me this is the single best piece of value in Vegas for $20 for your stay you can get a room that is sometimes worth $100 more per night, its does not always work but often it does. I strongly advise that you do not rely 100% on this and ensure that if it fails you have booked a level of accommodation that you are happy to stay in. This Vegas trick has a slightly better chance of working if you are not staying on the weekend but either way it can have the same result which is a room worth far more than what you have paid Top Ten Hotels for the $20 Trick

UPDATE on the $20 Trick

Circus Circus

Riviera

Luxor

Wynn

MandalayBay

Bellagio

Venetian

Mirage

Treasure Island

New York New York

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December 5, 2007 Posted by | 20 dollar trick, Casinos, circus circus, Cirque, cirque de soleil, Dumb, entertainment, free drinks, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Paris Las Vegas, resturaunts, Stupid, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips, xxx | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments