Mr. Points Traveler and I are currently in Vegas for a few nights celebrating our wedding anniversary. Our first two nights are at The Cosmopolitan, and they were comped thanks to a big casino win during my husband’s last trip here.
I booked the third night at The Bellagio using the American Express FHR program, and we’ll be getting a lot of bang for our buck.
When we booked our comped rooms, we were told we’d get a standard city room with two queen beds, which would have been fine since the nights were free (beggars can’t be choosers here), but I wanted something a little nicer since it was legitimately a special occasion.
At booking, I told the reservations specialist that it was our anniversary, and she put a note in asking for an upgrade.
Then I thought of the good old fashioned “$20 trick” that many of my friends and even fellow bloggers have been successful with (Points & Pixie Dust got a penthouse suite this way!). I figured it was worth a try.
The $20 trick is simply defined as taking a $20 bill, folding it up, and sandwiching in between your ID and credit card at check in like this:If the agent is willing to accept the $20 tip in exchange for an upgrade, then it’s a win-win for both. If not, they simply hand it back, and you’ll get a rush of awkward middle-school rejection.
When we checked in, Mr. Points Traveler handed over the upgrade sandwich, told the receptionist that it was our anniversary, and politely asked if there were any nicer rooms available.
She looked at the $20, laughed in our face (seriously), put it back on the counter in front of us. There was a moment of silence.
She then said she could upgrade us to a city view studio suite for an additional $50 a night, but that it wasn’t quite ready. Another option was a 2-bedroom suite for $100 more a night that was ready to go.
I jokily told her that 2 bedrooms would be nice, but it wouldn’t be conducive to anniversary festivities. She politely chuckled at my lame joke, and told me that she actually had a fountain view suite available for immediate check in for $50 a night.
We took it, and this is our view from the room:
I’m not sure I’ll try the $20 trick again anytime soon, but I am curious to hear about other experiences. Were your $20 trick attempts successful or a total fail? Feel free to discuss.