Penthouse suites, poolside bottles, rooms with a dream-view of The Strip – think they’re only for high-rollers? Think again. With the Las Vegas hotel upgrade trick, your Vegas experience is about to go to the next level.
As far as hotel upgrades go, in Las Vegas the sky’s the limit if you’re sharp enough to pull off one little move that’s sweeping the travel industry – ‘The Vegas Sandwich Trick.’
It’s common knowledge Las Vegas is a tip-driven culture. What most people don’t realize is how far one little tip can go.
The Vegas sandwich trick explained
The Vegas sandwich trick is a simple tip to your check-in receptionist for their good service in the hope of receiving complimentary upgrades/enhancements to your room booking.
The sandwich is simple. Upon arrival, have your driver’s license and credit card ready. Simply take a crisply folded $20/$50 bill, press it between your license and credit card, serve up a smile, and present your sandwich to your receptionist at the counter. A $20 bill should suffice, although if you are hoping for a larger upgrade it may be worthwhile handing over a $50 for maximum impact.
Most receptionists, being well aware of the process, will either take your offering and quickly place it in their pocket, or place it by their keyboard in plain view while entering your check-in data. At your first chance, simply state you’re in town for a special weekend, a social occasion such as a birthday, bachelor party, wedding, celebration, etc., and you’re wondering if the hotel has any complimentary upgrades available. If you have a receptionist who ‘gets it’, it’s possible they may offer this straight up without prodding.
The sandwich will not always result in a room upgrade. There are only so many suites to be had, after all. But don’t forget – receptionists are much like airline gate agents. That person behind the counter has more power than you think, especially in Vegas.
So, while an upgrade won’t always be available, many other enhancements to your trip certainly will be. And these things can’t ‘sell out.’ How about a $100 drink voucher for the pool? Or $100 in free food at all property restaurants? Line passes/free entry for clubs? Complimentary gym and spa access? All can be had and more. The sandwich can very easily pay for itself!
What if it doesn’t work?
Our advice here – don’t stress about the whole process. If you awkwardly hand over the sandwich and nervously mutter something about an upgrade, it probably won’t have the desired effect. It’s Vegas – and Vegas is built on tipping, so relax and don’t make a big deal of it.
What’s important to remember is the process is risk-free. You give $20 or $50 and you may receive hundreds in value back. Or, your money comes back to you. No loss.
The only risk in executing the Vegas sandwich trick is attempting it on a rookie receptionist or one being watched closely by his / her manager. But even then, chances are they will look blankly at your sandwich and simply return the money to you.
It’s therefore paramount that before you check-in; size up the staff and approach a receptionist who looks like they know what they’re doing.
Either way, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.
Next time you’re in Vegas, don’t check-in like your average tourist. Don’t just settle for an ordinary hotel room. Try a $20 sandwich at check-in, crisply folded, with a smile – and you’ll be rolling with an upgrade in no time.