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The $20 Trick

I recently learned of the $20 trick a week before my honeymoon trip to Las Vegas.  Basically the trick involves tipping the check in clerk $20 and asking for a room upgrade.  This is common practice and has worked for many people.  Below is my experience with it:

I arrived at the Tropicana with my wife at 2pm and saw that they were checking people into their rooms a little early.  Having been thinking about the $20 trick for a week, I was more than ready to try it out on our 3 night stay.  I took out my credit card, drivers license, and $20 bill, placing the 20 between the two.

Informing the clerk that I was checking into the hotel, I handed her the 3 items.  I made my move and asked, “are there are complimentary upgrades available?”  As she started to answer, I looked down and noticed that the $20 was sandwiched between the credit card and driver’s license.  So I very smoothly reached over the counter and moved the credit card so that the $20 was showing.

The clerk smiled at me and informed me that’s not necessary, but she left the tip where it lay.  I told her that I was on my honeymoon and wanted to do something special for my wife.  She then proceeded to offer me a free $20 per night upgrade.  From my research I knew that a suite upgrade was possible.  Especially since this was mid-week.  So I told her I was hoping to get a room with a Jacuzzi in the room.

The clerk left to speak with the manager for 3 minutes.  I got the feeling that she was trying really hard to get me the suite.  She came back and said that the best she could do was get me a discount on a suite upgrade of $75 per night.  This was down from $150 per night.  I politely told her that I’d pass on the suit and thanked her for trying.

The clerk ended up booking us on the 20th of 21 floors in a corner room overlooking the strip.  It was an awesome room, well worth the $20 tip.

Here are some observations:

- I was a little nervous as I walked up to the counter, but once I got the ball rolling, I was fine.
- The clerk acted like she had seen the $20 trick before.
- I was friendly, polite, and smiled a lot.

I can fully recommend trying the $20 trick out.  Although I did not get a suite upgrade like I was hoping, I saw that it was possible.  It just didn’t work out for me that time.  Maybe my clerk wasn’t shady enough or maybe the manager was in a bad mood.  Who knows?

For $20 I received $60 worth of room upgrade, a high floor and a corner room overlooking the strip.  Well worth the money, time, and effort.  It doesn’t hurt to try and you never know, maybe you’ll get really lucky and get a suite.

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  1. Carnival of the Vanities #207 >> TamsPalm-the Palm OS Blog Says:

    […] Ian Anderson has a post called the 20$ trick that looks at how customers can bribe hotel clerks by tipping them…if your clerks are bribeable too, they either don’t get enough cash or don’t identify with the company enough… […]