The Twenty Dollar Bill Trick is sweeping the travel industry and becoming extremely popular, especially in Las Vegas. When you check into a hotel you simply slip the front desk clerk a $20 bill with your confirmation credit card, while asking "Do you have any complimentary upgrades available?". The general rule of thumb is that the front desk clerk will check for upgrades and if they cannot find anything they will return your tip, making it risk free for you!
There is no right way to try the Twenty Dollar Trick. The goal is for the front desk clerk to understand you would like an upgrade and willing to pay them to help you get it. Our philosophy is the sooner you get explain the clerk you are willing to tip them for an upgrade the better. We recommend wrapping a $20 bill around your credit card and handing it to them when you give a credit card for any further room expenses.
The Twenty Dollar Trick does not always work. If the hotel has no upgrade rooms available or the front desk clerk is not interested in this it will not work. Generally, the rule of thumb is if the clerk does not have any upgrades available they will refund your $20. There have been a few cases when the clerk did not return the money. Be willing to move on, you are surely going to spend more than $20.
The Twenty Dollar Trick is getting more and more common along the travel industry. It works in Las Vegas, New York, Atlantic City and Los Angeles. We have also heard it used successfully when renting a car.
Hotel Managers have given no official answer to this question. They have provided front desk clerks the ability to upgrade rooms at their discretion and as long as that continues the Twenty Dollar Trick will continue to work. We have heard that the Flamingo has forced banned all the front desk clerks from upgrading patrons to the Go room.
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