Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay Mandalay Bay opened in March of 1999, the Hotel has 4,750 rooms and ran a rich price tag at $950 million to develop.

Vegas Junky Hotel Review

 
The Twenty Dollar Trick Results
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View $25 room credit x 2'
Check-in:Aug 4, 20
By: Travis

Busy check in time. Handed lic, twenty, and dl. She took the money put next to her keyboard did some typing and even went back to talk to a manager. She was unable to find an upgrade but did manage to get me a decent strip view and attached a $25.00 room credit. She tried to hand the twenty back to me but I told her to keep it for her efforts. The worst part is my friend who checked in behind teased me for it not working. At check out we found out that he too was given the $25.00 room credit. I don't think it was worth it as I only came out $5.00 ahead. We went mid week too for three nights.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Mini Suite'
Check-in:Jan 12, 16
By: Hugh

almost too easy!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Mini Suite'
Check-in:Jan 12, 16
By: Hugh

almost too easy!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'37th Floor Strip View 2 bathroom...'
Check-in:Jun 15, 15
By: Kelley

Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Mar 1, 15
By: Cindi P

Slipped the 20 in and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. The guy set the bill out in front of him and proceeded to give me a room down the hall from a colleague who hadn't given them anything. Wouldn't even give me a high floor :-(
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Great room suite with Strip view'
Check-in:Feb 27, 15
By: kris c

After reading the reviews about the twenty dollar trick, i wanted to try it out since I booked just a regular deluxe room. Upon checking in, I sandwiched a $20 bill between my ID & credit card and said "is there any complimentary upgrades?" The lady at the front desk did her thing and was able to hook it up with a great room suite with a strip view!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Dec 26, 14
By: adajo

Girl was a little flakey from the get-go, but I was determined to try. Did the standard sandwich. She went back to talk to a manager/pitboss type watching over everyone. About what? I have no idea. She then came back and offered me a "partial strip view" room for free or a full strip view for $100/nt. No thanks on the $100 fee. I took the partial strip view and enjoyed my view of the airport and the abandoned ferris wheel project just fine. She kept my $20 though as it sounded like a real upgrade at the time.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Top Floor'
Check-in:Nov 19, 14
By: Dee

Great upgrade....best view on strip...and free fridge. It does work......
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe king'
Upgrade:'Penthouse Suite'
Check-in:Oct 16, 14
By: Greg

Upgraded to a penthouse suite from a deluxe king. Went to the 62nd floor, 4 flat screens, hot tub, wet bar, ice maker. Ice maker didn't work, but you can get a bag of ice and the freezer worked. Very quiet and you need the key to access the floor so really nice! They also have a lounge for your use if you have a players card.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Penthouse Suite'
Check-in:Aug 27, 14
By: Nick

Checked in on a Wednesday around 6pm, no line, but lots of guests around (big tech trade show at the hotel). Gave the young woman at the front desk my ID and credit card with a $20 bill wrapped around them and asked if they had any complimentary upgrades. She immediately put the bill back in front of me and told me to hold onto that for now. She checked our reservation (standard myVegas comp stay for 2 nights), and then went to talk to her manager. She returned and almost whispered so other guests couldn't hear "we can get you into a 2,000 sq ft suite on the penthouse level". My wife and I gladly accepted and thanked her. She mentioned we'd still be responsible for the resort fee ($28/nt) and they'd have to keep the card on file for incidentals. No problem! When we were done she said the $20 wasn't necessary, but we insisted she take it and thanked her again for all her help. The room was FANTASTIC overlooking The Beach on the 62nd floor: dining room, living, room, kitchen, office, 2nd bathroom. Amazing anniversary trip surprise! Best of luck!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:'None'
Check-in:Aug 1, 14
By: Clark

The $20 tip worked well at other hotels, the woman who checked me in gave me a funny look when she saw the 20 dollar bill. She still took the money but didn't give me an upgrade. Maybe she didn't like my shirt.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Upgrade premium strip view and soaking tub'
Check-in:Jul 3, 14
By: PDiddyPDX

Big holiday weekend of course, I wasn't expecting success. Greeted her by name, she saw the $20 a separated it and made it visible. She knew exactly what to do. Told her I wanted high floor, soaking tub and if there is a view then that's icing on the cake. She made a call, got approval and bam, I'm on the strip side staring down LV Blvd on 22nd floor. Remember it was July 4th weekend. All in all I didn't hit a home run but it was definitely an upgrade!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe King Room '
Upgrade:'Deluxe Two Queen Room '
Check-in:May 26, 14
By: Coll

Also received $70 in food credits.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Great Room'
Upgrade:'No Upgrade'
Check-in:Dec 20, 13
By: J

Received: ~140.00 value; No upgrade. Checked in 8:30ish. (i wonder if the time you check in, early/late, matters and wish people would mention it) He took the bill out from in-between the cards, put it down, and said it was for the camera. So not really any point to hiding it. Anyway, no upgrade but asked for a fridge, a $35 value. We got the fridge and he also gave us $50 credit to restaurants and waved our resort fee for both nights-i think about $28/night?
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Sep 15, 13
By: Josh C

Changed to floor 30 from floor 8 but same basic room. Clerk kept my $20.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'N/A'
Check-in:Sep 12, 13
By: Jeff B

Arrived at 6pm. No lineup. Had a young woman check us in. Gave her ID, folded up $20, and Visa. Asked if there are any complimentary upgrades. She said "We don't do complimentary upgrades, but let me see." Took the cash and placed it beside her computer. We had a king booked. Asked if we wanted a double queen (no). Asked if we wanted to change rooms the next morning - would only be a change in floor, so we declined. Made no other offers and she didn't offer the money back to us. Wish I would have asked for a free buffet or anything. Disappointing, but oh well.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Standard Room Strip View'
Check-in:Aug 20, 13
By: Tamara

Checked in on August 12th and tipped a $20. Was offered a room on the 32nd floor with a view of the strip!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room Double Bed'
Upgrade:'The Hotel Suite Double Bed'
Check-in:Aug 12, 13
By: Line

Handed the lady on front desk $20 while asking for complimentary upgrade, and was upgraded to The Hotel suite which was newer and much bigger.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Great room suite'
Upgrade:'The hotel: V Suite'
Check-in:Jul 17, 13
By: alan

Asked in advance if hotel was packed. After he said "not on weekdays", I reached for the $20 and asked for a upgrade. Fast transaction bumped me to a suite that would've cost +$50.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'strip view room on VIP level 60th floor'
Check-in:Jun 23, 13
By: James

Upgraded even though it was sold out. Told them it was my anniversary, which it was.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Standard room with view'
Check-in:May 29, 13
By: Peter

Tried the $20 sandwich and it worked. Booked a standard deluxe room on expedia and was upgraded to 45th floor with strip view!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'The Great Room Suite'
Upgrade:'N/A'
Check-in:May 22, 13
By: Christine

I didn't get who I was hoping for because there was someone at the front of the line directing guests (damn). The lady was very nice, though. I gave her the sandwich and she immediately handed it back to me and said, 'Sorry, we don't have any upgrades available right now.' before I could even ask. I was bummed because I already had a suite and was hoping for a a rockstar upgrade. To be fair though, we were there the week before Memorial Day, so it was probably sold out.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:May 20, 13
By: Carey

Lady tried but it was very busy on that day billboard awards where in town. Did give me back the money and put us on a high strip view as it was the best she said she could do. I did give her $20 and thanked her for trying.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Spa Suite'
Check-in:May 14, 13
By: Jeff

Checked in at a very busy time but the line kept moving, they even served water to those waiting in line. Approached agent and asked if any upgrades available - she kept the $20 on the desk and said yes, upgraded us to a great spa suite, and would not take the $20. Very polite, she really helped make our stay there amazing. Mandalay Bay is an awesome property!!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Mar 15, 13
By: Nancy

Handed lady CC and ID, in between was $20. Asked if there were any complimentary upgrades, she stated they were all sold out of their suites for the weekend. Thought she would give back the $20 but instead she kept it!!!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'The Suite'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Mar 11, 13
By: Matt

THEhotel. Tried $20 sandwich but upgrade not given. Sandwich given back...hotel was 95% committed due to convention.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'THEHotel Standard Suite'
Upgrade:'THEHotel V-Suite'
Check-in:Feb 28, 13
By: Danno

Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Jan 18, 13
By: Albert

Was told there was no more upgrades for the day, checked in around 4:00pm. Still got a high floor, 2 rooms with ajoining room and facing the airport to watch the planes take off.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Spa Suite'
Upgrade:'60th floor Sky View Suite'
Check-in:Dec 11, 12
By: Jessie Dee

We had a really rough time getting to Vegas, took us almost 38 hours total so we were a bit discouraged to say the least. We were only staying for 2 days and checked in around 6pm. I had booked a Spa suite for around $70 per night on hotels.com with a $75 credit added on as well. We went up to the younger, smiling guy and briefly expressed our nightmare of a flight. I also pulled out the 20 and just put it on the counter next to my phone after I handed him my ID. I asked if there were any free upgrades but from what we could tell, he was already trying to upgrade us. He was genuinely a nice guy. Within 10 seconds he said, " Actually, I have a really wonderful penthouse suite available on the 60th floor, it 1050 sq ft, if you guys want it." Of course we wanted it!!! It was as big as our house!! Totally worth it, highly recommended and would do it again. The room was stunning.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite'
Check-in:Nov 19, 12
By: Dave

Made a $20 sandwich with my M-Life card, credit card, and ID. Clerk set my $20 aside and asked what it was for. I asked her to check to see if perhaps there were any complimentary upgrades available. She said certainly, and handed me a bottle of water. Then she asked me if I would prefer to stay at the Main Mandalay Bay Hotel, or THE Hotel. I said either would be fine. She excused herself to talk to her boss seated at a desk behind the check in counter. They chatted for a bit, and when she returned said that she could upgrade me to a suite at The Hotel. She tried to give me back my $20, and I insisted that she keep it for her trouble.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$30.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'The Great room Suite'
Check-in:Oct 25, 12
By: Mario

Got in on thursday and had done my homework on the sandwich.So there was only one line and they were directing us to the front desk(I got no choice who I got)but the guy we were alredy scopeing outwe just happened to get him!!Sure enough worked like a charm went in with a basic room came out with a suite. Thanks Guys:)
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Casino Rate Standard Two Queens'
Upgrade:'THE Hotel - Suite w/ 2 Queens'
Check-in:Oct 24, 12
By: TommyD

Had two rooms booked at a Casino Rate at Mandalay Bay. Handed a $50 "sandwich" and asked if they could updgrade both rooms to THE Hotel. After several clicks, gentleman behind counter said he could not get us on the same floor, but can honor our request if we're willing to be on seperate floors. No problem!! This was our Third Staight Year we were successfully upgraded to THE Hotel.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View 34th floor'
Check-in:Oct 7, 12
By: jeff

Was at Mandalay bay for a convention. I knew it was a long-shot but made the attempt anyway. ID and AmEx with $20.00 in between handed to gentlemen and asked whether there are any complementary upgrades. He started keying away on his PC and told me that the hotel was fully booked, he had left the twenty on the counter. I told him thanks for trying and that is for your trouble. He kept keying on the PC and asked if I minded 2 queens instead of the king I was in. I told him that was fine with me. He told me he had a room on the 34th floor with a nice strip view, I told him thanks you and that was that. This is not as good as an upgrade as others have received, but I know the hotel was booked up. I think the key here is that I was polite, did not complain or get pushy. The room had a nice view looking right past the Luxor down the strip.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Oct 4, 12
By: Tyler

No upgrade, no credit, nothing. I was very cool about it all too. But nothing....
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Spa Suite'
Check-in:Oct 2, 12
By: Gavin

Went to reception Kathy gave my CC and ID with the $20 and then requested if she had any upgrades. The $20 went as quick as the eye could see and i had a spa suite before i knew it. I did ask for a high floor but she only had a room available on the 18th 13th floor but it was only 11.30am. She did offer me to have a room on the 34th floor but would have to return a few hours later. I decided to take the room on the 13th floor. i had a look on expedia who i booked the room through to see how much the spa suite was and it was $200 more so a great deal for $20. Be friendly like i was. Best vacation ever and i will be returning to do this deal again!!!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite at the Hotel'
Check-in:Jul 24, 12
By: Robin

I had booked a package deal on tripres.com for $90 a night for a standard room at Mandalay Bay. The package included a $75 dining credit. When I checked in @ 1pm there was a huge line but it moved very fast. I had my $20 sandwich ready and even got the young mail desk clerk that I was eyeing. When he asked for my license and credit card I handed him the "sandwich" and ask if he might have any complimentary upgrades. He said absolutely and ased if I wanted a room with a strip view on a higher floor or if I wanted a suite at the Hotel. I told him the suite would be awesome and he said no problem. Got me checked very quickly. We had a huge suite with two bathrooms, overlooking the pool on the 36th floor. Our stay was wonderful! theHotel is awesome. So luxurious with modern decor. The staff was so friendly and helpful.We enjoyed our sty immensely and I cant wait to try the trick again next time. Going to Laughlin next month and wonder if it will work there.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:'Great Room Suite'
Check-in:Jul 15, 12
By: Kristen

I am WAY too shy for something like this, but worked up the nerve to do it. Did the sandwich and asked for a 'complimentary upgrade'. Clerk didnt even bat an eye, he began right away searching for a room and had several options for us. He did offer a suite in the Hotel, but my hubby wanted to stay in Mandalay Bay. So we ended up with one of the great room suites, which has a dining area and sitting area and strip views (like 750 sq ft). It was great! also got a bunch of free drink vouchers, like 6 of them!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$0.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View'
Check-in:Jun 27, 12
By: Billy

The queue at checkin was horrendous - we waited for over an hour. At the point of checking in I asked to speak to someone to make a formal complaint. Whilst waiting for someone to talk to, the agent checked me in and I asked for the best room they had - they only upgraded me to a strip view (which was $60 extra per night), but that cost me nothing. When I finally complained about the queue I was given $100 on my account to spend in the hotel. My three nights only cost $285 in total! Good result if you ask me!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Spa Suite in Mandalay Bay'
Upgrade:'V Suite in THE Hotel'
Check-in:Jun 5, 12
By: Doug

Check in was rather busy, I was dressed decently with a linen blazer on over a button down (sounds irrelevant but others we knew were unsuccessful and they think I got the upgrade because I look like I had more money). I slipped 20 and addresses the clerk by name, "Corey could you see if you have any nicer rooms unused, maybe a sky view?" He said definitely no sky view but let me see what I can do. He moved us to a huge V Suite in THE Hotel, which was much nicer and less crowded than standard Mandalay Bay. No lines for the elevators.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View Standard Room'
Check-in:May 1, 12
By: juan

Approached the only young guy available when we checked in. Tucked the bill between ID and credit card. He barely took it out of my hand, pulled the bill out and put it back on the counter. "You can hang on to this". At first he couldn't find the room we had reserved with a single king bed. Told us they were all sold out, although it was a tuesday morning with no big event or convention that day. Did eventually get us into a room that was our class but with a strip view. Nice room in general, but bummed the trick didn't work. Disappointed, but guess we'll have to try it again sometime.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite @ The Hotel'
Check-in:Apr 6, 12
By: Forrest Howard

Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite @ The Hotel'
Check-in:Apr 1, 12
By: Forrest Howard

i had wedged a $50 in between my DL &CC hoping to get a double or triple upgrade. The desk clerked worked for probably 10-15 minutes and asked multiple people on what was available. When she knew she only had a suite available at The Hotel, she told me that the $50 was to much and she only "requested" $20.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'550 DR (Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:'750 GR'
Check-in:Mar 3, 12
By: Rach

After checking in on Saturday night, we went to VIP services to ask about an upgrade. Gentleman told us that Saturday night is difficult to upgrade, but that if we try first thing in the morning, we should easily get the upgrade. As an MLife player, I asked if we could get a complimentary refrigerator ($35/night value) and it was sent immediately. On Sunday morning I went to the front desk with my $20 sandwich and the young gal looked at my records and upgraded us to a King Suite with a Strip view on the 34th floor. She left the $20 in front of me and gave me the upgrade without taking the $20, but I insisted and got it, plus the refrigerator and a rollaway.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Thehotel suite'
Upgrade:'V suite'
Check-in:Feb 29, 12
By: karter

Upgraded to corner suite but did not get spa option
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'THE hotel suite'
Check-in:Jan 26, 12
By: Kimbou

the sandwhich was succesfull for us. We went from a typical room at Mandalay Bay to a suite at THE hotel...amazing!!!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'THE hotel suite'
Check-in:Jan 26, 12
By: Kimbou

the sandwhich was succesfull for us. We went from a typical room at Mandalay Bay to a suite at THE hotel...amazing!!!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'spa suite'
Check-in:Jan 6, 12
By: jay

worked just like everyone says...made the sandwich, asked about the complimentary upgrade...and got the spa suite on the 30th floor facing the strip for four days...after reading all of these posts it feels like for every $20 you jump up another level or get other special perks!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'TheHOTEL'
Check-in:Oct 19, 11
By: TommyD

Had two rooms booked at Mandalay Bay for five nights. Checked in with both reservations and sandwiched a $50 Bill. Ask if they could upgrade both reservations to a suite at TheHOTEL. After a few clicks, they had no problem obliging. This is the second year in row we've had success with this location/strategy.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'suite'
Upgrade:'corner high end suite'
Check-in:Aug 20, 11
By: Elizabeth

We gave the twenty dollar sandwich to the desk agent and he comped us spa and gym entrances for our entire three day stay. I know they are 20 bucks a person each day, so we scored. The spa was lovely, and a great way to sweat!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Suite'
Upgrade:'Higher grade of suite'
Check-in:Aug 20, 11
By: Max

Got a corner view upgraded suite high up and three-day passes for each of us to the spa and gym - worth $200.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Aug 18, 11
By: Laura

Clerk said hotel was booked up and no upgrades were available. He at least gave us our money back, though.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite in THEhotel'
Check-in:Aug 6, 11
By: Brandon K

Checked in late on a Saturday (9:30p) due to having to wait for GF to get out of school. Checked in with 20 something y/o male, very nice and smiley. Handed the sandwich over, he didn't see the money at first and was struggling to find us a room with a King size bed instead of 2 Queens. Once he saw the money, I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available, he typed on the keyboard a little and asked if we had had ever stayed in THEhotel. Then he upgraded us to a corner suite on the 24th floor with views of the strip and mountains! Great upgrade!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Mountain View Suite at THE Hotel'
Check-in:May 23, 11
By: J.R.

Originally had a standard room 550 at the resort and casino...Went to check-in, handed a young lady the $20.00 sandwich and she wanted nothing to do with it and handed it back to me! So we checked into the standard room with 2 queen beds, told her unacceptable because i am staying with my wife, she said that I have to come down tomorrow and change into another room... The next day...undeterred i go to check out of the double queen bed room to get a room with one king bed. I approached a young man, gave him the sandwich explained the situation and asked if any complimentary upgrades? He accepted the sandwich and said let me see what i can do! I ended up getting upgraded to a 2 room suite at THE Hotel with mountain views and a 25.00 food and beverage credit and 2 free drinks! Well worth the $20.00....As a tip, i think it definitely matters who you check in with so choose wisely!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Spa suite'
Check-in:May 9, 11
By: Phil

We went during the slow week after the labor day weekend so I knew that all we needed was a willing clerk since there would be plenty of room. Stood in line for a long time because some underage guys weren't able to check in and wouldn't step aside. Purposely chose the young guy in his 20's. Gave him the sandwich and quietly asked if there were any complementary upgrades. He asked if a spa suite would work and I agreed. I've never stayed in a suite before and this really made the trip special. He seemed really appreciative too so everyone won.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'1550 sq ft Suite'
Check-in:May 3, 11
By: Kurt

Conference going on, my wife and I waited for a nice young woman to help us. She asked for my ID, and I nervously gave her the "sandwich" and she took the $20 and put it on the counter, inquired what is for, asked if there was any complimentary upgrades? A few moments later, she said, "There's only 1 problem, it's really big." Waited a bit longer to check in, but was upgraded to a 1550 sq ft Suite. Worked like a charm!!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'On time'
Check-in:Apr 28, 11
By: Josh

Room was not ready when we arrived at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay. Put down the 20 with my ID and asked if a better suite would be available. Only upgraded suite he had was handicap which we turned down, but he then found a suite (same type we booked) with a view that he could get us in right away. He through in 4 tix to the shark reef which would have cost $60 so the kids and I were happy.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Standard Room'
Check-in:Apr 15, 11
By: Michael

Probably my fault for checking in so late, around 7-ish. Clerk told me he was able to get me the last room on the top floor but it was still a standard room.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Great Room Suite'
Upgrade:'1050 SV'
Check-in:Apr 3, 11
By: TLC

I read about the $20 dollar 'sandwich' here and decided I would try it on my next trip to Vegas, which is this week. I checked in the MB at night after 10 p.m., and believe this does make a difference. Anyway, on checking in the Asst Mgr flagged me over to him. I decided to try anyway, so I handed him the 'sandwich.' He looked at me tersely and said, "We don't do that here; our rooms are filled to capacity." Then, he made a show of handing me back the $20. I was a little embarrassed but no big deal. He said he was leaving for a bit and walked out. I thought maybe this is going to work after all! After 10-15 minutes, he came back and addressed a couple in line next to mine that was complaining loudly about their room and told them he got them a suite upgrade. So he said something to the effect...he's back, sorry for the delay and I chose that opportunity to make small talk. I said something about wishing at the least I could get a strip view and he looked at me. Then, he said that in a minute I was going to be very pleased and showed me the room assignment was on the 62nd floor penthouse area. He stated that it cost twice or three times as much as what I originally had paid for the great room suite, which is on sale for 30% off right now. I asked him if it was ok for me to give him back the twenty for excellent customer service and he said yes. I thanked him and went to my suite, which is fantastic and was happy I tried the $20 dollar sandwich. I have a beautiful view of the strip and a huge suite as a result! Try it--you never know how things can work out!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Two THEhotel suites'
Upgrade:'Two bedroom suite @ Mandalay Bay'
Check-in:Mar 30, 11
By: Alex Hill

This worked perfectly! I hadn't actually expected to get the two bedroom suite with the Strip view - I had asked for an upgrade and the friendly desk clerk was giving me one. Then I asked how one got the two-bedroom suites, as I had checked months out and never saw one available. And then he gave me one!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:'750GR'
Check-in:Mar 3, 11
By: Jannik

Passed the CC and ID with the 20$ to the guy at the counter without any words. He responded "I see" and started working for us. We finally got to the 750GR Suite and were extremely happy with that. We'll definitely use the trick again.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'THEHotel suite'
Check-in:Dec 13, 10
By: Christopher

Presented the $20 bill and requested a Strip view or any available suite upgrades, worked like a charm! Thanks for the tip!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'THE Hotel Suite'
Check-in:Dec 4, 10
By: Mike

Waited in line at around 2:30 pm for a young 20-30 year old gentlemen to check us in. Handed him the $20 sandwich and he quickly threw the bill from between the cards onto his desk. Ask for an upgrade and he said things were a little tight but if we could stay out of the room for a couple hours he would hooks us up. He upgraded us from a standard room in the Mandalay Bay to a Suite in THE Hotel.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room 2 Queens'
Upgrade:'THE Hotel - Suite w/ 2 Queens'
Check-in:Oct 21, 10
By: TommyD

Had a promotional rate of $69 Thursday, $99 Friday & Saturday, $199 Sunday for a stadard 550sf Mandalay Bay Room. Handed the sandwich to a younger afro american gentlemen and ask if there were "any complimentary upgrades available?" I was traveling w/ a buddy and we needed two beds. He did some typing and said he can get us into a Suite w/ 2 Queens at THE Hotel. He handed the DL, CC & $20 back. Told him to keep the $20 for his great service. He seemed as appreciative as us. Beautiful Room & Property. Rooms for that weekend were going for $399 per night at THE Hotel. This was a great upgrade!!!!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'King suite at THE Hotel'
Check-in:Sep 28, 10
By: Brett

Upgraded room to king suite. Gave me a free summer VIP pass for entry to pool, buffet and nightclub.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'TheHotel'
Check-in:Sep 24, 10
By: EA

We checked in during the evening. Female clerk. Gave her Lic./$20/CC. She set the 20 aside but in plain view. I thought it was not going to work and I was to nervous to ask for an upgrade. But she knew what was up and typed for a couple minutes. Then she said she could either give me a strip view room at Mandalay Bay or a standard room at the hotel. I had already done the math on all the rooms when I made the reservations so I knew for the day I stayed, the strip view @ MB was another $50 and the standard room at TheHotel was another $100. So I picked Thehotel room (I originally wanted to stay there anyway but I couldn't justify paying another $100 for the same size room). She gave us our keys and info and then took the $20 and said "And sir, I really appreciate this." P.S. TheHotel was really nice. Very swanky.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'36th floor 2-room suite with Strip view, food/bev comps!!'
Check-in:Sep 9, 10
By: Greg

I visually and audibly profiled the front desk people. A gay man myself, I went for the line with the gay male front desk guy. Turned out, he was sort of snotty to the guest in front of me. So, I switched to a line with a very smiling young woman working the desk. She upgraded me from the standard 550 square foot room in the Mandalay Bay to a two-room suite in THEHotel at Mandalay Bay (a nicer property), 36th floor, overlooking the Luxor and the strip, floor to ceiling windows both rooms, separate DEEP tub and shower, two bathrooms, three tvs, iPod dock, comfortable furniture, two free drinks, and a $25 food/beverage credit, etc. Sweet! My first attempt at the Twenty Dollar Trick was a huge success!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View + Shark Reef'
Check-in:Sep 6, 10
By: Kelly

Was told that there were no more king beds and we would have to take two queens. Clerk was a friendly young college guy. Asked if there were any complementary upgrades and handed $20 with my CC and ID. He grinned and started typing, but couldn't really find anything. Upgraded to strip view on a higher floor with king bed and given Shark Reef tickets ($16x2). Not a total success, but I would definitely try this again.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Sep 5, 10
By: John

Handed the sandwich to the desk clerk and when she saw the money she got visibly uncomfortable. Said they had nothing available and set the $20 on the counter. I left it and asked for a strip view and she told me a strip view would be an extra $20/night. No room upgrade, no strip view, nothing. But I did get my $20 back so I guess I can't complain. I will continue to try this every time I go to Vegas.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'550 DR'
Upgrade:'750 GR'
Check-in:Sep 4, 10
By: Nate

I handed the sandwich to the gentleman checking us in. He pulled out the $20, handed it back to me and said "I can't take this." At that point I figured we weren't going to get an upgrade. He had to go talk to his manager to get a room "unlocked". He came back, apologizing for the wait, and told us that he had good news, our patience was being rewarded, and we were getting an upgrade! So we were supposed to be in their standard room without any kind of view, and we got upgraded to a very nice suite with an amazing view of the strip
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View'
Check-in:Sep 3, 10
By: Rich

Checked in for Labor Day Weekend on a Friday, so I was very doubtful. They were booked to capacity but were still able to get a room on the 31st floor with a great strip view. Would have liked a bigger room but even that wasn't available anymore through normal booking. Would love to try again midweek, seems those are the best times to get killer upgrades.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite at TheHotel'
Check-in:Sep 2, 10
By: Dennis

We originally had a standard room at Mandalay Bay but upon check in I took my I'D and credit card and slid in a $20. I asked if there were any complimentary reviews and she said there weren't any free upgrades since it was Labor Day Weekend but she could upgrade us to a Suite at the Hotel for 30 per day. It is normally 150 per day. We agreed and it was worth it. Suite was amazing. Thanks for the help.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'The Suite'
Upgrade:'V Suite plus free drinks x 4'
Check-in:Aug 29, 10
By: Jai

Arrived mid afternoon and went to check in, did the usual $ 20 clearly on display and asked the question. The clerk went off into the back and after speaking to a manager upgraded us to a strip view room on the 37th floor. Additionally gave us 4 free drinks vouchers.... Excellent.....
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'The Suite'
Upgrade:'V Suite plus free drinks x 4'
Check-in:Aug 29, 10
By: Jai

Arrived mid afternoon and went to check in, did the usual $ 20 clearly on display and asked the question. The clerk went off into the back and after speaking to a manager upgraded us to a strip view room on the 37th floor. Additionally gave us 4 free drinks vouchers.... Excellent.....
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite @ THE Hotel'
Check-in:Aug 20, 10
By: Joe

Worked like a charm! Placed a $50 between my DL and CC, and didn't have to say a word; the lady went straight to work! Did some quick typing, asked me if THE Hotel was ok, and it was done! She also gave me a $50 room credit and 4 free drinks at Eye Candy.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'The Hotel Suite'
Check-in:Jul 22, 10
By: ajern

I asked the clerk if she accepted tips, she said of course. I asked if there were any upgrades available,she said no. I went to the ATM and gave her a twenty and bam, strip view in a suite for four days for $338. Everything is negotiable unless you use a travel site.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'The Hotel Suite'
Check-in:Jul 22, 10
By: ajern

Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room Mandalay'
Upgrade:'V suite THE hotel'
Check-in:Jun 25, 10
By: EM

Did the $20 sandwich and the female front desk agent slipped the twenty out and went to the back to see what she had. Got a V suite in THE Hotel on 22nd floor. Corner suite with 1 1/2 bathrooms and 3 tv's. 3 night stay including Fri/Sat/Sun which were sold out with an inexpensive package 121/199/121 with a $50 daily food/bev credit. What a deal!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Suite'
Upgrade:'V Suite, Strip View 35th fl'
Check-in:Jun 14, 10
By: Frank D.

Booked a room at THEHotel through MGM Players Club for $89/night. Figured I'd try $40 this time, since it worked for me @ MB a couple months ago. 3 men & 1 blonde lady working that day, and I was hoping for one of the guys, per the website, but I got called over by the lady. Slipped the $40 b/w cards anyway to her. Without a word, she offered me a V Suite with a great strip view up on the 35 floor!! Also she spent time orienting me and the family to THEHotel, inlcuding best route from room to the Beach @ MB. Spent a lot of time enjoying the room, which probably saved me $100s that I would have probably gambled away if I spent more time in the casino instead...
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'THEsuite at THEhotel'
Check-in:May 19, 10
By: Drew

We checked in on a busy wednesday afternoon. There was a convention going on at the hotel so I didnt think it would work. We had two rooms w/ 2 beds. I handed a young lady at the counter my ID, $40, and my cc. I asked if she had any complimentary upgrades available and she went to work. The only upgrade she had available was a suite with 1 king bed. Since we had 6 people between the 2 rooms, we opted to keep our original standard room. She handed back the money but she upgraded us to a room w/ a view of the strip on a higher floor. I gave her $20 and thanked her for her help. The next morning, we went back down to the same lady and she already knew what we were going to ask. She quickly moved us over to a suite at THEhotel. Gave her another $20 so, overall, success!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'TheHotel'
Upgrade:'TheHotel'
Check-in:Apr 28, 10
By: Gabe

Handed a lady the $20 sandwich and she responded that there was nothing she could do even if she wanted to as the place was booked to capacity. This was the weekend of the Mayweather/Mosley fight, so there might have been nothing she could do. She gave the $20 back. Never hurts to try.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Spa Suite'
Upgrade:'750 Grandview Suite'
Check-in:Apr 4, 10
By: Frank D.

Sunday 10am. Trick worked like a charm! He was about to tell me the room wasn't ready, until he saw the cash. All of a sudden, a Grandview Suite became available. I didn't even have to ask.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'750 GR Suite'
Upgrade:'N/A'
Check-in:Mar 26, 10
By: Mark

During the check-in process, I provided the young lady behind the counter with my DL/$20/CC and asked if there were any "complementary upgrades available". She replied by saying "I'm sorry sir, we don't do that here" and then returned my $20 bill. She went on to say that I was already booked into one of their higher-end suites, but I was hoping for an upgrade to one of their suites in "THEhotel".
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite at THE hotel'
Check-in:Mar 15, 10
By: Nicole

We checked in around 7pm on a Monday. Waited only about 3-5 minutes to check in and got a person that looked like the manager so we were a little nervous to try it, but we decided that the worst that could happen was for her to say no. Handed over the license and the credit card which had the $20 wrapped around it, and asked for a complimentary upgrade. After typing for a bit and calling someone on the phone, she offered us a suite at TheHotel. She even tried to give us the $20 back! We told her we appreciated her looking for us and to keep the money, which came in handy the next day when we got another upgrade to a better suite for free! Thanks for the tips, worked like a charm!!!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'None'
Check-in:Feb 5, 10
By: JR

THEhotel - Very nice girl took the twenty sandwich. Did not hide it but put the package next to her. She looked in the computer and offered the only upgrades of higher floor and corner room. Since that came with a king size bed, and there was four of us crashing for Vegas, we opt'd for keeping our own. However, we got a hook up with free spa passes. Hard for this to work in a tower with the same style through-out. Count it as a "yes" though.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Standard Room w/View +$75 Credit'
Check-in:Jan 21, 10
By: Steve

I checked into Mandalay Bay late on a Thursday night. The woman who helped me was in her mid-twenties. I made some small talk and handed her the ID-$20-Credit Card sandwich and asked if she had any complimentary upgrades available. She typed on the computer for a few minutes and told me that she didn't have any suites available. Then she tried to hand the $20 back to me. I told her "I really do appreciate you trying to upgrade me. Please keep the money." She typed for a few minutes and told me that she was able to get me a room with a view. Then she said "It appears that this room has a $75 credit." I thanked her and started my weekend.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'THESuite'
Upgrade:'VSuite'
Check-in:Jan 15, 10
By: C

Was reserved for the base (TheSuite) room at TheHotel. When I got there, I gave the clerk the license/20/credit card sandwich and asked about any complimentary upgrades since it was my first time at the hotel and I was very excited to stay there. She clicked around and moved us up to a strip view suite, which was fantastic.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'550 DR'
Upgrade:'THEhotel Suite'
Check-in:Dec 21, 09
By: Dan

Worked like a charm! Only problem was that I didn't expect to be asked for my ID/credit card so quickly, so in my mumbling I forgot to say "complimentary," only asking for an upgrade. But I was offered a suite at THEhotel for an additional $40/nt (which I'm pretty sure is the standard rate)...but I haggled back and forth, and eventually got her down to $20 a night. So still a success...just don't forget to say "complimentary"!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'"'
Check-in:Dec 9, 09
By: Shawn

The guy at the desk did try to get us an upgrade for about 5 minutes worth of computer work, but said he was sorry, handed the $20 back. Apparently it was a busy weekend and we were checking in too late...
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Spa Suite with view'
Check-in:Oct 23, 09
By: Jesse

Positioned the 20 dollar bill between the two components and asked if there were any upgrades available. SHE discretly fanned out the ID, CC and saw the 20. She discretly dropped it behind her monitor and said, is a 2 person Spa Suite with a Strip View okay? I said, "Sure, thanks" We were quickly given our keys and were on our way.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'THEHotel'
Check-in:Oct 12, 09
By: Phil

No dice on the complimentary upgrade, but she did get us an upgrade to a super view THEHotel suite for only $20 more a night! (She didn't take the 20, either.) THEHotel is my favorite place to stay, fantastic!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$99.99
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'2 Bdrm Suite'
Check-in:Sep 20, 09
By: big bet

Was checking in with another couple friend. Decided it would be fun and more convient to try and get a SUITE for the 5 nights. Figuring 20 bucks for 5 nights wasn't going to fly, I figured 20 bucks a night x 2 couples for a $200 dollar tip. or $100 each couple which didn't seem bad. Found a clerk who looked like he would really welcome the $200 tip. Handed him the money and asked him politely if there was anything he could do for the 4 of us. He looked shocked at the $200 bucks layed out for him. However he disappeard for 5 minutes and came back and said he can get us a suite for a $100 extra per night. this was in addition to the $200 tip. We stood there at a standoff trying to get him to just take the money and give us the room, but he was insistend on the $100 extra per night charged to the room, plus the $200 tip. Not sure this was worth it but in the moment we took it. Not what we expected, but ended up having a GREAT vacation, and an AWESOME room, even though it took 10 minutes to walk down the hall to the double entry doors!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Deluxe Suite in THEHotel'
Check-in:Sep 5, 09
By: J

Did the standard $20 sandwich and asked "might you have any complimentary room upgrades available". The girl was a little surprised but knew what was going on. And immediately went to her supervisor for approvals. It being labor day weekend they were only able to upgrade us to the suite for 2 nights out of our 4 night stay, but they also upgraded our standard room to a strip view. Best $20 I ever spent.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'-'
Check-in:Sep 4, 09
By: Jeromy

Checked in on a saturday immediately after hearing the news disclaim, "it is the busiest weekend of the year in vegas" so i was very doubtful it would work. checked in with the 20 asked about the upgrades, clerk was polite, checked and apologized saying if it were another week it would be easier. got my 20 back so it was worth the effort!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'1 bedroom Suite at THEhotel'
Check-in:Aug 18, 09
By: Libby

Checked in on Tuesday around noon, very busy counter, about 10 staff checking people in. Walked up to the window to a really sweet, young guy. Sandwiched my $20 between my ID and credit card, and smiled sweetly and asked if I qualified for any free upgrades? He told me that since I was so patient in the line, I could upgrade to a 1bedroom at THEhotel, but it's third floor so not much of a view. I agreed. He said "let me check" and after a few more clicks, says "I can upgrade you to the 19th floor of THEhotel, 1 bedroom suite." Took about an hour for them to get the room cleaned, but it was WONDERFUL. Strip view, we looked directly at Luxor, but could see the strip from MGM Grand all the way to the Palms. AMAZING!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite at THE hotel'
Check-in:Aug 9, 09
By: Matthew

After reading other's advice, waited in line for gentleman (which was a lot longer line). Presented the sandwich and it worked like a charm! Will def try again on future hotel stays! Thanks for the tips!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite at "The Hotel"'
Check-in:Aug 4, 09
By: Rachelle S.

I asked without slipping the money to the lady. She upgraded us to a suite. I was so happy I gave her the tip anyway.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'The Hotel'
Check-in:Aug 3, 09
By: Mike

Checked in EARLY, around 9:30 am. Was a little worried about getting any upgrades at that time. Found a younger woman (I'd give her name but I don't want to get her in trouble) gave her the $20 sandwich and didn't have to say a word. Suite at The Hotel 18th floor w/ strip view, a nice upgrade for such a cheap rate + tip. My advice is to not be pushy and be prepared for your little scheme to fail. Other than that, don't get in line behind some jerk who yells at the clerk for 20 minutes and avoid the always watchful managers.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Standard Room w/ strip view'
Check-in:Aug 3, 09
By: Nick

Arrived at MB around 4:30 PM. Hotel lobby/check-in was virtually empty, so I scoped-out the friendliest-looking/youngest of the 5-6 clerks working behind the counter and approached him to check in. I handed him my DL and CC with a $20 bill in between and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. Without looking up from his computer, he replied that the hotel was "completely booked," and that no complimentary upgrades were available. He also fished out the $20 bill and decided to keep it. I then asked, "What about something with a view?" "I can do that," he replied, and provided me with a strip-view standard room on the 28th floor. Would have liked more for a Monday midday check-in, and was disconcerted by the clerk's willingness to stash away the $20 and lie without offering anything first, but was nonetheless pleased with the view.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Jul 3, 09
By: Mega

I arrived at the Hotel at 11 AM and while waiting in line I started talking with a lady that worked helping people get in line. She was real nice and said there was going to be fire works the following day and suggested for me to ask for a pool side view. She actually got me in front of the line. I got there and I handed my sandwich of Credit Card, $20 and ID. I asked the hot chick assisting me if they had any complimentary upgrades. She politely said there was with a fee. I failed!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Spa Suite 600'
Upgrade:'no upgrade'
Check-in:Jun 9, 09
By: Nathan

The only agent available was an Asian woman. Used the sandwich trick and asked about a complimentary upgrade. "We don't do that here." Asked for a good view. "The only room available is on the fifth floor." Odd for a Tuesday-Thursday stay? We got our $20 back and a beautiful view of an air conditioning condenser. Went back the next morning and paid an extra $60 (on the room rate, not a tip) to upgrade to a 750 sf suite on the 25th floor.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'750 suite'
Upgrade:'sky view suite'
Check-in:Jun 4, 09
By: k

IT WORKED!!! i read about this a few nights before we left for vegas and thought "what the heck. it cant hurt to try it". We handed $20 to the young man checking us in, and asked about an upgrade. He said "hold on just a minute" and walked over to talk his manager for a minute. Came back to let us know they were negative on the bigger suites at mandalay but they were trying to find something. We were offered an upgraded suite in "the hotel" and after we checked in, we decided we would rather have the sky view at mandalay. We went back down to front desk and the woman that we spoke to had us cheked in to sky view within 10 minutes. We loved our room!! a $120 upgrade for $20. thanks guys. IT WORKS!! they seem to really want the $20 so they will do it if they can.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite'
Check-in:Apr 6, 09
By: Foodnut.com

The lady didn't even want to keep the $20!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'550dxr'
Check-in:Mar 29, 09
By: gc

Had never done it before and was concerned it wouldn't work so I didn't tell the family about my upcoming attempt just in case. I get in the check in line up and mumble to myself "no male clerks", wife says what are you talking about? So I ask her to show the kids the fountain while I wait. Ended up with a very polite mid twentys asian female. Approached her counter with the $20 sandwich plus our confirmation number paper, laid it out in front of her as she clicked away and asked for any complimentory room and fridge upgrades, she didn't react in any manner which was a litle concerning. I wasn't sure what was happening. She handed me our room key cards and info sheet with a smile and says enjoy your stay sir. I politely ask about my requests and she replies " upgraded from 7th floor mtn view to 31st floor fiji wing 550 dxr with the same room rate as originaly quoted sir". If your not firmiliar with this particular view it's incredible. Looks north from the south end of the strip, right up the middle of las vegas blvrd. I had an idea what was coming up so I walked the family into the dark room (10pm) with their eyes shut, opened the curtains and told them to open their eyes, three simultanious OMG's. The best $20 ever spent.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'None'
Check-in:Mar 27, 09
By: Jessica

Went up to the front & as soon as she opened her mouth, I knew it wouldn't work. She was in her early 30s, curly brown hair past shoulders, brown eyes. Not even a hello - she wasn't friendly at all. Put $50 inbetween my id & cc, she put it right in front of her keyboard. Asked for a complimentary upgrade and before even typing anything in, told me there was nothing available. Asked for comped buffet passes - she said she didn't have access to those. I asked about a late checkout & she told me they don't do that on Sunday. So on Saturday I called front desk, asked for a later checkout than the 11am, and they extended it until 1pm. Oh, and make sure you spend your players comps before you get a free room - I got an email for a comped room here and they ended up stealing my $100 players credit and using it towards the comp. They never even told me that would happen.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Deluxe Room - Top Floor - Strip View'
Check-in:Mar 13, 09
By: Dennis

Sandwiched the bill between ID and CC. Clerk asked if I left the bill there accidentally and told her that it was for her. Did some more typing away and got us the top floor right next to a suite. Beautiful view!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'suite '
Check-in:Feb 28, 09
By: Ryan

Thought I would give it a shot and figured I had nothing to lose except possibly 20 bux. Looked for the nicest front desk girl, folded the 20 dollar bill and put it on top of my credit card. Asked politely if she could check if she had any complimentary upgrades available, and she upraded us to a suite with a strip view at The Hotel, which is beautiful. Can't wait to try again
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite'
Check-in:Feb 10, 09
By: DebLov

Was in Vegas a few days before Valentines. Tried the $20 trick at Mandalay Bay and got upgraded to a suite! Had the sweetest hottub with windows. I think Vegas is really empty; I've done this four times - three with success - but never an upgrade like this.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Suite'
Upgrade:'Nada'
Check-in:Nov 12, 08
By: John

Upon Checking: "We don't do that here sir".
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Suite'
Upgrade:'Corner Suite'
Check-in:Oct 10, 08
By: SF Traveler

Put the $20 between the credit card and ID, and the check in guy understood immediately. He was very happy and friendly. I had gotten my room via priceline for $165/night + fees via priceline (when it was reserving on theHotel website for $600/night. So the $20 was an easy to way to afford more value--hard to say how much things improved, but our upgraded suite was the corner suite--with two views. 7th floor (no space on upper floors supposedly?) I enjoyed the hotel immensely and would def go back--next time I'll use the wave pool!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$40.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'TheHotel'
Check-in:Oct 8, 08
By: Dustin

After reading about it online, I had to try it for myself. I had a total of 5 people in my group with a total of 2 standard rooms booked at Mandalay Bay under my name. I just went up there by myself and had the group stay back. Handed her the two 20's in between my id and cc. While handing them 2 her I asked if there were any complementary upgrades available. She said the only upgraded rooms that were open had 1 king bed. Obviously I needed 2 queens per room with 5 people. I asked her if there were any rooms in the hotel. She typed away for a min or 2 and said it wouldn't be a problem. She was very nice, asked if I have ever stayed in the hotel and said it was very nice. She printed our keys and it was a done deal. Very easy and norm a pretty spendy upgrade if I would have booked it online. Well worth the $40 bucks. We stayed a total of 3 nights with 2 rooms.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard 550 DR'
Upgrade:'750 GR Suite'
Check-in:Sep 14, 08
By: MIke

Presented the "sandwich" as instructed between the DL and CC. Clerk noticed and smiled, then I asked if there were any upgrades. Told her we were traveling with a small child and could use the extra room. She said that we would be in a suite on the 32nd floor and I said "perfect". Will do this trick again.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room (Mandalay Bay)'
Upgrade:'Suite (TheHotel)'
Check-in:Sep 1, 08
By: Scott

Followed the protocol. Checked in on Labor Day (when most were probably leaving town). Pleasant 25-30 year old female clerk, responded that she had to check with her manager. Came back and offered to upgrade to a "spa suite" and Mandalay Bay. When I inquired whether she might be able to upgrade to a suite at TheHotel at Mandalay Bay, she checked her computer and said "sure." To top it off, she provided a room with a strip view (24th floor). $20 well spent.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room (550 DR)'
Upgrade:'750 GR'
Check-in:Sep 1, 08
By: Mark

Worked like a charm, I wasn't sure if it would work as I booked a package with many extras already included. sndwhiched the bill between CC and ID and handed to lady and before I could ask for an upgrade she already said let me see what I can do for you (Placing the bill off to the side to hide it a bit. Upgraded to 750 GR on the end with a fabulous strip view.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Suite at The Hotel'
Check-in:Sep 1, 08
By: Dave

Checked in Labor Day evening (Monday). There were five clerks working. Four of them (all women) were occupied. I got the male in his mid 20s. I had reserved a basic king room on a stay three nights get the third night free plan. Gave my clerk my name but held off on the sandwich. He said they had a two queen room available. I told him I had really been looking forward to a good night's sleep and wanted a king. He banged away on his keyboard and offered two queens on a higher floor with a better view. I told him I played all the time there but had never stayed at Mandolay Bay. Made polite conversation about the crowds over the Labor Day holiday. Then I handed him the license, 20 and credit card. I didn't have to say anything else. He asked if I knew about The Hotel at Mandalay Bay, their all-suite property. Said he'd have to check with his supervisor but he thought he could hook me up there. Ten seconds with the supervisor and we were all set. The suite far exceded what I had paid for and it made for a great three day stay in Las Vegas.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'One bedroom suite in THEhotel'
Check-in:Jul 7, 08
By: Robert

The trick worked exactly as advertised, stuck the 20 between the credit card and ID and, just like that, BAM, upgraded to a suite in THEhotel. From what I can tell, the front desk clerks can put you, just about, wherever they'd like.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Suite'
Upgrade:'Standard Suite -- 34th floor, strip view'
Check-in:Jul 6, 08
By: Jesse

Worked great at THE Hotel I actually didn't want a room upgrade because we were three guys crashing in the same room so we wanted as many beds as possible. (Only the "lower end" suites have two full beds, if you can call them "lower end", as the entire hotel is comprised of suites) Anyway, I folded a $20 bill between my credit card and ID while I talked up the woman at the front desk while checking in. All I said was that my guests and I would "love a room with a high floor and a strip view, if possible" It totally worked. We had a fantastic view of the Vegas strip which is exactly what I asked for. The last time I was in Vegas, I did not use "the trick" and I got a room on the thrid floor of my hotel that faced a parking lot....now I know why.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room 550 DR'
Upgrade:'THESuite at THEHotel'
Check-in:May 25, 08
By: Rachel

My boyfriend and I checked in at around 6:00pm with the sandwich trick and asked for the complimentary upgrade. The female clerk politely told us they are fully booked and couldn't do that and returned the $20. She then stepped aside and we thought she went to get some print out. It took her about 5 mins to come back and told us she will upgrade us to the strip view room on 62nd floor at THEHotel. We were happily accept the upgrade and tipped her back the $20. However, our room was right next to the suite with bunch of people party in their room and our room was located one floor below the Mix Lounge, where we could even hear and feel the music from upstairs. We called to complain about the noise and they said they did not have any extra rooms to relocate us, the manager promised us he will have our room change the next day. We got moved to THESuite on 29th floor the next night and we finally got a peaceful night. THESuite is nicer than the room we got the first night, which was not even a suite in the first place.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Penthouse level, flr 62, 2 br suite'
Check-in:Mar 7, 08
By: tess

This was an amazing upgrade. The fact that i was there on Tues-Fri helped. When I asked for an upgrade I reminded the clerk that I would be leaving before the weekend crowds come in. I wouldn't hold my breathe on getting this suite again, but it was the highlight of my trip.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Sky View Suite'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Feb 27, 08
By: Amanda Bengtson

My significant other and I checked in on a Wednesday afternoon around 2:00. We originally had reserved a sky view suite which is located on the penthouse levels of the hotel. I passed along two ten dollar bills along with my credit card upon check in. The woman greeted us and asked us if we wanted a free upgrade. I looked at my significant other, and he said he didn't mind, so we went for the upgraded room. I forgot the type of room she upgraded us to, but it isn't advertised on their website. The registration woman told us we would be very pleased with the room. She mentioned how the bathtub and shower were in one. I didn't think that was a big deal, I was thinking it was a standard bathtub that doubled as a shower when you stood in it. She also said the room goes for over $800 a night. After checking in, registration staff was very reluctant in keeping the tip. This room was located on the 61st floor. The whirlpool bathtub and showers were installed behind a glass and marble enclosure. There were two showers with very large showerheads. The shower area also offered steam and heating capabilities. The shower/tub area was at least 100 square feet. This must be why she made a fuss about the room. The experience of the hotel staff was exceptional!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$0.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Spa Suite'
Check-in:Dec 16, 07
By: Liz Upton

We'd booked a very cheap internet package for ten days at Mandalay Bay (the average daily price worked out at around $100 - by far the lowest I've ever paid for a standard room at MB, where we stay a couple of times a year). The offer included a $25 dining credit and a suite upgrade 'where available', but we assumed we wouldn't get the upgrade as we were staying for a longer than normal period, and the small print said that no upgrades would be available for stays which went over a weekend. We don't gamble, and don't have a player's card. Our stay also took us over Christmas, when the hotel was absolutely bursting at the seams (the pre-Christmas lull notwithstanding), so I was convinced no upgrade would be forthcoming. We arrived very late, at about 11pm. I tried the $20 trick but the very nice desk clerk didn't take the money - she said there were no upgrades available that night. She did, however, book one into the system for the following day, and told us that we could come down in the morning and move to a suite for the rest of the stay. On going upstairs to the first night's standard room, we found that the previous occupants hadn't checked out. We came back down, got the same lady - and were given a $50 comp on top of our $25 dining credit for our trouble (and a new room). The upgrade she had booked in worked perfectly the next day - the guy we saw in the morning wouldn't take $20 either - and we were given a very lovely spa suite on the 10th (smoking, but this was undetectable) floor. The spa suites are MB's smallest suite and have half a wall of windows rather than the usual whole wall. Clever placement of mirrors makes the smaller window almost unnoticeable, and the spa suite is really very nice indeed - all the rooms have been refurbed this year, so the suite was very fresh, and the jacuzzi tub was wonderful. (MB's new pillow-top beds are absolutely the best result of the refurb - it was like sleeping on a cloud. In the old days, the beds were grotty.) We had a view over the pool area and had a very happy stay, made even better by the $75 comp, which we spent on room service.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Penthouse Room with Strip view'
Check-in:Nov 20, 07
By: Bruce Bowe

When I gave the $20 to the checkin lady, she smiled and said she would check and left the bill in front of her in plain site. She had to get a supervisor to help her and I saw her whisper something to her. After much looking, I got the fab. room. Just a room with 2 queen beds (there are 3 of us) but super linens, incredible toiletries, turn-down service, and an elevator that only goes to the penthouse floors. Best $20 I ever spent.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Standard Room- strip view'
Check-in:Aug 19, 07
By: Zub

Checked in on Sunday- around 10:45am. Wasn't sure which line to get in-- picked one with a male (which supposedly is better than female for upgrades?). The guy's name was Chris and appeared Asian- perhaps Filipino- around 35 years old. Big mistake. The woman in front of me asked for an upgrade (no tip) and he told her they were sold out. I sandwiched the $20- he took it and didn't hide it.. I made small talk, but he was in a grouchy mood. He just placed it on his desk. He said the best he could do was get me on a high floor strip view-- same standard room. I asked for Spa or Buffet passes (which many many others have reported getting here), and he said they don't ever give passes. I took the upgrade, he pocketed the $20. I thought the Mandalay upgrade success rate was going to be higher. Guess not. I would avoid this guy Chris at all costs. But the hotel/pool was great. The Mandalay Beach is amazing.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Suite'
Upgrade:'Corner-suite, top floor, great view'
Check-in:Nov 5, 06
By: EJ Bagdonas

I was staying at The Hotel at Mandalay bay and I placed a $20 behind my CC. I already had a suite so I wasnt really expecting too much but we did get a corner room on one of the highest floors with a fantastic view of the strip.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Deluxe Room with amazing view of the Strip'
Check-in:May 15, 04
By: Kevin

Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Spa Suite'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Dec 31, 69
By: Jill and Damien

We put a $20 in between our ID and credit card. We asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She said "No" right away, due to the hotel being fully occupied because of a confrence.After about 5 minutes she said she would check to see if there was any upgrades for us. She checked her system for about 10 minutes, but nothing was available.She handed us the $20 back, but we told her to keep it for her efforts. That's okay though, Spa suite was very nice!! :)
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Spa Suite'
Check-in:Dec 31, 69
By: Lynn

Arrived early (before noon). Used the $20 trick, said it was our first visit to Mandalay and asked if upgrades were available. She upgraded us to spa suite and added $100 food credit. Well worth it!
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