Tips and walkthrough on the $20 trick - First time I will try it this weekend
The total price I got in the Indigo Tower for a 2 nights, 2 queen bed per room, for 2 rooms with 2 guests in each room at Bally's totaled about $400 after taxes and an $80 resort fee. They are in the middle of the strip, so I think that's ideal to walk around. Circus Circus was the cheapest in rates, but that's a long walk.
So the thing is that, I'd like to save up as much money from spending on hotel costs as possible to use that money for gambling and dining on a budget and at the same time, have a nice stay in a hotel, particularly since some people going with me have never gone to Vegas before. I know Bally's is reviewed good, so I don't think I'll have any problems there.
However, today, I talked to the hotel reps on the phone and found out the Indigo tower is the North Tower and is older than the South Jubilee Tower. Also, they didn't really budge on the $80 resort fee I have for 2 nights there and said that's for the WIFI and Fitness Center.
Ideally, I'd like to figure something out. I remember a long while back, I heard about the $20 trick that you do with the front desk person to upgrade and visited this website.
So I visited this website and read about the intro of it:
I also visited the Bally's page on that website
and it seems like there were some recent posts as of last year in which there were successes.
Oddly, there's hundreds of thousands of people, particularly in the US, who travel to Vegas annually, and I think this trick has been known for a few years now at least, and has been viral, but there's only like at Bally's for example, less than 140 successful stories, which makes me concerned and I'm not sure why it is like if that's how low the percentage of success is with respect to the number of travelers and hotel bookings annually???
So the name under the reservation isn't under mine, but a relative, and there's been an initial charge for deposit on the first night already, but I'm going to be walking up with her to the front desk to check in on Saturday and I really want to try to do this $20 trick that people talk about to see if it will work to do the following:
- Waive the $80 resort fee in exchange for the $20 tip
- Get complimentary upgrades to the South Jubilee Tower with the strip view.
I don't know how good or what's the difference between that room and the Jr Suite or regular Suite, but we just like a nice view and comfortable double beds and a nice roomy layout. Never gone to Vegas doing these things before so I don't know what to expect.
Now, from that website, it mentions success with upgrades to the towers and suites, but not on the resort fee, but I select other hotels, and they have stories of resort fees waived.
So, my questions to get help here from SD is:
1) How big or known is this trick by the staffs working at the major Casinos along the strip like Bally's?
2) So what's a typical dialogue to practice on to talk to the right person for this $20 trick to work?
3) How many things can you ask for complimentary that's worth the $20 to the worker? Can you ask for room upgrades, waived resort fees, and show or dining vouchers altogether?
4) Does the $20 trick only work for complementaries for one room in the reservation, or if you have 2 rooms, is $20 enough for them to accommodate with requests for both rooms?
5) Who should I talk to and who shouldn't I talk to when I go to the hotels there? Am I supposed to avoid talking about it if a manager is nearby? Do I just talk to any front desk representative available?
6) Is this something where to work, I have to secretly slip the $20 to them and conceal it so that other people checking in beside me don't question what's going on and why they're not getting the same type of deal?
7) Do I get a new receipt printout of the changes if the workers allow the free upgrades and other complimentaries?
8) I am nervous what happens if I slip the $20 bill and give it to them and they hold on to it after they say they can't do anything. Can I ask for it back? I read on that website, that there's been some cases where the worker has kept it.
9) How do those tricks work with your Total Rewards Card (Just heard about it today for getting points and hotel stays and gambling)?
Hopefully you guys know and have tried this before and can help answer these questions.