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Old 07-27-2019, 09:57 AM   #1281
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Protip: Don't go when there's a grasshopper apocalypse.

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Old 07-28-2019, 12:25 PM   #1282
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That was crazy to see. I hear they shut off the Luxor light one evening. I saw a pic just before they did and it was crazy.
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Old 07-28-2019, 12:30 PM   #1283
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That is just an end of days scene right there

I can’t. Nope, just nope
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Old 07-29-2019, 12:02 PM   #1284
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freaky. If I was there, I'd not leave the hotel.
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Old 07-29-2019, 02:36 PM   #1285
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freaky. If I was there, I'd not leave the hotel.
At this time of year you probably wouldn't leave the hotel very much any way due to heat.
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Old 07-29-2019, 02:53 PM   #1286
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We had that at our place in Arizona about 7 years ago (1ish hour south of Vegas). It's supposed to be a cycle and we've been waiting for it to happen again. It was disgusting. The ground crunches as you're trying to escape it.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:12 AM   #1287
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Hey guys. I finally got married this past Saturday and my new bride and I are off to Vegas tomorrow for a little RnR. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with getting cheaper upgrades while there for their honeymoon. We're definitely playing it up with Just Married tshirts and such. Just wanted some feedback.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:50 AM   #1288
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Hey guys. I finally got married this past Saturday and my new bride and I are off to Vegas tomorrow for a little RnR. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with getting cheaper upgrades while there for their honeymoon. We're definitely playing it up with Just Married tshirts and such. Just wanted some feedback.
I tried the $20 ($40) sandwich trick (A 20 dollar note between the driver's license and credit card upon check-in) with 100% success. Depends on the property you are staying at, though. I have tried it both at the Bally's and The Venetian. Mentioning you are on a honeymoon definitely helps too. Look it up online and you can always ask for extra things as well.

Gotten things like significant room upgrade, early check in(when there was atleast a 50 people line-up for just bag drop due to a conference happening) and late check-out, waiving off resort fee, food and drink coupons etc. Also have heard of people getting show tickets etc. We also ended up getting the extra person cost waived. Significant savings, all things considered.
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Leave Thursday for a Bachelor party vegas weekend

Not looking forward to the 110+ heat & locust apocalypse.

Air BNB deal was amazing though, 4000 sqft house, 6B,4Bath infinity pool etc all worked out to $225 per person for 4 days 3 nights.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:06 AM   #1290
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Leave Thursday for a Bachelor party vegas weekend

Not looking forward to the 110+ heat & locust apocalypse.

Air BNB deal was amazing though, 4000 sqft house, 6B,4Bath infinity pool etc all worked out to $225 per person for 4 days 3 nights.
How far off the strip? About the same staying on the strip at double occupancy.

Considering when we go down (bachelor party or otherwise) 100% of the time is spent on the strip or at a pool party I never understood the allure of getting a house.
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How far off the strip? About the same staying on the strip at double occupancy.

Considering when we go down (bachelor party or otherwise) 100% of the time is spent on the strip or at a pool party I never understood the allure of getting a house.
10mins off strip.

6 guys, price was way better doing this than trying to get a swanky suite at any half decent strip hotel when we were booking sadly.

Of course most time will be spent on the strip but we're also having a big bbq pool party at the house 1 night and having some entertainment there VS's spending a bucket load of $ doing it at a club.

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10mins off strip.

6 guys, price was way better doing this than trying to get a swanky suite at any half decent strip hotel when we were booking sadly.

Of course most time will be spent on the strip but we're also having a big bbq pool party at the house 1 night and having some entertainment there vs's spending a bucket load of $ doing it at a club.
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Hey guys. I finally got married this past Saturday and my new bride and I are off to Vegas tomorrow for a little RnR. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with getting cheaper upgrades while there for their honeymoon. We're definitely playing it up with Just Married tshirts and such. Just wanted some feedback.
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I tried the $20 ($40) sandwich trick (A 20 dollar note between the driver's license and credit card upon check-in) with 100% success. Depends on the property you are staying at, though. I have tried it both at the Bally's and The Venetian. Mentioning you are on a honeymoon definitely helps too. Look it up online and you can always ask for extra things as well.

Gotten things like significant room upgrade, early check in(when there was atleast a 50 people line-up for just bag drop due to a conference happening) and late check-out, waiving off resort fee, food and drink coupons etc. Also have heard of people getting show tickets etc. We also ended up getting the extra person cost waived. Significant savings, all things considered.

Congrats on the wedding!

Definitely fold a $20 and put it between your credit card and drivers licence when you're checking in at the front desk. Smile and be friendly and ask if there is any complimentary upgrades for the newly weds. If there isn't any upgrades you'll get the $20 back. However at this time of year, I suspect you have a good chance to get a room upgrade. Especially with a mid-week check in... depends on how long you're staying though.

Even if they can't upgrade you, you'll get some sort of perk or commemoration of your wedding. They may send up complimentary chocolates and/or cheap wine and flowers. My friends were recently there and staying at Mirage. They were there for one of their birthdays and their room keys weren't the typical hotel advertisement of their restaurants or shows, it was merely "Happy Birthday!".

Where are you staying?

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How far off the strip? About the same staying on the strip at double occupancy.

Considering when we go down (bachelor party or otherwise) 100% of the time is spent on the strip or at a pool party I never understood the allure of getting a house.
I'm with you on that one. I'd rather spend the money on hotel room to have the convenience to be on the strip and in/near whatever Vegas action I want to get into. Often times I'll head up to my room and then decide. Nope. I'm not ready for sleep yet, and head back down. I couldn't do that if staying a short drive away. For me, staying on the strip works best.
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Congrats on the wedding!

Definitely fold a $20 and put it between your credit card and drivers licence when you're checking in at the front desk. Smile and be friendly and ask if there is any complimentary upgrades for the newly weds. If there isn't any upgrades you'll get the $20 back. However at this time of year, I suspect you have a good chance to get a room upgrade. Especially with a mid-week check in... depends on how long you're staying though.

Even if they can't upgrade you, you'll get some sort of perk or commemoration of your wedding. They may send up complimentary chocolates and/or cheap wine and flowers. My friends were recently there and staying at Mirage. They were there for one of their birthdays and their room keys weren't the typical hotel advertisement of their restaurants or shows, it was merely "Happy Birthday!".

Where are you staying?
We're staying at Mandalay Bay. Have stayed there previously and have another stay booked there in October for the father-in-law's 65th birthday.
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We're staying at Mandalay Bay. Have stayed there previously and have another stay booked there in October for the father-in-law's 65th birthday.
I like the property. I hate gaming there. I just have the worst luck there.
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Congrats on the wedding!

Definitely fold a $20 and put it between your credit card and drivers licence when you're checking in at the front desk. Smile and be friendly and ask if there is any complimentary upgrades for the newly weds. If there isn't any upgrades you'll get the $20 back. However at this time of year, I suspect you have a good chance to get a room upgrade. Especially with a mid-week check in... depends on how long you're staying though.

Even if they can't upgrade you, you'll get some sort of perk or commemoration of your wedding. They may send up complimentary chocolates and/or cheap wine and flowers. My friends were recently there and staying at Mirage. They were there for one of their birthdays and their room keys weren't the typical hotel advertisement of their restaurants or shows, it was merely "Happy Birthday!".

Where are you staying?
Here's some "stats" on the $20 trick, but honestly I feel like the stats are close enough where it works about the same essentially everywhere.

https://frontdesktip.com

Other things to keep in mind:

- Be aware of who you target as a receptionist. Certain people definitely look like they are more likely to pull strings than others. Just pretend you're waiting on a friend and let a guest behind you move up if you want to avoid a certain receptionist with a seemingly lower chance. If you can't tell, don't worry about it.

- Try not to go when it's a crazy lineup at the front desk. Take a spin over to a nearby casino for a few minutes and return when it's a little less crazy and the receptionist can take time to look up the options.

- Try to target the veteran looking individual without the manager looking over their shoulder. Higher chance of failure (ethics) or you might get less since the manager would want a cut. Targeting the newbie also just seems like a recipe for failure as the newbie might not even know how to upgrade you.

- If the $20 trick fails, be polite and wander off to the room. If you are bold enough, you can consider returning after a shift change, ask for some recommendations, then try the $20 trick again and ask if there's a way to upgrade the room (more difficult). I guess you could complain about the room, but I think it actually causes hassle for the front desk who has to send people to investigate it, so I wouldn't suggest this. Sometimes it's also along the lines that they just can't do anything.

- More than $20 doesn't improve your odds. TBH, I've always used $5-10 and even without an upgrade (sometimes the timing just isn't right with the manager floating around), I tell the receptionist it's a tip at the end. I think Vegas is used to $20 though.


I've tried this in Vegas, SF and Hawaii and had reasonable success each time. Sometimes the trick doesn't seem like it's working, but it's kinda working.

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Sometimes, even if they can't upgrade you, they may waive a resort fee for a night or two (although this is becoming rare), or they may drop the room rate, or comp a meal (all meals) you charged to your room.

I had a friend who slipped the $20. They couldn't upgrade the room but the clerk kept the $20. My friend was a bit upset at that, but didn't say anything. Then, upon checkout he saw that the first night the room was free.
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I measured up the attendant at Mandalay Bay before trying the $20 trick. It was a girl and didn't appear like someone who would be interested in doing something like that. We went up to the desk and she was actually really friendly and helpful. Her birthday was on the same day we got married...ice broken. The hotel is sold out and they have no king rooms available, which we booked. She tried to move us to Delano, which is all suites but couldn't because she was only allowed to place us there for 1 night. More tying. More discussion with supervisor. After a few minutes, she came back with a king room on the 15th floor with a strip view. Overall, I think I would try the $20 trick at this hotel but just gauge the attendant before approaching the desk.
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Just curious, is the grasshopper problem in Vegas over yet?
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