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4 Tips for Scoring a Free Vegas Hotel Room Upgrade

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | November 10, 2015

4 Tips for Scoring a Free Vegas Hotel Room Upgrade

It's been scientifically proven (or should be) that everything is better when it's free.

And when traveling, few things can be as simultaneously exciting and uplifting as a free hotel room upgrade, especially in Las Vegas, a destination with no shortage of unique VIP experiences.

With the help of Las Vegas insider Jeannie Garcia, here are a few tips on how to score a free hotel room upgrade on your next visit to Sin City.

Embrace the Special Occasion

If you're traveling for a special occasion or in celebration of something, don't be afraid to make it known.

"If you say it's your anniversary, birthday or the like, front desk attendants might bump your room up or give you a fun room amenity, like a champagne toast or a special gift in the room," said Garcia.

Even if your birthday is several months away, your getaway still counts as a special occasion.

"The hotel staff is already delighted you chose to stay with them; they want to leave a lasting impression so you keep coming back," added Garcia. "When my husband and I booked a room at The Cromwell and told them it was our anniversary, not only did they upgrade our room to a jaw-dropping Boulevard Suite with a Strip view, they delivered champagne to us soon after."

Money Talks

Tipping is something travelers should embrace on a trip. That doesn't mean handing out cash to everyone you come in contact with, but rewarding good service and encouraging even better service down the road. 

There are benefits to be had for showing staff a token of your appreciation, and at the front desk, those benefits may include a free upgrade or two.

Garcia says tipping "always helps" and recommends guests give at least $20.

Smile and Be Humble

Although probably not as effective as money, body language and attitude go a long way. That said, being polite and down to earth will make hotel staff more inclined to improve the quality of your stay.

"If you ever worked in customer service, you can definitely relate," Garcia said. "If you ask nicely, it’s not a guarantee you’ll get a room upgrade or complimentary amenity, but I can tell you that your chances will probably increase."

After a long flight, you might be tempted to complain or summon pity, but that route is almost certain to backfire.

"That whole ‘Do you know who I am?!’ spiel gets tired quick, and your chances are zero to none," Garcia explained. "So ask, but don’t expect. Be polite, and not demanding."

If All Else Fails, Just Ask

Sure, the word "no" can be scary sometimes. But you'll never know how much better your stay could have been if you don't ask.

"It doesn’t hurt to just ask," Garcia declared. "According to fellow Vegas Insider Haley Caldwell, asking for a comp upgrade has gotten her upgraded on a couple of occasions, including at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel."

Even if you come up empty at first, at least you've planted a seed with the staff and have likely made yourself a candidate for an upgrade or complimentary amenity access at a later point in your stay or perhaps on your next visit.

Remember, while there's no guarantee you'll receive a complimentary upgrade to a penthouse suite on your next hotel stay in Las Vegas, it doesn't hurt to try.

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