The twenty dollar trick is one of the fastest-growing trends in Las Vegas. Once, it was only known by Las Vegas insiders that had traveled Sin City backwards and forwards. Now, many average travelers are using the twenty dollar trick and getting a better room then they could have afforded in Las Vegas. Here are some tips to help you be successful the next time that you try the twenty dollar trick.
If you are unfamiliar with the term, the twenty dollar trick is done when you attempt to check-in at the hotel. With the twenty dollar trick, you attempt to slip the person at the desk twenty dollars to upgrade your room without charging you the upgrade fee. If done correctly, it will work most of the time.
What to Say
When attempting the twenty dollar trick, make sure that you ask if there is anything that the person could do to make you stay at the casino a little more enjoyable. Tell them that out of all of the times in Las Vegas, you have never been able to stay in a suite.
Hand The Twenty Dollars with Your License
Make sure that when you are attempting the twenty dollar trick that you conceal the money underneath your license when you hand it to the person behind the counter. There are some casinos that really frown on the twenty dollar trick, and you do not want to have the chance of getting the person that you are trying to give an incentive to in trouble.
What if it Doesn’t Work?
If the person behind the counter keeps the twenty dollar bill, but tells you that they are unable to set you up in a suite, see if there is anything else that he or she can do to make your Las Vegas trip more enjoyable. I have had times where a clerk has contacted a host and gotten free tickets for me to a show or a discount at one of the restaurants. While this is not as enjoyable as staying in a suite, it is still worth trying the twenty dollar trick.
Sometimes, the person will ask to see your license one more time after asking if there is anything else that they can do. I have found that this is a way of saying that it will take a little more on my part to make it worth the risk taken by the clerk. For cases like this, I keep a ten dollar bill folded in my pocket as an extra incentive.
If the person behind the counter gives you the money back, you can be assured that the twenty dollar trick did not work. It is not worth trying it again. Some of the casinos are so strict about the twenty dollar trick that the workers will not even try their chances. I have heard about people being fired on the spot for supporting the twenty dollar trick (Bellagio).
For some reason, I have found the twenty dollar trick works better if you are being checked-in by younger people behind the counter.
The twenty dollar trick usually does not work if you are checking-in at the Las Vegas airport.
Make sure that you make eye contact with the clerk, and smile.
While the twenty dollar trick is a great way to get a better room when you are staying at a resort or casino in Las Vegas. It is something that I suggest that everyone try (unless they are staying at the Bellagio). It might take you a few times of practicing it before you can master it, but once you have it mastered, your percentage of success with the twenty dollar trick will skyrocket.