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Old 04-15-2013, 04:28 PM   #31
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[QUOTE=Mr. Pig;48113814]To answer your question, I have seen this topic brought up before but I haven't seen anyone reply that they actually tried it.[/QUOTE]

Of COURSE not!!! They would be taken to the town square and be tarred and feathered!!
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I would NEVER even think to do this at Disney!! I feel like the CMs would be offended. It just seems like a tacky thing to do

Is this an expected/regular thing in Vegas? I've only been once and it never crossed my mind to do this. Turns out I got a massive upgrade anyways without even asking. I'm going again this summer, but I'm staying at the non-casino Four Seasons. I'd be too embarrassed to even attempt a bribe!
Interestingly, even in Vegas, it does not always work. They almost always keep the tip, but you don't always get an upgrade. Sometimes it is because they are expecting more than one twenty, sometimes it is because they just assume they should be tipped so not even really check for upgrades, sometimes they are new and not understand how to check, and sometimes it is because there are no upgrades at that moment. Some nice checkin hosts will even tell you they are fully booked/cannot offer an upgrade, etc, and give you a "partial refund" if you gave more than one bill.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:12 PM   #33
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Interestingly, even in Vegas, it does not always work. They almost always keep the tip, but you don't always get an upgrade. Sometimes it is because they are expecting more than one twenty, sometimes it is because they just assume they should be tipped so not even really check for upgrades, sometimes they are new and not understand how to check, and sometimes it is because there are no upgrades at that moment. Some nice checkin hosts will even tell you they are fully booked/cannot offer an upgrade, etc, and give you a "partial refund" if you gave more than one bill.
Wow! That is very interesting!! I've never tried it - even in Vegas. But it's a hot topic on Vegas threads. I guess it's a gamble some folks are willing to take.
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Yes, but if a CM was particulary helpful, you can't give them a tip? After the fact, I mean. I often tip folks (outside of Disney) that are helpful and cheerful and may not necessarily be in a "tipped" position.
I dropped a diamond earring in the sink at WDW. Very friendly maintenance guy came to our room around 11 pm or so and got it out. DH tried to tip him $50, he was appreciative but politely refused saying he wasn't allowed to accept a tip. We didn't know, or DH wouldn't have tried.
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Interestingly, even in Vegas, it does not always work. They almost always keep the tip, but you don't always get an upgrade. Sometimes it is because they are expecting more than one twenty, sometimes it is because they just assume they should be tipped so not even really check for upgrades, sometimes they are new and not understand how to check, and sometimes it is because there are no upgrades at that moment. Some nice checkin hosts will even tell you they are fully booked/cannot offer an upgrade, etc, and give you a "partial refund" if you gave more than one bill.
Hmmm, fascinating! I guess that's why I rarely get upgrades or freebies, I'm not a wheel-greaser LOL! Thanks for the info, I will definitely keep my eyes peeled and see how many surreptitious tippers I can spot :D
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Interestingly, even in Vegas, it does not always work. They almost always keep the tip, but you don't always get an upgrade. Sometimes it is because they are expecting more than one twenty, sometimes it is because they just assume they should be tipped so not even really check for upgrades, sometimes they are new and not understand how to check, and sometimes it is because there are no upgrades at that moment. Some nice checkin hosts will even tell you they are fully booked/cannot offer an upgrade, etc, and give you a "partial refund" if you gave more than one bill.
Lots of newbies to Vegas have no clue as to whether they actually received an "upgrade" or not. There are areas of even the high end properties that those in the know would never book, and would politely decline if "offered" because they know it's a big downgrade. But, the desk clerks rather regularly offer them as if they were a fantastic upgrade!
I think you are are so much better off booking a really nice room (in a preferred area) at a great rate. Join the email, text and snail mail lists. They generate great offers.
Finally, I have received some actual very nice upgrades in Vegas (for free.) It happens, and you don't have to do the 20.00 thing.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:42 PM   #37
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lol...FYI...I dont know when the last time you were in Vegas but if you slipped them a $20 you would get a room facing the dumpster...try a $100 bill and you might get somewhere... lol
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Wow! That is very interesting!! I've never tried it - even in Vegas. But it's a hot topic on Vegas threads. I guess it's a gamble some folks are willing to take.
I thought you said in you OP that you "HAVE" done it in Vegas with great success??
So have you done it in Vegas or Not?!
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It seems the OPs story changed...
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I thought you said in you OP that you "HAVE" done it in Vegas with great success??
So have you done it in Vegas or Not?!
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No changed story. I should clarify, I have only been to Vegas one time and the person I went with used it when we checked into the Bellagio. We were upgraded to a very nice suite. So, I guess that counts. I am way too shy to try it personally, but it was used in my presence. Would you like me to take a polygraph? Man, tough crowd!
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No changed story. I should clarify, I have only been to Vegas one time and the person I went with used it when we checked into the Bellagio. We were upgraded to a very nice suite. So, I guess that counts. I am way too shy to try it personally, but it was used in my presence. Would you like me to take a polygraph? Man, tough crowd!
I can tell you I have done it- however, I have also "swung and missed". And lots of others have too - it is not like the op was inventing it. At a minimum, I usually get a preferred view (of the strip rather than the back), but other times I have been put in a much higher end suite. In Vegas (and AC to a lesser extent), there is just this culture of tipping, including what I call the "professional tip collectors" at each hotel - the bellmen outside the hotels who are putting you into a cab. The cabs are lined up a quarter-mile deep, so not really "hailing" a cab, and expected to tip even if no luggage, etc.
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And the one commenter is probably right - at the nicer hotels the "20" trick is probably at least the "40 or 50" trick, and if you told me 100 gave you better success, I certainly would not doubt you.
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For what it's worth --

Once when we were checking in at the podium for our ADR at San Angel Inn, the guy just in front of us didn't have an ADR (no seating AT ALL was available without one -- couldn't even put your name in and wait) and was trying everything he could think of to get a table. So of course he pulls out a $20 and the CM went from trying to calmly explain that nothing was available to getting quite ticked off with the *guest.* The way the CMs demeanor changed was like seeing a switch get flipped -- he was clearly very insulted and it was clear that the guest had crossed a line. Then the guest got even more upset and starts to yell, and the CM says he'll have to call security but the guest's wife and kids show up at that point and start dragging daddy away.

Pathetic.

So, yeah, WDW has standards/rules, and greasing the wheels isn't the way it works....
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Housekeeping is not considered to be a tippable position either, but guests keep doing it, and housekeepers will take the tip since no one is the wiser (I imagine anyway).
So, if the $20 trick DOES work at a WDW front desk, chances are none of us would *know* it unless we try and succeed.
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