The BF had sent me a link awhile ago to something he read online about “The Twenty Dollar Trick”. Supposedly, when you check into a hotel, you can slip the concierge a $20 bill between your credit card and your ID card. In return, they’ll will give you a free room upgrade. Apparently, it’s an unspoken trick in the industry. $20 for a upgrade? Of course, I was intrigued so I googled it some more. I found this whole website decided to it, called (of course) The Twenty Dollar Trick. Here’s what they had to say about it:
“The twenty dollar bill trick is sweeping the travel industry and becoming extremely popular, especially in Las Vegas. When you check into a hotel you simply slip the front desk clerk a $20 bill with your credit card, while asking “Do you have any complimentary upgrades available?”. The general rule of thumb is that the front desk clerk will check for upgrades and if they cannot find anything they will return the $20 tip, making it risk free!”
I had found some other sites that said you shouldn’t say a word when slipping the $20 because everyone who works in the hotel industry knows. So I guess there’s various methods of this trick. Anyhow, neither of us had heard of this before (probably because we don’t get out enough) but 20 bucks sounds like a good deal for a room upgrade so we added it on our to-do list for the next time we traveled.
Well, this weekend, the BF went on a short trip with his friends to Atlantic City to celebrate someone’s birthday. He had told all his friends about this trick so they were determined to try it. They had reserved two standard rooms ahead of time. When they got there, he slipped the concierge a $20 bill with his credit card. No words were exchanged about it and he wasn’t asked what it was for. And guess what? One of their rooms was upgraded to a suite. Apparently, the BF saw a slight wink from the guy (or maybe he was just seeing things, who knows?). But the point is, he did end up getting a free upgrade for one of their rooms.
I probably wouldn’t have had the guts to try it but thinking about it, you have nothing to lose…well, except for twenty dollars. I’m also not sure if it’s entirely ethical but at the same time, can you just view it as a tip for good service?
Have you ever tried this trick? Would you?