Does The $20 Trick Work In Vegas?

$20 Trick in Las Vegas

One of the most common questions we get is, “Does the $20 Trick still work?” 

The answer is mixed. But the truth is, a cash tip will never give you a worse experience in Las Vegas. After all, Las Vegas is still a tipping town. 

What is the $20 Trick?

For those unfamiliar, the $20 Trick is simply a secret tip you give to your front desk agent when you’re checking into your hotel. 

All you have to do is put a $20 bill between your credit card and ID, hand the sandwich to your front desk agent, and politely ask if there are any complimentary upgrades available.

That’s it. 

Think of it like tipping your bartender before they make your drink. 

In some cases, there’s nothing your front desk agent can do. You may lose $20. But there are wild stories of penthouse suites and lavish comps. 

Like a bet on the roulette wheel, you may win, you may lose, but it’s the best first bet you can make in Vegas.

So, does the $20 trick work in Vegas?

The answer is mixed. According to our friends at, a site that allows users to share their stories of success (and failure), tells us that the $20 trick still works, but be warned, it’s not like the old days. 

There are many reasons why.

The primary reason is that front desk agents make a commission on room upgrades that’s more than your $20 tip. Front desk agents are also limited in the number of upgrades they’re allowed to comp in a given month. 

As companies shifted their hotel policies over the last decade, the $20 Trick is a shell of itself, but it still works. 

So what can you expect from the $20 Trick in 2021?

A free room upgrade to a Strip View is not uncommon in 2021. Many stories still share upgrades to suites and better rooms. But the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown has been felt at every level in Las Vegas.

Here are some tips to get a free room upgrade with the $20 Trick:

  1. Book directly with the hotel. Most hotels do not allow complimentary room upgrades for rooms booked on a third-party website.
  2. Stay at a hotel that is friendly to the $20 Trick. Caesars Entertainment properties are a good bet. Go to to see a list of the most successful hotels.
  3. Be extraordinarily polite to your front desk agent. Your agent will deal with a lot of people checking in every day. Being kind is an excellent way to stand out. 

We still think the $20 Trick is worth the gamble. At worst, you’re tipping your front desk agent $20. But in most cases, you will get an upgrade or your money back. Check out more $20 Trick stories from users like you or share your own story at