The $20 Trick – Does it Work?

Vegas $20 trickFor those of you that haven’t heard of this, it works sometimes, and it doesn’t sometimes. Here’s Vegas on a Budget’s recommendation of what to do, followed by a disclaimer of sorts:

Walk in to the check-in desk of your hotel room, and if you have previously booked a standard room, this works even better. When you get to the front of the line, pull out your credit card, driver’s license, and a $20 bill. Set the $20 bill in the middle of the two cards and politely ask, “Are there any complimentary upgrades available?” The desk clerk may just offer a free upgrade! If it doesn’t work, no sweat, at least you tried. In most cases, the clerk will return your money; be prepared if they don’t. They have the ability to upgrade rooms at their discretion, so this is perfectly legal. We have heard of some places have tried to ban this, but hotels don’t give an official answer on it. Give it a shot!

If you’re the type that doesn’t do “tricks” like these, simply speaking with the hotel clerk about what you intend to do is also an acceptable practice. Chances are the room you’d have been upgraded to would sit empty anyway.

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Magnolia’s Veranda Prime Rib

Vegas on a budget

Cheap prime rib in Vegas exists! Magnolia’s Veranda has a fantastic special on prime rib at the Four Queens Hotel. For just $7.95, you can get their famous prime rib dinner, and they haven’t cut any corners–this is cheap food but quality taste! For non-rewards card-members, it’s still a very reasonable $9.99. Take the time to sign up for a rewards card and you get a buy one, get one free as your first meal!

Even if prime rib isn’t your thing, Magnolia’s Veranda features a wide variety of your favorite dishes including daily food specials served 24 hours per day, and it overlooks the casino floor. You can get ham steak and eggs, a bowl of chicken gumbo, double cheeseburgers and fries, or barbecue baby back ribs, among others. Also, for the best opinions and Vegas values, get our Vegas iPhone App. Save money on 411 calls and time on doing the research; we bring it all right to you for next to nothing. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Vegas Hipster, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!