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$20 Sandwich Trick at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas for a Free Room Upgrade

This is my experience with giving a $20 front desk tip while checking in at the Las Vegas Hotel, Cosmopolitan.  You know the $20 sandwich trick.  When you check-in, you tip the front desk and hope that they’ll give you a room upgrade or something that’ll make your stay better.

Cosmopolitan Vegas Tipping
Cosmopolitan Vegas Tipping

Let me tell you what happened when I tried this at the Cosmopolitan which is one of the newest and nicest hotels in Las Vegas.

Cosmopolitan Boulevard Tower
Cosmopolitan Boulevard Tower

But first, let’s go back 2 weeks.

 

There was an email sent to me for the basic Cosmopolitan City Room.

 

It’s their basic room, but they were only $109 per night!

Cosmopolitan Identity Promo
Cosmopolitan Identity Promo

 I’ve seen these rooms run for $400-600 a night so there was no question to book it.

Cosmopolitan Room Rates
Cosmopolitan Room Rates

By the way, If you want to get these lower rates, just join their Identity Membership which is free and I’ll post the link below.

So the day comes and no matter how many times I do this tipping trick, I get a little nervous.

I checked the Cosmo website in the morning to see that everything was booked for the day I was staying.  

Cosmopolitan Reservation
Cosmopolitan Reservation

That’s not a good sign when you want a free upgrade.

 

Should I still waste it.

I’ll still give it a shot.

Maybe they’ll give me a coupon or at the very least, they’ll try to give me the best location for the basic City Room right?

 

Still felt nervous, so I took a shower and did a few pushups

I wore my happy looking shirt and got a nice and crisp $20 bill ready.

 

Cosmopolitan Entrance
Cosmopolitan Entrance

And I was at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Cosmopolitan Chips
Cosmopolitan Chips

 

Cosmopolitan Club Girls
Cosmopolitan Club Girls

I marched towards the Cosmo hotel lobby with my proud $20 bill.

The hotel lobby was packed, there was a really long line for each check-in counter.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Lobby
Cosmopolitan Hotel Lobby

I scoped out all the front desk workers and couldn’t choose a person I liked so I just lined up where the line was the shortest.

Cosmopolitan Front Desk
Cosmopolitan Front Desk

As the long wait continued, my hope for an upgrade kept getting smaller and smaller.

 

Workers were right next to each other so they wouldn’t want to give me anything for free.

 

Should I still risk $20?  Ahh, it’s only $20.. But I’m booking a room for $109, they’ll laugh at me.  I have to do it, gambling is part of Vegas.  

 

You start having these conversations in your head.

 

Sir, I can help you next

Cosmopolitan City Room
Cosmopolitan City Room

I went into my battle mode and smiled and said “Hi! Just checking in” and handed the worker my ID, Credit Card and $20.

 

The worker, let’s call him John greeted me with a smile and placed the 3 items on the counter

 

John typed on his computer screen and then

 

he told me he wanted to confirm that I was booked in a Terrace Studio.

Cosmopolitan Terrace Studio
Cosmopolitan Terrace Studio

I was pumped and ready to fight back, let me make a counter offer.. But wait..

 

What?

 

I was totally caught off guard.  I booked a City Room and what did he just say?

 

John was playing it smooth and I had to confirm like an idiot.  “Wait, I’m booked in a Terrace Studio?!”

 

John says “Yes sir, we have you booked in a Terrace Studio for two nights”

 

Then something inside of me went on auto-pilot and

 

I said “I apologize for pressing my luck here, but is it possible to get the room with the Japanese tub?”

 

John smiles and says “sure! let me see what I can do”

 

He started to type away on his computer and even got on the phone.

 

John said he needs to get help and then another worker (let’s call him Tim) came over.

 

Tim comes over and starts typing on the computer.

 

Uh oh, the $20 tip is on the counter and in plain view and this guy Tim is going to find out what’s going on.

 

Why didn’t I just shut up and take the Terrace Studio.

 

This is like that moment on TV game shows where the contestant is too greedy and loses it all.

Greed lost it all
Greed lost it all

Tim looks up and tells me “Mr. Yagi, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure you get this upgrade with the best view.  Please do not worry sir”

 

What.. the..

 

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

 

Did I accidentally tip $100?

 

Was is going on?

 

I kept looking around like is anybody seeing this?!

 

John told me they placed me in a Terrace One Bedroom with Fountain View

Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom with Fountain View
Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom with Fountain View

Then John asked if there’s anything else they can do for me.

 

I giggled and said “no, I think I’m totally fine.”

 

and asked if the $20 bill was for him?

 

I said “totally for you”

 

As I went in the elevator and realized how high we were, it started to settle in that this really happened.

 

So, I booked this City Room for $109.

 

Let’s see, what the Terrace One Bedroom Fountain View room looks like

 

Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Entrance
Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Entrance

 

Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Bathroom
Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Bathroom
Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Balcony
Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Balcony

 

Cosmopolitan Yoga
Cosmopolitan Yoga

 

Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Bed
Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Bed

 

Cosmopolitan One Bedroom Sofa
Cosmopolitan One Bedroom Sofa

 

Cosmopolitan Fountain View
Cosmopolitan Fountain View

 

Cosmopolitan Balcony
Cosmopolitan Balcony

 

Cosmopolitan Japanese Tub
Cosmopolitan Japanese Tub

 

Cosmopolitan Movie Night
Cosmopolitan Movie Night

 

Bellagio Fountain View
Bellagio Fountain View

 

Cosmopolitan Express Checkout
Cosmopolitan Express Checkout

I’ll do a full review on the room in another video.

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$20 Sandwich Trick at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas for a Free Room Upgrade
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$20 Sandwich Trick at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas for a Free Room Upgrade
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During my vacation at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, I decided to try the $20 sandwich front desk tip trick to get a free complimentary hotel room upgrade. I originally booked the City Room. It was a busy summer week. Watch if I failed or got the city room, city studio, terrace studio, terrace one bedroom, or even the wraparound terrace suite. I loved the Cosmo. They have great restaurants, pools, spa, and overall just had great employees.
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