It is really expensive to stay in hotels across the world. Normally when you book the room you can upgrade. The $20 trick is a way to do this without paying a big extra price for your room. It doesn’t always work, but it is a great way to try to get a nicer room if you want one for your trip. All that you need to do this is a reservation and a $20 bill.
The way that it works is that you hand your credit card to pay to the person at the desk. Along with it give them a folded up $20 bill. You don’t need to say anything unless they ask you about it. They will see this big tip and do whatever they can to help you out with a room upgrade. They do normally have other rooms that are open and they can put you in those instead.
We have done this twice and it worked great. One time was at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. We were able to get a room upgrade plus coupons for various things in the hotel. We also tried it in Cancun and were able to get a better room with an ocean view. We have talked to friends who have used it in various places and it has worked for them as well.
By using the $20 trick you can get away with just spending $20 for an upgrade instead of hundreds of dollars. The one problem is that it might not work so if you are positive you want a better room it is worth paying upfront. Remember you are taking a chance that they may keep your $20 and offer you nothing but that hasn’t happened to us yet. If you are willing to take this chance, you can save some money and get an upgrade for your vacation.