How to Get an Upgrade the Next Time You Stay at a Hotel

Hoping to snag a free hotel upgrade on your next vacation?Concierge Confidentialauthor Michael Fazio says it takes politeness, plus these tips:

  • Ask on the weekends.Weekdays are generally the busiest time for hotels because of business travelers. Asking on a Friday night could be your best bet.
  • Check in early.There are probably more options for an upgrade at the start of the day than towards the end. If check-in time is at 3 p.m., try getting there a few minutes early.
  • Join hotel loyalty programs.Make sure your reservation has your account attached and don’t be afraid to mention your status when checking in.
  • Book directly with the hotel."Hotels tend to look down on guests that book through discount travel sites," Fazio says. "It’s like coming in with a scarlet letter attached to you that says ‘cheap rate.’" Call hotels directly to book a room--but don't be afraid to ask if they can match a rate from a third-party reservation site.
  • Mention that you write hotel reviews.While you should not threaten them with a bad review, you can politely ask hotel staff how to write a review when you check in--indicating your intentions without being a jerk about it.

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