The only thing better than VIP treatment is getting it for entry-level prices.
Everyone loves an upgrade when travelling – whether it be an unexpected bump to first class or free access to an exclusive area. As a traveling family, hotel room upgrades are especially welcome as they mean more room to spread out, and can mean a better night’s sleep for the entire clan.
While there is no way to guarantee an upgrade, you can position yourself to make it a possibility, with a little bit of insider information and advice.
Building loyalty, booking through the hotel, and simply asking for the upgrade might work.
We have come to find that hotels will often overbook the lower tier rooms in anticipation of last minute cancellations. The other bit of logic to this is that while they can easily bump up a customer with a basic room, they can’t very well overbook their suites and inform a guest checking in that they will have to downgrade. What happens is, if they don’t get the expected number of cancellations and the lower tier rooms fill up, they often move up guests to nicer rooms, one tier at a time.
If you have your fingers crossed for an upgrade to a suite, do some research and find out what type of room at that particular property is directly below a suite on their scale of price and quality. As rooms fill up, you may get lucky and be bumped from your “premier” room to a suite, whereas the economy option is too far down the scale for consideration.
It may seem like a bit of a gamble, but really it is just positioning yourself as the most attractive candidate for an upgrade. Combine this with being polite, loyal and open to negotiation, and you might just find yourself in a swanky upgraded room for a lot less than the hotel normally charges.