The best rooms aren’t always reserved for those who pay top dollar. Travel + Leisure's Sarah Spagnolo shares five tips that will help you get an upgrade:
Tip 1: Be nice
Front desk agents are usually entitled to change a guest’s room at their discretion. A smile and a friendly spirit can go a long way!
Tip 2: Stay at a new hotel
Recently opened properties might not be as full as their competitors, meaning staffers have an added incentive to court guests.
Tip 3: Be a regular
Hotels prioritize traveler who are frequent visitors. If you plan to return to a destination many times, be sure to share that with the front desk.
Tip 4: Check-in later in the day
Hotel managers have a better sense of their open inventory as the day goes on. That means they’ll be more likely to offer a spontaneous upgrade later in the evening.
Tip 5: Say “thank you”
If you had a great stay, let the hotel know in writing or via social media. The compliment may be rewarded on your next visit!