When we’re checking into a hotel, few things make us feel more special or appreciated than a room upgrade. The great thing is that it can happen to just about anyone—especially if you use a little strategy to tip the odds in your favor. Here, four ways to maximize your chances of scoring better accommodations.
1. Check in later in the day, when hotels have a better sense of their open inventory for the night.
2. Be a loyalty-program member.
3. Look for new hotels. They have added incentive to court return guests by giving them upgrades.
4. Book with the website Room 77, a hotel search engine that scans prices and availability through numerous online travel agencies and automatically contacts the hotel you choose to request a room that matches your preferences (room views, higher or lower floors, distance from the elevator, and more).
Jennifer Flowers is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.