Good news! It’s not at all difficult and it will almost always be achieved if you follow these few simple tips.
How to Get a Free Room Upgrade
Don’t purchase an entry-level room
If you’re hoping for an upgrade to the penthouse suite, be sure to at least purchase a mid-range room or suite in advance. All upgrades are of course based on availability, and will be awarded to those who have already spent a little extra on their stay.
The shorter your stay, the more likely your chances
If you’ve booked a two week stay at a resort and expect an upgrade to be available for a consecutive 14 days, you’re dreaming. For stays of 1-3 nights in duration you are more likely to be upgraded upon availability in order to clear the base rooms for last minute bookings.
Become a member
If the hotel in question has a loyalty program you will have a much better chance of being upgraded to a better room, should one be available. At the end of the day every traveller is looking to score an upgrade or certainly willing to take one on offer. Becoming a member or a frequent visitor will increase your chances of scoring an upgrade based on your loyalty.
As a general life rule, being polite to people will always produce much better results. Manners go a long way in the hospitality and tourism industries because more often than not yours is not the 1st, but the 42nd face we have seen that day. You can make the world of difference by simply greeting a receptionist with a smile and introduction, rather than forcefully placing your ‘hotel confirmation’ under our nose with a matter of urgency. If an upgrade is available, it doesn’t even cross my mind to do so until someone has been so polite to flicker that lightbulb in my head that would even consider offering an upgrade.
First and foremost, you should never walk into a hotel and drop the line ‘any chance of an upgrade?’ within your first few sentences. If you have a problem with your room you should politely return to reception and share your concerns, followed by a polite request for you to be upgraded. Switching from the terminology of requesting to be ‘changed rooms’ to be ‘upgraded’ will make a world of difference.