When to pay for a hotel upgrade

7 situations when you may want to pay for a hotel upgrade to get the most out of your stay.

Life + Leisure Travel and Getaways Brian Webb

Whether you are on a business trip, a weekend getaway, or a vacation of a lifetime, sometimes it can be worth spending a little bit extra for a hotel upgrade. Knowing when to pay for a hotel upgrade, and when it isn’t necessary, is key. Here are some great tips to help you decide if you should pay for a hotel upgrade:

When to pay for a hotel upgrade

Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon, BC, Canada.

  1. If you have status at a hotel brand, you are most likely eligible for a complimentary hotel upgrade. When making your reservation, book the lowest possible rate, and then ask for a complimentary upgrade at check-in. If the property has space you will usually get upgraded at no additional cost.
  2. When travelling with family or a group of friends and you know you want to have rooms side-by-side or interlocking (connected), it’s best to contact the hotel in advance and ask to have the reservation arrangements made accordingly; some properties may require you to pay for an upgrade, but at least your group will be together and you will get the room types that you want.
  3. If you are going away for a romantic rendezvous with your partner, escort, or secret lover, upgrade your hotel room to room with additional privacy, away from the elevators, and on a higher floor. It will help make your stay more private, quite, and discrete.
  4. When you have worked really hard and have earned a much-needed vacation, pampering yourself is worth it. Upgrade yourself to a room with a view, king size bed, and a bottle of bubbles. It’s time to treat yourself!
  5. Some loyalty programs offer extra bonus points when you pay for a room upgrade. These valuable points can help you get extra rewards in the future. If the offer is compelling enough, and has high value, it’s worth paying a bit extra.
  6. Check out the hotel website when you are ready to book. There are often special promotional offers to get extra perks, including complimentary parking, breakfast, or other amenities, when you book online with an upgrade.
  7. If you have had a rough journey to get to your destination, and you are tired and cranky, and just need to relax and unwind, definitely pay for a hotel upgrade to get you into a room that is most comfortable. Often the hotel will offer you a complimentary beverage at the lobby bar, extra bottles of water, or other amenities to help you settle in quickly.
  8. When you have no other plans other than to spend the entire time in your hotel room, it’s a good idea to pay for an upgrade to your room, so you can have extra space and amenities. It’s better than being stuck in cramped quarters; plus you can receive additional benefits, like access to the VIP lounge for the afternoon reception and request late a check-out.
When to pay for a hotel upgrade

Roosevelt Hotel, Seattle, Washington, United States.

If you are staying at a budget hotel, it’s not worth spending the extra money on a room upgrade, unless you need a larger room to sleep more people. Standard rooms at luxury brand properties are often superior to upgrade rooms at moderate brand hotels. In this case, it’s not worth the upgrade at a luxury brand property if you are looking for an upscale standard room. However, it is worth upgrading at a moderate brand hotel because you can get a larger, well-appointed room for a reasonable upgrade price.

When to pay for a hotel upgrade

Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

However you choose to travel, it is always best to find a room that suites your requirements and style, and to pay for an upgrade based on your individual travel situation. It never hurts to ask for an upgrade at check-in, but don’t miss out on an opportunity to pay and upgrade your hotel room.

When to pay for a hotel upgrade

The Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada.

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