4 Tips on Hotel Room Upgrades: How to Score Like a VIP


This past week, I was lucky enough to be upgraded to a junior suite at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach for the price of a regular room. It was a sweet deal. How can you also be lucky enough to get free upgrades and feel like a VIP? Here are 4 tips:

1) Join the loyalty club. Likely it is free and comes with great perks, such as free internet, and exclusive promotional rates for the hotel. Also, there is a greater likelihood that the hotel will give you free upgrades when they see you are a loyalty member.

2) Make friends at the reception desk. Name-dropping (“Dave always puts me on the suite floor”) sometimes does the trick.

3) Request a room on a higher floor. Sometimes busy reservation agents won’t think twice and accidentally may book you for a room you didn’t choose and usually, this is a winning situation for you, the savvy traveler.

4) Talk about the purpose for your visit. Special event? Party? Whatever the case, play it up. The reservationist may want to increase your loyalty to the hotel, and therefore book you to a room you won’t forget. (hence, it worked this time, as I blogged about it!!)

Any other tips you have to get a great VIP room at a great price? I’d love to see them below in the comments section.

Onwards & upwards,



Author: thesocalsocialite

I have champagne taste on a beer budget.

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