Travel Secret #327
1. Check in between 3- 5 pm
Most rooms are given out during this period, so the front office is surer of cancellations and availability.
2. Play the emotional card
Tell them you are visiting on a special occasion. Tell them you love the hotel and, and that it’s your third visit here (they are not going to pull out records). It works like a charm.
3. Time your trip right
Big city hotels have lower occupancy on the weekend, so that’s when chances of your getting an upgrade are higher. In leisure properties, weekends are packed, so try and travel mid-week.
4. Don’t book the cheapest room
Go for a mid-range suite, so that you can be bumped up to a really nice one.
5. Do some research and call the hotel in advance
Check out the property online, and identify the rooms and suites you like. Then write an email, or make a phone call to request one of those rooms even if they show non-available online. Remember cancellations happen all the time.