Hotel Upgrade Hacks That Will Have You Traveling In Style (Without The Steep Cost)

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So, you want to get free hotel upgrades during check-in? As luck would have it, you've come to the right place, and thankfully, it's not nearly as difficult as you'd think. We understand that traveling can weigh heavily on the wallet! Hell, it's half the reason most people never vacation. That said, there are alternatives to saving up for years on end just to get some well-deserved R&R. Using these tips and tricks, you can travel in style without the guilt — think of it as travel lite!

While we do know a thing or two about vacationing, these hacks come straight from the experts over at Hotels.com. We mean, come on, do we need to convince y'all any further that these are legitimate? Nah, we didn't think so. Remember, the worst thing that can happen is that the front desk says no and sends you on your way. So what? That's not so bad. It's not like they're going to kick you out of the hotel for trying to take advantage of a good deal.

OK, OK, enough from us! Take a look below and be sure to bookmark this article for the future. You never know when the opportunity to bargain for expensive accommodations may present itself. Our advice, which you won't see below, is to always search for hotels using Privacy (Incognito) Mode on your web browser (for Mac, press "command + shift + n"). This way, the prices won't continue to rise the more you search — the Internet is a sneaky place, y'all. Travel smarter!

Show Up Fashionably Late

"If you check in late, then there is a chance that the hotel might have run out of standard rooms, which is generally the room category the everyday traveler books, so an upgrade to a higher room category could be on the cards."

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!

"Guest reviews and social media exposure are so important to hotels these days. At check-in tell them you’ll be writing a review and that you follow them on Instagram and will be tagging and snapping the hotel at every opportunity."

Breakfast, Anyone?

"If your room package doesn’t include breakfast, always ask at check in if there are any special deals for the on-site restaurant, especially for breakfast. You could land yourself large discounts on food, an invite to guests-only happy hours, or special 2-for-1 deals."

Just Ask, Guys!

"Hotel freebies have had a serious upgrade over the past few years. Forget soap in the shower; you can often enjoy designer toiletries, including body lotion, face masks, and beauty utensils. Other items to watch out for are exotic teas and snacks, slippers, high-end magazines, stationery, and some hotels even have items for day usage such as portable WiFi units, umbrellas, and bikes."

The Elusive Secret Pillows Menu

"A menu in your room might not just be for room service or laundry. Many hotels these days want to offer travelers the luxuries of home, so pillow menus are the new norm. If you are prone to neck and back pains, ask about pillow options. The front desk usually has a huge selection from super firm to melty marshmallow."

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