Travelling to a nice hotel for a special occasion?
Travel experts say there are a few easy ways of getting an upgrade at no extra price.
With a bit of luck, you could find yourself in a larger room with a bigger bed, better views - even a large bath.
Here are some easy tips to get some free upgrades.
A little bit of friendliness with hotel staff could go a long way. If you want to get benefits, start off with a smile and introduction rather than being abrupt.
Alternatively, try offering a tip to the staff.
Check in late
If you check in late, the hotel could have run out of standard room - which means you could be bumped up to a better room, experts say.
Avoid arriving during rush hours or large events, when staff will be too busy.
But there is a risk. If you check in too late, they might have already given away the good rooms.
Tell them you're reviewing your stay
Let the receptionist know you will be writing a review and you'll be posting photos of the hotel to Instagram. Social media is increasingly important to hotels - so they might give you a better room in the hopes of exposure.
Just avoid creating an international incident like one blogger.
Say it's for a special occasion
Tell the hotel you're celebrating a big day. Honeymoons, anniversaries, and birthdays will give you good reason to get something extra.
Don't book the cheapest room
If you want to try for a free upgrade, don't start by booking the cheapest room.
The more money you pay to begin with, the more likely the hotel will value you as a customer and be willing to offer freebies and upgrades.