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A Somewhat Secret $9 Room Upgrade at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

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November 7, 2011 at 5:15 PM | by | ()

If all our stories on the US' very first Radisson Blu has you plotting a stay, you may want to remember this little upgrading trick for the future.

When we booked our City View King for a total of $287 on the hotel website, all was normal. Then we received the confirmation email, with a tempting little red notice that upgrade options were available, from only $9. After your room purchase is complete, Radisson would like to sap a few extra dollars (like $9 for the chance at a one-category upgrade or $39 for an 11am early check-in) from your wallet.

Feel free to add all these options for the best chance of having one come through, but none are guaranteed. That really sucks if you pony up an extra $59 for a go at a suite, only to be denied. We'd hope you'd at least get a nicer room instead.That said, you are only charged if your upgrade is accepted.

Needless to say we haven't yet tried it ourselves because the hotel was celebrating its opening night, and thus we feared our chances of scoring upgrades slim. Next time it is!

The full list we were presented with:

[Screenshots: HotelChatter]

Archived Comments:

Great deal for an upgrade

With this program, you only pay if you get the upgrade. a no risk option.

Love upgrading at a discount

I have used this service multiple times and find it super. There is no risk and if the Suites go unsold (which they often do), I'm happy to pay a little extra for it.