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A view from the Trump Central Park
Getting an upgrade at a hotel is never a sure thing, but there are ways to increase your chances of moving on up from a standard room category to a suite with a killer view. And now Trump Hotels is dishing out the secrets to upgrade success in this new post on Ivanka Trump's new site.
Some of the tips from Trump Hotel Collection's director, Nathan Crisp, we already knew about such as booking directly with the hotel, calling the hotel versus booking online, being a frequent guest and simply asking for it.
But there was one tip we thought was really smart. Don't book the starting room category and expect a suite. Instead, book the room just below the room you really want. Here's the full tip:
Do your research and find a hotel with a high number of suites. Just like the airlines, hotels will overbook their entry-level rooms. Don’t try to book the absolute cheapest room you can find. Book yourself into the room category directly below a suite—as the rooms fill up, guests will start getting moved into the next tier. It’s not guaranteed and yes, you might spend $100 more for a premier room as opposed to a deluxe, but that gamble could wind up saving you $300-$400 when you get bumped into a suite.
Noice. Here's hoping you'll have more upgrade success in 2015 with this tip. (And let us know if you do!)
Our own Eloise, Josh Flagg returns to divulge one of his closely-guarded hotel booking tips. While Amex is his main booking MO, this is a good tip to try on a lark but especially when you book packages that say, "Upgrade if available." Enjoy!
Do you ever feel as I do, that when you check into a hotel, you get the run around? Let me explain what I mean.
If you are an American Express platinum or Black card holder, or even if you are a Centurion card holder, there are certain advantages you get when booking through Amex's Fine Hotels and Resorts. For one, you get complimentary breakfast. Two, you get an added amenity with the hotel such as a massage or a facial or maybe a dining credit. But most important is number three and this is what matters most to me.
Say you are traveling and you book a one-bedroom suite. Assuming the occupancy in the hotel is not at 100 percent, then the hotel will upgrade you to a larger suite, just for booking through Amex. Sometimes, they will even upgrade you to a two-bedroom suite!
The same goes for a standard room. If you book a nice room, they will upgrade you to a junior suite, or if you book a not so nice room, they will upgrade you to a nice one.
Usually you will pay a little bit of a higher rate when you book through American Express Platinum or Centurion, however the added benefits make it well worth it.