Hotel upgrades are hard to come by, despite many seasoned travellers offering their advice on how to win one on a trip.
Many suggest telling receptionists it is a honeymoon or birthday, but this rarely works as hotel industries cotton onto this.
Most of the time, an upgrade is simply a mixture of luck and timing, depending on a variety of reasons.
One many found himself experiencing that very luck during a trip to Las Vegas.
Quora user Tom Chandler wrote: “I scheduled a trip to Las Vegas and reserved a standard non-smoking room at the Luxor Hotel for the 4th of July weekend for $89 (£66).
“Upon arriving in the lobby, the check in lines were were long.”
When approaching the desk, it was then that he realised that he wasn’t going to get the room he had paid for. This ended up being an amazing stroke of luck.
He went on: “When I reached the desk, I presented my reservation for that $89 (£66) special room and the agent told me abruptly, ‘We are sorry, Mr. Chandler, but there are no more non- smoking rooms available in the class that you reserved. So I have to upgrade you to a Jacuzzi suite’.
“She winked at me and proceeded to check me into that beautiful corner room with a Jacuzzi planted under the glass walls in the corner of the pyramid.”
The room Chandler mentions is similar to the Pyramid King Suite currently on the Luxor Hotel’s website.
It offers a ‘soaking tub’ underneath the window with a view, flat screen TV, a living room as well as a huge king size bed.
Another Quora user has given his remarkably easy way to get a free hotel upgrade.
He states that simply asking can often get an upgrade: “Always ask for a better room or free upgrade – about half the time, you get one.”
Other methods can include speaking to a hotel over the phone; whilst not as easy as online booking, speaking to someone in person can often have better results.
If guests notice anything is broken or not what they booked then that can be a great reason for an upgrade.
One couple reported a loose tile and ended up with a free suite on the top floor.
This story was originally published in express Entry posted by Kara Godrey