Have you ever been tempted to shell out some extra dough for a bigger hotel room, but couldn’t justify the cost? Good news: Getting the upgrade you’ve been dreaming about can be as easy as asking for it. According to Consumer Reports, 78 percent of people who asked for a better room were granted either a lower rate or a free upgrade.
Check in around 4:30 pm to increase your chances of scoring a nicer room than you paid for, because hotel clerks are more likely to know which rooms will be vacant. Don’t wait too long though—once supervisors have gone home for the night, the front desk may not have the authority to authorize upgrades.