A quick tip that is useful to any traveler, even those not obsessed with points. On Christmas Eve, my wife and I stayed at the Le Meridien in Cambridge since my family was staying there and we wanted to unwrap presents in our pajamas. The rate was very low and included breakfast since it’s such a slow time for them.
When checking in, I had a pretty simple conversation:
Me: I was wondering if there might be any room upgrades available? It’s kind of a special occasion, my wife and I blah blah blah.
Employee: Don’t you know upgrades cost money, man?
Me: Yes, I know, I just figured I’d ask. Thanks anyway.
Employee: Here are your room keys, room ***, it’s one of our regular rooms, I think you’ll like it.
This was the “regular room” he gave me:
Not the greatest picture, but the red thing is the huge sectional in our room – he upgraded us to a suite. This isn’t the first time I’ve been upgraded just for asking, so it never hurts to ask! The only thing you risk is slight embarrassment if they say no.
Anyway, we had a wonderful Christmas and a great stay at the Le Meridien!