(Closed) How to go about getting a room upgrade?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I always am the one who checks in, while the boy waits in the lobby in shame, since I alwyas slip in “we’re on our honeymoon!!” even though we aren’t even married yet.  Its always worked! 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

When we want to cancun, we booked a room that did not have an oceanview. upon check in, my fiance descretely showed a 20 dollar bill to the lady helping us at the front counter and there just so happened to be an ocean view room available on a higher floor….score!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I felt weird too thats why i had my fiance do it! He is very good at things like that so I usually put him in charge. He is a smooth talker and is very polite, me on the other hand can get very rude if i am unhappy! So i just stood back and let him do his thing and it worked! And yes tipping the bartenders good does result in extra strong drinks and great service; that is the experience we had in Cancun.

Those workers there are very poor and they will take whatever you give them so you have to think of it that you are doing a service for them also. They love the American dollar

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve worked in hotels for the last 5 years, and we’ve probably heard it all.  The best thing to do is be polite, and ask nicely.  A simple – “We’re here to celebrate my fiance’s birthday and wanted to see if you had any complimentary upgrades available” is the best way to go about it.  Or, if you know they have an upgrade available, ask if they could upgrade you for a small fee?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@pvaulter…its probably a little different in the US than it is in Mexico…they really need the money down there…not to say that Americans arent poor and dont need money but i think the morals and mentality are a bit different.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@alishads4– that is EXACTLY why I don’t want to go to a third world country for our honeymoon! lol

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I was doing some research on a honeymoon in Hawaii and then another resort in Jamaica…both resorts recommended bringing your marriage certificate with you to prove you’re on your honeymoon because too many people have been dropping the “we’re on our honeymoon” card and it isn’t really true…so, just a thought.  I know Couples in Jamaica, where we are considering for our honeymoon, you have to prove you’ve been married within 30 days to receive any kind of special honeymoon treatment.

I think getting a good upgrade also depends on what type of resort you go to.  I read on Couples message board that very rarely is a upgrade given because of the nature of the resort.  It’s the type of resort that seems to caters to honeymooners and people celebrating anniversaries, so when you say “Hey, I’m on my honeymoon” hoping to score a good upgrade, I’m sure they’re thinking, “Yeah?  No Shiz…so is everyone else here at the resort.” LOL  But, I think you said you are going to Mexico…maybe it’s a resort that caters more towards vacationers and not honeymooners?  If that is so, I’d just be upfront and ask.  I’m like you, I don’t think I’d be too comfortable flashing a $20 to get it…just seems a bit awkward to me.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I will second what pvaulter718 said.  As someone who has spent some time at the front desk of a hotel, I think your best tactic is to be very nice and sweet and just ask.  Let the front desk clerk know that it is for a special occasion and that you were just HOPING there might be an upgrade available.  I would say unless the hotel is sold out, the front desk clerk can probably do something for you, provided they are in the right mood. 

I’m still of the opinion that even in Mexico, it’s not the most elegant thing to wave a $20 at the front desk clerk. 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thanks for all the tips girls 🙂 I will be trying some in the near future!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@ejs…Uhmm….first of all…I am so jealous!  I want to go. lol  In our two years together, Darling Husband and I have yet to take a “real” vacation together.  Whenever he is home on leave, I’m always working.  The only time we’ve had where we both had time off was the week of the wedding…sigh….I’m having serious vacation envy right now! 

I think asking will definitely help.  Several years ago, I was planning a roadtrip to Astoria, OR (where Goonies was filmed…yeah, I’m “that” dorky) and found a really cute boutique hotel that I wanted to stay at, but it was like $350/night which was out of my budget.  I ended up finding the same hotel on Kayak (which was still very new at the time) for only $110/night, I kid you not.  I called up the hotel and told them I had found a better rate and surprisingly, they honored it.  That’s my one story for scoring a sweet deal on a hotel room. lol

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