Destination trips and vacations typically put a dent in your bank account, so the sound of the word “free” is no doubt a welcome one when it comes to an upcoming journey. While certain things that come free aren’t always wise to dabble in, a free hotel room upgrade is sweet music to any and every traveler’s ears. Space, luxury, and breathing room are always appreciated in a home away from home; hotel rooms can ease the trip and make it more pleasurable in ways you never expected. So what’s the secret? How exactly do you get a free room upgrade?

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A room upgrade can often include more perks than one can count. From king-size beds to walk-in closets, standalone tubs, separate showers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and butler accommodations— you name it, and the reasons to vie for the upgrade are endless. But as the saying goes, “ask and ye shall receive”—and hotel room upgrades are no different. While this is not a guarantee you’ll score a king-size bed or room with a view, simply asking may be enough to snag you a top-tier room at your hotel. But if push comes to shove and the question isn’t an automatic shoo-in, try the tips and tricks below to potentially grant your wishes of a free hotel room upgrade. 

Ask for a corner room

One of the oldest tricks in the book is asking for a corner room at a hotel—it’s a sure way to receive a spacious room. While this is not technically considered a room upgrade, due to the way hotels are built, corner rooms usually have more square feet than a regular room. That extra space may result in the room having a little something extra, even while not being classified as a fancier suite. 

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