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7 Ways to Score a Free Hotel Upgrade

7 Ways to Score a Free Hotel Upgrade

Read on to find out 7 different ways to score a free hotel upgrade that you can use during your next trip:

1. Be really nice. Dress well

Front desk staff and hotel managers deal with lots and lots of people. Be polite, friendly and act nicely when dealing with them. Dress nicely- hotels don’t want to give away free room upgrades ‘just because’. Sometimes the way you look and act can go a long way when aiming to score a free hotel upgrade.

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2. Join the loyalty programs

You will have a better chance to score a free hotel upgrade if you are loyal to the hotel and provide repeated business. All the big chains have loyalty programs, make sure to join them. Let the hotels know that you are a rewards program member. Also, make sure to let the hotels know if you have stayed there before (or you can just say that you did). The reasoning behind this is that it is hard to acquire new customers and consequently hotels will give you special treatment if you are a returning customer. This will increase your chances of scoring a free hotel upgrade.

3. Check in late

Timing is key. Do not check in early in the morning. Wait to check in later, the best is between 4-6pm because this way the front desk can see the cancellations and no-shows of the day. Booking dates can also have a huge influence on your chances of scoring a free hotel upgrade. Aim not to book your stay during busy dates because upgrades cannot be given if the hotel is at full capacity.

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4. Make it a special occasion

Just make it one- it doesn’t really matter what is it. Let the hotel know prior to your booking if you are going to be spending your birthday or anniversary there. If you are not celebrating anything, make sure to make out of your stay a special occasion. Whether it is an anniversary or a divorce, let them know you have something to celebrate. This way you’ll boost your chances that they’ll treat you to a free hotel upgrade.

5. The $20 trick

Ever heard of the $20 trick? It goes like this: slip the person that is checking you in at the front desk a $20 bill between your credit card and passport and ask if they have any “complimentary” room upgrades available. It is no secret that the front desk folks are not making very much money. This is an old trick that you can learn more about online. It even has multiple websites dedicated to it such as Frontdesktip and Twentydollartrick.

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6. The business card trick

This is fresh out of Justin Ross Lee’s collection of tricks on how to maximize what you get for your money when traveling.This is an easy trick that only requires some research and preparation prior to your trip. Many large companies have agreements with hotels to get their rooms at discount rates. For example, a room might be $1k per night usually, but Remington gets it for 199$. You just need to conduct research and print your business card for $4.99 prior to your trip to become a Remington employee for the night. You can learn more about this trick from its creator Justin Ross Lee.

7. Do some research

Make sure to do at least 45 minutes of research prior to your check in at the hotel. If everything else fails, you will be able to leverage this research to obtain a free upgrade. Find out about the nearby hotels, the different room types the hotel you are staying at has to offer and the name of the managers on duty at your hotel. Once you check into your room, carefully scan the whole room in search of something that might not be working (you can even pretend something isn’t working if you don’t find anything, as Justin Ross Lee suggests; for example, lighting a match in a non-smoking room). Once you find the issue, call front desk and let them know you wouldn’t like to have to change to the nearby hotel XYZ just because this issue is going on in your room. They will offer you a change of room and it will most likely come with a complimentary upgrade.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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