1. It pays to be nice to hotel staff.
Room assignments-including upgrades-are often still made by actual people, usually front desk managers. If they associate your name with a friendly face, you may find yourself in a spacious corner suite on your next visit.
2. Request hotel extras (politely).
“Ask and you will receive,” says Hilary Lewis, a housekeeping manager at Hotel Arts in Calgary. Most hotels will be happy to provide extra items, like DVD players, microwaves and even fridges, at no extra charge if they have them on hand.
3. Loyalty counts, so stick with one hotel chain.
Frequent travellers can achieve a preferred status level, which comes with privileges-special amenities, freebies and access to “hotel within the hotel” areas that include perks such as private check-in and free breakfast or happy hour drinks.