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dahokolomoki 103 posts

I’d say that free room upgrades are still plentiful, but one should definitely not assume it is a “given” and especially at Gold level.

Two notable upgrades I’ve had:

Hilton Dubrovnik. Went in Sep21. Paid 200EUR/nt for base room. Got best price guarantee on it, which brought it down to like 140EUR! And then got upgraded to a one bedroom suite, and exec lounge access, along with free breakfast as the diamond benefit. The second most value I’d ever gotten out of a Hilton stay, because the next one was even better…

Conrad Maldives. Booked on points, over Christmas in Dec20. And this was points bought with 100% bonus too. First got upgraded to the Overwater Villas. Checked in, but complained it was far from the main island, and also some niggling issues in the room. So they upgraded us to a two bedroom beachfront villa on the main island. More than a double/triple level upgrade IMO.

Granted, both the biggest upgrade success stories were during COVID times in 2020 and 2021, and I don’t expect much. So far this year, I’ve been in Hampton Inns, Homewood Suites for work… so not much chance of upgrades as they only have one room type there. But when I was at the Hilton Mallorca Galatzo this September 2022, I did get a double upgrade from the base room.

With regards to having a poor experience in some hotels… if you don’t go for hotels that are poorly rated (<4 stars on TA, <4 stars on Google) then you avoid this. A crap hotel is still crap even if you have Diamond status and get a “better” crap room.

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