For Marriott/Bonvoy status upgrades, do you usually request that they see if an upgrade is available when you check in or assume they're giving you any upgrade available?

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I used to work at a Sheraton. We typically assigned the upgrades prior to check in. If it was a regular they’re more likely to get the upgrade. Also if you’re staying a whole week it’s highly unlikely you’re going to get one because of availability. Someone else might have actually paid for that room for one night that you’re there.

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I take what I’m given. Delta once said: “When everyone’s an elite flyer, no one is.” Same goes for hotels.

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For business travel, never. For personal, every time

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I spend so little time in the room, it’s not worth bothering

I don’t pay much attention to upgrades. Like A1 I don’t spend much time there. I will, however, request specific rooms at hotels that I stay in regularly (i.e., side away from metro rails, high floor for less traffic noise, away from bright lights, etc). I don’t know if they consider that an upgrade but it’s never an issue.

Doesn’t hurt to just make it a habit to ask at checkin. Takes 2 seconds and the receptionist will do their best to accommodate.

If it’s Autograph or Luxury collection give them a call, they’re less used to people with status and will be more inclined to roll out the red carpet (I’ve found this to be especially true in Europe and Asia).

If it’s normal Marriott/SPG brands, they know what’s up and will likely do it without you calling, but might be worth the extra call if it’s for a special occasion (honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, etc.)

Will ask if it’s a non business stay, but I don’t really think I’ve ever been given a better room than what was already assigned to. For work, just take whatever.

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