Here’s The Secret Way To Get A Hotel Room Upgrade For Just $20

If you’re traveling on a budget but want to have the swankiest time you can, one simple tactic might get you a (sort of) free upgrade.

The so-called “$20 trick” is basically just tipping hotel staff really well at check-in. Here’s how it works according to travel site The Points Guy.

While you’re checking in to your hotel, you fold some cash (usually at least $20) between your credit card and I.D. Following this, you ask if there are any room upgrades available.

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There’s usually no policy against tipping staff in this way, but the discretion means that the desk agent is less likely to feel awkward about using their fairly substantial power to move you into a larger or better room.

This tip isn’t a guaranteed way to get an upgrade, but it’ has a reportedly high success rate at upscale spots in Vegas and New York City. Could be worth a shot!