Ho­tel Up­grade app all about the perks

Los Angeles Times - - WELLNESS TRAVEL - — JEN LEO

Do no-cost ho­tel up­grades truly ex­ist? Find out with this app.

Name: Ho­tel Up­grade Cost: Free Avail­able: Com­pat­i­ble with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Re­quires iOS7.1 or later

What it does: The app con­nects trav­el­ers to ho­tel perks such as ad­di­tional loy­alty points, suite up­grades, ex­ec­u­tive lounge ac­cess, com­pli­men­tary drink coupons and more at large ho­tel chains such as Hil­ton, Hol­i­day Inn, Hy­att Place, Res­i­dence Inn, Fair­field Inn and Westin, to name a few.

What’s hot: The best thing about this app is get­ting more for very lit­tle ef­fort. It sends you to the ho­tel’s web­site to book your room, so the rates you’ll find there, as well as the dis­counted rates for se­niors, gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and AAA mem­bers, are all avail­able. Af­ter you book your room, sub­mit your reser­va­tion con­fir­ma­tion to get your up­grades. There’s not a wide va­ri­ety of ho­tel choices in each city, but there are 27 cities across the United States.

What’s not: The perks aren’t as good for trav­el­ers stay­ing at a ho­tel only one to four nights. Sure, you’ll get some­thing, such as ad­di­tional ho­tel loy­alty points, but suite up­grades and the max­i­mum amount of points are given to those who stay five to nine nights.

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