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Take the toiletries, befriend the concierge and ALWAYS ask for a corner room: The handy hotel hacks that can score you upgrades, free breakfast and a cheaper stay

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2018-04-15 Laura House

Skyscanner Australia recently revealed some of the 'tricks of the trade' of the hotel world in a bid to help tourists enjoy free goodies, upgrades and a little extra luxury during their stay © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Skyscanner Australia recently revealed some of the 'tricks of the trade' of the hotel world in a bid to help tourists enjoy free goodies, upgrades and a little extra luxury during their stay Over the past few months, social media feeds have been flooded with posts about the most affordable global destinations and advice for how to save money on flights.

But what about tricks for travellers who have already arrived at their destination? 

Skyscanner Australia recently revealed some of the 'tricks of the trade' of the hotel world in a bid to help tourists enjoy free goodies, upgrades and a little extra luxury during their stay. 


1. THE CONCIERGE IS 'KING'

a person standing in front of a computer: According to the all-in-one travel app, the concierge can be like a guest's own 'personal magician' so it is worth befriending them straight away © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited According to the all-in-one travel app, the concierge can be like a guest's own 'personal magician' so it is worth befriending them straight away According to the all-in-one travel app, the concierge can be like a guest's own 'personal magician' so it is worth befriending them straight away.

'Some savvy concierges make sure they have tickets to hit shows available for their guests, and it is definitely worth asking, especially if want to get tickets to Hamilton in the next 865 years,' they wrote. 

'The same goes for some popular restaurants, or fancy hairdressers, or even sourcing a last minute babysitter.'

According to the all-in-one travel app, the concierge can be like a guest's own 'personal magician' so it is worth befriending them straight away

2. YOU CAN BORROW/ASK FOR MORE THAN YOU THINK 

Hotels the world over have an enormous treasure trove of all kinds of weird and wonderful goodies on standby for guests who may need them. 

According to the site, these caches include things like umbrellas, hair straighteners, tweezers, lint rollers, razors, bowties, yoga mats, cufflinks, adapters and phone chargers.

Even things like tampons, nail files and ear plugs are available on request. 

3. USE THE SPA POOL AFTER CHECK OUT 

a large white building: If guests have a 10am checkout but don't fly until 10pm, most hotel spas will allow them to use the spa pool and facilities for the day © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited If guests have a 10am checkout but don't fly until 10pm, most hotel spas will allow them to use the spa pool and facilities for the day If guests have a 10am checkout but don't fly until 10pm, most hotel spas will allow them to use the spa pool and facilities for the day. 

'Often, you'll find that you can wile away a few hours waiting for a flight in the pool at your hotel's spa, as long as you let the front desk and the spa staff know, you should be good to go,' they wrote.   

If guests have a 10am checkout but don't fly until 10pm, most hotel spas will allow them to use the spa pool and facilities for the day

4. TELL THEM ABOUT A SPECIAL OCCASION 

a person sitting at a table in a restaurant: If guests give the hotel the heads up about a special occasion, they will usually go above and beyond to make the stay special © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited If guests give the hotel the heads up about a special occasion, they will usually go above and beyond to make the stay special If guests give the hotel the heads up about a special occasion, they will usually go above and beyond to make the stay special.

Often, front desk staff will organise upgrades, free Champagne, flowers or chocolate, with the site saying front desk staff are 'notoriously kind when it comes to helping you celebrate an occasion'.

'Ask and ye shall receive. Just don't say it is your birthday if it's not, as many hotels need your passport for check-in and that could be awkward,' they wrote. 

If guests give the hotel the heads up about a special occasion, they will usually go above and beyond to make the stay special

5. ASK FOR A CORNER ROOM 

These rooms, in most cases, are the nicest rooms on the floor.

According to Skyscanner they are 'almost always larger, with better views, and usually a bigger bathroom'. 

'Best of all, they're not usually considered an upgrade, so you should be able to get a better room free of charge.'

6. BE LOYAL 

While many don't take the time to sign up to a loyalty program, they will often save guests a lot of money and offer access to in-room perks © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited While many don't take the time to sign up to a loyalty program, they will often save guests a lot of money and offer access to in-room perks While many don't take the time to sign up to a loyalty program, they will often save guests a lot of money and offer access to in-room perks. 

Benefits of programs like Hilton Honours and Fairmont's President's Club can see guests enjoying complimentary drinks, faster check-in lines, free WiFi and free breakfast. 

While many don't take the time to sign up to a loyalty program, they will often save guests a lot of money and offer access to in-room perks

7. TAKE THE SHAMPOOS

Many travellers feel as though they need to 'thieve' the toiletries, but what many don't know is that hotel staff expect guests to take them - they are there for you © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Many travellers feel as though they need to 'thieve' the toiletries, but what many don't know is that hotel staff expect guests to take them - they are there for you Many travellers feel as though they need to 'thieve' the toiletries, but what many don't know is that hotel staff expect guests to take them - they are there for you.   

'You can also take the slippers, and swan around your house with your kingdom of tiny toiletries and cosy feet without worrying about the full force of the law descending on you,' they wrote. 

'Just don’t take the towels, bathrobes, or television set.' 

Many travellers feel as though they need to 'thieve' the toiletries, but what many don't know is that hotel staff expect guests to take them - they are there for you

8. ASK FOR FREE TRANSPORT 

a car parked in front of a building: Thousands of hotels offer free transport to and from the airport but simply don't widely advertise it © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Thousands of hotels offer free transport to and from the airport but simply don't widely advertise it Thousands of hotels offer free transport to and from the airport but simply don't widely advertise it. 

According to the site, this is especially true at seaside resorts. 

The best thing to do is ask staff if transport is available and more often than not, guests will save themselves an expensive cab fare.  

Thousands of hotels offer free transport to and from the airport but simply don't widely advertise it.

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