This story was originally published on August 21, 2015.
Receiving a bottle of champagne — chilled in an ice bucket, of course — upon arrival and waking up to breathtaking ocean views are just some of the sweet perks of staying in a hotel. And it's even sweeter if these perks come compliments of the house.
Unless you're a black card holder or Oprah, it can be tricky to get the front desk to agree to an upgrade at no extra charge. But it turns out that all you really need is a little bravado, clever wording, and some research. We tapped five travel experts to share their trade secrets on how to get a more luxurious stay next time you travel. Just remember to thank us when you get bumped from a standard tub to a jacuzzi bath.More travel stories on Refinery29:An American's Guide To Traveling Abroad10 Spectacular Hotel Swimming Pools12 European Cities You Haven't Visited Yet — But Should
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