Score! 7 Ways to Get a Hotel Upgrade

Looking for ways to land that coveted hotel room upgrade? Our Shuttle Express travel coordinators gave us their tips on getting a better deal than what you started with. Remember, an upgrade can be more than just a bigger room—it may be a room on a higher floor (usually quieter and nicer), a better view, more amenities, spa vouchers, and/or restaurant credits.

  1. Get social about your upcoming stay, tweeting, posting, and chatting about how much you’re looking forward to the hotel. You may get noticed by the hotel and rewarded with an upgrade.
  2. Don’t book the cheapest room, instead book a mid-price room and you have a better shot at an upgrade.
  3. Request to see different rooms. If your reserved room is not acceptable for some reason, immediately go back to the front desk, tell them you’re disappointed with your room and want to see other options. To compensate for your disappointment, you could end up with an upgrade.
  4. Returning guests are very important to hotels, so if you’re in their loyalty program, say so before making your request.
  5. Consider tipping your front desk agent/manager. It’s a nice thing to do, and you may get preferential treatment. Worse thing that can happen—your generosity made someone happy.
  6. Use sites like DreamCheaper, a rebooking site that monitors your reservation, scanning for a better deal. If a better room comes up at the same price you paid, you automatically get upgraded. DreamCheaper cancels your previous booking and rebooks you at the same price. Upgrade score!
  7. Stay at a new hotel, since they are probably newly marketing the property and may offer lower rates on better rooms.

Most important advice: be polite, be friendly, and ask. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. Good luck!

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5 Tasty Breakfast Places at Sea-Tac Airport

Hankering for breakfast while waiting for an early-morning flight out of Sea-Tac Airport? Here are our recommendations, all conveniently located in the airport’s Central Terminal.

  1. Great American Bagel Bakery
    If you’re looking for quick stop for fresh bagels or baked treats, check out this place. You’ll find several other locations throughout the airport, and breakfast is served all day.
  2. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
    Don’t miss Beecher’s Handmade Cheese—indulge in this artisan food company’s delicious cheeses and gourmet dishes, including their famous mac and cheese (yes, for breakfast!), hot breakfast items, grilled sandwiches, and Caffé Vita espresso.
  3. Dish D’Lish
    Stop here and enjoy outstanding breakfast fare such as savory stratas made with rustic bread, eggs, and cheese, freshly-baked breakfast goodies, and a variety of hot-pressed sandwiches.
  4. Bigfoot Food and Spirits
    If you’re in the mood for a hefty brekkie before you board, check out Bigfoot’s Lumberjack Omelets, loaded with your choice of fillings. Top it all off with a Bigfoot Energy Shot.
  5. Qdoba Mexican Grill
    Qdoba Mexican Grill is an affordable option that offers fresh, healthy choices made in-house daily. The breakfast burrito is the breakfast standard, but Qdoba’s fresh menu items taste good any time of day.

Need a ride to Sea-Tac Airport? Shuttle Express is here for you. As Seattle’s local airport and private transportation experts, our professional, friendly team has been at the wheel for nearly 30 years, keeping our guests safe, on time, and stress-free. Whether we’re driving you to Sea-Tac and back in a town car or shuttle, or transporting your office team of 150 to a group event in well-appointed motor coaches, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Book online at or connect with us at