This Is the Easiest Way to Get a Hotel Room Upgrade, Say Travel Pros

Updated 03/23/17

Having elite status at a hotel comes with a host of perks: You're more likely to get a complimentary room upgrade and can make the most of late checkout and VIP services without added fees. While these rewards are usually reserved for frequent fliers and business travelers, The Points Guys reveal there is a way to get elite status without spending big.

"In recent years, the major hotel chains have teamed up with their banking partners to provide numerous alternate ways to bestow these elite levels on their customers, in many cases without even needing to stay a single night at their hotels," the travel site explains. Yes, by using a credit card that's aligned with your favorite hotel chain, you can become a VIP without logging a ton of reservations. 

Use these credit cards to get elite service next time you check in to your hotel. 

"Of all the hotels on this list, Hilton Hotels & Resorts makes it the easiest to get automatic status with one of its many credit cards, in part because Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the only major hotel chain with credit cards issued by two different banks," The Points Guy explains. Sign up for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card or Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express to reap the benefits. 

Marriott International's recent merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company means members benefit at all three hotel chains. Opt for the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card for VIP treatment. 

The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card comes with complimentary platinum status and a free anniversary night each year, that can be used at any IHG property. 

Do you use your credit card to score hotel upgrades? Tell us which card offers the best deals. 

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