Old Jan 24, 20, 8:42 am
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scubaccr
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Amsterdam, Asia, UK
Programs: IHG RA (Spire), HH Diamond, MR Platinum, SQ Gold, KLM Gold, BAEC Gold
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Much more likely that guests reservation is first upgraded , especially if booking Intercontinental Brand 1-2 cat well up front 4 -7 days out if Amb/RA, and then further upgraded on arrival day morning, or at checkin (or sometmes CP especially a club room upgrade for me as RA/Spire), Rare to get > +1cat at HI/Indigo brands which i rarely stay at, and alasEuropean HIE's don't have anythhing but basic rooms of either King / Twin type , though get cirner room, or sofa bed on those in UK/NL etc

This extra checkin upgrade more than balances out my odd dissapointment with lesser upgrades, which to be honest are very rare, and i usually assume guest in planned room has extended their stay at last minute.

And no pre-checkin neither protects your advised upgrade or prevents further upgrade at checkin in my experirience

ps:- My lat two diussapointments, both in 2019 were 1 at MR and another at HH, none at IHG/IC hotels, though i get more advance upgrades shoewing with both MR/HH excuding my IC brand nights
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