HHonors Gold - should I pay for the upgrade?

zultan

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I have made a booking, that is now visible within my HHonors account -- when open it I am offered the chance to pay for a room upgrade. I fancy trying out the executive lounge, but should I wait in case I get a free upgrade as a gold member (thanks to Amex)?
 

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When and where? Someone may have experience of staying at that hotel and can share their upgrade knowledge of that location.

When: because upgrade availability may be affected by local events.
 

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It might depend on what level room you've booked. Ie, if you've booked base room your upgrade might just be to a room on a higher floor/better view (not really an upgrade IMHO).

At check-in you can always ask if they can give you exec room access. I guess it's a bit of a lottery. IF you go the pay for room upgrade option you can be sure you won't be getting access for free based on HH status.
 

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I have made a booking, that is now visible within my HHonors account -- when open it I am offered the chance to pay for a room upgrade. I fancy trying out the executive lounge, but should I wait in case I get a free upgrade as a gold member (thanks to Amex)?
Recently had 4 Hilton Stays (2 Sydney,1 Brisbane, 1 Melbourne) 0/4 from upgrades, as a Gold member.
 

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It may have changed by now and certainly by the time you get to Adelaide but the lounge was closed when I was there a month or so ago. Maybe someone can update? If the arrangements of canapes in the downstairs bar still apply I would certainly not be paying more for access.
 

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It may have changed by now and certainly by the time you get to Adelaide but the lounge was closed when I was there a month or so ago. Maybe someone can update? If the arrangements of canapes in the downstairs bar still apply I would certainly not be paying more for access.
Yeah, I was last there about 6 weeks ago and they were hoping the EL would open again in early June but I haven’t heard anyone report that it has opened again yet
 

zultan

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So without the EL, is the $125 upgrade from a standard room to junior suite worth the bump? Also, I wonder why hotels require a 3rd party like Nor1 to administer upgrade like this?
 
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