Thinking back to my early days of travel obsession I remember my first upgrade and how fulfilling it was. I was in Lexington Kentucky for the first time staying in a Springhill for the first time. Armed with my newly acquired Gold status (earned from a marathon at Courtyards) I scored a sweet corner suite with 2 rooms, a fridge, and a sink! I walked into that room for the first time and thought "Yes, your hours of scouring the Marriott forums have finally paid off. You have arrived at travel greatness!". The next morning I sat down to my free breakfast with my teammates and fought every urge in my body to trumpet my success. My more seasoned manager made the first comment about how the rooms were nice and the flat screens were a quality touch. Now was the moment, now was my chance to show off my expertise. "Yeah, it was even nicer in the sick suite I got upgraded into.".......Crickets, napkin hidden smiles, then laughter. Of course now I know that its called Springhill Suites for a reason but I'll never forget the feeling of accomplishment from 8 hours earlier. Upgrades have come and gone since, but for me, that was the greatest one ever! What was your best updgrade experience and what advice would you give to new travelers looking to score their first night of luxury? The best advice I can give is always be greatful and never go in with expectations. Upgrades are a a gift not a standard. Treat the front desk with respect and kindness and never be afraid to ask. If its a special occasion (engagement, anniversary, trip with old friends) call the hotel early and let them know how much fun an upgrade would be. I've become friends with many of the staff at the hotels I where I stay and they love friendly travelers and they have grown tired of the DYKWIA Plats. Good luck and happy travels!