Firstly, Hackett had a word of warning.
He cautioned holidaymakers to never assume an upgrade might be in the offing.
“You should never book a hotel expecting an upgrade first off,” he said. “If it happens, it’s a bonus!”
The hotel pro recommends booking directly with the hotel.
The establishment may be more likely to offer an upgrade if you speak to them in person rather than booking a package trip or via a travel agent.
It’s also worth thinking ahead if you’re angling for an upgrade.
Timing is also key when it comes to booking your trip.
By travelling at the right up you might up your odds of getting an upgrade.
“Book at off peak/out of season times of the year,” said Hacket.
Lastly, it might be worth spending a bit more money.
“Book a dinner, bed and breakfast rate or spa package,” the hotel expert recommended.
“The increased spend could highlight you for an upgrade.”
Express.co.uk also quizzed Hackett on the hotels he’s most excited about for 2021.
“With many years of experience in this field and a respected/established criteria which measures hotels in an objective way you can’t go far wrong.
“Notable new openings include The Pig at Harlyn Bay (near Padstow), The Mayfair Townhouse (London), The Guardsman (London) and The Falcon (Castle Ashby).”
Hackett recommends booking sooner rather than later, though.
“Once we emerge from lockdown, we anticipate a lot of pent up demand and the UK market for holidays is likely to be very busy,” he warned.
- ^ travel advice (www.express.co.uk)
- ^ Spain holidays: Britons eyeing August return to Malaga, Palma & Ibiza (www.express.co.uk)