There are more upgrade dramas for the elite members of the program.

During mobile check-in, the mega chain began selling upgraded memberships to Gold and Diamond members. The news was reported by View from the Wing.

The paid app-based upgrades were piloted earlier this year. Gold and Diamond members will be able to upgrade to paid upgrades when they check in with the app. There is a benefit to Gold and Diamond status.

Mobile check-in paid room upgrades are intended to drive revenue, according to the company. When rooms are available, the individual property can decide whether or not to upgrade any elite members.

The elite upgrade process will begin at the Hampton Inn and the Garden Inn properties. These brands have not been eligible for elite upgrades in the past. These upgrades are processed at the discretion of the hotel.

How to redeem points for upgraded rooms is related.

What could happen to Hilton Gold and Diamond upgrades

The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, one of my favorite hotels, could offer paid upgrades to overwater bungalows. HILTON

The space- available room upgrades are available to members of thehiltonhonors gold and diamond Diamond members should be given upgrade to a one-bedroom suite, while gold members should be given upgrade to an executive-floor room type.

Most properties will stop upgrading Gold and Diamond members if a member doesn't pay for an upgrade. The terms of the program don't require hotels to upgrade on a complimentary basis. I have a lot of complaints about Diamond status.

There are two things to consider when upgrading a guest.

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A guest who gets an upgrade takes the room out of inventory for a customer. Hotels have to consider the possibility of a guest paying full price for a suite at the last moment. It could be a lot of lost revenue if an upgraded guest fills that suite.

Since hotels do their best to keep their suites in top condition, larger rooms have higher maintenance costs.

There isn't much reason to upgrade a Gold or Diamond guest unless the guest pays for the upgrade. It makes sense for the property, but it could mean that the elite status of the hotel is going to be affected.

There is a return to pre-pandemic elite status requirements for 2020.

Bottom line

Even though Gold and Diamond members can be given upgraded rooms based on their status, paid upgrades at the time of mobile check-in are a way for the hotel to make money.

Confirmations for elite members up to 72 hours before arrival was offered by the hotel. This most recent development leads us to believe that complimentary upgrades won't be common for top tier Diamond members.

Depending on how the change is received by the properties, the move to upgrade hotels could be a huge blow to the brand.

Are you planning on taking a vacation in the near future? You can see how close you are to paying for it with points.