I just booked a room for later this year and for the very first time that I've noticed within the booking confirmation once you make the reservation there is a box asking if you would like to guarantee an upgrade and a specific room type noted along with the amount. I've seen this with Hilton, but not with Marriott previously.
Has anyone else noticed this and if so how long has it been showing up?
I feel like I've seen it but then again, all of the hotels and portals start to blend together to the point that I have logistic nightmares.
I feel like I saw it at a recent stay at a Renaissance in St. Louis, maybe. I didn't take it assuming I would be upgraded. I wasn't. it was fine though, it's all about karma I feel. The room we had was fine. When I need the upgrade the karma gods will bless me, I hope.
I'll keep my eyes out for one.
Yes, last weekend at the Marriot Toronto Airport, I booked my usual lowest price room and my confirmation came back as a "corner king suite". I thought that was odd so went back and saw what that was, an it was 60 dollars more to book if I wanted to pay for it. It was not a full suite, but a larger room on the corner overlooking the golf course.
I have never seen what you describe IAHFLYR but I have been offered paid upgrades on the Virtual Concierge email a few days before arrival. However, this always works out at the exact difference in price between the room I have booked and the price for the superior rooms. So not a complimentary or lower cost upgrade. Just an attempt to get me to buy a higher grade room.