Travel Upgrades – Are They Worth It? How To Get Free Starwood Points #TMOM


This is an interesting topic that varies widely depending on the family, amount of children and traveling preference. We like to upgrade in certain situations and in others it’s just not necessary.


For us, economy is the way to go. When you are traveling with more than 1 child, upgrading to First-Class literally costs a fortune. My kids tend to fall asleep about an hour after we take off, so even if I had the funds I don’t think I’d spend the extra cash.

If the flight is not a full one and there are empty rows available, the attendants will usually allow you to switch seats. I’ve been on a couple of longer flights were I was able to actually lie down across all three seats and take a nap. It was the next best thing to First Class.

Hotels & Resorts:

Switching to a larger suite or upgrading your room category is a choice that varies depending on the location, length of stay and what we are doing during our trip. For longer vacations I do prefer a room with a balcony and kitchen if possible and would gladly pay the extra to make that a reality. Dining in restaurants is fun but there is nothing like a home-cooked meal. Having the freedom to cook during our trip is something I personally prefer and my kids love it. For my husband – it’s all about the balcony. He needs/loves them.


Speaking of balconies: cruising is one form of travel that we will not do without an upgrade. Balconies not only provide extra space, they give you the freedom to step out of your room while your kids are sleeping without actually leaving. Balcony suites add to the entire cruising experience as well. Watching the waves crash against the side of the boat, sailing up to the islands and taking photos as the ship pulls into port are just two of the things you can do from your own room. On calm nights we like to sleep with the door open. There is nothing like the sound of the ocean to lull you to sleep.

What about you? Do you upgrade during your travels? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Twitter Party Invite:  Join myself, @childmode, @travelingmoms @kimorlando @cindyrichards @debmomof3 @ramblingstump @SheratonHotels @therebelchick @MaryHeston @techsavvymama @techmama @adamsommer @savvymommy @MimiBakerMN, on Monday June 17th at 9 p.m for 1 hour where we will chat everything travel and yes, upgrades!

Prize:  There will be 4 prizes of of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points that will help make your upgrades a reality without any cost to you. 12,000 points, 5,000 points, 2,000 points, and 1,000 points.

 How To Party:

Join #TMOM @SheratonHotels 9pm ET 6/17 to talk upgrades. You must RSVP here http://bit.ly/15UJzqs and fill in the Rafflecopter. During the party make sure you tweet at least one time from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. using the hashtag #TMOM.

Hope to see you there!

Disclosure: This post and  my participation in the Twitter party are part of a sponsored campaign for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. As always all thoughts, opinions and travel experiences are my own.  

A mom to two girls and a baby boy, a writer and the publisher of Child Mode. As a lover of style and fashion, Nadia found her ‘niche’ and love of children’s clothing while searching for quality items for her family.


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  1. Adam Sommer

    June 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Funny about how different everyone is – cruising is one area that I think upgrades are a waste (unless free). They just always seem overpriced to me…maybe I dont know how to find the right deals though.

    Anyway, looking forward to chatting Monday!

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