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How to get the royal treatment when you travel

(NC)—Two years have passed since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on their first official tour of Canada, but since the arrival of Prince George the country is still buzzing with royal fever as many of us now search for our own form of red carpet treatment.

Gerald Parent, the Director of Membership Travel at American Express has seen an increase in requests for experiences, with many Canadians now wanting access to destinations and experiences 'fit for a princess'.

“The good news is that you don't need a palace to feel like royalty,” Parent says. “Enjoying the royal treatment can be as simple as taking advantage of complimentary airport lounge access, front row access to a special event, or a seat at the city's hottest restaurant. These types of everyday things can make you feel like a true V.I.P.”

Here are some tips for getting the royal treatment, even if you don't own a tiara:

• Use your connections: Whether it's a friend of a friend, a co-worker or the concierge at your credit card company, there may be people in your network to help get you into a show or reserve a table at a hot restaurant.

• Take advantage of rewards: Be sure to take advantage of reward programs offered by the companies you deal with, including your credit card issuer. Some companies, like American Express, have exclusive packages for card members that are worth looking into.

• Don't be afraid to ask: If you'd like an upgrade, a better table or a bigger room, do not hesitate to make a request. Most establishments focused on service are happy to accommodate when they can, so don't miss out just because you're too shy to ask.

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