Re: Hotel switch during your stay....
We have done it too. A moderate to Deluxe mid trip. You will likely have good luck in November off season. Sometimes you can wind up homeless for like 4-5 hours and I'm not fond of that Mid-Trip however in early November likely AK will not be full up when it is time for the trip.
We let Bell's completely handle the transfer. Depending on the bags I leave $5 to $10 atop of the bags in old room. Call bell services they come get, transfer and we have gotten our room at Deluxe, I leave $$$ on table for Bell's with a note for them to take tip. Works perfect.
Some people are like Slinkies.
They aren't really good for anything,
but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.
Friends are Gods way of apologizing to us for our families.