Ric Garrido is owner-writer of Loyalty Traveler.
Loyalty Traveler blog is primarily about hotel and airline loyalty programs, hotel brands and airline fare sales and industry news. Hotel loyalty promotions are covered in depth with a consumer focus on frequent guest program members. Airfare deals are focused on economy class travel, primarily covering limited time sales for discount airfare to international destinations.
Loyalty Traveler has been my travel writing business since April 2006.
Loyalty Traveler blog is really about
“Living Simply, One Trip at a Time“.
I got into the points and miles travel writing world in 2006 after seven years of extensive travel around the globe earning and redeeming several million frequent flyer miles through travel promotions like OneWorld 1999 (300,000 miles), LatinPass million mile promotion in 2000 (1,014,000 miles), Star Alliance 2002 5th anniversary promotion (500,000 miles) and many other travel deals.
My perspective as a traveler is one who primarily pays for my own hotel rooms. I don’t stay in hotels all the time compared to many business travelers. I have stayed 50 to 80 nights each year in 3-star to 5-star hotels for the past 15 years. I find good value using loyalty programs. I am not loyal to any one or two chains. I use all hotel loyalty programs for the best hotel values I can find for my trips.
Priceline, Hotels Tonight, and other Online Travel Agency sites, like RocketMiles might give you a lower priced hotel room or perks like miles, but I get comparable similarly low rates most of the time with more value added benefits using hotel loyalty programs. Good hotel deals are searched quickly by limiting my search to hotel loyalty program hotels where I will receive complimentary upgrades, breakfast, loyalty point rebates and other amenities at no extra cost. I’m a big fan of Kayak.com, TripAdvisor.com and Google Flights for providing Do It Yourself ability to explore, plan and book travel with ease.
Loyalty Traveler is about finding hotel rate deals and good value award stays with hotel points and promotions. Saving $25 to $100 per night on most hotel stays is a straightforward, achievable travel style for a frequent traveler using hotel loyalty programs.
Loyalty Traveler has been hosted on BoardingArea – Voices of the Frequent Flyer since July 2008. Loyalty Traveler was a monthly column at InsideFlyer magazine for six years until the magazine folded after publication of the February 2015 issue. In 2006, soon after starting full-time self-employment, I worked as a frequent flyer analyst when I took an office job with my first Loyalty Traveler client, but I gave that cubicle up within a year. My Loyalty Traveler home office has a nicer view for writing.
When not traveling, I enjoy life in the oaks and pines around California’s Central Coast with my wife and three cats in Monterey, California, about 120 miles south of San Francisco, on the south end of Monterey Bay.
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Hotels, airlines, websites mentioned and brand products discussed and views expressed on Loyalty Traveler blog are the sole editorial decisions of Ric Garrido and his company Loyalty Traveler.
Disclosure Policy: Any link that provides affiliate marketing income or complimentary media trip is disclosed in my posts. You might be amazed at how little disclosure there is in the travel blogosphere in general. Like TV, the marketing can be hard to distinguish from the content. I think there is a problem at present in travel writing disclosures since the reader is not aware of financial incentives for marketing within the content of an article. Open your eyes, look at sites and you will see content marketing of products is pervasive.
As a general guide for Loyalty Traveler, I only stay in complimentary hotel rooms if I am invited to attend a hotel conference or a hotel, or when a tourism agency for a destination invites me for a media trip. I don’t seek out media trips. Many bloggers do. Of course, depending on the offer, I will accept paid media trips. Might never have seen Detroit in this life, if Ford hadn’t emailed me one day in 2013.
Most of my travel is self-planned and self-paid with a focus on earning and burning hotel loyalty points and frequent flyer miles for travel.