Ric Garrido is owner-writer of Loyalty Traveler.
Loyalty Traveler has been my travel writing business since April 2006. Loyalty Traveler blog is primarily about hotel loyalty programs, hotel brand and industry news and hotel loyalty promotions with a consumer frequent guest focus.
If Loyalty Traveler has theme, it probably is “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 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, RocketMiles and other Online Travel Agency sites might give a lower priced hotel room, but I get comparable similarly low rates most of the time with more value added benefits using hotel loyalty programs. One of the primary advantages is I do not spend an excessive amount of time searching hotel deals. Generally I find good hotel deals 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 seek value in travel and not luxurious experiences. I use hotels more for lodging than a vacation destination. 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 had a monthly column at InsideFlyer magazine for six years until the magazine folded after publication of the February 2015 issue.
When not traveling, I enjoy life around California’s Central Coast with my wife and three cats on the Monterey Peninsula, 100 miles south of San Francisco.
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