About Loyalty Traveler

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. Airfare deals are focused on economy class travel, primarily covering limited time sales for discount airfare to international destinations. Hotel loyalty promotions are covered in depth with a consumer focus on frequent guest program members.

Loyalty Traveler has been my travel writing business since April 2006.

Loyalty Traveler blog is really about “Living Simply, One Trip at a Time“.



After working for a decade as a public school elementary teacher, 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 (earned 300,000 miles),  LatinPass million mile promotion in 2000 (earned 1,014,000 miles), Star Alliance 2002 5th anniversary promotion (earned 500,000 miles) and many other travel deals.


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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Moss Landing dock full of California sea lions and PGE towers Highway 1 at Monterey Bay.


Blogger Disclosure

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.

Privacy Policy: Loyalty Traveler has no interest in collecting any data from you. Who has privacy anymore anyway in social media with Facebook, Twitter and all the likes and favorites?