About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Jan202018

Country Inns & Suites name change

Country Inns & Suites by Carlson is now officially Country Inns & Suites by Radisson. Country Inns latest brand fact sheet shows 482 Country Inns & Suites open and 76 hotels in development. Sign changes at hotels will be changed throughout 2018.   A fact sheet distribution map shows 458 or 95% of Country Inns…

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Jan182018

Numbeo.com for price of travel estimates

Numbeo.com is a cost of living website where you can enter a city and check current average reported prices for public transportation tickets, restaurant meals and drinks, and common food items in stores. Finding the price of airline tickets to your travel destination and hotel rates for places you will visit is the easy part…

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Jan172018

International visitors to USA decline in 2017

Visit USA Coalition was launched this week as a travel industry trade groups partnership to work with the Trump administration to reverse the decline over the past two years in trips by international visitors to the USA. U.S. Travel Association industry data was used to create some charts to highlight the issue of declining tourism…

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Jan172018

Icelandair to SFO advantages over WOW and good deal for consumers

Icelandair is starting service to San Francisco SFO, Baltimore BWI and Kansas City MCO in May/June 2018. Icelandair operates 35 routes to Europe from Iceland. Several other airlines, including low cost carriers like Wizz, easyjet, Eurowings, Norwegian and Wow also offer direct flights between Keflavik, Iceland and destinations across Europe. Baltimore BWI – Keflavik, Iceland…

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