About Loyalty Traveler

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Loyalty Traveler owner-writer: Ric Garrido

Loyalty Traveler started: April 2006

Home Base: Monterey, California

Primary Airport: San Francisco SFO

Favorite Cities: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Krakow, London, Prague, Stockholm

2022 Airline Elite Status: Aegean Miles+Bonus Gold – Star Alliance Gold

2022 Hotel Elite Status:

  • IHG One Rewards Diamond,
  • Hilton Honors Silver;
  • Radisson Rewards Americas Gold;
  • Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Gold;
  • World of Hyatt Discoverist

2022 Air Travel Style: Buy Star Alliance Basic Economy tickets and receive airport lounge and checked bag privileges as Star Alliance Gold elite.

2022 Hotel Travel Style: The best deal I can get for $100 or less, which has included several nights in rooms priced over $300 per night in 2022. Most of my hotel stays are points redemption award nights. Most of my hotel points are purchased during hotel loyalty program buy points promotions with discount rates.

2022 Traveler Mode: Retired couple with flexible travel plans. Solo travel has been minimized post-pandemic.

Participated in frequent flyer programs since: 1989 Pan Am Airlines, 1990 United Airlines, 1990 American Airlines.

Participated in hotel loyalty programs since: 1990 Clarion Hotels; 1990 Westin Hotels

First airline frequent flyer program elite status: 1991 United Mileage Plus

First hotel loyalty program elite status: 1991 Westin Premier

In 2022 Loyalty Traveler blog focuses on earning hotel points and miles through travel or simply buying them when offered at discount prices. Credit cards are another route to hotel points. I also write about good airfare deals from California.

When not traveling, I enjoy life in the oaks and pines in and around Monterey, California with my wife Kelley and our cats.


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