About Loyalty Traveler

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 program travel opportunities and destinations. Frequent flyer programs are covered to a smaller extent.

This blog focuses on earning hotel points and miles through travel or simply buying them when offered at discount prices. Nearly all my airline tickets are low cost economy class tickets. Airfare deals are focused on economy class travel, primarily covering limited time sales for discount airfare to international destinations.

While I used to focus on business and first class travel a decade ago, I stopped striving for premium flights in 2007 due to my awareness of the climate change impact of a flight wasting so much fuel and space to move my ass around the planet. The travel destination is far more important to me than the flight to get there. My focus in travel is the lodging aspect of where I sleep when away from home.

Europe is my preferred travel destination. Most of my travel is around Europe when I decide to get out of Monterey, California.

Deconstructing 85 hotel nights in 2018 by loyalty program points redemption value – about $4,000 spent for 85 hotel nights.

Loyalty Traveler 2017 in Review: 86 hotel nights in 9 programs

2017 Flights in Review $3,870 for 95,647 miles on 16 airlines in 16 countries through 26 airports

Welcome to Rome FCO Fiumicino Airport.


I jumped into the points and miles travel writing world in 2006 after years of extensive travel around the USA and globe, earning and redeeming several million frequent flyer miles, primarily 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.

Airline frequent flyer programs were far more interesting to me when flying, rather than credit cards, was the route to earning big caches of frequent flyer miles. The commercial airline industry shifted to credit cards and spending over the past decade as the easiest consumer route to big miles balances.

When not traveling, I enjoy life in the oaks and pines around California’s Central Coast with my wife and cats in Monterey, California.

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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:

Nearly all my travel is self-planned and self-paid with a focus on earning and burning hotel loyalty points. Economy airfare for global travel is so cheap in 2020.

Any link that provides affiliate marketing income or complimentary media trip is clearly disclosed in my posts.

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. My last media/press trip taken was June 2016 with a 3-night tour of Louisiana. I paid $150, so not quite free.

Privacy Policy: Loyalty Traveler has no interest in collecting any data from you. Who has privacy anymore anyway with life displayed on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, SnapChat … and a social web of connections?