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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Jun052018

United SFO to Lisbon $390rt Sep-Dec 2018

United and Air Canada have tickets priced from $380 round trip for San Francisco SFO to Lisbon LIS. This is a seldom seen low fare to Portugal that has been around periodically over the past month. Portugal has rarely been on sale from California in the past two years, especially compared to the numerous sales…

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Jun042018

Best Western better rooms on standard rewards

Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges and Wyndham Rewards have a competitive advantage to other major hotel loyalty programs like Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club and Marriott Rewards in that these programs all offer upgraded hotel rooms for points at standard reward rates for some hotels. The main point to know is some hotels offer higher…

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Jun042018

SFO to Manila $509 Star Alliance Expedia tickets

San Francisco to Manila, Philippines is as low as $509 round trip flying Eva Air in September. Asiana, another Star Alliance airline member has ticket prices in the $560s if you prefer a flight via Seoul, South Korea. Prices drop to $569 in mid-August, then $533 in early September through November. Then $533 prices return…

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Jun042018

LAX to Barcelona $376-$416 United and Level

United Airlines has Los Angeles LAX to Barcelona BCN priced as low as $414 round trip for flights in October. Iberia’s Level Airlines is as low as $376 round trip. I do not currently see these low ticket prices for departures any other month. Expedia ticket United Airlines/Swiss Airlines $426.52 round trip Sun Oct 7…

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Jun022018

Google Flights late summer fare deals to Europe

September, near the end of summer, is my favorite time of year to travel around Europe. Tourism crowds decrease, yet weather in northern Europe is generally still warm, while southern Europe is more tolerable temperatures than mid-July and August. Best of all, airline ticket prices from USA to European cities drop significantly. September 15-16 major…

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Jun012018

Virgin Atlantic SFO-Malta $468rt

Virgin Atlantic has San Francisco SFO to Malta MLA on sale for $468 round trip from September 2018 to April 2019, except for Nov 8-Jan 7. The low $468 ticket price is available on many dates. Google flights is useful for finding dates, but no deep link booking to Virgin Atlantic. These tickets are easily…

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