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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Jan302019

Amsterdam Light Festival Nov 29, 2018-Jan 20, 2019

Edition #7 of the Amsterdam Light Festival opened November 29, 2018 and ended last week on January 20, 2019. Since 2012 the city of Amsterdam has found a way to load up canal boats for tours on dark winter nights by hosting art installations of light along many of the city’s canals. Amsterdam Light Festival…

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Jan292019

SFO to Munich $365-$390 AA-oneworld Mar-May

American Airlines and Oneworld Alliance have San Francisco to Munich priced from $365 to $390 for departures from late March to early May. Lowest priced flights are American Airlines operated flights connecting domestically. There are several itineraries I saw with a 20-hour overnight layover in Charlotte if that is to your liking. I particularly like…

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Jan292019

Feel Unique – Le Club AccorHotels Platinum gift

A package from France arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I opened the brown cardboard box to find another box inside embossed with the words “Feel Unique”. One of the perks of writing about hotels for 11 years on Loyalty Traveler is the occasional gift of complimentary elite status. Many of the major hotel companies have…

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Jan282019

Hyatt buy points 30% bonus to Feb 22

World of Hyatt members can buy points with 30% bonus points through February 22, 2019 when buying 5,000 or more points. This reduces the purchase price from $24.00 per 1,000 points to $18.46 per 1,000 points. Members can buy up to 55,000 bonus points in a calendar year and bonus points do not count toward…

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Jan282019

Aegean, Asiana and Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Gold qualification requirements compared

Aegean, Asiana and Turkish Airlines are three Star Alliance member frequent flyer programs with more favorable conditions for earning Star Alliance Gold elite membership on deep discount economy fares compared to the high spend requirements necessary for United Mileage Plus elite qualification. Last week I ticketed Aegean/Olympic and SAS Scandinavian Airlines flights in February and…

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