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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Jan302020

Hyatt buy points $18 per 1,000 rate to Feb 29

World of Hyatt is selling points at 25% discount through February 29, 2020 dropping the rate from $24 to $18 per 1,000 points. A member must buy at least 5,000 points for the discount rate to apply. A member may buy a maximum 55,000 points in a calendar year. Hyatt had a 2019 Q-4 offer…

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Jan222020

Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport Suite 1000

Some of the best value opportunities with Choice Privileges are using points for hotels in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, places where finding a hotel for under $100 per night is difficult in most Scandinavian cites most dates of the year. With a Ryanair flight from Krakow, Poland to Stockholm, Sweden Skavsta Airport NYO and an…

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Jan212020

Bicycles of Amsterdam

Bikes, bikes, bikes, all across Amsterdam. There are estimated to be as many bicycles as residents in Amsterdam, about 850,000 of each. Bicycles outnumber cars 4 to 1 among city residents. As a tourist in Amsterdam for a week last month, many of my photos included bicycles as the focal point or bicycles as part…

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Jan192020

Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam for the birds

Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam remodeled since my last stay a few years ago. This hotel has been my go to Radisson property in Amsterdam as the chain’s lowest priced hotel within the city center. The hotel’s tagline is “A natural habitat for curious travellers”. The location next to Amsterdam’s 1865 well-developed 120-acre Vondelpark means time…

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