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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Jul252008

hotels.com WelcomeRewards Loyalty Program

  Hotels.com, an Expedia company, has launched a new loyalty program called WelcomeRewards. My survey of the WelcomeRewards program leaves Loyalty Traveler with quite a favorable impression of the earning power and usefulness of this frequent guest program.  The WelcomeRewards program is quite simple.  Earn a free night after you stay 10 nights at any…

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Jul232008

Global Positioning of Hotel Chains

  Bill Marriott (of Marriott Hotels) wrote a blog post last week, “Weathering Turbulent Times” in which he states “business outside of North America is terrific – and that’s where over 60% of our new full-service hotels will be built.”  I frequently see articles about large international contracts for new hotels in India, China, and…

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Jul212008

Wyndham Rewards Double Airline Miles

  Wyndham Rewards Double Airline Miles or Rail Points for Summer 2008 Stays With over 6,000 properties in Wyndham Rewards this is an inexpensive way to earn some airline miles with your hotel stays. Terms and conditions: –         No registration is required.  –         Set your earning preference to airline miles in your guest profile.  –        …

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Jul212008

Fairmont President’s Club Loyalty Program

Fairmont President’s Club An article I read last week stated people travel to destinations, not hotels.  That travel writer probably is not a member of the Fairmont President’s Club.  Fairmont Hotels calls itself the largest luxury hotel company in North America.  Fairmont Hotel Locations: The Fairmont hotel locator shows 15 Fairmont hotels and resorts and…

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Jul202008

Elite Membership is a Value Goal

Elite status qualification in a hotel loyalty program is the avenue to getting consistent higher-value out of your hotel expenditures.  My rule of thumb with the major frequent guest programs like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood is high elite status will typically add $100 of value for each hotel night.  Bonus points, complimentary upgrades, special…

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Jul192008

SPG Stay Longer, Play Longer Summer Promotion

Starwood Preferred Guest has a couple of summer promotions to help travelers save money. Stay Longer, Play Longer Summer 2008 promotion for USA/Canada for stays through September 29, 2008 for arrivals on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night.  Free night is based on Best Available Unrestricted Rate. Buy 2 nights and get the 3rd night…

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Jul192008

Hyatt Gold Passport ends Hawthorn Suites partnership

Hyatt Gold Passport has announced the end to Hawthorn Suites participation as a hotel partner in the Gold Passport hotel loyalty program.  Hawthorn Suites stays will no longer earn Gold Passport points and future reservations for free nights at Hawthorn Suites using Hyatt points will not be accepted as of July 18, 2008.  Previously booked…

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Jul182008

Accor Hotels – Hotel Brands Overview

      Accor Hotels   Accor Hotels has a strong global presence and is actively redefining its hotel brands and positioning itself to be a competitive force in the global development of hotel brands.  Accor Hotels is a French-based hotel corporation founded in 1983 around the flagship Sofitel Hotels luxury brand.  As a hotel corporation dominant outside…

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