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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Hyatt Diamond elite with a little R&R on the side

Club Regency, Hyatt Regency on the Embarcadero San Francisco I have qualified for Hyatt Diamond Status This past weekend I completed my 25th eligible stay for Diamond elite Hyatt Gold Passport status. Plus, I saw Bruce Springsteen put on another high energy show Saturday night in San Jose (tickets I won from KFOG 104.5 driving…

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Have you ever been experienced? I Have!

Sheraton Libertador, Buenos Aires, Argentina Presidential Suite stay, June 2007 An article I read earlier this week keeps coming back to my thoughts. “Travel Editors Gather to Rap about the issues du jour.” appeared on http://www.travelweekly.com/ April 1, 2008. The editors were asked about how the economy will impact travel. Erik Torkells, editor, Budget Travel…

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The Value of Hyatt Stay Certificates

After more than two weeks of living, breathing, staying, and eating Hyatt, I was wanting to write about something else for a change. But I feel compelled to write another post about Hyatt. The most interesting hotel stay cost-cutting strategy on my mind today is the Hyatt Stay Certificate program. The United e-fares weekly email…

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Hyatt Vineyard Creek, Santa Rosa, California

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa, Santa Rosa, California March is my favorite month for California travel. March is typically when the weather starts hitting the 70s on a regular basis and the hills are still green from the winter California rains. Coastal California receives the vast majority of its rainfall between the months of…

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Delta Airlines Double Elite Miles through June 2008

Delta Airlines JFK The loyalty race moves to the airlines with an offer from Delta for a fast-track to elite status promotion. We have seen the hotel chains trying to grab a loyal customer base with Starwood and Hyatt offering elite fast-track promotions already in 2008. I expect at least one other airline to follow…

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Revisited

Hyatt Regency on the Embarcadero, San Francisco 12th floor room Bay Bridge view at night Hyatt Regency San Francisco Revisited As it happened, my room last week at the Hyatt Regency on the Embarcadero, San Francisco was the newly remodeled interior. The restaurant that used to be on top of the hotel has been remodeled…

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Hotel Best Rate Guarantees

All the major hotel chains have a “Best Rates Guarantee” advertised on their websites. Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, and Starwood all run ads on their websites stating the hotel guest need look no further than the corporate branded websites for the lowest online hotel rates. And they are almost always correct in stating…

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Grand Hyatt San Francisco Hotel Review

Grand Hyatt San Francisco at Union Square Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Grandviews Restaurant, 36th floor view I exited BART at Montgomery Street and it was a four block walk to the Grand Hyatt. Powell Street might be one block closer. I don’t know.  Powell Street tends to be one of the most crowded sections of the downtown…

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco March Madness

Hyatt Regency at the Embarcadero, San Francisco, California San Francisco days, San Francisco nights. Hyatt Regency San Francisco sculpture Equinox  Hyatt March Madness or How I Spent my Economic Stimulus Checks for America The President and Congress decided it would be great if we spent some money to help the economy. So what to do? Should…

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