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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Mar082008

St. Regis on Skyauction.com

A Starwood St. Regis suite, San FranciscoSPG Category 620,000 points/night low-season25,000 points/night peak season A sign of the times? St. Regis on LuxuryLink.com I would have anticipated, but luxury at a discount through SkyAuction was not a “For Sale” I envisioned. Wednesday, March 5 had a Skyauction listing for a per night bid, for up…

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Mar052008

EuroCheapo.com site and blog – I’ve been there!

I was checking out train schedules in Austria and thinking about Vienna. Made a search and came across EuroCheapo blog on Austrian rail train specials. The blog is an entertaining read as the bloggers are currently in Berlin. The blog led me to the EuroCheapo website which is a great niche resource for bargain travel…

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Mar052008

Spring Break or Spring Broke?

An article appeared today in PR Newswire for Journalists, Economy Foreclosing on Spring Break?, based on a survey by AccessAmerica, a travel insurance company. “Access America survey finds half of American families scaling back spring break plans…or forgoing their vacations altogether” The not-so-surprising conclusion of the data is poorer families are cutting back on vacation…

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Mar042008

USA SPG Hotel Category Change Analysis

Four Points, Newark AirportSPG Category 1(1 of only 7 Category-1 hotels left in the USA — A dying breed) I stayed a Saturday night in June 2007 for 2,000 Starpoints at the Four Points EWR.The hotel had a washer and dryer which was a treat after a week in South America.The catch: I had to…

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Mar032008

Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Category Shifts

I spent the weekend building a spreadsheet of the SPG Hotel Categories. I had a detailed SPG hotel spreadsheet I made in 2004 that made the work go much faster. BlondeBomber’s SPG spreadsheet had about 700 hotel rows hidden in the spreadsheet I downloaded. Too bad because that would have made the work go much…

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Feb282008

SPG Annual Hotel Category Shift: Yearn to Burn

The Laguna Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia Starwood Preferred Guest has raised the category level of the Luxury Collection hotel, Laguna Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia by two category levels in four years. Dec 2003, SPG Category 2, free weekend night = 3,000 Starpoints March 2008, SPG Category 4, free weekend…

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Feb282008

The SIN of Travel – a Mileage Run Primer

SIN is Singapore, Changi Airport. Loyalty Travelers based in the United States learn that Singapore is the farthest destination in flight miles a person can easily fly to from the USA on a variety of carriers and have an easy and affordable experience. Singapore generally requires a US-Japan-Singapore routing and this is an 8,444 mile…

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Feb282008

LatinPass Million Miles Promotion

Ric and tour guide, Cuzco, Peru, May 2000 Presidents Week Vacation – February 2000 I was anxious and suffering a vacation hangover upon my return from Holland at the end of my two week trip for flying on five member airlines of the Oneworld Alliance for a 100,000 frequent flyer miles bonus. Travel euphoria withdrawal…

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Feb272008

Priceline Bidding for Travel

Is there a Priceline Master in the House? I am not a real doctor (PhD). I only have a Master of Science. That is why I work for consumers instead of pocketing the lucrative research paycheck from the hotel industry. The doctor, Chris K. Anderson, Ph.D., at the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research has come…

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