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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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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Jul172008

San Francisco Summer Sale Kimpton Hotels

Grand Cafe Bar, Hotel Monaco, San Francisco Kimpton Hotels Low Summer Rates for San Francisco   Special summer rates at any San Francisco Kimpton Hotel for stays now through September 1, 2008.                   Harbor Court Hotel                 $109 (Thursday-Sunday)             Hotel Triton                            $109 (Thursday-Sunday)             Serrano Hotel                          $119 (Thursday-Sunday)             Prescott Hotel                         $129 (anyday)            …

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Jul162008

Concierge Traveler – Hotel and Travel News

Concierge Traveler – Hotel and Travel News   I have noticed trends in the hotel industry stories over the past couple of weeks since not posting much while traveling around in San Francisco and Denver.  Here is a selection of interesting travel industry articles I have seen lately. ******** I have been writing much of…

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Jul122008

Online Hotel Reviews – Website Comparison

Online Hotel Reviews Travelers place a lot of faith in consumer-generated hotel reviews. I trust FlyerTalk.com content because there is a large community of travelers who provide opinions and feedback on each other’s comments. Most major upscale hotels around the world have user comments and reviews from the 100,000+ members of the FlyerTalk.com community. I…

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Jul032008

Best Rate Guarantee – Starwood and Kimpton Hotels

On Monday this week I came across two hotels with significant rate differences on their hotel websites compared to rates returned through a Travelocity search for downtown San Francisco hotels for July stays. Hotel Triton, a Kimpton Hotel, San Francisco – $189 best available rate on Kimpton site ($161 AAA rate);$99 to $104 on Travelocity…

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Jul012008

Starwood 1,000 bonus points for summer stays

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii  Starwood 1,000 bonus points for summer stays “Far Away is Closer than You Think” The picture of the white sand beach and palm tree caught my eye.  1,000 bonus Starpoints definitely captured my attention. “From the beaches of the Caribbean to the Maldives, Starpoints take you farther.  Earn 1,000 bonus…

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