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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Inside Flyer’s Hilton HHonors Triple Dip

Hilton Auckland, New Zealand Stephen Colbert might ask, “Hilton HHonors hotel loyalty program – Great or Greatest? I have loads of respect for the crew at Inside Flyer. Without Randy Petersen and FlyerTalk, I’d probably still be a fully employed school teacher taking lots of vacations and getting less value out of my travel expenditures…

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Carlson Hotels Worldwide GoldPoints Plus

Ric’s Note: The past week I have posted overviews of Wyndham Rewards, Choice Privileges, and Best Western Gold Crown Club (Randy Petersen reports the rumor that a name change to Best Western Rewards is in the works). I was actually writing these in the spirit of budget travel. Then, I come across a FlyerTalk thread…

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Inside Flyer’s Hotel Loyalty Program Comparison

Sheraton Libertador Presidential Suite, Buenos Aires, Argentina The good life as a low-spender traveler in hotel loyalty programs.$163/night paid rate and complimentary upgrade to this $500/night room in June 2007. InsideFlyer has a free cover story report on a comparison of hotel loyalty programs.The content of this first section of the hotel loyalty program comparisons…

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Conrad Hotel Stays in Asia 5,000 HHonors Bonus Points

Conrad Bangkok Conrad Hotels, the luxury brand in the Hilton HHonors family, has a special offer of 5,000 HHonors bonus points for a 2-night or more stay at 6 Asia region locations: Conrad Bali Conrad Bangkok Conrad Centennial Singapore Conrad Hong Kong Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Conrad Tokyo Promotion Dates for stays from April 15,…

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Best Western Gold Crown Club

Best Western Carmel Bay View, Carmel, California 36,000 points for a free night using points (the highest hotel award category) Best Western Carmel Bay View Hotel Best Western Hotels: Brand Overview Best Western Hotels are a franchise operation organizing 4,200+ hotels in the USA and international make Best Western the largest single hotel brand in…

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Choice Privileges Summer Tutorial

In the spirit of budget travel planning for summer 2008, I have written an overview of the Choice Privileges hotel loyalty program. Choice Hotels – Overview More than 5,500 hotel members and more than 450,000 rooms in Choice Privileges makes this program a benefit for travelers in smaller towns and cities across the USA. The…

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Staycation Hotel Economics

A staycation in Carmel isn’t necessarily an adverse idea Back in January I blogged about the impact of the economy on travel “Money for Nothing (but my MTV)” from a personal point of view as a consumer. The stock markets were shuddering from the finance markets liquidity crisis. And this was all before the huge…

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Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites Offer Free Hertz Car Rental Promotion

Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites Offer Free Hertz Car Rental http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/sb/1/en/c/2/content/dec/teaser/sb/1/en/lp/hertz.html Some hotels are enticing guests with free gas. IHG Priority Club Rewards is offering members who complete a 3 nights or more stay at a Staybridge Suites hotel or Candlewood Suites hotel in the USA or Canada a free weekend day car rental with…

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Wyndham Rewards-The most hotels loyalty program

Ramada Amsterdam and watching Tour de France 2006 It was a bed-in experienceAmsterdam Centraal view from Ramada Amsterdam city center view from Ramada HotelThe plaza across from Ramada, AmsterdamSink, Ramada Amsterdam I thought I could dash off a quick review of Wyndham Rewards. The hotel brand members of Wyndham Rewards followed by 2008 average room…

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