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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On the Road to Phoenix for the Freddies

On the Road to the Phoenix 2008 Freddies Awards Ceremony. “I mean everyone has got to take a road trip, at least once in their lives. Just you and some music.” Claire Colburn in the Cameron Crowe movie Elizabethtown The absence of posting to my blog this past week was a 1,700 mile desert road…

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Points Concierge – Hilton HHonors

View of urban Buenos Aires, Argentina Points Concierge Hilton HHonors 10,000 points bonus for Hilton brand stays in Caribbean, Central America, and South America.2-night minimum stay required.1 stay = 2,000 HHonors points bonus2 stays = 3,000 HHonors points bonus3 stays = 5,000 HHonors points bonus Registration is required. Bonus is not valid for retroactive credit.Eligible…

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Turning Hyatt Gold Passport into Diamond

Park Hyatt, Carmel Highlands Inn Hyatt Gold Passport Category 5 hotel 18,000 points/free night My Hyatt Gold Passport account reads Diamond membership as of today. Getting my Gold Passport stamped required a little prodding from this loyalty traveler. Six hotel stays at full-service Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt hotels posted to my account within two…

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Hello world!

Welcome to Boardingarea.com and the Loyalty Traveler blog.   This is the place for discussion on Hotels and Points, the state of hotel frequent guest loyalty programs, and current promotions. Bring on your questions, prod me to clarify the meaning of my words, and contribute to the understanding of all the readers looking for a little better value with…

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Making Contact with Kimpton Hotels InTouch

Hotel Monaco, Denver lobby ceiling Kimpton InTouch Loyalty Program Kimpton Hotels is a boutique hotel chain with over 40 hotels in the USA and Canada. San Francisco (9 hotels) and Washington D.C. (7 hotels) are the best covered cities. The Hotel Monaco, Denver (Kimpton has 8 Hotel Monaco’s in the USA) was mentioned in a…

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The Write Stuff, For Free?

street artist work in Victoria, British Columbia (August 2007) “Now me I play for fortunesAnd those velvet curtain callsI’ve got a black limousineAnd two gentlemenEscorting me to the halls And I play if you have the moneyOr if you’re a friend to meBut the one man bandBy the quick lunch standHe was playing real good,…

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2-for-1 Hotel Dining the Entertainment.com Way

Swiftwater Cafe, Hyatt Regency SFO San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA The Entertainment.com discount books are available at significant discounts these days. The membership year started November 1, 2008 and the Entertainment’08 edition has less than six months validity left. I picked up books for the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey/Santa Cruz regions for $15…

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