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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Feb122008

Airline Miles Transfer Tutorial

Airline Miles Transfer Tutorial or Know When To Hold Them The other night a discussion evolved in my home around transferring airline miles. The issue of transferring frequent flier miles from one account to another is generally a poor value transaction in my opinion and I shared this comment with my friend. The argument for…

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Feb122008

$8 Cups of Beer! Pinch Me, I’m Luxuriating.

Hyatt Highlands Inn, Carmel Highlands, California An article I read today about Leading Hotels of the World members stated average room rate for 2007 was $470 per night for these luxury hotel members. http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/article/20080208114856638 $8 Cups of Beer! Pinch Me, I’m Luxuriating. I took time out this weekend from the internet and writing to go…

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Feb122008

Nickel and Dimed by United Airlines

What a racket the airlines operate! The airline ticketing process is an opaque world when all we desire as consumers is transparency. Give us a rational pricing structure and a system of fairness in consumer rights. Yesterday, I made a purchase on United.com for two tickets San Jose, California-Denver, Colorado at the price of $236.99…

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Feb122008

Hyatt Elites Also Benefit at Airport Security

Clear Registration Booth at Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel I have been pushing the Hyatt ‘Stays Count Double’ promotion for two months now in my Hotels-and-Points articles. Today, I became aware of an additional added value component for this promotion…as if it was not already a great deal! Hyatt sent me an email reminding me of…

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Feb122008

Hilton HHonors Removes Award Stays Blackout Dates

2008 hotel outlook looking brighter with no blackouts at Hilton http://www.hiltonhhonors.com/landingpages/nobods.aspx Conrad Hotel Bangkok, Thailand Since my article last month, “Money for Nothing (But MY MTV)” railing about the stock market outlook and recession, the R word has been bandied about the hotel trade journals and mainstream media. Budget hotels are all the buzz. New brands…

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Jan172008

Money for Nothing (but my MTV)

There was an analyst in Salt Lake City on CNBC this morning, Jan 11, 7:10am (PST). He was predicting a 16,000-20,000 point DOW by year end 2008. He also says all the sales numbers look good for consumer spending. I bring this up because I was just reading the Jan 11, New York Times article…

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