Ric Garrido is owner-writer of Loyalty Traveler.
Loyalty Traveler blog is primarily about hotel loyalty program travel opportunities. Frequent flyer programs are covered to a smaller extent. Nearly all my airline tickets are low cost economy class tickets.
This blog focuses on earning hotel points and miles through travel or simply buying them when offered at discount prices. Airfare deals are focused on economy class travel, primarily covering limited time sales for discount airfare to international destinations. Europe is my preferred travel destination. Most of my travel was in Europe during 2017 and 2018.
Credit cards play a small part in my travel strategy. I do not write much about credit card offers on this blog since I do not work for affiliate commission revenue. Credit cards are one convenient way to accumulate points and miles for your travels. Unfortunately, airline and hotel loyalty programs have been completely co-opted by credit cards and the easiest way for leisure and business travelers to receive benefits like elite status and airline free checked bags is through loyalty program branded credit card membership.
Hotel loyalty promotions are covered in depth with a consumer focus on frequent guest program members.
Loyalty Traveler has been my travel writing business since April 2006.
Loyalty Traveler blog is really about “Living Simply, One Trip at a Time“.
After working for a decade in lab work and a decade as a public school elementary teacher, I got into the points and miles travel writing world in 2006 after seven years of extensive travel around the globe earning and redeeming several million frequent flyer miles, earned primarily through travel promotions like OneWorld 1999 (earned 300,000 miles), LatinPass million mile promotion in 2000 (earned 1,014,000 miles), Star Alliance 2002 5th anniversary promotion (earned 500,000 miles) and many other travel deals.
When not traveling, I enjoy life in the oaks and pines around California’s Central Coast with my wife and three cats in Monterey, California, about 120 miles south of San Francisco, on the south end of Monterey Bay.
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Hotels, airlines, websites mentioned and brand products discussed and views expressed on Loyalty Traveler blog are the sole editorial decisions of Ric Garrido and his company Loyalty Traveler.
Most of my travel is self-planned and self-paid with a focus on earning and burning hotel loyalty points. Economy airfare for global travel is so cheap in 2018.
Any link that provides affiliate marketing income or complimentary media trip is clearly disclosed in my posts.
As a general guide for Loyalty Traveler, I only stay in complimentary hotel rooms if I am invited to attend a hotel conference or a hotel, or when a tourism agency for a destination invites me for a media trip.
I don’t seek out media trips. My last media/press trip taken was June 2016 with a 3-night tour of Louisiana. I paid $150, so not quite free.
Of course, depending on the offer, I will accept sponsored media trips. Might never have seen Detroit in this life, if Ford Motors hadn’t emailed me one day in 2013 to visit the Detroit Auto Show.
Wonder if they liked my road trip reports across the western USA 2008-2013? Those trips were in my Hyundai Sonata.