Ric Garrido is owner-writer of Loyalty Traveler.
Loyalty Traveler has been my travel writing business since April 2006. Loyalty Traveler is unique in new social media with a focus primarily on hotel loyalty programs, hotel brand and industry news and promotions with a consumer/hotel frequent guest focus.
I do not work for any hotels or PR companies or banks. My blog is loaded with travel links, but they are not affiliate links.
Loyalty Traveler is my lifestyle entrepreneur independent business in Monterey, California. I am a consumer advocate and somewhat of an anti-consumer aside from travel purchases and grocery store food. I do not write about how to use credit cards to earn millions of miles and hotel points. I simply do not buy much stuff and I would rather use my spare time enjoying the outdoors instead of planning shopping schemes.
Parks, wildlife, fun urban places, cultural history, beer, wine and music are frequent pieces on Loyalty Traveler to spice the blog up with more travel topics than just hotels.
Loyalty Traveler has been hosted on BoardingArea – Voices of the Frequent Flyer since July 2008.
When not traveling, I enjoy life with my wife and four cats on the Monterey Peninsula, 100 miles south of San Francisco.
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Ric Garrido, Big Sur, California
This picture of me on the cliffs at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur is used as my image in most social media sites.
2012/2013 Blogger and Press Events:
All sponsored posts and media trips providing free travel in the form of complimentary hotel nights or airfare or free services to me as Loyalty Traveler are disclosed. This happens a few times a year. Nearly all my complimentary travel are hotel and travel conferences, where sometimes I get a free room, but generally I simply receive free conference admission and no travel reimbursement.
Free sponsored rooms October 2012 – September 2013 were around 12 nights of 60 hotel nights (SPG 6 nights Kauai, San Francisco, Miami - Hyatt 2 nights Las Vegas, Carlson 2 nights Chicago, Boarding Area conference Randy Petersen 2 nights Colorado Springs). One free economy flight to Miami as part of SPG Amex Stars program December 2012.
- IHG Americas Investment Summit, The Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas October 28-30, 2013. Two complimentary nights at the Palazzo as invited press attendee of IHG annual conference. Other travel expenses my own. Interviewed Don Berg, VP IHG loyalty programs.
- Hyatt Gold Passport-MGM M Life Launch event at the Mansion MGM Grand, Las Vegas July 19, 2013. MGM Grand comped two hotel nights for this special event and granted attendees a M Life invitation-only Noir status elite loyalty card. With that card flashing around my hand I got two free admission tickets to Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay, got to cut to the front of the buffet lunch line at Mandalay Bay and got the premium fast valet service at MGM Grand when other suckers were standing around in the 108 F degree heat waiting for their cars. DYKWIA is the name of the game with the M Life Noir card. You can just wait. My parents said the Cirque du Soleil seats at Aria were the best seats they ever had for a Vegas show. Wife and I left town before the Friday evening summer lightning and floods. Kudos to the Mansion party menu selection team for the wines and King crab claws. I paid for my own transportation to Las Vegas.
- IPW Las Vegas June 2013 - conference fee waived as media attendee. Transportation and lodging self-funded. Conference activities included a complimentary trip to Valley of Fire State Park (It’s an Adventure) and an 80-minute Grand Canyon airplane tour (Grand Canyon Airlines) .
- TBEX 2013 Toronto June 2013- Conference fee, lodging and transportation self-funded. Several activities around Toronto were complimentary through the Tourism Toronto offers to conference bloggers.
- BAcon Boarding Area conference, Colorado Springs, May 2013 – Randy Petersen sponsored BoardingArea conference attendees with two free hotel nights at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. All transportation expenses self-funded.
- ITB Berlin Travel Trade Show, Berlin, Germany March 2013 – Conference fee waived as blogger attendee. All transportation and lodging costs covered by me.
- Carlson Rezidor Radisson Hotels Business Conference, Chicago March 2013 – Three nights at Radisson Blu Chicago were complimentary as media attendee to conference. Transportation expenses covered by me.
- Americas Lodging Investment Summit January 2013. Conference fee waived as journalist attendee. I paid for my lodging and transportation.
- NMX New Media Expo January 2013 Las Vegas. BoardingArea paid conference fee and $250 towards trip expenses.
- Costa Brava Tourism Board “Surf and Turf” sponsored tour – September 2012. Three days and nights of ground transportation and hotels complimentary of Costa Brava Tourism as part of a group of six TBEX bloggers invited to experience and promote the Costa Brava region of Spain.
- Travel Blog Exchange TBEX12 Keystone, Colorado (June 2012) and TBEX12 Girona, Spain (Sep 2012). Conference fees, transportation and lodging self-funded. Beer crawl tour courtesy of Denver and Colorado tourism agencies.
- Starwood Preferred Guest American Express “Amex Stars” – May to Dec 2012. New York trips for US Open Tennis and New York Fashion Week – Sep 2012. Taste of Luxury with two night stays at St. Regis Princeville, Kauai, St. Regis San Francisco and St. Regis Bal Harbour, Florida. I received about $6,000 in free travel and six Loyalty Traveler readers won prizes totaling 230,000 points + $250 American Express gift card.
- Expedia “Find Yours” Passports with Purpose film project – May 2012
- National Steinbeck Center 32nd Steinbeck Festival in collaboration with Woody Guthrie Centennial – “What Can a Voice Change? – Everything” – May 2012
- JW Marriott Chicago press trip – May 2012. Included two free nights, roundtrip flight Monterey-Chicago, wine tastings and meals, two hour spa treatment and Frank Lloyd Wright houses guided bus tour.
- U.S. Travel Association International PowWow 2012, Los Angeles – April 2012. Conference fee comped. Hotels and transportation on my own.
- Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group Global Summit – Atlantis Resort, Nassau, Bahamas – Feb 2012. Three hotel nights at Atlantis comped by Carlson Rezidor Hotels as press attendee. Air travel and other hotel nights on my own.
The hotels and brand products discussed and views expressed on Loyalty Traveler blog are the sole editorial decisions of Ric Garrido and his company Loyalty Traveler.
Disclosure Policy: Any link that provides affiliate marketing income or complimentary media trip is disclosed in my posts.
Loyalty Traveler Goals
- Reduce the cost of hotel nights for consumers and/or upgrade the hotel experience.
- Share nice and cool hotels, places, events, music and ideas from all over the globe.
- Educate readers about Monterey and California and USA travel, lifestyles and history.