One of the best benefits of working for an airline is called "Non Revving." Employees and family members are able to travel anywhere on their airline, somethime for free, sometimes for a small fee. Most of the trips my family has taken has been to visit extended family, but we've also tried to make the most of this opportunity. In 2004, we purchased annual passes for Disneyland. We were able to fly out and visit several times that year. We've also spent time in San Diego just wandering around and finding something new everytime. We plan on visiting Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, and Washington DC.
The downside of this benefit is that we must rely on open space. Even with tickets as expensive as they have been recently, we can only fly if there's an empty seat. Sometimes it makes for long waits at the airport. One time we even flew through two different airports just to get back home. The most important thing I've learned is that it's good to be flexible and have at least 3 back up plans for your back up plan (yeah, you read that right).
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