Fly direct, skip the first restroom, and 7 other insider travel tips from a retired airline pilot

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I was an airline pilot for 42 years before retiring about a year ago. Traveling was work and of course, the opportunity to fly free on vacation was a big deal. This meant traveling more. Now retired with children and grandchildren scattered across the country, my beloved bride and I continue to fly regularly.

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This column originally appeared on humble dollar, It was republished with permission,

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Tom Kubik recently retired from American Airlines after 42 years as a pilot. Working on both the management and union side of the business, he witnessed prosperity, bankruptcy and the disappearance of pension plans. In the face of this turmoil, he also took up a side business as a home builder. Even today Tom and his wife travel extensively. Three children and seven grandchildren keep them on the go.

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