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Pilots/FAs..How Do You Save Money When Working?  
User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

This is a question to Pilots and FAs. I hope to be a commerical airline pilot one day and was wondering if you can give me a few tips for me to store down the road. When working a trip I understand you get Per Diem pay per hour on duty depending on your specific airline's contract. How far does that Per Diem go? You obviously have to eat and such but overpriced airport food and overpriced hotel food I am sure can quickly cut into that Per Diem Check as well as your salary. Do any airports/hotels offer discounts to food items to pilots and FAs. Any tips that you may have on good ways to save your Per Diem Check money?

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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

Continental, 16 year hire, flying International (IAH>CDG) will get around 120 dollars for PD per trip. This will more than cover a nice lunch and dinner for your time in Paris. Yes you can easily spend more, but no need.


User currently offlineMd88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1351 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2409 times:

At DAL I think per deim is $2.10/hr domestic and $2.60/hr international. It will feed you nicely. As to overpriced airport food, you learn where the good deals are and you avoid the rest.

User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2369 times:

Our corporate operation is pretty typical, I think, for most of the larger companies. We get reimbursed 100% for actual hotel and rental car costs. We aren't expected to stay in cheap hotels, mostly mid to upper quality properties like Hilton, Marriott, Embassy Suites, etc. Meals are reimbursed at actual costs with a minimum reimbursement of $34/day (domestic) and $68/day (international). We have no upper limit for meal reimbursements, but common sense limits us to $75 per meal. (We get to eat pretty well.  Big thumbs up )

User currently offlineEssentialPowr From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 2333 times:

Ask for an airline discount.
Eat power bars and banannas.
Vote to improve your contract if you per diem is low.

User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 2306 times:

So, most airlines don't give you an expense account?


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 2292 times:

Also, a lot of hotels offer free breakfast and the like, so that can help too.. ALso, on longer flights, I have known F/A's and Pilots to bring Subway or whatever with them..


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