I like what someone else said about the airlines not being the only options. I have flown Part 135/91 Learjets now for less than a year and make 4-5 year RJ FO wages as a Lear FO. Also we only stay in Hilton/Marriott chains, so bedbugs never a problem. With my current company we'll probably fly 200-250 hours/year and 8-12 overnights per month. Yeah, I will probably never get to fly the 777 or A380 but I personally don't understand the draw of being a busdriver in the sky, besides easy F/A's....
+1. Their are so many other options to pursue other than the 121 route. My first full year as an FO in a King-Air 90 doing part 131 work, i made $38,000. Last i looked, thats 2nd year RJ pay. Now that i'm a captain, and have a $17 a hour pay raise, so i expect to make around $60k this year. And the best of all. I get to lead a normal life, Im not a "bus driver" doing the same thing, and im getting tons of international experience outside of the US. Oh and the turbine multi PIC time is nice to