Thomas Parsons III, a travel expert who shared his secrets to cheap airfare in many appearances on WFAA, has passed away.

Parsons, 67, died Dec. 3 at his Arlington home after a long illness.

Tom, a Vietnam veteran, used a military intelligence background to navigate the world of airfare, finding America’s “hidden cities” or “alternative airports” to help travelers nationwide.

He shared his travel secrets with readers of Best Fares magazine, which Parsons started in 1982.

“Airlines feared him and consumers loved him because he saved them millions of dollars,” his family wrote in an obituary.

Parsons made frequent appearances on DFW television stations, including WFAA, during a career that spanned over 40 years. He wrote a column for the Dallas Morning News for over 20 years, according to the paper.

Parsons is survived by his three children, Stephanie, Michael and Bryan Parsons; grandson, Ian; and siblings, Randy Parsons, Andrew and Lisa Harman.

He was laid to rest Wednesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.