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3 Perks of Being a Flight Attendant

4 APR 2014
Career Path : Flight Attendant

Becoming a flight attendant means that you’ll be privy to some great perks, as well as an incredibly rewarding career. Here are just some of the things that make being a flight attendant so great.

Free Flights!

Let’s face it, traveling is expensive and those airfares aren’t helping. But if you’re a flight attendant, paying for flights will be a thing of the past. Most airlines allow flight attendants to fly free when they’re not working. Though, be warned that a lot of places only allow flight attendants to fly for free on stand-by.

Stand-by means you can board the plane if there is a space left over. This might not sound like a super great perk but think of all the people who miss their flights or have to change their plans last minute. Flight attendants and other people on stand-by are the ones who reap those benefits. Many airlines also allow flight attendants to bring a guest for free or severely reduced rates.

Some airlines give flight attendants reduced hotel and event rates. These are just some of the perks you’ll receive when you become flight attendant ready.

Flexible Schedule 

Flight attendants don’t work normal 9-to-5 shifts. At most airlines you’re allowed to rearrange and trade your hours with co-workers. Most of the time you spend three or four consecutive days working on different flights and then the rest of your week is free to do whatever you want.

You also don’t have to worry about where you’re going to stay or how you’re going to pay for food between flights. A great deal of major airlines give free housing and food to flight attendants who have to stay overnight in a different city. If you have enough free time between flights you can even go check out the sights around the city you’re staying in.

Health Care

Most major airlines provide a healthcare plan that includes dental and vision coverage for anyone working full-time. In most cases they will also cover your dependents as well. A lot of major airlines also have retirement savings plans – usually, either a 401(K) or a profit sharing program. On top of that, all flight attendants are rigorously trained in safety procedures. So if there was an emergency on a flight, you or your co-worker would know the proper steps to take.

Becoming flight attendant ready has a lot of benefits: free and reduced travel, a flexible schedule, health insurance, and even a retirement plan. It’s definitely the perfect job for anyone looking to explore the world. Keep in mind that not all airlines give the same benefits to their flight attendants. This list generalizes the most common perks that airline attendants receive but perks vary depending on the airline.

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