The Flight Attendant Advantage: Surprising Work Benefits
By Aviation Blogger Jeanne San Pascual
If you plan on being a flight attendant, there are many other work benefits that come with the job than just traveling. From being able to enjoy flexible hours to meeting interesting people, here a few other benefits that will surely convince you to become a cabin crew!
Flexible Work Schedules
The great thing about the aviation industry is that it’s highly regulated. The crews at every aircraft abide by a set of minimum and maximum hours monthly. We all know that transporting people is a crucial job that requires utmost safety so it only follows that the crew isn’t overworked to the point of fatigue.
According to the Association of Flight Attendants or (AFA), flight attendants can work anywhere from 65 hours to 95 hours a month. Despite the fact that the hours for pre and post-flight preparations aren’t included in a flight attendant’s pay, your total hours worked per month would be far from the 160 hours entailed by typical office jobs.
You Won’t Be Micromanaged
Most people don’t like being micromanaged and if that’s something you don’t like to deal with, being a flight attendant is a good fit for you. The crew lineup for many airlines don’t include a manager onboard so the work is pretty much self-directed but still based on the flight guidelines provided to you at training.
Although there’s usually a lead flight attendant, her tasks doesn’t vary much from the other members of the crew. The responsibilities are pretty much the same for everyone so micromanaging isn’t typically common.
Meeting Interesting People
There aren’t too many jobs out there that provide the opportunity to meet a good deal of interesting people. From VIPs to athletes and celebrities as well as normal, cool people, there’s something fascinating that you can learn from almost everyone you meet during flights. Although not everyone you’ll meet will be good, but the ones who do will keep you believing in the inherent kindness of humanity.
Free Food and Housing
Another awesome thing about being a flight attendant is the free food and housing. Traveling in between jobs can be grueling so having a few basic things off your mind can do wonders. For flight attendants, meals and housing aren’t something that they have to worry about since most airlines already provide free housing to whatever city or destination they’re currently based. On top of that, many airlines also provide daily food allowance!
You can’t leave out the great compensation when it comes to being a cabin crew. More than just the travel perks, flight attendant salary is also higher than the national average with an average pay of $35,000.
Aside from this, the job also comes with extensive health and retirement benefits. The health insurance includes coverage for dental and eye issues while many airlines either provide a 401(k) or offer a profit-sharing program.
Depending on your career goals and personality, being a flight attendant might just be the right job for you. Should you land work with larger airlines, you’ll get other more valuable perks like shopping discounts, bigger per diem, and free accommodations, to name just a few!
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