Depending also on the airline company, the annual leave of a flight attendant is 30 days and above, which is more than the annual leave of a 40-hour week desk job, sometimes even amounting to 16 days off per month with a good working schedule. But among all the perks of being a flight attendant, the biggest one is the free travel. Other than the generous salary, the main reason many apply for the position is to satiate their wanderlust.
Paris yesterday, London today, tomorrow, who knows? Another sweet deal a flight attendance experiences is being paid for traveling. Whether it be extra hours of a delayed flight in one country or an overnight pit stop in the next, flight attendants are still given compensation pay as part of the job description. Also, flight attendants are entitled to a travel card which entitles them and their loved ones free flights compliments of the airline they work for. This also provides discounts in hotels, restaurants and shopping outlets in designated countries. Most of the perks of being a flight attendant are usually experienced during travel.
The interaction that flight attendants have with passengers is crucial. After all, they are the face representing a company’s valued service. Passengers will rely on the cabin crew for safety and assistance during a stressful flight. Flight attendants are the “rocks” that reassure tense and frightened passengers during fraught situations. Most of the time, they act as the company’s customer care representative on flight, developing a rapport with passengers in need. At times, it is this connection that the cabin crew personnel finds most rewarding.
After a number of years working in the aviation industry, cabin crew members are promoted to a senior position which gives them priority with regards to work schedule and flight bookings. The seniority position also entitles them to extra vacation time, more flexible working hours and exclusive benefits. Take Emirates Airlines for example, the perks of being a flight attendant with the seniority title includes an educational support fund for their children and a provident fund for themselves. The company shoulders basic education expenses such as core tuition fees to financially aid senior staff members.
A provident fund or “end of service gratuity fund” is provided for senior employees leaving the company after their many years of working for the company. It is meant to help staff members with the establishment of a retirement fund and a life succeeding their job at the company. These privileges may grow with the increase of years of service to the company, another one of the many perks of being a flight attendant.
Although the mystique of travel and the charm of being a flight attendant is not what it used to be, the job occupation does have its benefits. One of the greatest perks of being a flight attendant is that you have instant family. With the numerous members of the crew, it never gets lonely travelling. Also, good companies will take care of their staff and provide them with lavish benefits to compensate for their time away from home. Every job will have its fair share of problems, but that’s just part and parcel of a dynamic workplace. And what better place to hold office than all around the world.
Lauren Porter is CEO of On The Go and chief writer at Flight Attendant’s Academy. She has over 10 years of flight attending experience and meets with other Chicago-based attendants on a monthly basis.