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How to Become a Flight Attendant and Get Paid to Travel

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Are you one of those countless people whose dream is to become a Flight Attendant (FA for short)?

How about you? Is that or was that ever your dream?

Your idea of this job and lifestyle perceived as a “life of glory” comes with both good and bad sides.

But that’s another subject of conversation.

I turned the question over to my FA friend Jennifer. She is a Management for Hiring Department at my own major U.S. airline.


Here is what Jennifer advised

You should start by determining which airline(s) you are interested in working for. Each airline and each country has its own qualifications for applying, although requirements tend to be similar worldwide.

Go to the airline’s website, look under their sitemap. Most have Flight Attendant employment info on their site. They just may be accepting applications at this time!

What airlines are currently hiring?

Check the website HERE, for job listing information, and to see which airlines are hiring.

This site is well-known in the airline world, as it has tons of the information you need.

You can also apply to individual airlines directly from that site!

Flight Attendant Recruitment events

Check for live FA Recruitment events in your area. Those are only held occasionally.

To find these events, keep checking the individual airlines’ websites.

You can also find the recruitment events listed in local newspapers, under “employment”.

The method often used to find these events involves a Google-search, for recruitment events”.

Flight Attendant
How to Become a Flight Attendant? Be confident and positive, and believe in your dreams always.

Don’t waste your time – save your money on independent flight attendant schools!

Do not waste your time or your money by attending a private Flight Attendant school. It won’t help you get hired with an airline. You’ll learn everything you need in your airline’s own school.

Airlines have their own training program, to be able to train you and mold you into a crew member, THEIR way.

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Recommendation for an Interview

If you know someone working at the airline you’re applying to, ask the person to give you a recommendation.

Sometimes this helps. Other times not.

It really depends on who the person recommending you is.

Does that person have an excellent work record with the airline? Is that recommending person an influencer within the the management of the company? 

So many factors come into play within this subject.

The bottom line: Don’t sweat it if you have no contacts from within. 

If you meet the airline’s qualification requirements for applying for the position you should eventually get called in for that interview.

Male Flight Attendants
Male and Female Flight Attendants are in equal demand.

After submitting your application –
The “Waiting-Game” has started!

If you are qualified, in order to get that first interview PATIENCE is most often the key. 

Learn the application process of your preferred airline. Here is how most airlines work this:

UPDATE and submit your resume often, any time there is something new to add of value to your application. It shows continued sincere interest in the position.

Major Airlines, in particular have tens of thousands of applications on file at any given time.

You are just one number in that huge pile of applicants.

The application process may be tedious. sometimes you hear from the airline right away. But most of the time it takes a long time before you hear anything from the airline.

The bottom line:

Consider no word a good word! It takes patience and persistence to get hired as an airline crew member!

three flight attendants
The dream of many women and men: to become an FA.

Your Interview

Once you get that interview, there is no “magic secret” to how to get hired.

Just be yourself, be confident, professional, natural, outgoing, with a beautiful smile on your face.

Think about possible interview questions/answers before you go in, such as “Why do you want to become an FA?” “Why do you want to work for XYZ Airlines”?, etc.

I passed my interview, now what?

Passing the first interview is usually only the first step in a rather lengthy hiring process. Most airlines will have you come back for a second, perhaps a third interview too!

Each interview is a screening process, to ensure the airline gets their right person for the job.

A lot is involved with the interview process, including security clearance requirements and drug testing, for all kinds of drugs, including marijuana and alcohol, just to mention a couple of things.

Is the FA position a difficult job to get?

Yes, but absolutely obtainable, if you have the right personality and the greatest positive attitude.

Best of luck to you!

Pan Am flight attendants
The good old days. Classy Pan Am flight attendants on a Boeing 747.

The Flight Attendant title

Varieties of the title differ in various parts of the world.

These are a few varieties of titles used to describe the position of a Flight Attendant among people and airlines all over the world. Varieties of the title differ greatly from country to country, and airline to airline:

Air Hostess or Air Host.

Cabin Crew members (Pilots, in comparison, are Flight Crew members)

The Purser, Flight Purser, Cabin Manager, Chief or First Flight Attendant is the supervisor, overseeing the other FA’s and the passenger safety and comfort for your flight.

Stewardess or Steward (the common title back in the old days), is still used in many parts of the world.

flight attendants salute
Flight Attendants having fun, enjoying their job

Here’s what you can expect if you get hired with a major airline

Many flight attendants best describe their job as not being a job, but rather, a fun lifestyle.

Nothing could be closer to the truth.

Getting paid to fly as an FA is not the only benefit. The airline also pays 100% of your hotel room cost, and they typically pay you for 24/7 per-diem while you’re on duty.

You also receive a full benefits package, including retirement benefits.

On your time off you can travel for free, and you receive greatly reduced rates at major hotels!

If you got that job…

Please let us know how it went. What were your experiences? how were the interviews? Your training experiences? How do you feel about flying the line as a  cabin crew member?

Or, if you simply have questions…

We’d love to hear from you!

Take care, maybe our paths will cross at work on duty some day?

You can contact me here for any comment or question you may have.

Captain Les

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