There are pros and cons when it comes to being a flight attendant. It’s always a perfect idea to do some research on any company that you would like to work for. I will be honest with you all, and hopefully, the good outweighs the bad for you.
Flight Attendant Pros
- Flight Benefits – You can travel to some fantastic destinations at a little to no cost. Your family members and friends are also able to reap those same benefits.
- Flexibility – Depending on your airline, you will have so much more free time at home. I’ve never had a job where I can have 15 days off in a month; it was always the usual two days off a week. You’ll also be able to swap or give away trips to other flight attendants. You can still pick up extra trips whenever you’re off.
- Layovers – Whenever I have a long layover, I think of it as a mini-vacation. If you had 24 hours in a new city, wouldn’t you take advantage and be a tourist? 24+ hours layovers are not always available but if you’re determined to find some, you will.
- New Faces – In this industry, it’s almost impossible to fly with the same crew twice. If you enjoy meeting new people with different views and personalities, then this job is for you. We are so different in many ways, and I thoroughly enjoy that.
- Side Hustle – A flight attendant career is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs. You can perfect your craft on your days off. If your business is online based, you can bring your laptop with you on your layovers.
Flight Attendant Cons
- Reserve – I hate not knowing where I’m traveling to and that’s what reserve is all about. You’re on call in case the airline needs you to cover a trip. I strongly encourage everyone to research their airline of choice if being on reserve is one of your primary concern.
- Illness – Germs! Germs are everywhere when you are stuck inside a metal tube for hours. You might come in contact with hundreds of people a day, and it’s hard not to get sick. I suggest washing your hands many times a day and picking up trash with gloves (glamorous uh?). I always recommend Emergen-C for your daily dose of vitamin C.
- Weight Gain – Sad to say, we spend a majority of our time on an airplane or airport, and they may not have the best options. If you don’t consciously make better food choices and prepare your meals, you will see it in your wallet and your waist.
- Broke – When you start flying, the pay will not be that great. In my first blog post, I stress that you should save money before even starting training. The salary gets within a few months, and you’ll know how many hours you should fly to live comfortably.
- Holidays – In the first few years, plan on being away from home during the holidays. The airline industry runs 24/7, and they need flight attendants to get airplanes from point A to point B. Though it’s not impossible, you might have put in the effort to get the holidays off.