If you came here looking for tips and tricks on how to get flights on the cheap, you’ll be sorely disappointed. I know next to nothing about buying plane tickets, when the best time to buy is, or which routes are cheapest. “But how can you travel so often and know nothing about purchasing tickets,” you say. It’s because all my flights are free. Yeah, you heard me, F-R-E-E. And so are Caroline’s. How can this be?? Well the flight attendant life can be sweet, my friend. And apparently the roommate of a flight attendant’s, even sweeter.
It’s crazy, I know. Sometimes I wonder how I will ever be able to leave this lifestyle with the world constantly at my fingertips. The options are entirely limitless. I’ve walked through the airport before and seen the boards for Athens or Paris and thought to myself “I could go there right now!” I’ve been tempted, but never followed through. Just the idea of taking that step and having those options is invigorating.
So how exactly does it work, you ask? Well we fly standby. This means that whatever seats are not taken by paying customers are up for grabs. It can be nerve racking at times because of the uncertainty, yes, but it’s free so you get over it. There’s always a plan B and C and D. Flight attendants can be very resourceful people. Many reroutings have taken place in the last year and a half or so of my life. It’s all very fly by the seat of your pants kind of stuff, but that’s what keeps things interesting, right?
Not everyone understands the lifestyle and even less are cut out for it. In some ways it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s much more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. I’ve given up birthdays, holidays, and time with loved ones. It’s very much a give and take. It ain’t all easy, but on the hard days (read: 3 am wake ups and 14 hr duty days) I remind myself of the opportunities I have because of this job. The flexibility and the means to travel. Can you name another job that gives you both limitlessly? I’ll wait.
We’re packed and penniless, it’s true. But we’re sure not lacking in flight availability. Want in on the fun? American Airlines is hiring! Join me in the skies!