Travel Gift Guide

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What to get the traveler?

Travel Pro: Many years ago I used to by boyfriends  suitcases & fill them up with all kinds of great travel gadgets. I thought this was an awesome gift-if I do say so myself- that would make him/them dream of all our fabulous adventures that were to come…sadly I wasted a lot of money on too many fools, but if you have found the “right one” this is still is an amazing fun way to share your flight bennies! Travel Pro is still my “go to” brand and of course we have a discount for our friends! Use code: theflyingpinto15 for 15% off your total order!

Layngo Cosmo: After twenty years of searching for the perfect travel cosmetic bag I believe my search is over! I love this bag! Everything about it, from it’s simple design to being able to throw it in the wash. You’ll have to watch the video “here” to get the full effect, but trust me you’ll never go back to living with the “black hole” bag you have now! *Bonus crew tip! Purchase two sets of toiletries & cosmetics, one for home & one for travel. You’ll never have to unpack them, just refill! Use code: CREW15 for 15% Layngo’s entire site! You’ll find the great same concept for small kids toys with the layngo lite & the “traveler” for our male crew members!

Dune Jewelry: Have memories of that special someone on that special beach? Or just a great beach vacation? I love this line of jewelry & my favorite piece of course is the “travelers bracelet” which lets you choose up to seven different beaches to display. To me this is the perfect souvenir! Send in your sand or pick from over 1000 beaches they already have for you! Use code: theflyingpinto15 for 15% off!

Know a new flight attendant? The Flying Pinto’s Flight Attendant Survival Guide is the perfect gift for anyone thinking about this career or just starting out! The guide covers everything including how to survive the holidays away from loved ones! Loaded with tips and tricks! Available on Amazon, iBooks & Nook.

Hoseanna: Another great gift? A gift card to Hoseanna.com! Every female flight attendant would love to not have to spend their own money on hosiery…am I right ladies? The ladies at hoesanna love crew too! Enjoy 20% off with code: CREW20

What would you like to see in your stocking? Where will you be this year for Christmas? Follow us on Facebook & let us know how you’re surviving the holidays so far!

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Scared? Go Anyway!

Q. I’m starting the flight attendant classes probably in December .. and I’m kinda scared any advice?

A. At first I thought that our reader was on their way to flight attendant training with an airline. After private messaging for a bit, I figured out what she meant was that she is on her way to a paid (by her) flight attendant school. You may all remember from a previous post that you can find “here” that I don’t believe in paying for a flight attendant school. At least not in the U.S. The airline that hires you will train you. Why go through the training twice and pay hundreds possibly thousands of dollars to do it? I will also answer the question about being scared, whether you are headed to flight attendant school or flight attendant training or anywhere for that matter! We have all been there! Life can be scary, but nothing changes if we don’t move forward so I always say, if you know it’s something you want (and most people going for a flight attendant position desperately want to be a flight attendant!) feel scared and do it anyway!

Prepare the very best you can. Read sites such as this one, buy books, talk to others that have been there and be thankful the internet is there for you! Twenty years ago I was scared and alone! Lol! No internet to search and find answers from! The better prepared you are the more relaxed you will be! You can try different methods of relaxation. I’m a true believer in meditation, but use whatever works for you and then punch through it!

Best of luck to anyone heading to flight attendant training! I truly believe it is worth the experience whether you fly for a year or forty five years!

Got questions? Ask in comments and follow us on facebook!

Safe Flying!

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Does appearance matter?

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Q. “I’m 5’1 should I just give up my dream? I’m 16 maybe I’ll grow and inch more? If not I’m pretty much screwed eh?”

A. Height requirements like weight requirements were dropped by most U.S. based airlines in the 1990’s. If mentioned at all it will state in the job requirements that, “height must be in proportion to weight”. I did notice in your question that you added “eh” at the end, so guessing you could be Canadian I also checked on Air Canada’s requirements and again nothing about height was mentioned and unlike the U.S. based airlines they will hire qualified applicants age 18 and up. I would recommend you wear a nice conservative heel to your interview and don’t worry about it!

Q. “Is it really a big deal to have clear skin to become a flight attendant?” 

A. This is a yes and no answer. I can only speak for the U.S. I do have some friends at Emirates and other airlines around the world who have told me that they are more strict when it comes to appearance, but just as I stated above in regards to height, the U.S. is a lot less discriminating when it comes to appearances. That’s not to say one doesn’t need a professional appearance. I would do my best to look and feel my best before an interview because how you feel about yourself will come across in the interview. Recruiters are looking for people who feel confident in themselves so appearance comes into play indirectly.

You can improve your skin vastly through diet, by eating whole foods such as fruits & mainly vegetables and by cutting out processed foods and alcohol.

I hope this helps! What questions do you have about becoming a flight attendant? Follow us on facebook and post your questions there or here in comments!

Happy & safe flying!

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School or Flight Attendant? That is the Question!

Q. How does one afford living when they first start off as a flight attendant? I have been thinking about becoming a flight attendant recently, and it is completely opposite of the physical therapy career I have been going for. I am currently in school for biology.. but if I want to become a flight attendant, the quicker the better right? Should I continue with school even though my degree will be in biology and minor in Spanish? Or should I just start applications? I have so many questions! Thank you.

A. This is a tough question that really only you can answer, but maybe I can give you some information that will help you make that decision. A college degree is not required to become a flight attendant. I don’t have one and feel my career as a flight attendant has afforded me the best education one can get, travel. However, most airlines will prefer that you have one. If you are polished, well spoken and have solid customer service experience behind you, they will hire you regardless of whether or not you have that piece of paper. But! You’re taking a little bit of a risk by not having a back up plan. I got lucky, I’m with a great airline and my timing was right. Twenty years later I feel secure in my career, but I have also educated myself and have an online career now too. I know people that have got on with airlines only to be furloughed and it can be a bumpy path. When you do decide to start applying, do your research and pick the airline that is right for you. And, yes to answer your question, seniority is everything at the airlines!

Ok, so lets pretend you ditch school and go straight to the airlines. One of the best things about this career is the flexibility. You will most likely have some reserve years ahead of you, but once that is behind you it is easy to fit school in. I know many flight attendants who have returned to school to get their degrees, become nurses, lawyers and many many other things. I even know a flight attendant personally that has a baby, is in school full time and on reserve! That is not recommended, but she has figured out a way to make it all work! The most amazing thing about all this is that most who finish up with their schooling don’t quit flying! They do both so that should tell you something!

Now lastly, how does one afford life as a new flight attendant. It is tough, but if it’s what you really want there are ways. Some live with family or live in a crash pad. If you’re young I recommend the crash pad life, you’re gone a lot anyway and it’s cheap. It also helps to be surrounded by people in the same boat (or plane..hahaha). You could also date a lot for nice meals;-D

Good luck with your decision! If you’d like to learn more about the career read, The Flight Attendant Survival Guide! It will tell you everything you’d like to know and help you decide if this is the path for you! Also, once you have an interview don’t forget us! Come back and fill out our survey and keep following us on facebook!

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Is There a Routine to a Flight Attendant’s Schedule?

Q. Erin asks: “As a flight attendant, do you often do the same trips all the time? or is it pretty random?”

A. Ever hear that quote, “The only thing you can count on in life is change”? Well, that’s pretty much true in the flight attendant world. Every airline handles their scheduling a little differently of course, but a flight attendant schedule is based monthly so even if a flight attendant has a routine one month you can be sure that will change for the next month. The airlines schedules change from time to time and/or a flight attendant’s needs can change from month to month, maybe there is a wedding to attend or a school function for the kids that can’t be missed or it’s a holiday month. For those flight attendants on a reserve schedule, meaning they’re on call to fill in for sick calls, crew time outs and such, you can imagine there’s  no semblance of a routine for them! 

It’s actually what makes the job appealing to me. The thought of Monday through Friday, same old routine for twenty, thirty or more years is depressing to me!

Thanks for your great question Erin! Got questions about the flight attendant career? Be sure to join us on facebook! Want to know more about life as a flight attendant? Check out The Flying Pinto’s Flight Attendant Survival Guide, available on Amazon, iBooks and Nook.

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Questions
Question from Danielle: I understand everything about the profession except the dropping and swapping of trips. How does it work and how is the pay affected? What if someone doesn’t want your trip? What happens then?
A. Danielle it really depends on what airline you fly for. All airlines have there own way of scheduling flight attendants. The airline that I fly for is very flexible, we can advertise our trips to other flight attendants for straight pick on the computer. If someone does pick up your trip you do of course lose the pay & the person picking up now gets the pay for that trip. If nobody picks up your trip there is the option of trading it for a different trip on a different day (as long as there’s adequate coverage for the days you are moving the trip from). There’s usually a pool of trips in the computer that are there from sick calls, vacation etc. If that still doesn’t work out for you, you can put in a request from scheduling to drop your trip, without pay. If they have the coverage, they’ll take the trip back.

Question from Jihveon: I wonder what is the most important qualification to be a stewardess?

A. I’m not sure if there is one specific qualification that is “the” most important. Flight attendants are some of the most diverse people I know. I’ve met young people from all walks of life, some who have never worked anywhere else, ex lawyers, nurses, teachers, stay at home moms and so much more. The thing they have in common is their sociability, their flexibility, their problem solving skills and their ability to work well as a team member. These are the qualifications that recruiters are looking for during the interview process and I believe they are all equally important. They want to find the people that are the best fit because it is an investment to send each person they send to training.

Thank you for your questions! Hope these answers help! Have a question you’d like answered? Join us on facebook!

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Is it Hard Being a Flight Attendant?

I asked what questions our audience had on facebook. Here are a few really great questions that I think will help out a lot of people.

Is swimming important for flight attendants?

You’ve probably seen pictures from flight attendant training that made you think swimming skills would be necessary. It really isn’t. You will need to learn how to evacuate an aircraft in a ditching scenario, but you will be wearing a life vest. I don’t know of any airlines that require you to take a swimming test.

Should we study a specific subject at university or it’s not necessary?

I can only answer for the U.S. carriers, but no it is not necessary to go to a special school or study any specific subject. However, it is a great idea to gain customer service skills while going to school. I do think every airline prefers educated employees, but views life experience as a valuable education.

I have a 15 yr old home schooled sophomore in high school and she’s very interested in being a flight attendant. What should I do to get her in the right direction?

A well rounded education and great customer service skills will be what the airlines are looking for from young people. If she doesn’t already have a job, have her get a job working with people in a customer service environment. She needs to develop problem solving skills that you can only develop by working with the public. Learning a second language will also make her more attractive to the airlines.

Is it hard to be a flight attendant?

There are aspects to being a flight attendant that are difficult, but it may not be what you think. The actual everyday job is easy. Serving people can be hard if you don’t develop strong customer service skills and find yourself frustrated by everything passengers do day in and day out. If you love people and have good diffusing skills though this won’t be a problem for you. The hard part to me is the sleep patterns, fulfilling your dietary needs and keeping up with your overall health. The schedule can be grueling when you first start out. It can also be difficult emotionally as well, adjusting to such a new life style. The Flying Pinto’s Flight Attendant Survival Guide is a wonderful resource for flight attendants. It has great advice on everything from packing an awesome food cooler to dealing with your love relationships. It’s available on Amazon.com.

Look for more answers to your questions coming soon! Please remember to take advantage of our site and learn from flight attendants who have been hired, what to expect at your interview. And, once you do interview remember to come back and pay it forward by filling out our survey to help other flight attendant hopefuls! Thank you!

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Five Ways to Enjoy Your Hotel Room

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Do you have those trips where you just don’t feel like being social? You feel guilty because you’re right downtown in the middle of the action and you have a great crew, but you just want to be alone? Don’t feel bad! Take the opportunity to enjoy your alone time! Here are five ways to take advantage of your time and decompress:

  • Treat your room like a spa! Think manicure, pedicure and facial! Do you use a store brand hair color? This is a great time to take care of all your beauty needs.
  • Watch a movie marathon! Check out the local stations maybe there is something you’d like to see. If not you can always check out Netflix or Amazon on your computer or electronic device.
  • Read a good book! When was the last time you had a large stretch of uninterrupted time to really get into a book?
  • Work out! There are a ton of routines you can pull off in a hotel room! Basic stretching,  jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups and squats for starters. You can also find loads of exercise apps too, including yoga and pilates.
  • Sleep! Sometimes when I have a heavy month of flying, I forget how tired it actually makes me. Taking a good old fashioned nap can truly hit the spot!

How do you like to spend your free time when you slam click? Let us know your best tips for unwinding in our comment section. We’d also love for you to join us on facebook!

Happy Flying!

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Layovers/Chicago

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I love when I have time in Chicago! Deep dish pizza, great museums and parks! Here is a list of must dos (on the cheap) next time you have a long layover in the windy city!

  • The Art Institute: Free Thursday evenings from 5pm until 8pm. They have an amazing collection of art, including Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
  • Millennium Park: A 24.5 acre park that has art sculptures, fountains (great for cooling off in the summer) and free outdoor concerts and exhibits all year round!
  • Chicago Greeter Program: This is an amazing score for anyone on a tight budget (flight attendants!) The Chicago greeter program sets you up with enthusiastic, knowledgeable locals to give you a free 2-4 hour guided tour of the city!
  • Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza: This is my splurge! I love to walk around Chicago all day! There are so many great freebies and of course taking pictures is always part of the layover. When I’m worn out and hungry, deep dish pizza is a must while here!

What do love about Chicago? Let us know in the comment section! Also be sure to join us on our facebook page!

Happy Flying!

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Flight Attendant Burn Out

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Are you feeling burned out with flying? Is it the actual job or just the customer service aspect? Having flown twenty years and knowing many who have, I can tell you this is normal. I think every flight attendant goes through this many times in their career. Maybe you’ve only been flying a year or five, but trust me it doesn’t necessarily mean this isn’t the career for you. Here are a few things you can do to get back on track.

  • Take a break. Many airlines afford us the luxury of taking some time off without losing our jobs or seniority. Whether it’s a few months personal leave or an educational leave, I can almost guarantee you’ll come back with a fresh new perspective. There’s also maternity leave, but I don’t recommend you get pregnant just to have some time off;)
  • Remember why you love being a flight attendant. Travel? Take a trip, even if it’s a short one. Have fun! I remember feeling like I was done with this job and then I flew to Rome. In first class. I remembered the love.
  • Envision yourself working in a “real” job. Monday through Friday with two weeks of vacation a year. Enough said.
  • Let the daily stressors go. Does it kill you when a passenger doesn’t tell you what they’d like in their coffee? How about when they get on the plane and immediately ask for a glass of water? Guess what? These are the things that happen on every single flight, every single day to every single flight attendant. If you continue to let these everyday scenarios bother you, you won’t have room to deal with the unexpected. Acceptance is happiness.
  • Get out on your layovers. It’s another way to appreciate the lifestyle!
  • Remember when you are having an exceptionally difficult passenger that once the door opens, you can say, buh-bye, adios,  sayonara……

Have you just started flying or thinking about a career as a flight attendant? Check out, The Flying Pinto’s Flight Attendant Survival Guide, available on Amazon, iBooks, Vook and Nook. And, don’t forget if you’ve had a recent interview to fill out our quick survey, “here“.

 

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