Crash Pads


This picture of course is a joke, but sometimes it doesn’t feel that far fetched when you are living in a crash pad! Do you have a crash pad? Or are you just starting out as a flight attendant and realizing you will need a crash pad? Even if you are just dreaming of a flight attendant career it’s good to know this aspect of the lifestyle. For many new hire flight attendants a crash pad is a necessary evil. If you are young and don’t have a lot of money saved, crash pads are usually affordable in an otherwise expensive city and offer transportation to and from the airport. I had a love, hate relationship with my crash pads. I truly look back on that time in my life and have so many great memories and friendships that have lasted well beyond those years. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for your first crash pad.

  • Affordability. If you and your classmates decide to go in together on a crash pad be sure there are enough of you to make the price right. A lot of hotels lend themselves to crash pad living. The hotel has a set monthly fee that is then divided by the amount of occupants.
  • Hot bed vs your own bed. Although it can be less expensive to not have an assigned bed (hot bed) it may be worth it to pay a little extra as a reserve flight attendant in order to have little space to call your own. It’s much more common for line holders to have the hot beds.
  • Transportation. Of course you’ll want to make sure that there is twenty four hour shuttle service to and from the airport, but you may also want to make sure that they offer shuttle service to town, a mall, a local gym and restaurants. It can get boring if you are stuck in a crash pad for days on end waiting for the “call.”
  • Coed vs same gender. There are coed crash pads and same sex crash pads. You’ll have to decide what is most comfortable for you. Remember you are living in tight quarters, usually with one bathroom and time constraints.

If you prefer your alone time you could always see if the room above is available;) What is important to you when it comes to having roomies? Already did your time in a crash pad? Do you have fond memories? Please share with us in the comment section. We love to hear from our community!

Happy Flying!

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  1. Ebony says:

    When you state “crash pad” are you referring to a place to stay in the city one is based in? I currently live in OK but I am assuming (maybe I am wrong) my base will be DFW or elsewhere just not Tulsa, OK. I know I will need a place to stay if I have to relocate b/c driving 4 hours to my base (DFW) is impossible. Should I give up my apt here in OK or down size to a one bedroom? Should I just make my base my home and say bye-bye to Tulsa?

    I love your FB page & blogs. I am praying I get on with the airline I applied to. I had my video interview today. Oh wow, look at me getting off subject, anyway keep up the GREAT work. <3 Ebony