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!

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  1. Melanie says:

    I have a question but do not know how to post it!

    I have been looking into being a flight attendant lately (but it had never previously crossed my mind until someone brought it to my attention a few weeks ago), and reading up on it, it seems like a job I would seriously consider. The more I think about it, the more I realize that I do not want the routine of 9-5 every day for the rest of my life. But I am in currently in school for biology (because that is the direction I wanted to go in), and I am stuck! I have always wanted to travel and have read that flight attendants get very low to free traveling benefits.. and that really excited me! But I guess in all, my question is, do flight attendants really have the time/money to travel on their own? I know they do not make much money. Also, do most flight attendants have families or not usually? Thank you!