A Day In The Life of A Flight Attendant Mom

Everything You Need to Know About Being A Flight Attendant Mom

The airlines are hiring again!  Delta Airlines recently announced 1,800 more flight attendant positions for 2017.  Amazing news for the travel industry and for those wanting to get in on it.

If your a mom wanting to travel the world but think you can’t, you are so wrong my friend.   I perform no miracles to be able to fly and be a hands on mom.  In fact, I will argue that it’s easier being a flight attendant than it was being a part-time gate agent.  Trust me, I did the latter for 10 years.

Here’s what you need to considered to be a Flight Attendant Mom:

  1. Don’t hesitate to apply. Most people get nervous and wait to apply until its too late.  Apply as soon as it opens and figure out the logistics later.
  2. Training can be 6-8 weeks full time and your’e paid minimum wage for training.  Training shifts vary and will depend on when you get selected.  You can postpone training if you need to for job commitments, but the earlier the better.  Seniority is everything in the airline industry.
  3. Be sure to have your passport or get it renewed as soon as you apply. They will ask when they call you for an interview.
  4. The interview process can be intense but don’t be discouraged, prepare by doing some online research on the STAR method.
  5. Ask someone you know that works for Delta to refer you for the job before you apply.  With such a big hiring they look to current employees for good candidates.
  6. You’re guaranteed 10 days off a month, but most flight attendants get 13-15 days off.
  7. Trips are 1-3 days but as a newbie you will likely get 3 day trips.
  8. Schedules are published in the middle of the month prior so planning your life can get tricky.
  9. You may be required to work out of another city which you will have to commute, fly in to work. This means your trips start and end in another city.  Many flight attendants commute by choice, don’t worry.  Delta has many bases and it all depends on when you start where you will be based.  Every month you can request to be switch to your home base.
  10. You get paid twice a month based on the hours you flown (flight pay) and the duration you are away from your base like a per diem rate.
  11. You can work as many trips as you desire.  The average is 80-90 flight hours.  In the beginning you will work more hours.  That seniority thing again!
  12. You can trade or swap trips with co workers or the company. Delta makes it easy to improve trips.
  13. You will likely work major holidays but if your computer savvy you can figure a way to swap off the holiday or at least get a nice long layover where you have family.
  14. Yes there is holiday pay and its really nice.
  15. You will have to work 6 days of reserve which means you will be on call for 6 designated days in the month.  It’s usually scheduled in a pair 3 day and 3 days but you can also get 6 days blocked together.
  16. The airlines will cover and arrange all hotel and transportation. Some layovers are better than other but for the most part its decent hotels.
  17. Layovers can be in any city and you can pick and choose where you want to stay as long as it is available.
  18. Find another flight attendant friend to help you get through the first year.  Training can be a big deal breaker and I’ve talked plenty of people through it.  It gets so much easier when you get out of training.
  19. The first 2 years your pay will look bad but it gets better the longer you stay. The health, savings, and flying benefits are well worth it in this economy.
  20. Familiarize yourself with the travel industry and be very open for change.  Everything changes in travel and you have to be able to go with it.  Don’t be caught off guard.
  21. You need to have strong support at home.  Hire lots of babysitters and backup sitters.
  22. Flying is not for everyone.  Don’t worry if you don’t enjoy it as much as I do.  Many people start flying and realize they hate it and quit.  No worries, at least you tried.
  23. A career with Delta can lead to many opportunities.  Delta is good about hiring internally.
  24. Flying is a lifestyle but it does allow for other interest.  Many flight attendants have second careers and professions.
  25. Prepare for your life to change.

Application not open yet for 2017, check back often here to apply: Delta Careers

Have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.  Leave them in the comments below!

Read more post about Flight Attendant Moms here:

The Pros and Cons of Being a Flight Attendant Mom


62 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Being A Flight Attendant Mom”

  1. I currently work for delta and i dropped my life to purse this when and how often do they have hiring internally?

    1. That’s a tough question, BUT i’ve read articles that Delta will be hiring this year for flight attendant!

  2. Great article. I’ve been a ready reserve Gate Agent with delta for a little over two years. I’ve tried three times for in flight. I’m thinking about giving it another go. I will be starting a family within a year or two and was apprehensive about that move to in flight with starting a family. So article was right on time God bless!

  3. Great & so true!!!! Worked for two Seperate airlines. First one went out of Business! No better job! Just hard when your are the lowest in Seniorty! Keep smiling & look to move up in Seniority!!!!! I even made it in to International & then as a Purser !!! More pay Great Job! Delta is known as a great Airline!

  4. Rhank ypu for tge valuable information. I,have always wanted to work in thw airline industry. Is there a upper age limit. I’m older but would love to consider starting a new career… empty best and free.

  5. If I have a phone interview will I need to already have my passport on hand or will they accept me having an appointment scheduled to get one?

  6. I’m so worried, because I live in Texas and don’t know anyone who works with Delta (or any other carrier for that matter) that I can use as a reference:( I know how to operate a computer, but I don’t have any social media accounts since I’ve been a stay at home mom for 16years and a nurse prior and during some of that time.
    This sounds so selfish of me to say that I feel a little resentful that my hubby gets to travels for work, has moments of peace and quiet alone
    ( although I know it’s by default for work), and has adult conversation. I heard that airlines would prefer to hire those without children at home because of possible sick calls, etc. Your website makes me feel hopeful and it’s SO beautifully made! However, me wanting to pursue this at 43, makes me feel like a more youthful with glowing skin crowd has an edge over me. My 20 y/o just got accepted into a regional carrier/s flight attendant training class and I’m SO happy for my girl! Hallelujah!

    1. You don’t need an airline reference or referral to apply. Also your nursing experience is a great asset to any carrier. Please don’t give up. When I was hired there were lots of younger applicants as well as older. I had several older classmates in my training class. A good airline is diverse. It doesn’t hurt to try!

  7. Thank you so much for putting this out there. I am a mother of 6 year old twin boys. Before I was hit with my unplanned twin pregnancy. I always thought about becoming a flight attendant. Once my sweet babies were born. I pretty much let it go. I thought it was impossible. I started research again and I came across My mommy flies. Thank you so much and I will continue to check back on the site for openings.

    1. Please do. Continue to work on your dreams. Life has so many possibilities and I never thought this would be my career. I love flying and the flexibility it gives me to live my life.

  8. Will they hire all 1800 before January? Will some have fall training and the rest spring? How does that work? …I applied and had my video interview! Now I’m just patiently waiting to hear back!!
    Thanks for your post.

    1. So glad you submitted your interview. From my understanding they will be hiring throughout the 2017 year. Best of luck to you. Hope to see you in the skies!!

    1. Hi Anitra, typically there isnt extended time off during training. YOu may get two days off as your weekend but the training schedule varies by class. Hope this helps!

  9. Katrina, I just turned 57. I want a new journey as a flight attendant. I know I have the years of experience and the attitude for the job but the training has me nervous. Do you think it’s realistic at this age? Please be honest. I don’t want to look foolish.

    1. Hi Sue, several of my classmates in training were in their 50s if not older. It really is based on your experience and what you can bring to the company. Hope to see you in the skies!

  10. So when you say the first 2 years of pay are bad what do you mean ? I read online somewhere that they start at 24.00 is that true ? Also in Thwdelta page it says the the training pay is around 1800 a month , is that false?

    1. Hi Jennifer, I cant really speak actual numbers since it has changed since I started and I came in as a company transfer so my pay was much different. But, when I was in training they paid new hires minimum wage per hour. When you started flying your pay increased. It was enough to care for yourself maybe not a family of 5 like I had a the time, but we’ve since received several raises across the board so that has changed. If it really is something you want and you enjoy it, trust me, the money wont matter. Its one of the best air lines in the WORLD!

  11. Hi my name is mary and dont no where to start i did my app on line and it said go back in and put my resume up. Where can u guide me. And also i want to be a flight attendant. And work at the gate. Help me out. Thank you and how long is training and is there a chance to be based in my home town buffalo ny.

    1. Hi Mary, You should follow the instructions in the application and make sure your resume is posted. Unfortunately I dont have any technical knowledge on the application process. Also, if you wish to be based close to home you need to look and see what carriers are operating out of BUF. You can do that by looking up the airport website, that should give you a list of their carriers and see where there central office is located. Apply to any and all positions with those carriers that you qualify for. That way you can already be in the company when in-flight hiring begins and you gain experience in air travel. That should put you on the right track. Thanks for checking out my post! Best of luck to you Mary!

  12. Hi Katrina, I recently applied and waiting to be called for the F2F interview. Although, I was curious in knowing do you pick your top choices where you would like to be based? Or do they just place you wherever needed?

    1. Hi Ashley, it all depends on the operations at the time. They try to give choices but if they need all 100+ trainees to go to a specific base then they will do that. My company allows us to request transfers into a base each month. I was based in New York the first few months because they didnt need us in Atlanta. After a few months most of us got into Atlanta and dont ever have to worry about it any more. Sometimes it can take longer to get the base you want. For the most part the company and employees are very supportive and getting you setup in whatever base you get. It can be a little nerve wrecking at first but it all works itself out. Hope to see you in the skies!!

  13. Also, is it true if your based in NY your chances of getting international flights are higher, since we would have no seniority basically.
    Thank you Katrina for your help, hope to see you too !!

    1. It depends on the operation at the time. My very first trip I was based in NY and worked to Amsterdam. Others had a different experience. If I were based in NY now I would likely be able to fly more international but no real guarantees.

    1. There are some basic requirements that includes a US Passport or Visa. Please check the site to confirm. Best of luck!

  14. Hello, thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge.! I recently applied fir Delta and was scheduled for an online interview. I received the email Thursday at 3pm.. do I have 3 days from Thursday or 3 days including Thursday to complete the interview?

  15. Hi Katrina!
    I completed my online interview questions last week and did not use the STAR method. I feel like I definitely could have performed better as far as my answers go, but I was sure to dress accordingly and complete the interview in a quiet and tidy place.
    My questions are:
    Is there a specific amount of time, upon submitting my recorded interview , that I can expect to hear back if I qualify for the next step?
    Will they contact you to let you know if you do NOT qualify?

    Thank you for your consideration in taking the time to respond!

    1. All of these are questions I cant answer. Things have changed since I applied 4 years ago. Have you heard back yet?

  16. Hello Katrina!

    I am also a mommy of one, I used to be a FA but with EK, now I want to fly again but with a USA airline such as DL. Thankfully I have my parents support’s. Thing is, I applied for the LOD position and I’ve been reading that the LOD’s fleet is boring… Can I later switch to non-belingüal if I don’t like LOD after a year? Or am I stuck for ever as an LOD FA?

    1. I’m not LOD so I dont have all the facts, but I’ve believe you are set in the role until you have to requalify and take another test. 2-4 years I believe.

  17. Hey! Wonderful post!

    I have a few questions…
    What is the most desirable flights that are usually taken by senior flight attendants when choosing schedules?

    When you travel internationally while working, do you have to get a visa for that country? If so, I would imagine your passport fills up very quickly. I believe a standard passport is 28 pages. The government also recently canceled the ability to request additional pages. So my question is, does the airline support the cost of passport renewal ?

    Lastly, I’m an American English teacher currently living in Asia for the past 2(ish) years. I will be coming home in 2 months. Do you thinking would be okay to apply now, and do the video interview while over here? I’ve read it takes a few months to actually get a training date anyway. Or do you think I’m cutting it close, and should wait until I move back to the US?

    Thanks, looking forward to your advice!!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Most senior FA’s prefer long hauls or international. Though some prefer day trips. Its a personal preference.
      The company will arrange any and all required visas though you dont need as many when you are working. You also can opt out of getting a stamp from some ports so your passport doesnt fill so quickly. Yes I believe you should wait sooner to your arrival into the states to apply. You never know when they will call. Hope this helps!

  18. Hi Katrina,
    I was hoping to apply thru Republic Airways. I saw that they require you to have 2+ years of customer service experience, which I do not have. Is it still worth applying? Also, I love your blog. Thank you in advance!

    1. HI Camille. I believe in applying even if you don’t feel you are qualified. Some people are just good at what they do and dont need the experience to back them. Best wishes!

  19. Hi
    I just recently applied (loved your post by the way) just wondering if there’s a certain look they look for?
    I wear hair weaves from time to time I have braces and I’m not thin more curvy?
    Just curious

  20. Hello! Thank you sharing such valuable information. Are the six A days something that only new hires are assigned or will I have A days my entire career with Delta? I am sure it can vary greatly, but from you experience, do you usually get trips on those days?

  21. I am really glad I found your website. I have a question, How can I find someone in the Delta company for a referral? I have friends in the AA but no one in Delta. Do you have any advice for that?

    1. Hi Miae, I recommend you search your social networks. Maybe create a post asking if anyone works for the company to offer you a referral. Best of luck to you! please keep me posted.

  22. I recently filed out an application and I found out I am pregnant. Should I still go through with an interview if I get one of just wait until they are hiring again? I’m not sure if I’m be able to train or even fly while pregnant. If I get into training can i postpone it?

    1. HI Milika, Congratulations!

      Training is physically and emotional challenginge. I dont know if I would want to manage my pregnancy during flight attendant training. I’m unsure of the policy regarding such things. I’m sure you’ll make a decision that’s right for you and your family.

    1. This is probably referring to the hours you need to receive medical insurance. Outside of the minimum hours, you have to pay out of pocket for insurance.

  23. Enjoyed your post. For the six A days, instead of sitting around waiting to be called, can you go ahead and pick up trips instead? Also, would it be possible to work like crazy for two weeks straight to get all your hours in for the month, then have two weeks off? Or would that be just too unrealistic and demanding? Thanks!

    1. Hi there! For the 6 days you are on-call you can preference trips. Meaning, request a trip. BUT they are awarded by seniority order. You can try to get all your trips backed up but there is a rule that requires you to take a 24 hr rest from flying every 7 days. This can be 24 hours on a layover though so it is possible, but tricky to get. Hope this helps!

  24. Hey Katrina!
    What a very informative blog! Thank you so much!
    I have a phone interview tomorrow with Delta and I am very excited about it.
    I worked for Air France years ago , then became a HS teacher for “family” reason.
    Now I am the proud parent of 2 beautiful College girls and ready to “take off” one more time.
    Do you know what is the new step after the phone interview and if hired would I be able to make a schedule where I could get at least one week off every other month so I could visit my 2 girls who are studying in Europe? Sincerely, Sophie

    1. Hi Sophie, Congratulations! They’ve update the interview process and I’m uncertain of the next process. Once you complete training you will have some control over your schedule. I’m confident that you can make schedule adjustments to get the time off you need. Best of luck and keep me posted please! Hope to see you on the line!

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