Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines


Spirit Airlines is an American airline based in Miramar, Florida. With 24,183,070 passengers, It is the eight-largest commercial ariline in the U.S. It operates flights throughout the United States, the Carribean, Central America and South America. The main crew base is at Fort Lauderdale Airport, while it maintains five more crew bases.


Spirit airlines transformed itself during the last decade into a "ultra low-cost carrier". This means that almost all extra amenities (carry-on bags, checked bags, printing boarding-passes at check-in, meals/drinks on board, etc.) are not included in the base ticket price. In case passengers would like any of those amenities, they have to pay extra.


The most important information follows below.


Promotion/Career perspectives:


1. Reserve flight attendant

For approximately 1 to 2 years, you will be working as a so-called reserve flight attendant. This means that you will be "on call" at all working days. In case Spirit needs you for a flight, you have to be at the airport within 2 hours after the moment they call you. Every month, you will receive a schedule which shows the days that you are on call and the days that you are off.


2. Lineholder flight attendant

As an on-line flight attendant, you will be able to bid for flights and will therefore have more influence on the days you are working, the destinations you fly to. This way, it is easier to combine with your private life.


Special qualification flight attendants:

Besides being a reserve or lineholder flight attendant, one can earn special qualifications:


a. "A" position (most senior flight attendant)

As a flight attendant working the "A" position, you will be leading and coordinating the flight attendants throughout the flight. You will be responsible for the briefings and will be the primary liaison between the captain and the flight attendants. The "A" position is automatically assigned to the most senior flight attendant of that flight.


b. Language qualified flight attendants

In case you speak a foreign language fluently, you might opt to become a language qualified flight attendant. You will then be providing customer service and translation services in a foreign language.



Payment / Wage / Salary:

The payment at Spirit Airlines is completely based on an hourly pay per flight hour. This hourly pay depends on the seniority (years working as a Spirit flight attendant) and multiple extra factors (see below). For each day of training (not during the initial training course), you will receive the payment of 4 flight hours.


Basic pay for all flight attendants is 72 hours. No matter how many hours you have been assigned to, you will at least receive the basic pay according to those hours.


Basic:

The basic hourly pay per flight hour (in 2018)

(depening on the seniority):

1st 6 months: $20.62

2nd 6 months: $22.53

2nd year: $25.38

3rd year: $27.24

4rd year: $29.35

5th year: $30.86

6th year: $32.30

7th year: $34.36

8th year: $36.16

9th year: $37.35

10th year: $38.90

11th year: $40.85

12th year: $41.70

13th year: $43.07

14th year: $45.38

15th year: $47.80

16th year: $48.20

Extra´s (this list is not complete!):

  • 5% extra on the hourly pay for flights outside the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico and part of the Carribean
  • $2.50 per hour working  the "A" posistion (lead flight attendant)
  • $2.00 per hour working as a language qualified flight attendant
  • 1.5x hourly rate for every flown hour in excess of 85 hours per month
  • 4% commission for the onboard sales (divided equally among flight attendant crew)



Examples:

(The examples are not 100% correct, do not include commission and per diem layover allowance, but give an idea on how the payment is put together)


1. Reserve flight attendant in his/her first 6 months who worked 60 flight hours and did only do domestic flights.

  • Basic pay based on 72 hours: 72 x $20.62 = $1,485
  • Total wage: $1,485


2. On-line flight attendant in his/her 9th year who worked 90 flight hours on domestic flights. For 30 of these 90 hours, he/she worked the "A" position and for 25 hours, he/she was working as a language qualified flight attendant.

  • Basic pay based on 90 hours: 90 x $37.35 = $3,362
  • $2.50 per hour for the "A" position: 30 hours x $2.50 = $75
  • $2.00 per hour as a language qualified attendant: 25 x $2.00 = $50
  • 1.5x hourly rate for hours in excess of 85: 5 hours x $18.675 = $93
  • Total wage: $3,362 + $75 + $50 + $93 = $3,580


3. On-line flight attendant in his/her 25th year who worked the "A" position for 85 hours on intercontinental routes.

  • Basic pay based on 85 hours: 85 hours x $48.20 = $4,097
  • 5% extra on the hourly pay for intercontinental routes: $4,097 x 0.05 = $205
  • $2.50 per hour for the "A" position: 85 hours x $2.50 = $212
  • Total wage: $4,097 + $205 + $212 = $4,514


Per Diem / Layover allowance:

  • $2.20 per hour



Home base:

Spirit bases its flight attendants at six different hubs:

  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Atlantic City (ACY)
  • Chicago-O´Hare (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW):
  • Detroit (DTW)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)



Where you will stay after a working day:

Sometimes you will stay at a hotel in another city or sometimes you return back to your home base at the end of the day.



Schedule:

There is a big difference between the schedule for reserve flight atttendants and lineholder flight attendants (see text above):


Reserve:

  • A reserve has less planing possibilites than a Lineholder
  • As a reserve, you receive a minimum of 12 days off per month. Even though these days are displayed on your schedule, only 8 days (in 2 blocks of 4 days) are displayed as immovable days off. The other 4 days can be moved to other days in the same month due to changes in the schedule when being needed for a flight


Lineholder

  • A regular flight attendant can bid for flights
  • A s a regular flight attendant, you receive a minimum of 13 days off per month.


A flight attendant may be scheduled up to 88 hours per month. Voluntarily, you can fly upto 110 hours. The company may schedule you for up to 95 for a maximum of 2 months a year.


After each assignment you have a minimum rest period at your home base of 9 hours. The minimum rest at the layover destinations ranges from 8 to 11 hours (depending on the lenght of the previous assignment).



Vacation:

The number of vacation days depends on the seniority (completed years of service):

  • 1 - 4 years: 14 days
  • 5 - 9 years: 21 days
  • 10 - 14 years: 24,5 days
  • 15 - 19 years: 28 days
  • 20 - 24 years: 31,5 days
  • 25+ years: 35 days



Training course:

The training lasts for 3.5 weeks. You will receive a $500 debit card, which you can use during training (for food, etc.). Housing is provided by the means of a shared hotelroom. You will also get stipend.

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