Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant
Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant


Alaska Airlines is an American airline based in Seattle, Washington. With 45,802,000 passengers, it is the sixth-largest commercial ariline in the U.S. An Alaska Airlines flight attendant flies throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. The main crew base is at Seattle Airport, while it maintains four more crew bases.


The most important information follows below.


Promotion/Career perspectives:


1. Reserve flight attendant

For multiple years (based on seniority), you will be working as a so-called reserve flight attendant. This means that you will be "on call" for 14 hours at all working days. In case Alaska 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. You will get at least 12 days off on a 30-day month and 13 days off on a 31-day month. You will not be on reserve for more than 5 days in a row. In the beginning, you will be be "on call" every weekend. Once your seniority improves, you will also get weekends off.


2. Lineholder flight attendant

As an Alaska lineholder 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. In the beginning, you will be be working almost every weekend. Once your seniority improves, you will also get weekends off.


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.



Payment / Wage / Salary:

The basic flight attendant salary at Alaska Airlines is completely based on Trips For Pay (TFP). This salary depends on the seniority (years working as an Alaksa 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 6 TFP


As a reserve flight attendant, you will be paid at least your guarantee of 90 TFP per month (even if you are never called for a flight (which is highly unlikely).


In order to convert the TFP to Block Hourly Pay (to compare the salary with other airlines), you only need to do as follows:

$ TFP x 1.13   = $ Block Hour Pay

Example with top of scale TFP at Alaska:

$54.66 TFP x 1.13  = $ 61.77 Block Hour Pay at other airlines


Basic:

The basic TFP in 2018 is displayed below

(including the convertion to Block Hour Pay on the right, in order to compare with other airlines)

Seniority

TFP

Converted (x 1.13) to Block Hour Pay

1st Year

$22.62

$25.56

Year 2

$25.64

$28.97

Year 3

$26.91

$30.41

Year 4

$29.22

$33.02

Year 5

$30.51

$34.36

Year 6

$34.39

$38.86

Year 7

$37.74

$42.65

Year 8

$38.95

$44.01

Year 9

$40.02

$45.22

Year 10

$41.52

$46.92

Year 11

$44.58

$50.38

Year 12

$47.57

$53,75

Year 13

$51.77

$58,50

Year 14

$52.74

$59,60

Year 15

$53.70

$60.68

Year 16

$54.66

$61.77

Extra´s (this list is not complete!):

  • Year 17: additional longevity pay of $1.00 for every TFP (total now of $55.66)
  • Year 20: additional longevity pay of $0.50 for every TFP (total now of $56.15)
  • Year 25: additional longevity pay of $1.00 for every TFP (total now of $57.15)
  • Year 30: additional longevity pay of $1.00 for every TFP (etc.)
  • Year 35: additional longevity pay of $1.00 for every TFP
  • Year 40: additional longevity pay of $1.00 for every TFP 
  • $1.00 for flights outside the U.S. (all destinations for which customs paperwork is not pre-cleared)
  • 0.5 TFP for every hour of delay on the ground which exceeds 11 minutes
  • $2.00 per for each TFP flown as an "A" posistion (lead flight attendant)
  • quarterly productivity premium (if you fly more than the average of all flight attendants) of $1000 for quarter 3 and $500 for quarters 1, 2 and 4 



Examples:

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


1. Reserve flight attendant salary in his/her first 6 months who worked 90 TFP (the guaranteed minimum) and did only do domestic flights.

  • Basic pay based on 90 TFP: 90 x $22.62 = $2,036
  • Total wage: $2,036


2. Lineholder flight attendant salary in his/her 9th year who worked 90 TFP on domestic flights. For 30 of these 90 TFP, he/she worked the "A" position.

  • Basic pay based on 90 TFP: 90 x $40.02 = $3,602
  • $2.00 TFP for the "A" position: 30 hours x $2.00 = $60
  • Total wage: $3,602 + $60 = $3,662


3. Lineholder flight attendant salary in his/her 25th year who worked the "A" position for 90 TFP on intercontinental routes.

  • Basic pay based on 90 TFP: 90 x $54.66 = $4,919
  • $1.00 TFP for intercontinental routes: 90 x $1.00 = $90
  • $2.00 TFP for the "A" position: 90 x $2.00 = $180
  • $2.50 longevity pay: 90 x $2.50 = $225
  • Total wage: $4,919 + $90 + $180 + $225 = $5,414


Per Diem / Layover allowance:

  • $2.50 per hour



Home base:

Alaska Airlines bases its flight attendants at five different hubs:

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Seattle, WA

  • Portland, OR

  • Los Angeles, CA 

  • San Diego, CA



Where you will stay after a working day:

Mostly 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 13 days off per month. 


Lineholder

  • A regular flight attendant can bid for flights
  • A s a regular flight attendant, you receive a minimum of 12 days off per month.


A flight attendant may be scheduled up to 118.2 TFP (or 90 flights) per month. 


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 - 17 years: 28 days
  • 18+ years: 35 days


Training course:

The training lasts for 5 weeks. You will receive a $280 allowance per week.

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