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User currently offlineLambertstl777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 218 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 15113 times:

I'm planning a trip to Phoenix (STL - PHX) for Dec 20th, then returning the 24th. I've heard that flight attendants really like it when passengers get them gifts, so I was wondering: Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to get flight attendants for Christmas? Thanks for your in-put!

(BTW, incase you were wondering, it's most likely going to be on AA, all 4 legs on 757's)


Triple shifts everday 6/19 - 7/1..Won't be on much
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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 15042 times:

My suggestion: "Merry Christmas" cards.

Warning: I think that FAs are not allowed to accept gifts from passengers on board.






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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 14987 times:

I have given gifts to Cus/Serv persons, F/As, etc. I am sure it's expressly forbidden, but I've done it before. It's all part of the give and take when you have more miles taxiing at an airport than you have driving your car.

I have also found that a letter, a positive letter, to the management works well also. I can't count how many I've written.


User currently offlineLambertstl777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 218 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 14927 times:

Thanks for the suggestions  Smile, I was planning on giving it to them either before or after the flight, as thats what I've been advised to do by people who have given F/A's gifts before


Triple shifts everday 6/19 - 7/1..Won't be on much
User currently offlineCyrillim From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 14864 times:

Hey guys:

A shameless pitch for a venture that I am involved with  Smile but here goes anyway, (because I have not shame)

Check out www.crewtag.com

Great gifts for F/As and other airline employees. And you will be supporting a F/A (with work rule changes and severe paycuts to come) who owns the website!

Happy shopping!




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User currently offlineRHSNYC From United States of America, joined May 2004, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 14724 times:

Hey, really nice of you Lamberstl777! Just make sure it's not something wrapped in like giftwrap where the item can't be seen. I'm a flight attendant and their is no problem accepting an inexpensive small gift or "token" of appreciation from a sincere customer. I've had customers give me and my crew pens, aviation related lapel pins, and Starbucks coupons to just name a few.......Enjoy your trip and your crew will certainly Thank You!!

User currently offlineTraveler From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 241 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14595 times:

I agree with ANCflyer, a nice positive letter is a great gift.

I just wrote 4 letters on my last 2 trips ( one for each segment) and the crew was really happy. As a matter of fact, I was treated like a king for the following hours. They were really touched. I guess that is the only way they can be rewarded for the hard work they do. A written letter is sent to the appropriate people whereas spoken words simply vanish.

I was on CSA Business class flight from prague to Montreal 20/11/04

Traveler


User currently offlineJc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 589 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14528 times:

You will always score with any flight crew if you bring food. It does not have to be anything fancy, either. But, make the food as tamper proof as possible. Nothing homemade!

I would go back Cinabuns and pick up a few rolls, or stop at KrispyKreme, even a couple of Subway Sandwiches. Bring enough for the flight deck, too! Your kindness will be returned with the best service you ever had. It wouldn't surprise me if you got bumped up to first class, if not, I'm sure the crew would buy you a few drinks.

Doing something nice for others, will cretainly get your Christmas holiday off to a good start.

Jack




If not now, then when?
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12148 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14462 times:
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I have given boxed candy before> One time it actually was a box I was bringing home for someone and this FA was so nice and we talked during the flight that I just gave it to here, she was very happy.


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User currently offlineZonky From New Zealand, joined Nov 2004, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14446 times:

This is in no way a critique of the above posters- but am i the only non-american who is amazed at even the suggestion that F/A just doing their job, etc should be given gifts by pax?!?

Is this just an non-cash extension of US tipping culture?

[Edited 2004-11-23 15:05:13]

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14433 times:

Are you lot giving them presents with the intention of getting laid?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12148 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14418 times:
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Zonky

I think it has to do with something called Holiday spirit!

Pe@rson

Some people do stuff with out having another motive in mind! Kinda like the kitten story!




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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14410 times:

I don't see a problem in giving a small gift to a F/A. If the passenger wants to then i think he/she should be able to...if you don't want to then don't. I have not given gifts in the past but have written letters to the respective airlines indicating how good of a job and professional the F/A was. I usually get a letter back thanking me for my letter...very satisfying.


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User currently offlineZonky From New Zealand, joined Nov 2004, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14397 times:

Pe@rson - hah! Clearly living over here makes minds think alike- i was wondering that too...

Luc2fly: No, i think you're describing a cultural phenomenon, not 'holiday spirit'.

Americans seem to believe by & large that a tip/present does well in a situation where other cultures deem a genuine smile, thank you and a merry xmas, etc is more appriopiate...

Again, this is in no way critical, merely observational.


User currently offlineTWISTEDWHISPER From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 711 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14395 times:

aviation related lapel pins
I thought they removed those items at the security checkpoint  Wink/being sarcastic



Read between the lines.
User currently offlineChqdispatch From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14349 times:

Zonky, unfortunately, the tip giving phenomenon here in the States is a necessity. A typical waiter/waitress here in the States makes less then minimum wage and so they need our tip to make ends meet. It is the same with our hard working Flight Attendants. They get paid squat compared to the workload they have to accomplish each and every single flight. Giving a small gift just expresses my gratitude towards them because I understand what they have to go through.
So many people bitch about unfriendly F/A's and their respective bad experience aboard certain carriers but always remember, treat them as you want to be treated and also, they're just as human as everyone else.

PS. Congrats to all US F/A's for getting your FAA certification.


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14341 times:

I think it sucks the way F/As get paid...unfortunately, the entire airline industry in the US is in disarray and hopefully they are at the bottom of the trouble and could start going back to the positive side of things.


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14309 times:

Hi guys,

the CrewTag stuff is really funny, but not overboard ... i definitely suggest a visit as well.
http://www.crewtag.com

Whatever you give try to leave it unwrapped for "security" reasons. They prefer being able to "see" what you're giving them so they're not "surprised" later.




Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14296 times:

i think it's awesome to give gifts to those people who work hard. Although i'm not christian, i do enjoy the x-mas decorations and i wish people could be nice all the time to each other, not just holidays. Shame we can't jumpseat in the usa! I used to share my turkish candy with DLH crews when i was young on the way to the states in the cockpit. I find many American F/A much friendlier than some on European airlines ive been on.


The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14283 times:

*Dons ripped and smelling clothing, puts on huge, dark-rimed glasses, puts on artificial spots. Goes up to FA and hands her a present. Now *slobber, slobber* can I have a date with you *shows green teeth* 'No, now **** off!' *


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14263 times:

i dont wanna fly with you!!


The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
User currently offlineOrdinduaflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14183 times:

The past few years when flying around the holidays, I've taken on boxes (1 pound size) of Frango mints for the crew to share (I know, not the best candy in the world, but it's something that says "Chicago", where I currently reside). The other advantage to Frangos is that the box is sealed. I've thought about the Cinnabon thing, but thought it might be a bit odd since they're not "tamper resistant" (too many weirdos out there these days and since the flight crew doesn't know who you are unless they've flown with you before). I also include with it a card wishing them a happy holiday season and thanking them for another year flying with my favorite airline. The year "my" airline filed BK, I also included something about knowing things are tough right now but there are a lot of supportive pax who appreciate their efforts... Anyway, the crew has always been very appreciative of the candy and one said it was going to be better than their crew lunch that day.

My hometown airport is a smaller station where most of the employees know me. Each year I take them a couple of containers with about 7-8 dozen homemade cookies (I also take them cookies on a smaller scale during the year) -- those go over like crazy as well!


User currently offlineLambertstl777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 218 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 14086 times:

Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I think Pe@rson needs to grow up.. People do this because F/A's really need it. For the most part, their morale is low with all of the uncertainty, and after finishing reading "Plane Insanity" and "Around the World in a Bad Mood: Confessions of a Flight Attendant", I've come to the conclusion that they need it to help cope with all of the idiots who fly everyday..


Triple shifts everday 6/19 - 7/1..Won't be on much
User currently offlineGMUAirbusA320 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13759 times:

"Are you lot giving them presents with the intention of getting laid?"

I LOVE IT....LOVE THE BRITS FoR THEIR HUMOR. Once tried to figure out how to get laid by a VS flight attendant. My corny sense of humor gets me nowhere...I'd love to show them how an Ohio boy gives gifts!!!

Cheers,
GMUAirbusA320


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13757 times:

Nah, sorry: I don't need to grow up. I just don't see why paying passengers should have to give some random FA something in return for doing their job. But then, as has already been pointed out, it is not really the culture in the UK to tip or 'reward' people, unlike in the USA. If, for instance, I went into a supermarket and went up to some check-out girl and said, 'Here you are - you deserve it', she'd think I was being freaky and weird and probably call security!


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
25 NWAFA : I just flew from PHX to ABQ this morning and brought the Southwest crew a bottle of red wine to have on their over night..they were headed on to TPA..
26 Cyrillim : Gifts are great especially if you are a non-rev. We usually try to buy some local treats for the crew to share on the plane (chocolates, pastries etc.
27 4everRC : A couple of things Pe@rson... Firstly, no one is saying that ANYONE is OBLIGATED to give ANYTHING. You don't want to do it, then don't, but don't atta
28 Jetjeanes : I dont think to many really would accept an eatable gift in todays enviroment,some kook could load them up with a laxative or something, But gift cert
29 Avek00 : Generally speaking, food is bad gift idea for airline employees - according to company regs (and practically every decent airline has this rule), the
30 2H4 : Cyrillim, The design work on your site is outstanding. I really like that striped background, and how it stays stationary when you scroll. 2H4
31 JeffDCA : Don't worry about Pe@rson, he's a University Student living in Wales. Need i say more? Personally i think whether it be in the UK or the US FA's worki
32 BCNGRO : I don't quite understand the reason to give a present to a F/A before the flight or if you have not been chatting for a long time or something like th
33 Jafa : As a human being and a FA, I would be very appreciate if someone gave me a gift when working on Christmas. Its not the monetary value of the gift but
34 2H4 : BCNGRO, Jafa hit the nail on the head. It's not about giving someone a bit extra because of their salary or because it's expected...you do something n
35 Pilotaydin : it's simple...u wouldnt go give a cashier a tip because you arent a member of cashiers.net. Seeing as the people here are aviation fans, they wish to
36 Post contains images Pe@rson : "They might be "just doing their job", but they are missing out on time at home with the family to do it at that time of year!" But come 23rd December
37 Jalalabad : i too am flying on xmas. ams-dtw on nw. i was thinking of purchasing a few extra cookies from the coffee shop for the sexy ladies of the red tail.
38 Jafa : Some of our sexy senior babes might be better off WITHOUT the cookies. Although you will most likely have a junior crew working on christmas. I would
39 NYCAAer : I've never had a passenger offer a gift, but I know of flight attnedants who have had passengers buy them something from the duty free on int'l flight
40 Jobalas : Frenchmen are not so bad so...lol
41 JeffDCA : But come 23rd December, when I'm a lawyer, should I expect a gift from the clients I represent? I think not. Exactly, becuase you should never expect
42 FLY2LIM : Well, you guys sure have the American and English cultures down pat. In South America, it's a little different. You do have something called "holiday
43 Post contains images B6FA4ever : its funny actually...i've never received a gift from a passenger to share w/ the crew...BUT...one time working from JFK-LGB and also our red-eye from
44 Jmc777 : As a hard working FA myself, it is always nice to go that one step further and try to make individuals flights the best they've had. You can't do it a
45 CrossChecked : FAs are usually allowed to accept gifts but NOT in the form of cash! I commute to work and always take a box of chocs for the crew operating the domes
46 KateAA : I can only comment for myself, but I would never accept a gift from pax. I have broken this rule twice, once with my friend who was on the aircraft an
47 WJA73G : I always pick up some muffins at Tim Hortons (its a Canadian thing) (WS crews always go for coffee there anyway) WJA73G
48 Bigblack : We Americans are not THAT generious guys. I have never seen a person try and tip someone in a supermarket. F/A's are different. It is a bit more perso
49 Airgeek12 : haha. I think that it would be a great jesture to give a F/A a gift. I'm sure that they work really hard, and some rich first-class people don't even
50 Type-rated : Understandably, I can see why F/A's would want food items sealed when they receive them, but won't the TSA open the package at the security checkpoint
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