ryanrap1 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 229 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4434 times:
I have a question, I was interested in applying for a job with Spirit Air in Houston, as they start service next month, but have not seen any job posting on their website. Does anyone know when they plan on hirinrg?
OB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4423 times:
I think they outsource at IAH. You'd have to find out which vendor they've contracted with (Delta Global Services, Servisair, Swissport, etc.) and then apply for a job with the vendor. You'll go through the same training as a CSA actually employed by Spirit, which consists of two weeks of classroom sessions at FLL and one week of on-the-job training at your station, plus whatever additional training may be required by the vendor you're employed by. You'll wear the same Spirit uniform with the same accessories (including a fanny pack!), and the customer should never know the difference between an organic employee at FLL and a contracted one at IAH. Other than the company name on the paycheck and airport ID badge, everything else should be the same from the employee's point of view.
Since they've already started flying to IAH, your best bet is to just go up to the counter and ask the agent who he or she works for, then check their careers site. That being said, since the service has already begun, it's likely that any available openings for the Spirit contract have already been filled.
I don't know if they have the Spirit contract or not (you'll find out who you'll be working on behalf of during your interview), but if you want to become an airline CSA, there's your opening. Good luck!
CSA salaries vary widely depending on your employer and location. For example, a Spirit CSA at FLL starts at $9.51/hour with increases of $1.00/hour every year, whereas a Swissport CSA just a few miles down the road at MIA starts at $13.41/hour.
Quoting notdownnlocked (Reply 8): That's awesome!!! A dream job come true. So I should expect 14-15 per hour after 7-8 years? What are the flight benefits? $15 per hour at 40 hours is $31,200 per year. Where do I apply?
Flight benefits depend on whether you're working directly for the airline or for a vendor.
Spirit CSAs get unlimited standby travel, one significant other that can travel with them (which can only be changed once a year), and 12 one-way standby buddy passes which are under no circumstances to be sold. The standby benefits don't kick in until after three months of employment, and I think it's only 6 buddy passes for the first year of employment. When flying internationally, the employee is responsible for taxes.
For a vendor, it all depends on what the contractor and the airline have worked out.
Just keep in mind that you'll more than likely be starting part-time, as most companies prefer to fill full-time openings internally. You can make up the difference with overtime and shift trades, but your work schedule won't be as predictable as you'd like. I was making $14,757.60 per year (before taxes) at Spirit as a first-year, part-time CSA working 30 hours per week.
Interestingly, this was more than a first-year first officer would make at Great Lakes Airlines, and comparable to starting salaries at other regional airlines. One person receives three weeks of paid training and checks passports and prints boarding passes, and the other person usually pays for their own flight training which takes several years and is responsible for the lives of dozens of people, yet is compensated less. That's a subject for another thread, though.