I have a question about crew accommodations away from bases: are crews required to stay in the hotel designated by their airline, or can they stay somewhere else within reason at their own expense? For example, let's say a flight attendant based out of New York has extended family living in Chicago, less than an hour from ORD. Would he/she be allowed to stay with his/her family overnight, or would he/she need to remain at the airline's hotel? What about if the attendant had friends, not family, living in Chicago--would the same opportunity be present to stay with friends?
Thanks for your thoughts,