‘Spicy’ flight attendant Cierra Mistt is back, offering dubious advice. She says you’ll get upgraded if you give a gift card to a flight attendant on your flight. And she claims that this works *every time.”
This is dumb because most of the time there aren’t even first class seats open on a flight. They aren’t supposed to accept gift cards, and they aren’t supposed to upgrade passengers (on most airlines, Emirates for instance will sell upgrades inflight). But even if you can find a flight attendant willing to break both rules, the chances of an open seat on a U.S. airline for them to upgrade you into are slim.
Delta says they’re selling 74% of first class seats, leaving few seats even available for legitimate upgrades, let alone nonrev employees at the gate, who would be assigned into otherwise empty seats at the front of the aircraft. Airline pilots now even trump upgraders at the airport for available first class seats when they are deadheading. Yet here she is, dishing on this ‘secret’ that airlines supposedly don’t want you to know:
@cierra_mistt #stitch with @Taco reacts ♬ original sound – Cierra Mistt
At American Airlines employees are not permitted to accept gift cards although passengers do give flight attendants Starbucks gift cards occasionally, and also chocolates.
Controversy broke out four years ago when it was revealed that flight attendants at Frontier Airlines were allowed to accept tips. Cabin crew unions opposed the practice because tipping means employers can pay less and still attract workers, precisely because customers will top off the wages. Some crewmembers don’t like tipping because it comes with a service expectation as well.
At some airlines flight attendant compensation is tied to inflight sales. The more alcohol passengers drink, the more they get paid – that’s a bad incentive!
I suppose giving gift cards to flight attendants works at least as well as using “revenue management” as a shibboleth.
Mistt used to work regional jets for Republic Airways which is an Express carrier for American, United and Delta. She became social media famous when other cabin crew complained to the big internet companies and had her social media accounts taken down briefly.
Her past tips that don’t work include buying on Tuesdays for the cheapest tickets, and assigning yourself a seat at the back of the plane to improve your chances of an upgrade. She’s even told a story about groups of passengers meeting on a regional jet and serially joining the Mile High Club while a pilot joined in.
(HT: Paul H)