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Old 4th Jan 2019, 20:44
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Tipping your flight attendant? Coming soon to your airline . . .

Where will it end? Frontier Airlines, a US budget carrier, now encouraging travelers to tip flight attendants.

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/f...in-crew-2019-1

https://thepointsguy.com/news/airlin...ours-and-tips/
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Old 5th Jan 2019, 08:22
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Proof, if any is needed, that the "tips" culture in the US has gotten completely out of hand.
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Any fans of the radio 4 series “Cabin Pressure” here. I think this post completes the full set of jokes and scenarios referred to.

Quote from the pilot on the PA went something like “The cabin crew may be insulted to be offered a tip. The flight crew are however a different matter. Please slip your insults under the cockpit door”
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Old 5th Jan 2019, 11:42
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The excuse for tipping culture in the US seems to be that wait staff are utterly inadequately paid for their services and that tipping sharpens their priorities.
Do Frontier pay their cabin crew adequately?
Do I want to fly with an airline whose cabin crew are so poorly paid that their priorities are only those passengers who tip?
If there's an emergency evacuation, will tipping passengers be sent down the slides first?
Will my Australian accent result in me being ignored?
And what's the difference between an Australian and a canoe?


(A canoe sometimes tips)
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Wise words nonsense! I've never tipped.
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Old 5th Jan 2019, 23:02
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Never too myself either unless it's something unusual. Exectpt my kid has been a little sod is and created a mess. And they have been lovwlo about it.

Did once see a weigie offering a tip to a united crew. Go on a diet... I think he got deporyed.
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Old 12th Jan 2019, 23:04
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Originally Posted by tescoapp View Post
Never too myself either unless it's something unusual. Exectpt my kid has been a little sod is and created a mess. And they have been lovwlo about it.

Did once see a weigie offering a tip to a united crew. Go on a diet... I think he got deporyed.
I always try to buy a box of choccies (celebrations etc) for the crew for wheels to the hotel. Always seems to go down well.

I am a military bloke who is just about to transition to the civilian world by the way. never had more than a single flight attendant equivalent (we call them loadmasters, they chain stuff in, hit me on the back of the head when I get it wrong and do the trim sheets on my behalf). Im off to fly longhaul with a UK airline, london hub.

this is my first civilian job.

if amyone has got any top tips as to:

1) be helpful without getting in the way
2) not narking anyone off. anything people do without intending to cause issue/offence etc
3) getting involved in fun downroute whilst not imposing myself. Ive had a few captains and copilots who imitate an olympic torch.. ie never go out. We have a crew of 3 for up to 54 pax, so its not been a big crew! Whilst im not expecting party central, is it realistic to expect the odd down day adventure? Ive done 20 years in some pretty horrendous places, so this is all vey new!

We had some fleets that were very back end front end concious, not sure if this exists or not in the civilian world, I hope not, and fortunately this did not affect either of my two fleets.

I make a mean cup of tea and like to get stuck in.

most appreciative for any advice.

Best wishes.
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Old 17th Jan 2019, 16:29
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Some feedback on the topic in hand: [USA] FAs say they don't want tips for two reasons.
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Old 18th Jan 2019, 23:36
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By US norms then, you should tip 20% of the pre tax ticket amount. I am quite sure that such a prospective increase in IRS undeclared emolument would lead to considerably more than just a flourish with the serving of another Sidecar, perhaps even lending itself to an extra turn or two of a swizzle stick on some of the US airlines with younger and more exuberant cabin staff. Perhaps this will in turn lead to there being fewer Moscow Mules on US airlines, replaced by younger and altogether more modern Fluffy Critters.

(Lest there be any orgiastic illusions, a Fluffy Critter is a cocktail made from white rum, lime juice, lemonade and strawberry sauce and everyone else knows what a Sidecar is made from.)
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