From the Travel Desk: Should your flight attendant get a tip?

  • Article by: KERRI WESTENBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 20, 2013 - 2:31 PM

Airfarewatchdog.com has a survey on its website asking, “Have you ever tipped a flight attendant?” It’s only adding to online chatter on the subject.

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mariezzSep. 21, 13 4:54 PM

Absolutely not. These are unionized employees who get decent benefits & pay. They may not think they get enough, but they get far more than waitresses get.

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rnvhillSep. 21, 13 9:12 PM

Every time I get my free alcoholic beverage with my choice of meal with real silverware in economy I tip.

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g5thistimeSep. 22, 13 8:13 AM

No, no and no. On my round trip last week I was served 1 bag of peanuts (one bag), .42 oz. That along with the flight attendant splitting a coke 3 ways does not make me want to tip them. The union should pay them a lot more by cutting back on their expenses. Unless the flight attendant is pocketing the pop & peanuts that are supposed to be given to the passengers.... Also when it comes to "regular" tipping I feel that you should qualify you are a server when you say you tip 20%. 10% is the world average, stop saying you tip 20% because you hope it helps you. TIPS=To Insure Prompt Service. And that means you are putting greater service to someone that arrived AFTER others, so they should only tip 5%. Whew, I feel better.

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ordfasSep. 23, 13 7:47 AM

I just had to comment...I am a flight attendant. FYI, i bring home roughly 1400 a month after, medical, union dues, and many other charges I have to pay the airline. I have been flying for 5 years, and I still make squat. I do it because i love it, not for the money. I rarely get tipped, but when I do, you can guarantee you are going to be given extra attention, (snacks and alcohol) merely for 1.00 tip and a smile... think about it next time. Many of don't make near what we should. Airlines won't allow that. All we are to the company is a coke machine in the sky

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thoroughbred21Sep. 23, 13 9:26 AM

Ordfas, do you think we should start tipping everyone who feels they are underpaid? Teachers, physician's assistants, vet techs, custodial staff, factory workers, farm labor, and so on ad infinitum? And: Your practice of giving away free food and alcohol for a $1 tip would seem to violate policy, and is certainly contributing in its small way to the high cost and growing unpopularity of air travel. You are contributing to putting yourself out of a job.

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openseasonSep. 23, 13 5:42 PM

OMG... Then again I have some sympathy for ordfas and her comments, I can see it if I purchase something, but I never do. To tip without a purchase would feel totally conspicuous to me.

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aanen1Sep. 23, 13 7:57 PM

Flight attendants don't make that much money. And they're not on the clock until the blocks are off the wheels. All that meet and greet? They don't get paid for it. That being said, on a long flight they have a lot of sitting-around time, which they are paid for. When we tip a restaurant server for serving a meal, we have put maybe $20 a person into it. On a flight, I'm into it for $300 or sometimes much more. Tip flight attendants? I don't think so.

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regionguySep. 23, 1310:54 PM

I have on rare occasions tipped attendants who have really gone out of their way to do something for me, especially under trying conditions. But I have to admit not feeling generous when they just stand there and do nothing as people stuff their bags into the overhead bins at the front of the plane on their way to their seats in the back of the plane.

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mariezzSep. 24, 13 1:14 AM

Ordfas said " i bring home roughly 1400 a month after, medical, union dues, and many other charges I have to pay" This is true of many workers who cannot expect tips. We all pay federal & state taxes, social security, medicare, medical, various other cdharges, some pay union dues. $1400/month after all of that is probably close to what the average worker is paid (gross pay minus all the things listed).

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