There are many perks to being a flight attendant, but is staying in a hotel for free one of them?

Flight attendants get to stay in hotels for free during layovers – and they are usually very nice, too.

But keep reading to find out whether flight attendants have to share hotel rooms, whether they get to pick the hotel, who pays for the room, and more.

Flight Attendants Get Their Own Hotel Room

While it can vary depending on the airline and its country of operation, most flight attendants get to enjoy their own hotel room – especially for U.S. carriers.

Flight attendants get their own hotel room and don’t have to share due to the stringent regulations concerning crew rest and safety.

It would be difficult to get the proper amount of rest needed if flight attendants shared a room.

Sharing a hotel room with strangers, even though they might be colleagues, would also be awkward and draining, especially if done repeatedly on every layover.

So both male flight attendants and female flight attendants get their own room.

Flight Attendants Can Only Stay in a Hotel for Free During Layovers

Flight attendants can only stay in a hotel for free for the duration of their layover.

However, in many cases, flight attendants can sign up for hotel reward programs and earn hotel points for every night’s stay.

These points can quickly add up and result in free stays.

Flight Attendants Stay in Pretty Nice Hotels

Flight attendants don’t usually get to stay in the most luxurious, 5-star hotels, but the hotels they stay in are usually quite nice.

On some layovers, flight attendants are lucky enough to stay in some very nice hotels that anyone would love and be lucky to stay at when on vacation.

Typically, flight attendants stay in 3-star and 4-star hotels.

On short layovers, these hotels are usually located near the airport. On longer layovers, hotels that flight attendants stay in may be located closer to the city center.

Considering that flight attendants work at all hours, they stay in hotels that allow them to check in late, which not every hotel usually offers.

Flight Attendants Don’t Get to Pick the Hotels They Stay In

Flight attendants do not get to pick the hotel they stay in.

Most airlines work together with flight attendants as well as pilots, a marketing team and corporate security to evaluate and negotiate a contract with a hotel.

So a committee that features flight attendants means that flight attendants have some input in where they stay, but do not get to pick hotels on an individual preference basis.

Flight attendants do not have a choice of hotels to choose and pick from.

Airlines Pay for the Hotel

The airline a flight attendant works for pays for the hotel flight attendants stay in.

As airlines need to find suitable hotels for a high number of flight attendants, the airlines work together with the hotels to get a good deal that is beneficial for both the airline and hotel.

Flight Attendants Get Other Stuff for Free

In addition to staying at hotels for free (during layovers), flight attendants also get free flights – this isn’t just when on duty, either.

Flight attendants often get completely free flights when flying domestically and may have to pay a very small fee when flying internationally, which can include the taxes levied on the ticket.

Flight attendants also get to enjoy the following:

  • Flight benefits for family and friends
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Free Hotel Points
  • 401(k) and Retirement Plans
Patricia is a senior flight attendant with over 20 years of experience working for a major U.S. airline, primarily on international long haul flights.
Patricia is passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise about the unique lives flight attendants lead, offers valuable insights on what it takes to become a flight attendant and what the job entails.
Patricia has been quoted or mentioned in major publications, including Newsweek.