One of the challenges that I face on a day to day basis while traveling as a flight attendant is that of booking hotel rooms. As flight attendants, we are normally given cash allowances, with which we are expected to book hotel rooms while traveling. In order to understand how the issue of booking hotel rooms causes a dilemma, you need to appreciate some three basic facts.
Firstly, you have to appreciate that the allowances we are given for the purpose of booking hotel rooms are not very huge.
Secondly, you have to appreciate that as flight attendants, we are expected to live in a certain class of hotels. If you stay in a low class hotel, away from the other crew members, you miss out on the opportunity to bond with them: and this can be ruinous to one’s career.
Thirdly, you have to appreciate that there are brokers who aspire to get us to book into the hotels they recommend for us — and for which they earn commissions. If you don’t stay in the hotels they recommend (thus denying them their commissions), you run the risk of earning their wrath – and they can then use their influence to ruin your career. I am particularly careful not to mess up with the brokers because, if I am to be honest, it is through their influence that I managed to get a flight attendant’s job in a major airline.
So this is how the dilemma plays out. For me to book a room in the class of hotel that I am expected to stay in, I would have to spend all the money that is allocated for the purpose. Yet, as a prudent person, I am always keen on saving a bit of this money. It is my goal to save as much money as possible, before my flight attendant careers ends. As a matter of fact, I have already registered a company at Sunbiz.org. The company I am making reference to (which I registered through the Sunbiz website) is the venture I am planning to turn my attention to, once my flight attendant career comes to an end. For that to be possible, I need to raise a lot of capital. And one of the ways in which I have decided to raise the capital is by staying in low cost hotels, while traveling as a flight attendant. On the other hand, I have to ensure that I don’t disappoint the brokers too much: as I am aware that these brokers are often very influential people, who have the ability to mess up with my career if I keep on disappointing them.