Becoming American Airlines Cabin Crew

Dec 21, 2018 | Cabin Crew

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(Last updated on: 12/10/2020)

This post provides details on becoming American Airlines Cabin Crew.

Application process

If you’re thinking about becoming American Airlines Cabin Crew, you can make an application on their website. From there you can upload a copy of your resume and cover letter, and any other supporting documents (E.g. references and certificates). You are also required to fill in different forms, such as your personal information, previous work history and whether you are willing to relocate. After you have filled out the different sections to the online application, you can submit your application!

Need help tailoring your CV to meet the requirements of American Airlines? Download my Cabin Crew CV template or take a look at my 1:1 Cabin Crew tuition and guidance. 

If you’ve met all of their criteria, you will be asked to complete an online assessment which mainly involves a number of common sense questions. If you pass this you will then be asked to a video interview and if you’re successful in this you will be invited to attend a face to face interview and assessment day. 

The assessment day will involve a number of tasks designed to assess your suitability for the role. You will likely be asked to perform a number of tasks to ensure you meet all of the criteria, e.g. checks for visible tattoos and the reaching test. You will also be asked to take part in a number of group activities to see how well you work in a team.

 If you’re wondering what you can do to succeed in your assessment day, take a look at the post ‘How can I be successful at my Cabin Crew Assessment day?


If you’re successful in becoming American Airlines Cabin Crew, you will then be invited to start training! This training will cover everything you need to know before you start your new job. For example, you will go over First Aid, Customer service and emergency procedures. The training will also involve a number of written and practical exams which you will need to pass before starting the job.

Do you want to know more about what Cabin Crew training involves? Take a look at my post ‘What Does Cabin Crew Training Consist of?’ or look at my becoming Cabin Crew e-book.

Working life

When working as an American Airlines flight attendant you will work a number of different flights, including destinations within America and internationally. 

As discussed in my post, ‘What hours will I work as Cabin Crew? your roster will never be the same. Some days you will be flying at 5 am and another day you might be flying at 10 pm.what


The average hourly rate for a new American Airlines flight attendant is $26 an hour. American Airlines Cabin Crew are also entitled to a number of rewards and benefits. This involves additional bonuses to their basic salary and other financial benefits such as incentives and credit union.

Flight attendants can also receive cheap travel on American Airlines and American Eagle and a number of different health and life benefits, for example, spending accounts to assist with the cost of health care. 


American Airlines provide their Cabin Crew with a hotel room when they are working a flight that involves a layover. American Airlines fly a number of long-haul flights that sometimes require a layover. If this is the case, the airline will provide you with accommodation.

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Hi, am Dr Hayley Stainton

I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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