While you are working a trip, airlines will pay for your hotel room, transportation to/from the airport, but will not pay for meals.
You will always have your own hotel room, while working a trip. No sharing a room, or roommates allowed.
When I became a line holder with Chautauqua Airlines, I was able to bid on the trips I preferred, even trips which included some of my favorite overnight stays and hotels. I will say, not all chain hotels are the same. Even though the hotel may be a Sheraton, or Hilton, the level of customer service can vary greatly.
For those airlines which will not pay for your housing during initial flight attendant training, the inflight
instructors, inflight managers, or recruiters, should have information on temporary housing. My advice is, once you have been invited to attend initial flight attendant training, try to set up your housing situation as soon as possible.
Then, if possible, ask to get in touch with some of your classmates to see if any of them would be willing to share the apartment, hotel, or house with you during training. You may be able to rent a house for the 4-6 weeks, and have several roommates sharing the house,
and the cost of rent with you. There are some long term, hotels which offer 2-3 bedroom "suites".
However, the cost of long term hotels, can cost $300 or more per week.
However, a long term hotel might be preferable as compared to trying to rent an apartment, or
house for the 4-6 weeks of training.
A few long term hotels include:
As an airline flight crew, we stayed at some nice hotels. However, living out of a suitcase can get old. It is not easy having to repack every day, re arrange your suitcase, and make sure your uniform is clean and neat.
Everyone has their favorite (or non favorite) airline crew hotels. My main consideration was, the room had to be clean, and did not contain an ajoining door to a guest room next door. Anytime I was assigned with a room with an ajoining door, I would try to change rooms. Rooms with an ajoining door are less secure. Plus, anytime I was in a room with an ajoining door the guests next door, were always noisy. Which meant, I would not receive a good nights rest. That was until, I finally invested in a pair of Bose noise reduction headsets. Yes, the Bose noise reduction headsets, really do eliminate all the noise. I found earplugs did not really help too much.
I found the noisest nights in hotels were often on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Often, there would be large groups staying at the hotel. On Saturdays, sometimes there would be a wedding reception taking place.
Most hotel restaurants, are expensive. While most hotel restaurants gave airline flight crews a 20%-50% discount, often this was still too expensive. Plus, some of the hotel restaurant food choices were limited.
For these reasons, whenever possible, the pilots and I would walk to a restaurant, to
eat lunch or dinner.
While many people enjoy eating at restaurants, as an airline flight attendant, eating out will become a way of life.
While there were restaurants I enjoyed more than others, I was always glad to get home, and cook my own meals.
Most hotels offer free internet access to hotel guests. However, the television channel selection can be limited. For this reason, I always had movies ready to view on my laptop computer. If we had an overnight stay on a Sunday during the NFL Football season, sometimes the pilots and I would go to Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, Hooters Restaurant, or a sports bar to watch the games.
As you gain seniority, and become a line holder, you will be able to select trips (and overnight stays) you prefer most.
Once I became a line holder, there were certain hotels I tried to avoid. But again, everyone has their hotel preferences.
Upon check in at your hotel, some hotels will add "points" to a frequent stay/loyal guest program card.
Always ask the front desk agent if that hotel will allow airline crew members to earn "points" to a frequent hotel stay program. If yes, if you stay at the same hotels frequently,
you could earn enough "points" for a free or reduced hotel room when you are on a vacation.
Here are a few hotels frequent stay/loyal guest programs: