Flight attendant training – which airline to pick? (Delta vs Eagle)

Next week I’m to start flight attendant training for American Eagle. But today I got a call from Delta and they want me to go for a face to face interview two days after I’m to start training! If I go to the Delta interview, I’ll forfeit American Eagle completely and won’t ever be able to reapply, as this is my second chance to go to training with them. I’m giving up my good paying but burned out retail management job and changing my life to do my long lived dream job as a flight attendant. I’ve been waiting to get a call back for over a year due to training cancellations last year. American Eagle training is three weeks long, but doesn’t pay, while Delta pays for six weeks of training. I’m afraid to give up American Eagle to go to a Delta interview and possibly not make it and then I’m out both! What should I do? – Laura

Dear Laura,

Have you tried to delay your training class with Eagle? If not, give the airline a call and see if you can push it back a few days, meaning you’d like to start in the next available training class. I’m sure they have a couple of them lined up. This way you can go to the Delta interview without forfeiting a shot at Eagle. Most airlines hire on the spot, so you’ll know the day of the interview if Delta is interested or not. If they send you to “medical”, congratulations, you made it! If they say they’ll contact you soon, that’s code for thanks but no thanks. Move on.

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  1. Oh My! And interesting situation! I would try to do TWO things. Frist, try to delay your start with Eagle, if possible. Second, I’d call Delta ASAP and give them an *honest* summary of your situation. Be sure to mention that Delta is your preferred carrier and tell them why! They will probably work something out for you. And PLEASE – let us know how it all turns out! Oh yes, if neither Eagle or Delta offers you any relief, that offer from Eagle is still better than anything else IN-HAND, so go for it and don’t look back.
    -Craig.

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