5 career options for cabin crew with travel and growth opportunities.

Wondering how to keep the best and most exciting aspect of the aviation job, travelling and do SOMETHING ELSE? THIS article will bring some answers.

Many people join airlines because it allows them to travel the world. Cabin crew does not have to be a job for entire life. The aviation market is becoming more and more competitive and more airlines go out of business every single year.

There are several reasons why people quit. They get tired of long hours, low pay, lack of respect or recognition or simply want to do something else.

The income level of flight attendants is on average £18k /year, which is $23k. It can be higher or lower depending on the carrier and the seniority of the cabin crew.

“I worked for Mixed Fleet out of Heathrow as cabin crew. Mixed Fleet is a low cost, hard-working, harsh terms and conditions newest contract within the BA fleets. You work to the max possible hours, often grounded due to reaching 900 hours per year, low flight pay, low basic. On average you take home around 1400 GBP. The management treats mixed fleet crew as a second-class citizen if not worse.” – opinion shared on www.indeed.co.uk


Recently I’ve met ex British Airways cabin crew, who had to resign, as she could not afford to live in London out of her cabin crew salary and she is not the only one.

If you look closely the job market is full of jobs that provide a decent salary and opportunity to travel. Here are just a few examples to inspire you.

There are 3 main factors of transitioning from cabin crew to any of those jobs, there are salary, travel opportunity and difficulty of a transition.

They will be different depending on the company you will be working with and their needs, the location, and the skills you already have. Sometimes it is worth planning your transition and obtaining the skills before making the move, rather than waiting till things get worse at your job.

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Outline: This is a customer-centered role, allowing to be close to the world of travel. Great for those seeking an entry-level position and ability to utilize foreign languages.


Dealing with a range of clients ranging from Banks, insurance companies to high profile entertainment clients both in the UK and internationally.

-Dealing with clients once the office is closed, evenings, nights and weekends

-Booking flights, car hire, rail and hotels using Sabre system

-Problem-solving, making amendments, dates changes, re-issues, etc

Salary: £21000 – £24000 per annum

Skills Required:

  • Minimum of 2 years of travel industry experience
  • Minimum of 1‑year customer service/sales experience, dealing with the public, ideally in a sales environment with a high volume of calls
  • A highly professional, patient and attentive telephone manner
  •  Knowledge of air booking systems
  • Strong airfares knowledge



Outline: Visit hotels to negotiate contracts, attend workshops, and trade shows. Great for a people person who displays strong negotiation skills.

Skills Required:

  • Proven experience in hotel contracting for wholesale/B2B segment
  • Ability to develop a close working relationship with suppliers to achieve optimum results
  • An ambitious Hotel Contractor with the ability to think on their feet, multi-task and prioritize their workload
  • Capable of working alone as well as part of a team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A valid driving license

Salary: £29k-£35k per annum

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Outline: This job is great for extraverts and social butterflies who love to be on the go and display fantastic organizational skills. It involves managing budget, finalizing contracts for venues, and identifying potential sponsors and partners.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Be a team player
  • Multitasking
  • Excellent problem solver
  • Great communication skills
  • Creative thinking

Salary: £28 – 30K per annum


Outline: This job has a great potential of being location-independent. A lot of digital nomads manage social media platforms or create blogs or online content for companies that are thousand of miles away. Nevertheless, many companies delegate media managers to attend trade shows and events, so this offers travel opportunities and frequently flexibility.

Responsibilities: content production, scheduling, strategy and management of all social media channels. This includes broker profile monitoring, responding to public inquiries. Collaborating with brokers, affiliates and partners/influencers.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Previous experience producing video and creative digital content and social media content
  • Customer service experience and professional attitude
  • An interest in brand marketing and an interest in the luxury market

Salary: £30- £40K per annum


Suitable for ambitious individuals with business experience who seek for competitive environment and high financial rewards.

Outline: The Business Development Manager is responsible for growing and retaining revenue within defined geographic market and industries sectors through proactive selling of the company’s products/ services to new and existing customers through affiliate partners/resellers and sales channels.

Responsibilities: Selling and Contract Negotiation, Establishing and Maintaining Client Base/Relationships, Keeping up to date with market and competitive developments, Administrative reporting.


  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Demonstrable experience in building and maintaining excellent client Relationships
  • Fluent in English (desirable German or other second language).

Salary: £26k- £61k per annum

All the above mentioned jobs were listed on several job sites at the time of writing the article. ( Indeed, Linked In, C&M Travel Recruitment)

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