Perhaps you’re traveling this week to visit friends or family. Maybe you drew the short straw and have business travel during the holiday.
Pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, check-in reps, baggage handlers, airport club lounge employees — you get the point — all work during holiday periods so we can get from Point A to Point B and back.
Granted, it’s something they signed up for — but that doesn’t necessarily make leaving their homes or loved ones any easier.
So if during your holiday travels you feel inspired to express your gratitude to these hardworking men and women giving up their holidays so you can enjoy yours, here are a few ideas.
I’ve found $10 gift cards to Starbucks are always a welcome treat. Aside from that, it’s hard to go wrong with an Amazon gift card.
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I’ve long heard stories of people gifting chocolates and candy to flight attendants. Not everyone loves sugary treats — or chooses to indulge — but this is definitely sweet gesture. (Pun 100% intended 😉 ).
Job Well Done (JWD)
Diamond and Platinum Medallions receive Job Well Done certificates each year. These can be given in person (or verbally for phone reps, or text for the @Delta folks) to Delta Air Lines employees who make a positive difference in your day.
A Boston Sky Club employee lit up when I gave him a JWD (turns out, he was relatively new and it was his first). Flight attendants generally look pleasantly surprised receiving them. They seem to make people’s day.
If you’re not a Diamond or Platinum — or ran out of JWDs — remember that René sometimes gives Amazon gift cards along with his own Job Well Done certificates.
Handing JWDs to Delta employees is, personally, something I really enjoy. I know we can email Delta after or during our trips, too. But one flight attendant told me there are doubts as to how many of those emails actually make their way to employees who are complimented.
Be Nice and Say Thank You
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“I think that for most of us, at least, just a sincere thank you or a kind word is enough to make us happy and let us know we’re appreciated,” a flight attendant told me.
“I still have a few notes passengers have given to me — even one scribbled on a dirty napkin about how I helped her on such a stressful day. Those I remember and make me feel like I’m genuinely appreciated.”
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