ORD has it's share of 4, 5, and 6 leg days, just as MSP does. Plus, for reserves, ORD has the added benefit of landing on a UAX flight and getting a call from crew support telling you that you have 30 minutes to run across the airport and work an Eagle flight. Both bases, once you have the seniority, have plenty of trips with only 2 or 3 legs per day. They are out there, it's just gonna take time to build the seniority for you to hold them. I work quite a few 2 and 3 leg days in MSP. My next four day trip is 5/2/2/3. Day one is annoying for sure, but only two legs are long enough to be service flights so not a whole lot of work for my lone FA.This is good info, thanks! I actually live in MSP and have family in ORD, so those are my first two choices. First, I need to decide if the pros of being at ORD outweigh having to commute. It sounds like the lines are better, with fewer legs and even a few Mexican routes. Is it all United flying, though?
Yeah, as previously mentioned, that doesn't matter. In fact, from folks I know who are DL FAs, you'd have better luck getting a job as a gate agent for DL then becoming a FA than being a FA for a subcontractor regional doing DL Connection flights and then getting a job at DL.I want to fly for Delta eventually, so it would be nice to be able to say that I'm already representing Delta as a SkyWest FA.
If you live in MSP (and for reasons I could never fathom actually LIKE it), don't go chasing better lines by commuting. Once you get senior enough MSP has quite a few good lines and even on reserve I haven't had too many trips with more than 4 legs in one day. Living in base "is the bee's knees... the wasp's nipples. [It] is, I would go so far as to say, the entire set of erogenous zones of every major flying insect of the Western world" as one would say.Second, I want to rank the other 18 domiciles in a way that makes it more likely that I get the easy-to-commute-to base with trips that have longer legs and fewer legs per day, and less likely that I will get stuck at LGA or DTW.
No commute is easy. They can be managed, tolerated, and indeed preferred if you have zero desire to live in the base city, but it won't be made any easier when you first start and are at the bottom of the standby list, cannot jumpseat, and are constantly under threat of being written up at an airline that actively discourages FAs from commuting during their first year. If you live in MSP, want to live in MSP, and don't wanna hate your life, don't commute.