Gifts for FAs?

Old Nov 1, 17, 11:40 am
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Gifts for FAs?

What are peopleís views on giving a small gift upon boarding to your FAs? Does it come across as shameless bribery or itís it genuinely appreciated?
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Not very British IMO.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:46 am
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I think a gift at the end of the flight to reward excellent service could well be appreciated, but we have Golden Tickets for that. A gift at the start of the service could well be misconstrued. And what happens if the service is really bad in spite of the gift? Are you going to ask for it back?
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:47 am
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Don’t like it one little bit, sorry.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:48 am
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How is it not bribery if it's given before any service has been received?

Maybe it's acceptable at the end, but I'd imagine most staff are a little wary of gifts from the public anyway.
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I personally in general agree with the above statement just getting other opinions after reading a blog post who swears by it.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:51 am
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Shameless bribery.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:54 am
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Have thought of it , but have never really decided to give it a go. I would only give the appropriate gift (chocolates , Turkish delight ... etc) at the end of the flight and ensure it was enough to cater the whole crew onboard in my cabin or whole cabin and flight crew for the entire flight ...

i would find it a tad embarrassing/cringe if someone saw me in the act of giving the gifts - that is maybe just me thou ...

I prefer to give gifts of appreciation via the compliment form on BA.com via the saying thank you form ...
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:54 am
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Swears by it for what reason, I find it just awkward and embarrassing?
If a customer wants to give a gift to thank the crew do it on disembarkation.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 12:12 pm
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Swears by it for what reason, I find it just awkward and embarrassing?
If a customer wants to give a gift to thank the crew do it on disembarkation.
maybe swears by it was the wrong term. He does it on most trips and believes that he receives but does not expect more personal service in return. I think itís a cultural Think for me to find it awkward.
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Have thought of it , but have never really decided to give it a go. I would only give the appropriate gift (chocolates , Turkish delight ... etc) at the end of the flight and ensure it was enough to cater the whole crew onboard in my cabin or whole cabin and flight crew for the entire flight ...

i would find it a tad embarrassing/cringe if someone saw me in the act of giving the gifts - that is maybe just me thou ...

I prefer to give gifts of appreciation via the compliment form on BA.com via the saying thank you form ...
I knew FAs that would smile sweetly accept them to not offend, and then bin it. They said theyíd been advised not to eat anything given to them by customers.

Offering them a polo etc if youíre chatting to them and eating them is different to just handing them something at the end of a flight though and Iíd always offer like that just out of basic manners
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Old Nov 1, 17, 12:14 pm
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I can tell you that on BA we look on it with suspicion.
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I knew FAs that would smile sweetly accept them to not offend, and then bin it. They said they’d been advised not to eat anything given to them by customers.

Offering them a polo etc if you’re chatting to them and eating them is different to just handing them something at the end of a flight though and I’d always offer like that just out of basic manners
I see where you are coming from , but i would only give properly sealed and a well known branded product that clearly has not been tampered with or made not ideally edible after flying - so maybe they won't be thrown out . I would offer whatever I'm eating , if that snack was suitable for sharing if the situation arose, but sadly i do not keep any polos in my back pocket !

Maybe they would appreciate it if i asked would they like a slither of my Beef ( No pun intended ) during the meal service as a token of my appreciation for the service so far , can't see the problem seeing they cooked (reheated) it !

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I can tell you that on BA we look on it with suspicion.
Even if i said ," Please do not worry , I'm a GCH " or "It's okay, I'm on the BA Exec club forum on flyertalk.com " ...
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Old Nov 1, 17, 12:32 pm
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maybe swears by it was the wrong term. He does it on most trips and believes that he receives but does not expect more personal service in return. I think itís a cultural Think for me to find it awkward.
I suspect it is a gift for himself, rather than for the crew; he enjoys the appreciation that he craves.
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Great. What am I supposed to do with all these 7ft high stuffed Harrods teddy bears now then?
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