Say thanks with a treat – Airplane tip

Airline crews are probably some of the least appreciated folks in the airline industry. Next time you fly, say thank you as you board the plane … with a treat.

Most flight attendants love pre-made cakes and pies from Trader Joe’s (from $6-$12), and everyone appreciates homemade cookies.

You’ll be surprised at what your treat can give you in return. On a European trip, I was upgraded to first class after presenting a key lime pie and chocolate cake. If the first class or business class is fully booked, the least you’ll get is smiles and first-class treatment from the crew.