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8 In-Flight Magazines That Pay Well for Travel Writing

by Preethi Burkholder Aug 6, 2008
Here are some simple steps to getting your travel writing off the ground.

[Editor’s Note: This article was updated on January 8, 2010.]

WRITING FOR IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINES is one of the best ways of earning money as a travel writer. Most countries have a national carrier and many have an in-flight magazine to keep passengers entertained during their flights. These magazines consider articles on a wide variety of topics, such as:

  • Destination
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Arts
  • Book reviews
  • Spa / health
  • Business
  • Wildlife and the environment

Most in-flight magazines don’t have websites, so in many cases, the easiest way to find out about them and connect with them is by taking a sample issue on a flight. In flight magazines can also be obtained through:

  • Local chambers of commerce
  • Libraries
  • Travel agencies
  • Tour operating services
  • Tourism and chamber resort associations

Compared to consumer magazine publishers, in-flight magazines tend to pay a higher rate for travel writers. Some may pay as much as $5,000 for a three page feature with photographs. Typically, rates vary between $0.25-$1 per word.

The number of people reading the magazine tends to be larger than regular consumer magazines. Take for example the Los Angeles to Singapore flight on Singapore Airlines. Think about the number of passengers on every flight and the number of daily flights going to Singapore.

Not only is the book made available on the seat of every passenger on that particular flight but it is also available on every other Singapore Airlines flight. These are potentially hundreds of thousands of travelers reading your article every month.

Magazine Contacts

American Eagle Airlines

HCP/Aboard Publishing
One Herald Plaza, 4th Floor
Miami, FL 33132
Fax: (305) 995-8108

For publication copies, contact:.
(305) 376-5278 or 376-5258


Music, shopping, book reviews, destination travel articles, Florida, Bahamas, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, and more.

United Airlines

INK Publishing
68 Jay Street Suite 315
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Festivals, destination travel, food, beach activities, and more

Hawaiian Airlines

Hana Hou!
1144 10th Avenue, Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: 808.733.3333
Toll free: 888.733.3336
Fax: 808.733.3340

Include dance, music, tropical fruits, destination pieces on Hawaii, green living, diving, and more

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Magazine
Pace Communications, Inc.
Suite 360
2811 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204
Fax: (214) 580-2491
Phone: (214) 580-8070

Inlcude destination travel (Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona etc), book reviews, food, profiles, and more

American Airlines

American Way Magazine
4333 Amon Carter Blvd. MD 5374
Fort Worth, TX 76155
Phone: 817-967-1804


Destination pieces, food, sports, music, entertainment, and more.

Delta Airlines



Destination travel (Spain, Mexico York, Paris, Montreal, Florida, Texas, Boston, etc), food, sports, celebrity life, and more.

Airtran Airways

Go Magazine
INK Publishing
68 Jay Street, Suite 315
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 294-1220

Direct all pitches to:

Destination travel (Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Orleans, Iowa City, Seattle, Georgia, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago etc), music, and entertainment.

Emirates Airline

Open Skies
Motivate Publishing
PO Box 2331
Dubai, UAE
Tel. +971-4-282-4060
Fax. +971-4-282-4436

Destination travel (Dubai, Sri Lanka, London, Switzerland, Maldives, Indonesia, India, and more).

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