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8.23.15 – (LUS) – Crew Scheduling’s New Caller ID #/LAX-Short Hotel Transportation/Hotel Reporting/Retirement and 401(k) Briefings

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Sunday, August 23, 2015 – LUS

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  • Crew Scheduling’s New Caller ID #
  • LAX-Short Hotel Transportation
  • Hotel Reporting
  • Retirement Briefings and 401(k) Transition

Crew Scheduling’s New Caller ID #

Effective immediately, you will see a new number on your Caller ID when receiving a call from Crew Scheduling, which is now located in Texas.  The number will display as (682) 315-0000, or a similar (682) 315-XXXX. 

Please note, Crew Scheduling’s 800# has not changed. Please continue to use the (800) 327-0117 phone number to reach Crew Scheduling.

LAX-Short Hotel Transportation

After continued discussions with the AA Hotel Contracts Department, APFA is pleased to announce that Five Star Transportation will begin providing the transportation from the short LUS LAX layover hotel to LAX airport beginning on Monday, August 24, between the hours of 4:30 am until 9:00 am.  We will continue to monitor this market and see if any additional time-frames need to be added.  Please continue to send in your feedback to

Hotel Reporting

Please remember to report any issues or complaints to the APFA Hotel department as soon as possible. Your APFA Hotel Committee works with the Company representative responsible for the market and the General Manager of the hotel in finding a resolution to the report. To report an issue, complete the Hotel Debrief Form that is located on the APFA Hotel Page. Sending this form in a timely manner helps to ensure the issue will be addressed and will not affect another Flight Attendant.

Kelly Gambello 
APFA National Hotel Chair

Retirement Briefings and 401(k) Transition

The APFA Retirement and 401(k) Briefing is on the road again. All Flight Attendants are invited to attend. LUS Flight Attendants with a PBGC pension can request a copy of your pension estimate from or call 800-400-7242.

All Flight Attendants can download their latest 401(k) Statement from from the Fidelity website at

This retirement briefing by APFA Retirement Specialist Patrick Hancock, and DFW Flight Attendant Ron Harris, will cover many of the topics that will help Flight Attendants make the most of your retirement planning.

  • PHXAugust 27th – 1100-1400 and  August 28th – 1100-1400 – Both briefings will take place at PHX Sky Harbor Airport in the British Airways Room which is located upstairs above Gate B-22.
  • CLTSeptember 9th – 1100-1400 – The Charlotte meeting room is the Charlotte Auditorium on the 2nd floor above the food court main terminal.
  • PHLSeptember 10th – 1100-1400 – in the Tour Room, inside security between concourses C and D.
  • DCASeptember 16th – 0900-1130 – Location to be announced.

Beginning in November 2015, 401(k) accounts of Flight Attendants and non-contract employees from the US Airways, Inc. Employee Savings Plan (“Employee Savings Plan”) will begin merging into the $uper $aver: An American Airlines, Inc. 401(k) Capital Accumulation (“$uper $aver Plan”). In addition, the $uper $aver Plan will be renamed as the American Airlines, Inc. 401(k) Plan (“American 401(k) Plan”).

A new investment menu is also being launched. All account balances and future contributions in the American 401(k) Plan will move to the new investment menu. A special window in which you may choose investments (or “make investment elections”) will run from September 15 to October 15, 2015.

Here’s what will happen to your account(s) if you don’t make your own investment elections during the upcoming election window.

The new investment menu consists of four tiers, each focused on a different style of investing.

Key Dates:

August 15 through September 14, 2015

Time to learn more and prepare. You’ll find details on the investment tiers, educational videos and articles, information to help you determine what kind of investor you may be, frequently asked questions, and more.

September 15 through 11:59 p.m. ET on October 15, 2015

Special investment decision election window. Choose investments for your account balances and future contributions using this investment decision website. If you make no election, your account balances and future contributions will be invested in the target date fund closest to the year you turn 65, with a few exceptions. 

Starting October 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET…

Blackout period. To prepare and implement the new investment menu at Fidelity, there will be a period of time during which account transactions will be temporarily unavailable, called the blackout period.

Limited blackout period.
Changes to how your future 401(k) contributions (if applicable) are invested within the current menu will be unavailable. During the limited blackout, most account transactions will remain available, including loans, distributions and changes to your beneficiary elections.

Also, loan repayments and contributions received will be invested in the Fidelity® Money Market Trust Retirement Money Market Portfolio until the blackout period ends. At that time, loan repayments, contributions and any associated earnings will be posted to your account according to the investment elections you chose from the new lineup during the special investment decision election window. If you did not choose investments from the new lineup, your 401(k) loan repayments, contributions and any associated earnings will be made in the target date fund based on the year closest to the year you turn 65. 

Starting October 30 at 4:00 p.m. ET…

Full blackout period.

At this point, the blackout period will expand, and you will not be able to request:

  • Transactions in your 401(k) account, including loans, distributions or withdrawals
  • Changes to your beneficiary elections
  • Any investment changes
  • Changes to the amount you contribute

As applicable for the transactions listed above, be sure to allow enough time to request, receive, complete and return the paperwork to Fidelity before this deadline. Also, if you’d like to view your account balance under the current investment menu, you must do this prior to October 30 at 4 p.m. ET. Your 401(k) account balances and direction for your future contributions will transfer to the new fund lineup after 4 p.m. ET on October 30.

Please note that the assets in your account stay invested — or “in the market”— throughout the blackout period. It’s important to ensure that you are comfortable with your investments in the current lineup before the blackout period begins, as well as in the new investment lineup when the special investment decision election window closes on October 15.

…Until the Week of November 1, 2015

Blackout period ends

The new investment menu is scheduled to be available on Fidelity NetBenefits®.
All account transactions are now available, including the ability to change your contributions (if applicable), initiate transactions, and generally change your investments at any time.

To learn more about the new investment menu and the opportunity to choose investments, you are invited to attend a virtual, online meeting or a live on-site workshop at key locations throughout the system. Meetings will be conducted by Fidelity Investments and a member of the American retirement benefits team. 

You can also enroll in the Financial Engines’ Professional Management Program, which will manage your investments for you for a fee. To enroll, access Financial Engines or call Fidelity Investments at (800) 354-3412 and ask to be connected to Financial Engines by October 13, 2015. If you enroll by October 13, Financial Engines will then manage the investment transfer for you during the special election window, regardless of whether you choose investments from the new menu during this special election window.

All other questions may be directed to Patrick Hancock, APFA Retirement Specialist at

Brian Clark
APFA National Communications Interim Chair


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