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10.11.16 – (LUS) – PBS Trainers in the Crew Room/Bidding Strategies/Bidding Checklist/Award Tab/FABRC Hours/Counts by Base ✈


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  • PBS Trainers in the Crew Room – LUS
  • Bidding Strategies – LUS
  • Bidding Checklist – LUS
  • Layer Tab – LUS
  • Award Tab – LUS
  • Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC) – LUS
  • Flight Attendant Counts by Base – LAA/LUS

PBS Trainers in the Crew Room – LUS

PBS trainers are available in the LUS crew rooms every day through November 16th to assist with PBS bidding.

Bidding Strategies – LUS

 PBS Holiday Bidding Guide

Topics Include:

  • Bidding Holidays Off
  • Required/Forced Coverage Overview
  • Holiday Bidding for Reserves
  • Award Process Review

Bidding Checklist – LUS

Here is an important checklist to help ensure accuracy in the PBS bidding process every month:

Layer Tab – LUS

Selecting the layer tab will display your current PBS bid. The layer tab lists all of the specific pairings, pairing properties, and line properties you have bid in each layer. If you export your standing bid, you would then view the layer tab to ensure that all of your properties exported correctly.

The layer tab allows you to easily view, edit, and adjust your entire bid. From here you also have the ability to review your pairing pools. When creating your monthly bid, the Layer Tab is the most important tab in PBS.

Use the layer tab to carefully review any possible duplications or bid-errors. For example having two different position orders in the same layer, or two different TCR’s in the same layer. Some of these bid errors will not properly update the pairing pool.

If you skip a layer all together, leaving it completely blank, PBS will create the pairing pool for the layer, by adding all of the available pairings (excluding ODAN and red-eye pairings). It will treat the skipped layer as if it was a bid layer, and it may complete your line at that point. On the other hand, if you stop bidding all together and your line cannot be completed within the layers containing bids, your award will be considered a LN award.

Award Tab – LUS

The award tab allows you to view and print your PBS bid award. Your monthly award will be posted in PBS on the 18th of every month, 0900 MST. The following information outlines how the award process works and how to understand your award. 

How to Read Your Award:

  1. Layer – Displays the layer from which your award was completed: L1 = layer 1, L2 = layer 2, etc. However, LN = layer none which indicates your awarded line was completed outside of your seven layers.
  2. Off – Total days off awarded in the bid month.
  3. Credit – Total amount of credit for the bid month: awarded pairings plus any existing credit.
  4. Premium – Total international premium pay awarded. 
  5. Priority – Indicates which pairing pool the awarded pairing came from: P1 = layer 1 pairing pool, P2 = layer 2 pairing pool, etc. However, PN = pairing pool none which means the awarded pairing came from outside of your seven layers. Similarly CN = coverage needed, which means the pairing was awarded due to coverage needs and it came from outside of your seven layers.
  6. Seat – Awarded position: if the same pairing is awarded more than once, the awarded seat/position will match the chronological order of the pairing origination dates.

PBS tries to find a feasible solution to your bid requests in layer 1. If it cannot award a complete line in layer 1, it will move to layer 2, and so on.

Award Recap:

1. Where did PBS select your pairings from?

  • P1-P7: PBS was able to award your pairings from one of your seven pairing pools.
  • PN: Your pairing pools did not provide PBS enough pairings that could be held at your seniority to create a legal line. PBS had to go outside of your pairing pools to find additional pairings to complete your line.
  • CN: Your seniority required you to be awarded a pairing over certain days even though you requested those days off. If your day off requests were bid in all seven layers, PBS will find any pairing touching those dates to create a legal line. Like PN pairings, CN pairings do not come from any of your pairing pools. A CN pairing will be accompanied by required Coverage Dates listed in your reason report.

2. Where did PBS finish your award?

  • L1-L7: Success! PBS was able to award enough pairings that you bid for, while also satisfying your line properties. Your bidding strategy adequately provided parameters that allowed a legal line to be built.
  • LN: PBS was unable to satisfy your line properties by layer 7 and forced to go outside your layers.
  • There may have been enough pairings for PBS to award at your seniority in your pairing pools, but your line properties were too restrictive. PBS was unable to find a combination of those pairings to satisfy your line parameters.
  • Anytime you are awarded a CN or PN pairing, your line will automatically be LN.

Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC) LUS

Representatives are ready to assist! Call 480-693-8232 or 800-327-0117, option 2, 8

Flight Attendant Counts by Base – LAA/LUS

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