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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

1.05.18 – (LUS) – February 2018 PBS & Vacation Bidding Information

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  • February 2018 Pairing Percentages – LUS
  • Important Bidding Information- Redeye Pairings – LUS
  • Vacation Buyback Window – LUS
  • February 2018 Bidding Timelines – LUS
  • FABRC Hours – LUS

February 2018 Pairing Percentages – LUS


*Important Bidding Information- Redeye Pairings* – LUS

Redeye Defined – Last September, both LAA and LUS Redeye pairings (sequences) were aligned. This was communicated by the the Company in August.

A letter of agreement dated August 20, 2017 served to clarify the language in Section 11.K.1. As of the September bid period, Redeye duty periods are defined as any duty touching 0100 through 0101 home base time (HBT). This letter of agreement does not change the language in 11.K.2.

When bidding Regular pairings, it is important to keep this new definition in mind. There are now trips in the regular pairing pool that were once considered Redeyes. To remove these pairings from your pairing pools, using the “View Pairing Set” button on your layer tab. Refer to page 50 of the PBS Bidding Guide for more information.

Conversely, if you want to fly trips that depart the west coast later in the evening (example: LAS-PHL departing 0245 EST), these are no longer categorized as red eyes, and therefore will not populate in a PBS search when you enter “Prefer Pairing Type: Redeye”. These trips will populate in PBS under a search for a regular pairing type.

As always, make sure you review your pairing set under the layer tab before finishing your bid. Contact the FABRC for further assistance.


Vacation Buyback Window – LUS

As a reminder, Vacation buyback will be open for bidding from January 4-13th, 2018. The payment will be distributed in your normal June 15th paycheck. Please keep in mind that the 401k contribution applied to your normal paycheck will apply.

Vacation buyback bidding can be accessed by going to Crew Portal > My Information > Vacations beginning at noon (CT) Thursday, January 4th until noon (CT) Saturday, January 13th. 

Helpful tips:

  • The Flight Attendant Annual Vacation Buyback Reference Guide is available on the Flight Service website home page in the Helpful Links Box.
  • Vacation buybacks are awarded by base in seniority order before establishing the vacation matrix. Any reduction in the vacation matrix due to vacation buyback will be equally distributed throughout the year.
  • Vacation buyback days are pay/no credit, based on your longevity at the time vacation buyback is paid.Vacation buyback payments are distributed in June 2018
    • 1 to 6 days = 3:30 hours per day
    • 7 to 35 days = 4:00 hours per day

 


February 2018 Bidding Timelines – LUS

Training Bid:
• February 2018 Training Bid Opens:  January 2 – 1100 EDT / 0900 MST
• February 2018 Training Bid Closes:  January 8 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST
• February 2018 Training Bid Awarded:  January 8 – 1400 EST/ 1200 MST
• Awards posted in CATS: January  8 – 1700 EST / 1500 MST

Recurrent Training (CQT) Quick Reference Guide via WINGS

PBS Bidding:
• February 2018 PBS Bidding Opens: January  10 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST
• February 2018 PBS Bidding Closes: January  16 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST
• February 2018 PBS Bids Awarded:  January 18 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST
• Awards posted in CATS: January 19 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST

PBS Mis-awards Due to System or Company Error:
• Any Flight Attendant who has an inquiry or believes she/he may have received a mis-award shall notify the Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC) no later than 1200 on the 23rd of the month, or, if on vacation, within twenty-four (24) hours of return from her/his vacation.

Electronic Trade Board (ETB):
• February 2018 ETB Opens: January 19 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST

Reserve Assignment – Daily Process:
• Open for January 31st Bids: January 23 – 1500 Home Base Time
• Closed for Processing: January 30 – 1500 Home Base Time
• January 31st results posted: January 30 – 1930 Home Base Time

Reserve Trading Days Off – Daily Process:
• Open for February Bids: January 24 – 0600 Home Base Time
• Closed for processing: January 29 – 2000 Home Base Time
• Re-opens: January 30 – 0600 Home Base Time

Iterative Schedule Adjustment Process (ISAP) – Daily Process:
• February 2018 ISAP Opens: January 24 – 0600 Home Base Time
• Closes for Processing: January 29 – 2000 Home Base Time
• February 2018 ISAP Re-opens: January 30 – 0600 Home Base Time

Vacation Filler Day Process for March 2018:
• Open for Bidding: January 11 – 2300 EST / 2100 MST
• Closed for Processing: January 18 – 2300 EST / 2100 MST
• Awards Published: January 19 – 2300 EST /  2100 MST

Vacation Trades:
• March 2018 trading window closes: January 31 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST

Vacation Extension (VEX) Requests for March 2018:
• Opens – January 19
• Closes – January 31
Submit via VEX Form on Wings – Flight Service – Lines & Pairings (Bidding) page

A Flight Attendant who is scheduled for a continuous vacation block of at least seven (7) days, may elect to place up to a total of four (4) days off BEFORE or AFTER, or SPLIT on either side of such vacation. The days off will act as a pre-planned absence and will carry NO pay or credit. Such days off will be counted toward the Reserve’s scheduled Golden Days. Such block of four (4) days, or portion thereof, may be extended into the next bid period.

Vacation Extension Timeline, Rules and Useful Tips

March 2018 Vacation Rebid:
• Open for Bidding: January 1 – 2300 EDT / 2100 MST
• Closes for Processing: January 10 – 2300 EST / 2100 MST
• Awards Published: January 11 – 2300 EST / 2100 MST

The following Vacation days are open for the March 2018 Monthly Rebid (MRB):

Annual Vacation Buyback:
• Open for Bidding: January 4 – 1300 EST / 1100 MST
• Closed for Bidding January 13 – 1300 EST / 1100 MST

Annual Vacation Bidding:
• Open for Bidding: January 27 – 1300 EST / 1100 MST


Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC) HOURS:
Call 800-327-0117, option 5

 

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