Representing the Flight Attendants
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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

2.06.18 – (LUS) – March 2018 PBS Bidding Information

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 March 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.


March 2018 Bidding Timelines – LUS

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

Recurrent Training (CQT) Quick Reference Guide via WINGS

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

Reserve Assignment – Daily Process:
• Open for March 2nd Bids: February 22 – 1500 Home Base Time
• Closed for Processing: March 1 – 1500 Home Base Time
• March 2nd results posted: March 1 – 1930 Home Base Time

Reserve Trading Days Off – Daily Process:
• Open for March Bids: February 23 – 0600 Home Base Time
• Closed for processing: February 28 – 2000 Home Base Time
• Re-opens: March 1 – 0600 Home Base Time

Iterative Schedule Adjustment Process (ISAP) – Daily Process:
• March 2018 ISAP Opens: February 23 – 0600 Home Base Time
• Closes for Processing: February 28 – 2000 Home Base Time
• March 2018 ISAP Re-opens: March 1 – 0600 Home Base Time

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

Vacation Trades:
• April 2018 trading window closes: February 28 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST

Vacation Extension (VEX) Requests for April 2018:
• Opens – February 19
• Closes – February 28
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

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

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

Annual Vacation Bidding Round 1:
• Open for Bidding: January 27 – 1300 EDT / 1100 MST
• Closes for Processing: February 27 – 1300 EST / 1100 MST


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

NOTE: Effective today, the FABRC will be open 7 days a week. Effective February 10th and beyond, the extended hours will also be in effect 7 days a week.

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