Representing the Flight Attendants
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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

3.07.18 – (LUS) – April 2018 PBS Bidding Information

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April 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.


April 2018 Bidding Timelines – LUS

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

Recurrent Training (CQT) Quick Reference Guide via WINGS

PBS Bidding:
• April 2018 PBS Bidding Opens: March 10 – 1100 EST / 0900 MST
• April 2018 PBS Bidding Closes: March 16 – 1200 EDT / 0900 MST
• April 2018 PBS Bids Awarded:  March 18 – 1200 EDT / 0900 MST
• Awards posted in CATS: March 19 – 1200 EDT / 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):
• April 2018 ETB Opens: March 19 – 1200 EDT / 0900 MST

Reserve Assignment – Daily Process:
• Open for April 1st Bids: March 24 – 1500 Home Base Time
• Closed for Processing: March 31 – 1500 Home Base Time
• April 1st results posted: March 31 – 1930 Home Base Time

Reserve Trading Days Off – Daily Process:
• Open for April Bids: March 25 – 0600 Home Base Time
• Closed for processing: March 30 – 2000 Home Base Time
• Re-opens: March 31 – 0600 Home Base Time

Iterative Schedule Adjustment Process (ISAP) – Daily Process:
• April 2018 ISAP Opens: March 25 – 0600 Home Base Time
• Closes for Processing: March 30 – 2000 Home Base Time
• Re-opens: March 31 – 0600 Home Base Time

Vacation Filler Day Process for May 2018:
• Open for Bidding: March 21 – 1400 EDT / 1100 MST
• Closed for Processing: March 31 – 1400 EDT / 1100 MST
• Awards Published:  0259 EDT (April 1) /  2359 MST (March 31)

Vacation Filler Day Process for June 2018:
• Open for Bidding: April 11 – 0000 EDT / 2100 MST
• Closed for Processing: April 18 – 0000 EDT / 2100 MST
• Awards Published: April 19 – 0000 EDT /  2100 MST

Vacation Trades:
• May 2018 trading window closes: March 31 – 1200 EST / 0900 MST

Vacation Extension (VEX) Requests for May 2018:
• Opens – March 20 *
• Closes – April 7 *
Submit via VEX Form on Wings – Flight Service – Lines & Pairings (Bidding) page

*The dates highlighted above have been corrected from the printed bid packages

Vacation Extension (VEX) Requests for June 2018:
• Opens – April 19
• Closes – April 30
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

May 2018 Vacation Rebid:
• Open for Bidding: March 21 – 1400 EDT / 1100 MST
• Closes for Processing: March 31 – 1400 EDT / 1100 MST
• Awards Published:  0259 EDT (April 1)/ 2359 MST (March 31)

June 2018 Vacation Rebid:
• Open for Bidding: April 1 – 0000 EDT / 2100 MST
• Closes for Processing: April 10 – 0000 EDT / 2100 MST
• Awards Published: April 11 – 0000 EDT / 2100 MST

Note: Following the secondary award of the annual vacation bid, additional dates could become available for the May and June Monthly Re-bid

Annual Vacation Bidding Round 2:


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


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