1.18.19 – February 2019 PBS Bid Award Summary/Understanding your PBS Award

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  • Understanding Your PBS Award

February 2019 PBS Bid Award Summary

The February 2019 PBS Bid Award is now available for viewing by going to the PBS AWARDtab at:

faportal.aa.com > Monthly Bids > PBS Base > PBS > Award

February 2019 PBS Award Summary for All PBS Bases

Here are a few definitions for some of the key terms to help you better understand the award summary chart above:

Shadow Bid/Pay Purpose Only Bid – Crew Scheduling shall run PPO bids during the regular PBS award process. PPO bids are run with the same bids and settings as the regular bid with the addition of the bids (standing or actual) of any Flight Attendant, including Flight Attendants on a Voluntary Leave of Absence (VLOA), who is off the entire bid period to determine what she/he could have held for shadow bid/pay purposes only. Such PPO awards shall only be used for this pay determination and shall not change in any way pairing/sequence awards as published in the final line awards.

“Line of Time” shall mean a monthly unit of Flight Attendant flying containing a minimum of seventy (70) credit hours and a maximum of ninety (90) credit hours per bid period. The Company may flex the maximum line value by an annual amount of twenty-five (25) hours, but in no case more than five (5) hours during any given month. As an exception, a Flight Attendant may indicate a bid choice which may allow the bid award to exceed the bounds specified by bidding a High or Low bidding option.

The Company may set a targeted line average between seventy-five (75) and eighty-five (85) hours. In months the Company flexes the maximum to ninety-five (95) hours, the targeted line average may be set to no more than eighty-eight (88) hours. The targeted line average is a global parameter which will be respected while awarding Flight Attendant sequences pursuant to her/his seniority.

Low Lines Option – For the February 2019 Award, lines constructed in accordance with this bid option shall be constructed to no less than forty (40.00) hours, and no more than 69.59 credit hours.

High Lines Option – For the February 2019 Award, lines constructed in accordance with this bid option shall be constructed to no more than one hundred and ten (110.00) hours and no less than 90.01 hours.

Flight Attendants who select the Low Option during a given bid month and also hold at least seven (7) days or more of vacation during that month, shall be given priority to achieve a PBS result below the minimum line value ahead of other Flight Attendants who may be more senior but do not hold vacation.

Understanding Your PBS Award

How to Read Your Award

View the headers at the top of your award and the top of the pairing details for the following information:

  1. Layer – This displays the layer from which your award is completed: L1 = Layer 1, L2 = Layer 2, etc. LN = layer none which indicates your awarded line was completed outside of your seven (7) layers.
  2. OFF – Total number of calendar days off in the bid month.
  3. Credit – Total amount of credit for the bid month: awarded pairings plus any existing credit (unless waived).
  4. PRM – Total international premium pay for the bid month. It does not include any senior, aft, galley, speaker or purser premium pay.
  5. Priority – This indicates which pairing pool the awarded pairing came from. P1 = layer 1 pairing pool, P2 = layer 2 pairing pool.  PN = pairing pool none (see below)CN = coverage needed (see below),
  6. Seat – This is your awarded position on the pairings in your schedule.

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. In the future make sure to adjust your bids to include more pairings.

CN: Your seniority required you to be awarded a pairing over certain days even though you requested those days off. If your day off request were bid in all seven layers, or you did not bid for pairings you could hold touching those days, PBS will find any pairing touching the required coverage days 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 a list of required coverage dates in your reason report.

Award Recap

If PBS cannot award a complete line in Layer 1, it will move to Layer 2, and so on. When you receive your award, review the layer(s) each of your awarded pairings and line come from.

Where did PBS Finish my Award?

L1-L7: PBS was able to award enough pairings that you bid for, while also satisfying your line properties. Your bidding strategy effectively provided parameters, while allowing a legal line to be built.

LN: PBS was unable to satisfy your line properties by layer 7 and forced to go outside your seven layers.

PBS was unable to find a combination of your pairings to satisfy your line properties. There may have been enough pairings for PBS to award at your seniority in your pairing pools, but your line properties were too restrictive.

Anytime you are awarded a CN or PN pairing, your line will automatically be labeled as LN. Either way, you should refine your bidding strategy to prevent this in the future.

Where Did PBS Select Your Pairings From?

P1-P7: PBS was able to award your pairings from any of your seven pairing pools.

For more information on understanding your PBS award you can consult your PBS Guide on the APFA website, FOI specialists, the FABRC or the APFA JSIC.

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