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12.30.19 – What You Need to Know About Bereavement

Monday, December 30, 2019

What You Need to Know About Bereavement

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Bereavement Days (BR)
Eligible Family Member
Requesting Bereavement Days
Pay Associated With Bereavement Days
Additional Days Off For Bereavement
Emergency Travel (A9)

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Bereavement Days (BR)

You will receive up to 3 bereavement days off when you experience the death of an eligible family member.
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Eligible Family Members (JCBA Section 25.L.1.b.)

  • Spouse
  • Domestic Partner
  • Child
  • Stepchild
  • Grandchild
  • Parents
  • Stepparents
  • Grandparents
  • Brother
  • Sister
  • Legal Guardian
  • In-Laws
  • Relative residing with you
  • Any member of your household (e.g. roommate)

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Requesting Bereavement Days (JCBA Section 25.L.1.c.)

You must contact your FSM or Manager on Duty to request bereavement days within 30 days of the date of death.

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Pay Associated With Bereavement Days (JCBA Section 25.L.1.d.)

  • 4 hours pay and credit for three consecutive days.
  • Bereavement days are paid and credited whether you are removed from a trip or not.
  • If you are removed from a trip, you will be paid the daily rate of 4 hours for 3 days, instead of the value of the sequence.

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Additional Days Off For Bereavement (JCBA Section 25.L.1.e.)

You may request additional days off for bereavement; however, those days will be unpaid.

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Emergency Travel (A9) (JCBA Section 25.L.1.f.)

  • In the event of an emergency involving family members, the company, to help you through this difficult time, offers emergency/bereavement (A9) travel on American and American Eagle flights listed in the Travel Planner. A9 travel is not available on other airlines.
  • A9 travel is offered to you and certain members of your family when there is a death or imminent death due to a life-threatening illness or injury for those who are eligible (see Eligible Family Members section).  Every effort will be made to confirm you and your eligible travelers on an eligible flight(s) due to the emergency.  If unable to confirm, you will be listed as a revenue standby.
  • If the personal emergency involves the death of an eligible family member and you must travel, A9 travel can be booked up to 30 days after the death to attend the funeral or memorial service.  If you would like an exception to this, you should contact your FSM.
  • You should always contact your manager for authorization to book A9 travel. Only if the manager or department admin is not available, then you can contact 1-888-WE-FLY-AA (1-888-933-5922), or if you are outside of the U.S., you may call the local reservations number.
  • Be prepared with desired flight details, names, dates of birth and relationships of travelers for whom A9 travel is eligible. You may be required to provide the nature of the emergency as well as your manager’s name and AA ID#

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Additional information regarding bereavement can be found in Section 25 of the JCBA or you may email

In Unity,

Erik Harris
APFA National Contract Chair

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Euless, Texas 76040

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