Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

1.03.20 – Annual Vacation Buyback (JCBA Section 8.F)

Friday, January 3, 2020

Annual Vacation Buyback (JCBA Section 8.F)

The JCBA provides for Flight Attendants to sell back their accrued vacation to the company on both a monthly and annual basis.

On Jan 10th at 1200 DFW time, the annual vacation buyback process will open, and it will close on Jan 17th at 1200 DFW time.

This is your opportunity to sell back all or a portion of your vacation back to the company prior to the yearly vacation bidding process. Buyback awards will be processed in seniority order.

You may access the Annual Vacation Bid and Award (AVBA) via Crew Portal under the monthly bidding tab. Click on Monthly Bids and then Vacation.

You may choose to sell back a portion or all your vacation days and they are paid according to:

  • If you are selling back 1-6 days, it will be paid out at 3:30 hours per day
  • If you are selling back 7 or more days, it will be paid out at 4:00 hour day.
  • Premiums are not paid out on vacation buyback

Vacation buyback is awarded by base, in seniority order within the base and will be paid out on the first paycheck of June 2020.

The AVBA user guide is available on the APFA website.

You can also participate in monthly vacation buyback but only if it is offered for those specific months.

Annual Accrual

Your annual accrual will show on the AVBA summary page.

You may view your 2019 accrued sick hours and vacation days in Crew Portal by selecting “Last Year SK/VC Accrual – (HISK/L)”.

Check the “AAC SK/VC” Column in the HISK to verify if you have accrued sick and vacation for the month.

For further information, you may contact the Flight Attendant Vacation Department at:


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Becky Lydecker
APFA National Scheduling Chair



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