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3.21.20 – PBS: How to Understand Your Award

Saturday, March 21, 2020

PBS: How to Understand Your Award

As you might be are aware, the April 2020 bidsheet information and sequences that had been uploaded into PBS were from a week ago. However, the status of the airline industry has dramatically changed day by day. Many of the international trips will no longer be operating and additionally, there will be significant changes to the domestic schedule.

The awards for April are based on the sequences that were in PBS at the time PBS opened for bidding. Those sequences will be awarded and/or assigned during this PBS processing. We do know that the company is currently working on a cancellation package following the publishing of the April PBS awards.

If you believe that you have a PBS mis-award please call the FABRC prior to the 27th at noon (DFW time) to have your April award reviewed and if there is an issue evaluated by the PBS Admin team. Calling the FABRC is required in the PBS mis-award process. Once your award has been reviewed and you disagree with the resolution, you can reach out to us by completing the PBS Mis-Award form on the APFA website for review.

FABRC wait times may be longer during this time. Please be patient as they will get to you as soon as possible. If you call after hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned the next day.

Please refer to the attached scheduling hotline for related information regarding the cancellation/modifications of April sequences.


How to Read Your Award

To view your PBS award, log in to PBS and click the Award tab, your awarded schedule will display. 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.



Where Did PBS Select Your Pairings From?

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

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.

Any time 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.

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