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Bidding for Red Flag Sequences

TTS and Red Flag

In November, 2020, management began offering red flag flying within the Trip Trade System (TTS), giving you the ability to trade sequences on your schedule for a red flagged sequence. Previously, red-flagged sequences were only available via the Unsuccessful Bidder’s List (UBL).

How do I know if Red Flag flying is offered at my base?

You will see a banner on crew portal indicating red flag is open, and you’ll be able to ballot for the sequences in TTS that work for your schedule. Red flag is offered throughout the remainder of the month, not just within today and tomorrow’s operation.

How do I bid for Red Flag trips in TTS?

Access TTS, and select the box below to search for Only Red Flag Sequences:

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Once a sequence has been red flagged in TTS, Crew Scheduling may not remove the red flag designation and its corresponding premium until after 0400 HBT one day prior to the departure of the sequence.

Transactions will be Awarded Sequence being Dropped Sequence being Picked Up Red Flag Pay Premium
Pickup only N/A Red Flag Yes
Trade (all scenarios) Red Flag Red Flag Yes
Trade (no overlap or only overlaps 1 day)* Non-Red Flag Red Flag Yes
Trade (1 day for 1 day, same origination date or overlaps 2+ days)* Non-Red Flag Red Flag Trip will be awarded,
but will not pay Red Flag premium

(Overlap applies to a calendar day (0000 - 2359 HBT))

Red Flag Pickup and Trade Examples

The following examples of picking up and trading red-flagged sequences with sequences already on your schedule illustrate when you will receive the red flag pay premium.

Please remember, trades within TTS may be subject to daily and monthly open time limits.

TTS/UBL: Pick-up Only

In this straightforward example, the pickup is Awarded and red flag premium paid.

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TTS: Trading a Non-Red Flagged Sequence with a Red Flagged Sequence

Example 2: No overlap between traded sequences

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

Example 3: Sequence overlap by 1 day

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

Example 4: Sequence overlap of more than 1 day and same origination day

In this example, the trade is awarded but the red flag pemium is not paid.

Example 5: Trade with origination on same calendar day

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is not paid.

Example 6a: Trade 1 day for 1 day, same origination day

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is not paid.

Example 6b: Trade 1 day for 1 day, different origination day

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

Example 6b: Sequence trade awarded, red flag premium paid.

Example 7: Sequence with more than 1 day of overlap

In this example, the trade is awarded but red flag pemium is not paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded but the red flag pemium is not paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is not paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is not paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

Example 6b: Sequence trade awarded, red flag premium paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded but red flag pemium is not paid.

TTS: Trading a Red-Flagged Sequence With Another Red-Flagged Sequence

When trading a red-flagged sequence with another red-flagged sequence in TTS, you will maintain the red flag premium pay for the sequence into which you trade.

In this example of trading your Red Flag for another Red Flag, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

In this example of trading your Red Flag for another Red Flag, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid even

  • If overlapping more than 1 day
  • Originating on same day

In this example of trading your Red Flag for another Red Flag, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid even:

  • If trading a 1 day for a 1 day
  • Originating on same day

In this scenario, the Flight Attendant has traded from a red flag 1-day on the same originaion date.  Red Flag Pay will apply.

Example 9.1: Sequence trade awarded, red flag pemium paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

In this example of trading your Red Flag for another Red Flag, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

In this example of trading your Red Flag for another Red Flag, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid even

  • If overlapping more than 1 day
  • Originating on same day

In this example of trading your Red Flag for another Red Flag, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid even:

  • If trading a 1 day for a 1 day
  • Originating on same day

In this scenario, the Flight Attendant has traded from a red flag 1-day on the same originaion date.  Red Flag Pay will apply.

Example 9.1: Sequence trade awarded, red flag pemium paid.

In this example, the trade is awarded and red flag pemium is paid.

ROTA / ROTD Red Flags

You can call out of time and be released from your remaining available reserve days if you are within five (5) hours of your monthly maximum. If you would like to pick up additional flying in ROTA or ROTD on these released days, advise Crew Scheduling so they can recode these as GDs.

If you have called out of time and requested a release from Crew Scheduling, or are on days off, you may bid for and be awarded Red Flag sequences through ROTA or ROTD.

Reserves who have not called out of time may be awarded one trip that brings them above their monthly maximum; however red flag premiums are only paid on trips awarded to Reserves who have been released or on days off.

You may bid red flag generic sequences or specific sequences in ROTA or ROTD.  Use the filter Red Flag to search for specific red flag sequences, or include only red flag sequences in a generic bid.

ROTA Red Flag Opportunities

From the Reserve Bidding page:

  • Select Pick Up on FD/GD Bids
  • Be sure to apply any required waivers
  • Choose the date
  • Add New Bid
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Select the Pick Up on FD/GD Bids tab

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ROTD Red Flag Opportunities

From the Reserve Bidding page:

  • Select Aggressive Bids (ROTD)
  • Add the waiver Award into FD/GD (even if you are bidding to be awarded on a day off)
  • Add any additional waivers required
  • Choose the date
  • Add New Bid
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Select the Aggressive Bids tab

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When searching for specific sequences, use the Filter options to select red flag sequences.

Unlike TTS, the filter results will not show a red flag icon, however, only sequences/positions with the red flag premium will populate.

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Important Notes on Red Flag

  • If you call in sick for a red-flagged trip, you will only be paid the trip’s value, not the red flag premium.
  • Trading or picking up red-flagged sequences will increase or decrease your TTS Max by the trip’s value.
  • Reserve Flight Attendants may pick up red-flagged sequences that originate and terminate on a day off using the ROTA/D system.
  • If you trade the sequence on the ETB, the red flag pay will stay with the sequence. If you want to trade positions after being awarded the sequence, you must use the position seat swap app on your tablet to retain red flag premium pay.
  • TTS awards in seniority order, utilizing all open and balloted sequences, regardless of where they are ranked on a ballot. Because of this, you may be awarded a lower-ranked, non-red flagged trip to satisfy a more senior Flight Attendant’s request.
  • You may have up to seven (7) requests, each with up to 200 choices on your ballot. Only one sequence/position per request can be awarded. All sequences/positions in a choice are considered equally. If you prefer a red-flagged sequence/position over a non-red flagged sequence/position, sequences should be saved as separate choices.
  • All positions on a sequence may not be red-flagged. Please make sure you expand the positions in TTS to see which positions are red-flagged.
  • The Letter of Agreement clarifying red-flagged flying within TTS may be viewed here.

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