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TTS Hotlines

2.21.22 – Alert: More Glitches in Cloud-Based TTS

Monday, February 21, 2022 Alert: More Glitches in Cloud-Based TTS As we shared with you in a hotline last night, the Company pushed ahead with migrating TTS to the Cloud…

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2.20.22 – Alert: Important Information About Balloting in TTS for March

Sunday, February 20, 2022 Alert: Important Information About Balloting in TTS for March On Friday, the Company sent a mobileCCI message informing Flight Attendants that TTS will migrate to a…

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7.15.21 – Reminder: Trading into Red Flagged Sequences via TTS

Thursday, July 15, 2021 Reminder: Trading into Red Flagged Sequences via TTS Late last year, red flagged flying became available within the Trip Trade System (TTS). This also gives the…

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7.02.21 – COVID-19 Cancellation Update

Friday, July 2, 2021 COVID-19 Cancellation Update The operation has been experiencing an influx of cancellations in June and July. Many of these cancellations have been covered under the monthly…

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6.22.21 – Trip Trade System Balloting Reminders

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Trip Trade System Balloting Reminders As the upcoming delayed Trip Trade System (TTS) run for July approaches, here are a few reminders regarding balloting for trips in TTS:…

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6.18.21 – July 2021 First TTS Run and ETB Opening Delayed/June and July Pay Protections

Friday, June 18, 2021 July 2021 First TTS Run and ETB Opening Delayed June and July Pay Protections   July 2021 First TTS Run and ETB Opening Delayed When cancellations…

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6.06.21 – July LRD Closes Tomorrow

Sunday, June 6, 2021 July LRD Closes Tomorrow The Lineholder/Reserve Designator (LRD) to preference either Lineholder or “Senior Bumping” onto Reserve will close tomorrow, Monday, June 7 at 1200 (CDT). Remaining July Bidding Timelines In Solidarity, Jeff Petersen…

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5.29.21 – DFW TTS Failure

Saturday, May 29, 2021 June DFW TTS Failure Last Saturday, after processing for hours and completing 78% of the run, DFW TTS processing failed. As a result, TTS results for…

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2.21.22 – Alert: More Glitches in Cloud-Based TTS

Monday, February 21, 2022 Alert: More Glitches in Cloud-Based TTS As we shared with you in a hotline last night, the Company pushed ahead with migrating TTS to the Cloud starting with the March run…

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2.20.22 – Alert: Important Information About Balloting in TTS for March

Sunday, February 20, 2022 Alert: Important Information About Balloting in TTS for March On Friday, the Company sent a mobileCCI message informing Flight Attendants that TTS will migrate to a cloud-based system beginning with the…

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7.15.21 – Reminder: Trading into Red Flagged Sequences via TTS

Thursday, July 15, 2021 Reminder: Trading into Red Flagged Sequences via TTS Late last year, red flagged flying became available within the Trip Trade System (TTS). This also gives the ability to trade sequences on…

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Overview of the Trip Trade System (TTS)

What is the TTS?

The Trip Trade System (TTS) is the web based system for flight attendants to trade, drop, and pick up sequences.

  • Accessed through Crew Portal
  • Uses open time (company time) and other flight attendant’s requests
  • TTS runs every night for sequences that depart anywhere from two days prior through the end of the bid month.
  • Runs in seniority order
  • TTS will continue to process requests in subsequent runs unless deleted by the flight attendant.

Using TTS

Use one or more of the following criteria to filter your search results:

Search Criteria Available
Co-terminal Equipment Purser Satellite
Date (Report and Release) Number of calendar days Red Flag Sequence number
Deadhead First/Last Leg Number of duty periods Report/Release Times Speaker
Domestic/NIPD/IPD Position RON city Total Credit
Search Criteria Available
Co-terminal Purser
Date (Report and Release) Red Flag
Deadhead First/Last Leg Report/Release Times
Domestic/NIPD/IPD RON city
Equipment Satellite
Number of calendar days Sequence number
Number of duty periods Speaker
Position Total Credit

TTS Terminology

Your entire TTS bid; contains all sequences you've designated for drops, pickups and/or trades.

Times are listed in Report/Release format (i.e. not as Departure/Arrival)

Remain Over Night or Layover

May choose between:
1. Home Base Time (default) - The actual time in your crew base.
2. Station Time: The local time of each flight segment.

Used to award open time after every TTS run beginning 2 days prior and up until two hours before departure.

TTS Home Page

By clicking on the flight attendant name at the top, a drop-down box with the employee’s information will appear.

The My Time Display Preference is how you would like to see the times displayed on your schedule. The system default is base time.

  • Base time means all sequence times will display in home base time. You will have to calculate the time difference on your own in each station. #
  • Station time means that your sequences will reflect the time zone of whichever city you are departing and landing in.
  • On the home page you will see your calendar.
  • The calendar displays the contractual month in light grey, dark grey days are the previous and next contractual month’s days.
  • The blue outlined day is the current day.
  • By using the arrows next to the month you can go back and forth between previous, current, and next contractual month.
  • To close the calendar key, click anywhere on the page.

There is an information icon that displays a color-coded keys. It describes the different types of activities that will potentially display on your calendar.

This schedule has no extra colors besides sequences, but your calendar could include your training days, your vacation days, if you’re doing any special assignment, or other activities.

If you hover over a sequence on the calendar, the sequence number will appear.

When you click on the sequence, the details will appear underneath the calendar.

There is an information icon that displays a sequence legend which described how different RONs are displayed.

By clicking on the flight attendant name at the top, a drop-down box with the employee’s information will appear.

The My Time Display Preference is how you would like to see the times displayed on your schedule. The system default is base time.

  • Base time means all sequence times will display in home base time. You will have to calculate the time difference on your own in each station. #
  • Station time means that your sequences will reflect the time zone of whichever city you are departing and landing in.
  • On the home page you will see your calendar.
  • The calendar displays the contractual month in light grey, dark grey days are the previous and next contractual month’s days.
  • The blue outlined day is the current day.
  • By using the arrows next to the month you can go back and forth between previous, current, and next contractual month.
  • To close the calendar key, click anywhere on the page.

There is an information icon that displays a color-coded keys. It describes the different types of activities that will potentially display on your calendar.

This schedule has no extra colors besides sequences, but your calendar could include your training days, your vacation days, if you’re doing any special assignment, or other activities.

If you hover over a sequence on the calendar, the sequence number will appear.

When you click on the sequence, the details will appear underneath the calendar.

There is an information icon that displays a sequence legend which described how different RONs are displayed.

Basic Navigation in TTS: Understanding the Main Navigation Tabs

Brings you to the Home screen with Calendar displayed.

Brings you to Current and Next Month's Ballots. A Ballot is where your trade/drop/pick up requests will be saved and submitted.

There are lots of clickable areas on the Ballot Tab.

  • Add Request to Ballot - click here to either add a drop/trade/pick up request to your ballot.
  • Run History - takes you to the current and next month's completed ballots that already have or will go through the TTS/UBL runs.
  • Delete All - deletes all of the requests on your ballot.
  • Allow double ups - select if you would like to allow double ups to be awarded on your schedule through TTS/UBL.
    • A Double up is two sequences within the same duty day with a minimum of thirty minutes between release of the first sequence until report of the second sequence.
  • Pass to UBL - when clicked it will populate the Call selection above. Passing to the UBL is passing to daily operations if you do not get awarded your requests through a TTS run. Leaving Call checked means you want scheduling to call you when they place a sequence on your schedule through a UBL run. If you do not want scheduling to call you then unclick Call and you will be responsible for checking your schedule.

The History Tab shows your previous, current and next month's completed ballots that already have or will go through the TTS/UBL runs.

Here you see the ballots and how they were run for the month you've selected.

  • Run Type - indicates which run the ballot was put through and what happened with your ballot during the run processes.
    • Manual - means the UBL manual run that scheduling performs throughout the day.
    • Auto - means it went through the UBL auto runs throughout the day that scheduling runs.
    • TTS - means that it went through the initial TTS run while the system was running. Does not indicated if the ballot was passed to the UBL or not.

(note - for both Auto and Manual runs, the ballot went through a daily run after ROTA has been processed. )

  • Total Awarded - shows how many requests were awarded from the ballot during the run.

In the Support Tab you will fill out the email form to email the appropriate groups to help with three different types of situations.

  1. To help with a mis-award. You would use this email in the event that you were given a request that you did not ballot for or if you think you should have been awarded a request from your ballot and were not.
  2. To report a system bug. You would use this email in the event that the system is not responding how it should or is giving you an error message.
  3. To get help with your ballot. You would use this email if you have a question about TTS or UBL and would like to receive help or an answer to.

Ever think you should have gotten a trip only to find out that TTS says it wasn't in your ballot, but you KNOW you put it in there?

There is a very difinitive way for all of us to check the exact time any changes have been saved to a TTS ballot.

The first step would be to check your Ballot Updates on the History Tab.

Next choose the origination date for the sequence in question and click 'Start Search'.

On the Ballot Updates Details page you can find every detail about your history in creating, modifying and deleting ballots, down to the second.

  • This example has just a few updates but if you have a long list you can use the Search box to filter for sequence numbers, dates, positions, etc.
  • The first update shows that this flight attendant:
    • at 11:29 on Jun 1st, created a ballot. with Call indicator OFF and did not want a double up.
    • It was a PICKUP request, not a late bidder and not passing to UBL
    • This Request had just 1 Choice - to PICKUP Sequence 22708 on 06JUN - any position.
  • The second update shows:
    • at 11:30 on Jun 1st, this flight attendant REMOVED the PICKUP request for Sequence 22708.

When you think you have a TTS Misaward, the Ballot Update page is usually the first place to check your activity.

Brings you to the Home screen with Calendar displayed.

Brings you to Current and Next Month's Ballots. A Ballot is where your trade/drop/pick up requests will be saved and submitted.

There are lots of clickable areas on the Ballot Tab.

  • Add Request to Ballot - click here to either add a drop/trade/pick up request to your ballot.
  • Run History - takes you to the current and next month's completed ballots that already have or will go through the TTS/UBL runs.
  • Delete All - deletes all of the requests on your ballot.
  • Allow double ups - select if you would like to allow double ups to be awarded on your schedule through TTS/UBL.
    • A Double up is two sequences within the same duty day with a minimum of thirty minutes between release of the first sequence until report of the second sequence.
  • Pass to UBL - when clicked it will populate the Call selection above. Passing to the UBL is passing to daily operations if you do not get awarded your requests through a TTS run. Leaving Call checked means you want scheduling to call you when they place a sequence on your schedule through a UBL run. If you do not want scheduling to call you then unclick Call and you will be responsible for checking your schedule.

The History Tab shows your previous, current and next month's completed ballots that already have or will go through the TTS/UBL runs.

Here you see the ballots and how they were run for the month you've selected.

  • Run Type - indicates which run the ballot was put through and what happened with your ballot during the run processes.
    • Manual - means the UBL manual run that scheduling performs throughout the day.
    • Auto - means it went through the UBL auto runs throughout the day that scheduling runs.
    • TTS - means that it went through the initial TTS run while the system was running. Does not indicated if the ballot was passed to the UBL or not.

(note - for both Auto and Manual runs, the ballot went through a daily run after ROTA has been processed. )

  • Total Awarded - shows how many requests were awarded from the ballot during the run.

In the Support Tab you will fill out the email form to email the appropriate groups to help with three different types of situations.

  1. To help with a mis-award. You would use this email in the event that you were given a request that you did not ballot for or if you think you should have been awarded a request from your ballot and were not.
  2. To report a system bug. You would use this email in the event that the system is not responding how it should or is giving you an error message.
  3. To get help with your ballot. You would use this email if you have a question about TTS or UBL and would like to receive help or an answer to.

Ever think you should have gotten a trip only to find out that TTS says it wasn't in your ballot, but you KNOW you put it in there?

There is a very difinitive way for all of us to check the exact time any changes have been saved to a TTS ballot.

The first step would be to check your Ballot Updates on the History Tab.

Next choose the origination date for the sequence in question and click 'Start Search'.

On the Ballot Updates Details page you can find every detail about your history in creating, modifying and deleting ballots, down to the second.

  • This example has just a few updates but if you have a long list you can use the Search box to filter for sequence numbers, dates, positions, etc.
  • The first update shows that this flight attendant:
    • at 11:29 on Jun 1st, created a ballot. with Call indicator OFF and did not want a double up.
    • It was a PICKUP request, not a late bidder and not passing to UBL
    • This Request had just 1 Choice - to PICKUP Sequence 22708 on 06JUN - any position.
  • The second update shows:
    • at 11:30 on Jun 1st, this flight attendant REMOVED the PICKUP request for Sequence 22708.

When you think you have a TTS Misaward, the Ballot Update page is usually the first place to check your activity.

TTS Pick Up Requests

Step 1 - Find a Day with No Sequence on it Where You'd Like to Pick Up

To pick up a sequence you must find a day with no sequence on it on the calendar and click on that day.

Step 2 - Only One Option is Available

After selecting a day on the calendar, the only option to appear will be pick up.

Select that and you will be redirected to the search page.

Step 3 - Search Page Options are Displayed

After selecting Pick Up, you will be taken to the Search page.

  • There are robust sorting and searching capabilities found on this form.
  • Add Criteria dropdown - multiple search criteria can be chosen to filter your results. You can search and then add additional criteria to further filter.
  • A good rule of thumb - less is more. Only add the criteria you need to get the results you desire.
    • Ex. If you just want to see what trips are departing on a certain date, then just put that date in rather than adding in additional criteria.
  • If you'd like to refer back to the sequences on your calendar, you can click on the caret icon (∨) next to Show Calendar. Clicking the icon by Hide Calendar will get rid of it.
  • When you are ready to see the filtered results, click Show Sequences.
  • If you'd like to clear everything out and start over you can click Reset.

Step 4 - Show Sequences

On the Search Results page there are several things to pay attention to.

  • There is an initial Disclaimer at the top alerting the flight attendant that by balloting the sequences with Yellow Xs in the legality column, they are setting a waiver for the rest of the month if the sequence is awarded.
  • Below, you can view the sequences that match your search parameters.
  • The Information Icon will show the different criteria and icons that display on the page to help explain what is being viewed.
  • The Legal column may have:
    • A Red X meaning the sequence is breaking a FAR.
    • A Yellow X meaning the sequence will set a waiver if sucessfully placed on your scheduled.
    • Hovering over the X will show more details about the FAR or waiver.

Even if there are Xs in the legal column, you may still ballot for the trip in the event that through other transactions the legality issue may be resolved.

  • Under the Pos column if there is more than one position available, click on the the down caret to expand and see the various positions. (Clicking on the up caret will collapse the positions).
  • The Status column may show:
    • OPEN - meaning this sequence is currently in Open Time.
    • BALLOT - meaning another flight attendant has placed this sequence into TTS (could be to pick up, drop or trade - we don't know which)
    • Nothing - not in open time, not balloted. You may still ballot this sequence however, in event that the sequence ends up in TTS in the future.
  • Now is the time to select the sequences you'd like to include on your ballot.

Step 5 - Save Selected vs Create Choice - Which Should I Choose?

  • After selecting the sequences you'd like to include with your ballot you'll notice there are two often confusing options at the bottom:
    • Saved Selected Sequences - this will navigate to the Ballot Screen with the sequences selected so far. All sequences will be saved as one choice and you are not able to rearrange them. This is the quickest and easiest option.
    • Create Choice - More options to sort your preferences will be displayed after clicking this option.

After clicking on Create Choice, a box will populate. Hovering over each option you will see what each option will allow you to do. Cancel will 'cancel all choices".

Step 5 - SAVE Your Ballot

Once on the Ballot screen you will see all the same choices as before as well as two red buttons, one at the top and one at the bottom of the page, that say Save Ballot.

YOU MUST CLICK ONE OF THESE IN ORDER TO SAVE ANY BALLOT CHANGES OR ADDS. When one of these is clicked both buttons will disappear.

To pick up a sequence you must find a day with no sequence on it on the calendar and click on that day.

After selecting a day on the calendar, the only option to appear will be pick up.

Select that and you will be redirected to the search page.

After selecting Pick Up, you will be taken to the Search page.

  • There are robust sorting and searching capabilities found on this form.
  • Add Criteria dropdown - multiple search criteria can be chosen to filter your results. You can search and then add additional criteria to further filter.
  • A good rule of thumb - less is more. Only add the criteria you need to get the results you desire.
    • Ex. If you just want to see what trips are departing on a certain date, then just put that date in rather than adding in additional criteria.
  • If you'd like to refer back to the sequences on your calendar, you can click on the caret icon (∨) next to Show Calendar. Clicking the icon by Hide Calendar will get rid of it.
  • When you are ready to see the filtered results, click Show Sequences.
  • If you'd like to clear everything out and start over you can click Reset.

On the Search Results page there are several things to pay attention to.

  • There is an initial Disclaimer at the top alerting the flight attendant that by balloting the sequences with Yellow Xs in the legality column, they are setting a waiver for the rest of the month if the sequence is awarded.
  • Below, you can view the sequences that match your search parameters.
  • The Information Icon will show the different criteria and icons that display on the page to help explain what is being viewed.
  • The Legal column may have:
    • A Red X meaning the sequence is breaking a FAR.
    • A Yellow X meaning the sequence will set a waiver if sucessfully placed on your scheduled.
    • Hovering over the X will show more details about the FAR or waiver.

Even if there are Xs in the legal column, you may still ballot for the trip in the event that through other transactions the legality issue may be resolved.

  • Under the Pos column if there is more than one position available, click on the the down caret to expand and see the various positions. (Clicking on the up caret will collapse the positions).
  • The Status column may show:
    • OPEN - meaning this sequence is currently in Open Time.
    • BALLOT - meaning another flight attendant has placed this sequence into TTS (could be to pick up, drop or trade - we don't know which)
    • Nothing - not in open time, not balloted. You may still ballot this sequence however, in event that the sequence ends up in TTS in the future.
  • Now is the time to select the sequences you'd like to include on your ballot.
  • After selecting the sequences you'd like to include with your ballot you'll notice there are two often confusing options at the bottom:
    • Saved Selected Sequences - this will navigate to the Ballot Screen with the sequences selected so far. All sequences will be saved as one choice and you are not able to rearrange them. This is the quickest and easiest option.
    • Create Choice - More options to sort your preferences will be displayed after clicking this option.

After clicking on Create Choice, a box will populate. Hovering over each option you will see what each option will allow you to do. Cancel will 'cancel all choices".

Once on the Ballot screen you will see all the same choices as before as well as two red buttons, one at the top and one at the bottom of the page, that say Save Ballot.

YOU MUST CLICK ONE OF THESE IN ORDER TO SAVE ANY BALLOT CHANGES OR ADDS. When one of these is clicked both buttons will disappear.

TTS Trade Requests

Step 1 - Select the Sequence You Would Like to Trade

Select the Sequence from your Calendar that you would like to trade.

After selecting a sequence, the sequence details will appear below the calendar with a few options to choose from. To select this sequence for Trading, click 'Trade'.

You will be redirected to the search page.

Step 2 - Search Page Options are Displayed

After selecting Pick Up, you will be taken to the Search page.

  • There are robust sorting and searching capabilities found on this form.
  • Add Criteria dropdown - multiple search criteria can be chosen to filter your results. You can search and then add additional criteria to further filter.
  • A good rule of thumb - less is more. Only add the criteria you need to get the results you desire.
    • Ex. If you just want to see what trips are departing on a certain date, then just put that date in rather than adding in additional criteria.
  • If you'd like to refer back to the sequences on your calendar, you can click on the caret icon (∨) next to Show Calendar. Clicking the icon by Hide Calendar will get rid of it.
  • When you are ready to see the filtered results, click Show Sequences.
  • If you'd like to clear everything out and start over you can click Reset.

Step 3 - Show Sequences

On the Search Results page there are several things to pay attention to.

  • There is an initial Disclaimer at the top alerting the flight attendant that by balloting the sequences with Yellow Xs in the legality column, they are setting a waiver for the rest of the month if the sequence is awarded.
  • Below, you can view the sequences that match your search parameters.
  • The Information Icon will show the different criteria and icons that display on the page to help explain what is being viewed.
  • The Legal column may have:
    • A Red X meaning the sequence is breaking a FAR.
    • A Yellow X meaning the sequence will set a waiver if sucessfully placed on your scheduled.
    • Hovering over the X will show more details about the FAR or waiver.

Even if there are Xs in the legal column, you may still ballot for the trip in the event that through other transactions the legality issue may be resolved.

  • Under the Pos column if there is more than one position available, click on the the down caret to expand and see the various positions. (Clicking on the up caret will collapse the positions).
  • The Status column may show:
    • OPEN - meaning this sequence is currently in Open Time.
    • BALLOT - meaning another flight attendant has placed this sequence into TTS (could be to pick up, drop or trade - we don't know which)
    • Nothing - not in open time, not balloted. You may still ballot this sequence however, in event that the sequence ends up in TTS in the future.
  • Now is the time to select the sequences you'd like to include on your ballot.

Step 3.1 - Additional Option on the Search Page for Trades

On the search page for Trades, there is an additional option below the Disclaimer - here you can view the details for the sequence you are looking to trade out of.

Step 4 - Save Selected vs Create Choice - Which Should I Choose?

  • After selecting the sequences you'd like to include with your ballot you'll notice there are two often confusing options at the bottom:
    • Saved Selected Sequences - this will navigate to the Ballot Screen with the sequences selected so far. All sequences will be saved as one choice and you are not able to rearrange them. This is the quickest and easiest option.
    • Create Choice - More options to sort your preferences will be displayed after clicking this option.

After clicking on Create Choice, a box will populate. Hovering over each option you will see what each option will allow you to do. Cancel will 'cancel all choices".

Step 5 - SAVE Your Ballot

Once on the Ballot screen you will see all the same choices as before as well as the option to Add Conditional Drop.

  • Add Conditional Drop means that if you do not receive a trade for the sequence out of the sequences selected, you would like to drop the sequence instead.

You will also see two red buttons, one at the top and one at the bottom of the page, that say Save Ballot.

YOU MUST CLICK ONE OF THESE IN ORDER TO SAVE ANY BALLOT CHANGES OR ADDS. When one of these is clicked both buttons will disappear.

Select the Sequence from your Calendar that you would like to trade.

After selecting a sequence, the sequence details will appear below the calendar with a few options to choose from. To select this sequence for Trading, click 'Trade'.

You will be redirected to the search page.

After selecting Pick Up, you will be taken to the Search page.

  • There are robust sorting and searching capabilities found on this form.
  • Add Criteria dropdown - multiple search criteria can be chosen to filter your results. You can search and then add additional criteria to further filter.
  • A good rule of thumb - less is more. Only add the criteria you need to get the results you desire.
    • Ex. If you just want to see what trips are departing on a certain date, then just put that date in rather than adding in additional criteria.
  • If you'd like to refer back to the sequences on your calendar, you can click on the caret icon (∨) next to Show Calendar. Clicking the icon by Hide Calendar will get rid of it.
  • When you are ready to see the filtered results, click Show Sequences.
  • If you'd like to clear everything out and start over you can click Reset.

On the Search Results page there are several things to pay attention to.

  • There is an initial Disclaimer at the top alerting the flight attendant that by balloting the sequences with Yellow Xs in the legality column, they are setting a waiver for the rest of the month if the sequence is awarded.
  • Below, you can view the sequences that match your search parameters.
  • The Information Icon will show the different criteria and icons that display on the page to help explain what is being viewed.
  • The Legal column may have:
    • A Red X meaning the sequence is breaking a FAR.
    • A Yellow X meaning the sequence will set a waiver if sucessfully placed on your scheduled.
    • Hovering over the X will show more details about the FAR or waiver.

Even if there are Xs in the legal column, you may still ballot for the trip in the event that through other transactions the legality issue may be resolved.

  • Under the Pos column if there is more than one position available, click on the the down caret to expand and see the various positions. (Clicking on the up caret will collapse the positions).
  • The Status column may show:
    • OPEN - meaning this sequence is currently in Open Time.
    • BALLOT - meaning another flight attendant has placed this sequence into TTS (could be to pick up, drop or trade - we don't know which)
    • Nothing - not in open time, not balloted. You may still ballot this sequence however, in event that the sequence ends up in TTS in the future.
  • Now is the time to select the sequences you'd like to include on your ballot.

On the search page for Trades, there is an additional option below the Disclaimer - here you can view the details for the sequence you are looking to trade out of.

  • After selecting the sequences you'd like to include with your ballot you'll notice there are two often confusing options at the bottom:
    • Saved Selected Sequences - this will navigate to the Ballot Screen with the sequences selected so far. All sequences will be saved as one choice and you are not able to rearrange them. This is the quickest and easiest option.
    • Create Choice - More options to sort your preferences will be displayed after clicking this option.

After clicking on Create Choice, a box will populate. Hovering over each option you will see what each option will allow you to do. Cancel will 'cancel all choices".

Once on the Ballot screen you will see all the same choices as before as well as the option to Add Conditional Drop.

  • Add Conditional Drop means that if you do not receive a trade for the sequence out of the sequences selected, you would like to drop the sequence instead.

You will also see two red buttons, one at the top and one at the bottom of the page, that say Save Ballot.

YOU MUST CLICK ONE OF THESE IN ORDER TO SAVE ANY BALLOT CHANGES OR ADDS. When one of these is clicked both buttons will disappear.

TTS Trade with Multi-Drops

Keep In Mind When Creating the Request

  • TTS will only allow you to drop a maximum of two (2) sequences per request.
  • A Trade with Multi-Drops can only be created from the Ballot page and then selecting Add Request to Ballot.

How to Create a Trade with Multi-Drops

Step 1 - Open TTS and Select Ballot

  1. Crew Portal > Daily Bids > TTS/UBL
  2. Select Ballot.
  3. Then Month you are creating a request for.
  4. Then Add Request to Ballot.

Step 2 - Select Trade with Multi-Drops

From the pop-up box, select Trade with Multi-Drops

Step 3 - Select Sequences to Drop From Calendar

You will be taken to the TTS calendar - Select the sequences that you would like to drop (max of two).

Step 4 - Add to Ballot

After you have selected the sequences that you would like to drop, the sequence information will populate below to confirm that you selected the correct options.

Select Add to Ballot

If the sequences(s) are not correct, reselect the inccorect sequence(s) in the calendar and then select the correct sequences you would like to drop.

You will be able to confirm again that the updated sequence information selected is correct.

Step 5 - Confirm Your Drop Sequences

After selecting, another pop-up will appear asking you to confirm the sequences to drop.

You have two choices:

  1. Edit - allows you to go back and select the correct sequence(s).
  2. Confirm - allows you to continue to next step and select the pick up sequence.

Step 6 - Choose Pick Up Sequence

Enter the search criteria for sequences that you are looking to pick up and add them to your ballot.

Step 7 - After Request is Created - No Longer Able to Edit

After you have added all your choices to the request, you will not be able to edit the drop sequences.

You would have to delete the entire request and start over.

However, you will be able to Add more sequences to the pick up request by selecting Add Sequence. Click Save Ballot once complete.

  1. Crew Portal > Daily Bids > TTS/UBL
  2. Select Ballot.
  3. Then Month you are creating a request for.
  4. Then Add Request to Ballot.

From the pop-up box, select Trade with Multi-Drops

You will be taken to the TTS calendar - Select the sequences that you would like to drop (max of two).

After you have selected the sequences that you would like to drop, the sequence information will populate below to confirm that you selected the correct options.

Select Add to Ballot

If the sequences(s) are not correct, reselect the inccorect sequence(s) in the calendar and then select the correct sequences you would like to drop.

You will be able to confirm again that the updated sequence information selected is correct.

After selecting, another pop-up will appear asking you to confirm the sequences to drop.

You have two choices:

  1. Edit - allows you to go back and select the correct sequence(s).
  2. Confirm - allows you to continue to next step and select the pick up sequence.

Enter the search criteria for sequences that you are looking to pick up and add them to your ballot.

After you have added all your choices to the request, you will not be able to edit the drop sequences.

You would have to delete the entire request and start over.

However, you will be able to Add more sequences to the pick up request by selecting Add Sequence. Click Save Ballot once complete.

TTS Drop Requests

Step 1 - Select the Sequence You Would Like to Drop

Select the Sequence from your Calendar that you would like to drop.

After selecting a sequence, the sequence details will appear below the calendar with a few options to choose from. To select this sequence to drop, click 'Drop'.

You will be redirected to the ballot page.

Step 2 - SAVE Your Ballot

Once on the Ballot screen you will see all the same choices as before as well as two red buttons, one at the top and one at the bottom of the page, that say Save Ballot.

YOU MUST CLICK ONE OF THESE IN ORDER TO SAVE ANY BALLOT CHANGES OR ADDS. When one of these is clicked both buttons will disappear.

Select the Sequence from your Calendar that you would like to drop.

After selecting a sequence, the sequence details will appear below the calendar with a few options to choose from. To select this sequence to drop, click 'Drop'.

You will be redirected to the ballot page.

Once on the Ballot screen you will see all the same choices as before as well as two red buttons, one at the top and one at the bottom of the page, that say Save Ballot.

YOU MUST CLICK ONE OF THESE IN ORDER TO SAVE ANY BALLOT CHANGES OR ADDS. When one of these is clicked both buttons will disappear.

Complex Ballots and Other TTS Quirks

  • When adding a new sequence to an existing ballot, add to a Request that covers that origination date, if one exists.
  • When adding a pickup sequence for a trade, selecting a sequence that overlaps an existing sequence on your schedule will prevent you from being awarded.
  • Delete expired sequences from ballot.
  • Delete drop bids if you are below 40 hours.
  • Delete Requests/Choices when the drop sequence is no longer on your schedule.

Understanding the Difference Between 'Requests' and 'Choices'

  • Request - To ask for a sequence (pickup, drop, or trade on specific dates); each request is a possible award.
  • Choice - Selecting/ranking your pickup sequences within a request.

Ballots may include up to seven (7) Requests and up to 200 Choices. Sequences/positions can be listed in one (1) Choice and treated equally or ranked by order of your preference.

Only 1 Choice in each Request can be awarded.

You can rank your selections using the Create Choice and then Save as Separate Choices buttons.

Example:

In the ballot below, Request 1 contains 8 sequences/positions separated into 5 ranked Choices. Only one of these sequences/positions can be awarded. In Choice 1, 26334/10Jul position 1 is considered first. If this is not available, TTS will move on to Choice 2: 26334/10Jul position 4. Choice 3 contains multiple sequences and positions. All of these are in the same Choice and are considered equally.

On a mobile device, the Add Conditional Drop option is in the middle of the screen.

If you happen to touch anywhere on this option while scrolling, it is possible to inadvertently add a drop to your ballot.

To prevent this from happening, be sure to scroll on the side of the ballot.

The TTS teams are aware and working on a pop-up warning to prevent these accidental drops.

Q. What is a Late Bidder?

A. Someone who logs onto TTS while TTS is in its nightly run.

  • While TTS is running you will be able to make changes only once to the ballot after you hit save – these changes will be handled in the first UBL clean up run after TTS finishes.
  • After TTS completes it’s run, it will perform the first UBL run of the day for any trips that have gone into UBL while TTS had been running – this is where the Late Bidder List will be taken into account. However, the order of processing for this run is slightly different as follows:

First, the processing list begins with all ballots from TTS passed to UBL will be processed in Seniority Order as usual.

Next, The Late Bidder changes will be added to the end of the above list in order of the Time Stamp when the changes were made.

Finally, the List is re-sorted completely according to Seniority for all subsequence UBL runs throughout the day.

Q. How can I avoid a Complex Ballot denial?

A. Each Request should cover different departure dates. The dates on these Requests can be in any order and ranked by your preference.

The above example is just one way to resolve a complex ballot. If this complex ballot was not resolved, Request 7 would be ignored, and the ballot will be run with requests 1 – 6. If the ballot is still complex, Request 6 will be ignored, and the ballot will be run with requests 1 – 5.

Q. What is a Complex Ballot anyway?

A. The Details: TTS processing times generally take between 6 – 25 minutes depending on the number of ballots in a run.

Recent TTS runs have taken up to five times as long to process.

  • In each of these runs, the extended processing time was due to a ballot that included multiple Requests and each Request included multiple sequences with the same departure dates. This is referred to as a complex ballot.
  • To put this in perspective, the TTS Optimizer runs legality checks on each Request up to a maximum of 30 times to search for a solution.
  • A Flight Attendant with seven Requests that contain the same origination dates can require over two million checks per Request.

If the Optimizer cannot find a legal solution due to a complex ballot, the lowest-ranking Request on your ballot will be ignored and your ballot will be rerun. An ignored Request will show the results “Cannot find legal solution due to complex ballot”.

Transfer effect on Reserve

A Flight Attendant transferring to a new base will be subject to reserve the first full month at their new base if their seniority requires them to serve reserve, regardless of reserve rotation at their previous base.

Because a transfer request, once awarded, cannot be declined, a Flight Attendant who desires to transfer to a different base should monitor and update her/his standing preference list to the base(s) to which s/he desires to transfer on a frequent basis.

A Flight Attendant may remove her/his name from the transfer list at any time prior to the transfer award.

Management has noted that the number of transfers they end up processing could vary from the numbers posted if they have to backfill slots vacated by Flight Attendants awarded transfers.

We encourage you to have your transfer request in, even if your desired base doesn’t currently show as having a vacancy.

What is a Priority of Return?

Priority of Return (POR) allows a displaced flight attendant the option of returning to their original base ahead of a non-displaced flight attendant. Flight Attendants holding Priority of Return will be awarded a vacancy transfer in seniority order using their seniority when a vacancy occurs, or the crew base is reopened. JCBA 22.H

How does a Priority of Return (POR) work?

Any flight attendant who wishes to exercise a priority of return, must file a preference form within 30 days of displacement. Flight Service will hold onto this preference until it is either awarded; or a flight attendant wishes to remove their POR and forfeit priority return.

If I transfer voluntarily to another base before my Priority of Return can be fulfilled, will that void my POR request?

No. Per the Letter of Agreement signed between American Airlines and APFA on Dec. 3, 2020, “Subsequent displacements or transfers will not cause the flight attendant to forfeit the right to return.” Click here to view LOA regarding 2021 (POR)

Displaced Flight Attendants with a Priority of Return preference on file must also put in a transfer request in DECS/FOS to be considered for a transfer. If you don’t have your transfer request in DECS/FOS and your seniority would have held the transfer, you would forfeit your Priority of Return.

For Flight Attendants displaced upon return from furlough in December 2020 or by the closure of the RDU and STL bases or downsizing of LAX and PHX in 2021, the deadline to file the POR preference form was April 1, 2021.

TTS Results Messages

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APFA Events

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Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

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