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Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement with Spirit Airlines

Date: July 12, 2010
Type: MEC President Letter

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We are pleased to announce that United Airlines has signed a Flight Attendant Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement with Spirit Airlines effective July 12, 2010.  The airline is headquartered in Florida and currently maintains bases in Fort Lauderdale and Detroit.

Together with the USA 3000 Airlines Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement announced today, this provides vast improvements in options for Flight Attendants to travel within the United States. We continue to advocate for improvements to world-wide travel benefits.

In summary, the agreement with Spirit Airlines provides:

  • United Flight Attendants with a crew badge will have access to free, space available economy seating on Spirit Airlines flights within the 50 United States effective July 12.
  • Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants with a crew badge will have similar benefits on United effective July 12.
  • No listing is required.  Check in at the gate or ticket counter.
  • Priority on flights will first be given by each carrier to its own NRSA passengers (employees, retirees, buddy pass holders, ID 90, etc.).
  • Next, crewmembers participating in Reciprocal Agreements will be awarded space available seats on a "first come, first served" basis.

We can be proud of our persistent campaign to achieve Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements as United Flight Attendants have the best Reciprocal Cabin Seat program among the major US airlines, now totaling 14 Agreements. We appreciate the efforts of Senior Vice President Alex Marren and Onboard Service for working with us and continuing to recognize the value of Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements. This is a positive step forward as we continue our advocacy for improved world-wide travel benefits for Flight Attendants.

Thoroughly review the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements with Spirit, USA 3000, Air Wisconsin, Frontier, Alaska, AirTran, Continental, Northwest, American, Southwest, Delta, US Airways and JetBlue posted in the Pay and Benefits section or our website to ensure you are able to fully benefit.

In Solidarity,

Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council

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