JetBlue Cabin Seat Agreement for Flight Attendants
Q & A from United Onboard Service
1. When does this go into effect?
United flight attendants will be able to commute on JetBlue beginning on July 1, 2007. We expect that JetBlue flight attendants will be able to commute on United flights beginning 120 days later (November 2007).
If on or after July 1, 2007 you are advised by JetBlue that you have to pay the $25.00 fee; kindly ask them to check "AskBlue" because United has just signed a reciprocal cabin seat agreement.
2. Why do you call this a test? Is there a possibility that this new policy will be changed or even eliminated?
We want to assess the value, cost and impact of this arrangement before we make it permanent. This is the first cabin seat reciprocity agreement United has with another airline so we want to be sure we do it right.
3. Weren’t United flight attendants able to fly free on JetBlue before?
Yes, but that was JetBlue’s policy. They began to charge flight attendants $25 per leg when United did not reciprocate. By providing a reciprocal benefit to JetBlue’s flight attendants, JetBlue has agreed to again waive this fee for United’s flight attendants.
4. Is this a jumpseat agreement? Can JetBlue flight attendants sit on a United airlines cabin jumpseat?
No. This is a reciprocal cabin seat agreement. JetBlue flight attendants will only be accommodated in open seats in the economy cabin.
5. When JetBlue flight attendants are able to fly on United, can they bump me even if I am senior to them?
No. You will continue to use BP8 or BP10 boarding priority, which is higher than the BP11B priority that will be used by JetBlue flight attendants. Because JetBlue flight attendants can only travel in an open cabin seat – and not on a jumpseat – there is no impact to you if you are requesting CJA.
6. If the test is successful, will United consider reciprocity agreements with other airlines?
We have no plans to expand to other airlines at this time.
7. Can my travel eligibles (spouse, domestic partner, children, etc.) use this agreement?
No. This agreement is open only to crewmembers with active travel privileges and a valid crewmember ID badge.
8. Is it a requirement to travel in uniform?
No. If you elect to travel in uniform, you must comply with all uniform requirements. Crewmembers who are not in uniform must meet standard non-revenue first class travel dress code standards of conservative casual business dress and grooming.
9. Do I need to make an advance listing with JetBlue?
No. Simply present yourself at the gate at least 30 minutes prior to departure. (JetBlue flight attendants desiring on travel on United will be required to call and make a listing prior to presenting themselves for travel.)
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