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Vacation Bidding Options

Date: October 20, 2017
Type: AFA Article

There have been a number of additional vacation rules put in place to give Flight Attendants the greatest opportunity to be awarded the vacation periods they desire.

Crossing Months

A Flight Attendant may bid for a vacation period that overlaps two different bid months provided their bid is for 14 or more days.  
Vacation Bids overlapping two scheduled vacation years, such as overlapping December of 2018 and January 2019, are not permitted. (Section 12.F.7.)

When using the Crossing-Month option, the following rules apply: 

Policy on Crossing Months using the 14,15 or 16 vacation day option:

Flight Attendants must have a minimum of four (4) full days in each month

Partial days cannot be counted as a full day for the purposes of meeting the four (4) day rule

 

Policy on Crossing Months using 17 or more vacation days option:

Flight Attendants must have a minimum of seven full days in each month

Partial days cannot be counted as a full day for the purposes of meeting the seven (7) day rule.

 

Date Slide Option

The Date Slide Option provides Flight Attendants the option to ‘slide’ up to three vacation days, in either direction, from the start or end date in order to be awarded the vacation period desired during the bidding process.

When using this option, awards are based on the ability of the program to award the vacation by sliding in the following days: the original bid +1day, -1day; +2days, -2days; +3days, -3days.

NOTE: if the bid overlaps into another month, the system will only process the slide that is valid. It will avoid the slide that leaves less than four days in one month on a 14 to 16-day vacation bid, or, less than seven days on a bid of 17 days or more. 

Also, if none of the slide options are awarded on your first bid, the process will be applied to your second bid, and so on. However, the program will not slide the bid in order to make it legal, your bid must be legal to start with. 

Fewer Days Option

The Fewer Days Option provides Flight Attendants with the option of accepting “fewer days” than the period of days for which they have bid, but only when these criteria have been met:

  • Flight Attendants must have accrued at least 12 full vacation days.
  • Vacations are awarded based on the ability to provide the longest stretch of available days within the first bid choice, in accordance with bidding rules.
  • The bid may be reduced to a minimum of (6) six days anywhere within the original bid.
  • If at least six (6) days of your first bid choice cannot be awarded, the process will be applied to your second bid, and will be continued throughout your bid choices.
  • Days not awarded will be added to the next round of bidding 

*Note: When combining the “Date Slide” and “Fewer Days” vacation options in the same bid, the computer is programmed to evaluate all options on the dates requested, prior to moving on to your next bid. 

Example: A Flight Attendant bidding 14 days, chooses both the Date Slide and Fewer Days options. The program will first try to slide the initial 14 days. If unable to award the 14 days, the program will reduce the bid to 13 days and slide the dates. The program will continue to reduce and slide until an award can be made, or the maximum reduction and slide is reached. It will then move on to the next bid. 

Also, when a Flight Attendant chooses to take fewer days in Round #1, the un-awarded vacation days are automatically rolled over to the second vacation bid in Round #2. 

Example: A Flight Attendant with 40 days of vacation, bids for 18 days, split into two vacation periods during round 1. The first bid is for 10 days. The Flight Attendant opts to accept 4 fewer days and is awarded 6 days. The second bid is for 8 days and is awarded. The 4 un-awarded days will be added to the second bidding round.

Vacation

Initial Vacation Days

Fewer Days

Awarded Days

Un-Awarded Days

Vacation First Bid

10

4

6

4

Vacation Second Bid

8

0

8

 

 

However, during Round #2, all vacation days will be awarded.

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