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First Round Vacation Bids Close by 0800 LDT tomorrow Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Date: October 30, 2018

The first round of vacation bidding is now open and Flight Attendants are encouraged to submit their first bid no later than tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 0800 home domicile time. Allocation of days available, listed by base, are available for viewing in CCS. Flight Attendants are allowed to choose preferences regarding:

  • The number of days they want in each vacation period
  • The option to “date slide” the vacation, up to three days in either direction of the start/end dates to ensure they receive the maximum number of days utilizing their initial bids
  • Accept fewer days for the vacation period by specifying the number of days by which the vacation is to be reduced.
  • The start date for each vacation period.

As a reminder, when reviewing the process for your first vacation bid, start dates are not pre-set. The vacation bid process will allow you to bid for any start date for a vacation period, if it fits within the month being bid, or complies with the rules for “crossing months.” It’s important to become familiar with the following vacation rules:

  • Flight Attendants may opt to split their vacation accrual into periods of not less than six days each. A Flight Attendant may have a maximum of five vacation periods. (Section 12.F.4.)
  • A Flight Attendant who has 11 or fewer days of accrued vacation, must bid their entire accrual in a single block. (Section 12.F.4.)
  • A partial day of vacation accrual will be rounded up to a full day for the purpose of vacation bidding, but shall be paid as a partial day. A partial day is always the last of the vacation period in which it is awarded. All hours must be bid in the same round. (Section 12.F.5)
  • When a Flight Attendant has a partial day vacation, she/he will be relieved of all duty for that entire day, including any trip assignment or Reserve duty. However, compensation for a partial vacation day will be paid on a pro-rata basis. For example, a 12 hour partial day will pay 50% of the 3:15 value of the vacation day
  • A Flight Attendant may not bid more than 50% of their accrued vacation days, unless they have 11 or fewer days of accrued vacation. When a Flight Attendant has accrued an odd number of vacation days, the odd day may be added to the 50% maximum for the first round. For example, a Flight Attendant with 19 days of vacation may bid a maximum of 10 days in the first round. (Section 12.F.6.)

Additionally, Flight Attendants should become familiar with the following vacation options prior to submitting their bid. 

Crossing Months Option       Date Slide Option       Fewer Days Option

Note: If a Flight Attendant does not submit a vacation bid in the first round of bidding, they will be considered a No Bid. No vacation will be assigned during the first round of vacation bidding. You will, however, be required to bid all of your accrued days in the second vacation bid round. If a Flight Attendant does not submit a vacation bid in the second round of bidding, she/he will automatically be assigned a vacation. Keep in mind, the vacation you are assigned will be after the second-round vacation awards have been completed for all Flight Attendants submitting a bid. The assigned vacation will be made in seniority order from December backward through January, with the largest block of days being assigned first.

Flight Attendants needing additional information are encouraged to contact your Local Council Office or the Vacation Team. In addition, refer to the 2019 Vacation Guide located on unitedafa.org. 

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