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Vacation Advance Notice and Operational Fly Through Review

Date: November 27, 2018

Although previously published on November 6, 2018, we continue to receive questions on our Contractual Vacation Fly Though options. There are two types of “Vacation Fly Through”, for purposes of this publication we will refer to the two types as, Advance Notice Fly Through & Operational Fly Through.

Advance Notice Fly Through requires notice to the company of your intent to fly through a vacation period in a future month. In order to avail yourself of this opportunity, you must advise the company no later than 10:00AM (HDT) on the fifth (5th) day of the calendar month prior to the month in which the vacation is scheduled. For example, to fly through a January vacation, you must notify the company no later than 10:00AM (HDT) on December 5th.

Lineholders choosing to fly through a vacation period and who notify the company prior to the fifth (5th) day of the month are obligated to fly any and all pairings that fall within the designated vacation period, unless their schedule is altered through the process of trading or dropping the scheduled pairings within the vacation period. Flight Attendants opting in advance to fly though their vacation currently have no restrictions when picking-up trips; the trips may be picked up from Open Time, from other Flight Attendants (advertisements) or mutually traded.

A Reserve who chooses to fly during her/his scheduled vacation period shall be paid the value of each vacation day (3:15) in addition to the greater value of their Reserve guarantee or hours flown.

Operational Fly Through occurs when a Flight Attendant elects to fly through her/his vacation after schedules for a given month have been awarded or during the current schedule month.  Section 12.I.4 outlines the process by which Flight Attendants utilizing the “operational” Fly Through option will be limited to picking-up trips only from other Flight Attendants within the dedicated vacation period, unless otherwise permitted by the company. 

In all cases, Flight Attendants can utilize the “operational” Fly Through provision by contacting Crew Scheduling and requesting to fly through their vacation. 

When flying through a vacation period, advance or operational, Flight Attendants are taking pay in lieu of vacation and no actions affecting the scheduled flight activities during the vacation period will affect the value of the vacation. If a Flight Attendant chooses to fly (through) during their vacation period, by requesting a Vacation Fly Through, they will be paid the value of any trip/trips they fly during the vacation period, plus their vacation pay at 3:15 per vacation day. If a Flight Attendant elects to Fly Through their vacation, but does not fly a trip during the scheduled vacation time, they will be paid for the value of the scheduled vacation days.

Additional information on Vacation Fly Through, including step-by-step instruction on how to submit a request, may be referenced in the 2019 Vacation Guide which is available on our website, unitedafa.org.

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