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Flight Attendant Instant Vacation Trades with Open Time Now Available

Date: December 11, 2018

Instant Open Time Vacation trading opened on December 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM (LDT).  If you wish to trade an awarded vacation for an open vacation period you will need to submit an Instant Open Time Vacation trade request. Normally, the latest the trade request must be submitted is thirty (30) days before the earliest calendar month involved in the trade.  As an exception to this rule, if a desired trade involves a January vacation period, you must submit the trade by 2359 HDT today, December 11, 2018. 

Vacation trades with open time are “instant” trades. Once entered, they are either accepted or rejected. Once processed, these trade requests do not remain on file for further consideration. If you wish for any request to be considered at a later time, we recommend you review the allocation table and submit a new Instant Open Time Vacation trade. 

Flight Attendants wishing to trade with open vacation time not currently available should continue to check the allocation table, as the following circumstances can affect available vacation days.

  • Any vacation days awarded, that are vacated as a result of another employee’s separation from company, retirement, etc. will be added to the allocations. 
  •  If a Flight Attendant trades down to fewer vacation days with another Flight Attendant or for open vacation days, any surplus number of unused days will be added to the open allocations for use by another Flight Attendant.

The following chart contains the remaining updated vacation timeline:




Dec 11

2359 HDT

Instant Open Time Vacation Trades close for January 2019

Dec 12

1000 HDT

Vacation Fly Through Close for January 2019

Dec 15

2350 HDT

Vacation trades between Flight Attendants close for January 2019


Additional information concerning the Instant Vacation Open Time trading including a step-by-step guide on how to submit a trade on CCS is available in the 2019 Vacation Modification Guide.

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