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E-Lines: November 29, 2019

Date: November 29, 2019

Reserve Christmas Wish List – Open as of December 1, 2019
Section 8.H.8.c

Reserve Christmas Wish List (CWL) is a Reserve assignment procedure that is provided for in Section 8.H.8.c. of our Contract. At Christmas, for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) days following the holiday, Reserve Flight Attendants may indicate their choice of up to four (4) layover stations where they wish to be on the holiday. If legal and available, requests will be awarded in Inflight seniority order. Access Reserve Christmas Wish List in one of three ways: 


1.     Via www.unitedafa.org/wishlist,

2.     Via CCS under the Reserve tab or

3.     Via the Quick Links section of Inflight Services webpage.

To accommodate these preferences during the CWL period, and prior to running the Reserve Preferencing System, under the terms of the Contract, Crew Scheduling employs a manual procedure that differs from that of assigning by Time Accrued (TMAC) order and Reserve ordering (which is described in Section 8.C. of the Contract.) The modified process, described below, places the individual Flight Attendant's layover request as the main consideration for pairing assignments in seniority order.

Flight Attendants will continue to be assigned within their designated sub-base.

  1. Starting at 1400 HDT and concluding at 1645 HDT on the day prior, assignments will be made by matching the available Reserves with open pairings according to their CWL layover choices.
    These choices are not ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. If any of the listed choices are available, the most senior, legal Reserve requesting that layover should be awarded the trip.
  2.  Scheduling will proceed through the open trip file, granting as many wishes as possible.
  3. Once all possible CWL requests have been awarded, scheduling will create a record of all granted CWL requests and will return to the Contractual Reserve assignment procedures without further consideration of CWL requests for the assignment day:
    • At approximately 1700 HDT the remaining open trips will be assigned to remaining Reserves using the Reserve Preferencing System.
    • Any pairings that become open while the Reserve Preferencing System is running will be assigned during the subsequent clean-up process in day-of-availability and TMAC order, in accordance with Section 8.C. of the Contract.
    • Scheduling will complete the process by assigning the remaining Reserves to either Ready Reserve status or to Released for the following day.

Some important points to remember:

·       The CWL system officially opens on December 1st, 2019. Any layover preferences input prior to that date must be re-entered in order to be considered for the 2019 CWL period.


  • CWL preferences may only be entered via the online portal. Requests will not be accepted over the telephone by contacting scheduling.
  • Only one (1) CWL request may be granted per Flight Attendant during the CWL period.
  • CWL requests will be considered and granted within each of the following sub-bases as applicable: Regular Reserve (FA), International Purser Reserve (FM-L) and each Language Qualified Reserve group (LS).
  • Requested assignments that require a Flight Attendant to “opt” will be granted, and the Flight Attendant will be automatically opted for the balance of the month.
  • Flight Attendants will not be deadheaded to other bases in order to grant their wish.
  • Reserves assigned as part of CWL shall be released to check-in and shall not be subject to displacement from the pairing by a Lineholder, consistent with Section 8.D.11. of the Contract.


·       Assignments made to Ready and Standby Reserves will not consider CWL layover requests.


  • Preferences may be altered at any time up until the deadline for each day (see below schedule). Only the latest request/update made prior to each deadline will be considered. 


Prior to the Reserve assignment process for:

Requests need to be input by:

22 December

0600 HDT on 21 December

23 December

0600 HDT on 22 December

24 December

0600 HDT on 23 December

25 December

0600 HDT on 24 December

26 December

0600 HDT on 25 December

27 December

0600 HDT on 26 December


If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Reserve Representatives.

January 2020 Operational Vacation Fly Through Available as of November 30 at 8:00 PM CT

Central Schedule Committee


We’ve received a number of questions about the current inability to indicate a desire to Fly Through January 2020 Vacation periods. As a reminder, Vacation Trades by Seniority must be awarded before Operational Fly Through can be processed. Operational Vacation Fly Through is set to be available as of 8:00PM CT on November 30, 2019.

New! – Trimester 1 CQ 2020 CBT Requirement – December 1, 2019

MEC Safety, Health & Security


The first trimester CQ will begin as of midnight Central Time, December 1, 2019 and must be completed by January 29, 2020 by 2359 CT.  This new CQ CBT requirement is estimated to take approximately three hours per each assigned Trimester. Per our Contract, Section 11.B.2, Flight Attendants will be compensated at one-hour (1:00) flight time credit for every three (3:00) hours, prorated based on reasonable times established by the Company to complete the training. In no case shall a Flight Attendant receive less than one-hour (1:00) flight time pay and credit.

Review CQ 2020 ChangesCQ 2020 and CBT training info packet.

Vacation Seniority Trade with Open Time 

Flight Attendants interested in creating an Open Time Trade by Seniority request have until November 30 at 0800 (HDT) to enter the request in the system. All available vacation days remaining are published in the “Open Time Trades by Seniority Window” and are available for this round of trading.

Once your request has been submitted you may go back and modify and/or withdraw your trade request while it is in pending status. You may also save a trade in the event you need more time to review your options. A saved request is NOT submitted and will not be processed.

For further clarification about Seniority based Trading review page 15 of the Vacation Guide. Vacation Guide on our website at www.unitedafa.org.  

Vacation Rules Apply When Trading:  Crossing Bid Month Minimums
MEC Central Schedule Committee

As we approach the close of the Seniority Trade window for Vacations, we remind you that all Vacation Rules apply when trading vacations.   In the event you wish to move an awarded vacation period into one that Crosses bid months, the same rules apply as in the initial Vacation Bid Process.

1.    To cross bid months, a minimum 14 day vacation period is required.

2.    To cross bid months using 14, 15, or 16 vacation days, the following rules must be met:

  • Must have a minimum of four (4) full days in both months
  •  Partial days cannot be counted as full days

3.    To cross bid months using 17 or more vacation days, the following rules must be met:

  • Must have a minimum of seven (7) full days in both months
  • Partial days cannot be counted as a full day

4.    When crossing bid months, you may not overlap two scheduled vacation years.

For more information about bidding when Crossing Bid Months, refer to the 2020 Vacation Guide.

Holiday Period Attendance Reminders
MEC Grievance Committee  
Section 13.C.4.

Absence Certificate Required during December 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020 period

As required under the provisions of Section 13.C.4. of our Contract, management has notified the Union the company intends to require an Absence Certificate for sick calls occurring during the December 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020 Christmas Holiday period.  Flight Attendants who have had no absences in the prior twelve (12) calendar months shall not be subject to the Absence Certificate requirement imposed during this holiday period.

Holiday Bonus Point Requires No Point Generating Attendance December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020

By mutual agreement with AFA to supplement the language in Section 23.F. of our Contract, Flight Attendants can earn a one-point credit during the holiday season provided the following conditions are satisfied:

  • Must be on active status the entire designated holiday period, and
  • Must work a flight segment and/or stand Reserve during the period covering December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020, local domicile/base time, and
  • Generates zero attendance points as defined in Section 23.F. of our Contract during this same December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020 time period, and
  • The Flight Attendant has no family leave related absences (with the exception of vacation taken as FML) during the period covering December 12, 2019 – January 6, 2020.

The one-point bonus will be added to your work history and will be used to offset your first point(s) generating occurrence after January 6, 2020. 

Last Day! ACSIA Long-Term Insurance Deadline November 30 2019
MEC Benefits Committee

As a reminder, the window for enrolling in Long-Term Care Insurance will close November 30, 2019. Those who enroll prior to the November deadline will be eligible for discount rates and fewer medical questions. 

To register  for a live webinar or to schedule a free consultation to learn more about the options available to you. You will be required to register when logging in for the first time. To learn more about options and enroll prior to the deadline visit United Voluntary Benefits (Long-Term Care)

Uniform Points Expiration & Discounted Item Availability      
MEC Uniform Committee  

As a reminder, 2019 uniform points expire on December 31, 2019 and will not roll over for use in the next calendar year. Uniform orders using 2019 points must be made as follows:

  • Telephone orders- Must be placed by 3:00 PM (CST) on December 31, 2019
  • Online Orders- Must be placed by 11:59 (CST) on December 31, 2019 via the Cintas Website.

Avoid the year end rush and eliminate an item from your “to do” list by placing your orders early to avoid shipping delays and potential product shortage. 

As an additional incentive to place your orders, consider the following Flight Attendant items are available on sale, starting yesterday through the end of the year:

Available at 40% Discount

Available at 30% Discount

Mobile Bag

Blue Cardigan

Shared Purse

Winter Scarf


Male Vest

Men’s Belt

Men’s Check Shirt – SS & LS


If you have questions, Call Cintas at 1-800-889-0331 (U.S.), 0800-0515-929 (LHR), 0800-180-8448 (FRA), 800-905-372 (HKG) and 00531-13-1519 (NRT) Monday through Friday from 0700 to 1800 Central Time. Email: united@cintas.com

Commuter Program Clarification
MEC Grievance Committee - Section 28  

As we approach the start of the Winter travel season, if you are a commuter we recommend that you review the following information on our Negotiated Commuter Program. 

Revenue Tickets and the Commuter Program

Commuter Program Review

Commuter Policy Clarification

 If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

Day-at-a Time Vacation
Central Schedule Committee 
Section 12.J.

Under the provisions of Section 12.J. of our Collective Bargaining Agreement, Flight Attendants have the ability to use Day at a Time Vacation as one of a number of scheduling flexibility options..

1.    Each Flight Attendant may take up to ten vacation days in each Scheduled Vacations Year separate from her/his awarded vacation period(s).

2.    Day at a time vacation, when used, shall be deducted from the Flight Attendant’s allotment for vacation in the following Scheduled Vacation Year.

3.    After the award of relief lines and before the beginning of the month, day at a time vacation, when available, shall be awarded in seniority order. Throughout the month, day at a time vacation shall be available only to the extent that regular personal drops are available and day at a time vacation will have equal priority.

4.    Day at a time vacation shall be paid at the applicable rate pursuant to paragraph 12.B.1, or 3:15 (3.25 hours) per vacation day.

5.    If a Flight Attendant terminates employment after using day at a time days, but before the days were earned, any days owed will be deducted from the Flight Attendants final paycheck.

6.    Day at a time vacation may not be made-up. Further, a Flight Attendant awarded day at a time vacation shall have her/his minimum monthly guarantee and or line guarantee reduced accordingly.

The award process for DATV pre-month and those in the operation on handled differently.


Pre-Month DATV

(Section 12.J.3.)


When available, granted after the award of Vacation Relief Lines (VRL) and before the beginning of the month, in seniority order.

Any new DATV requests submitted after pre-month DATV has been awarded will be removed from CCS once the new month begins.These are not considered as an operational DATV award.


Operational DATV

(Submitted starting at 0001 of the calendar day prior to the date requested)

Considered on a daily basis by Crew Scheduling once the new month begins.

Awarded on a first-come, first serve basis

Awarded the day before the requested date (to the same extent that Personal Drops (PDs) are available.


For clarification on the awards process review E-Lines October 1, 2019 on Unitedafa.org.

Reminders and Quick Links 

November & December - CAUSE Foundation Holiday Scarves, Ties and Amazon Smile

November 24      Working Crew Member Holiday Buddy Travel Begins
November 30      Vacation Trades Awarded by Seniority 

Dec.1                  CQ 2020 Trimester 1 CBT Available
Dec. 4 - Dec. 30  Pass Travel Enrollment 2020
Dec. 12- Jan. 6    Attendance Bonus Point Period
Dec.20 – Jan. 4   Absence Certificate Required


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