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Advance Vacation Fly Through involving January Overlapping into February

Date: January 8, 2020


We have received a number of questions from Flight Attendants who report they are having what they believe is difficulty submitting a vacation Fly Through Request for (overlap) February vacation periods which started in January.

As a reminder, Advance Vacation Fly Through Requests must be received by the fifth (5th) day of the calendar month prior to the month in which vacation is scheduled.  For vacation periods that started in January (and overlapped into February), those vacation fly through requests were to have been submitted no later than December 5th.   In other words, if you have a vacation that started in January that overlaps into February, unless you advised the company by December 5th of your intent to fly through your vacation, you may now only elect an operational fly through.

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 you 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 July vacation, you must notify the company no later than 10:00AM (HDT) on June 5th. This Advance Notice Fly Through is available to all Flight Attendants without regard to the pre-merger Contract under which you are scheduled. 

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 either their Reserve guarantee or hours flown.  Reserve Flight Attendants considering electing a vacation fly through option should review the following E-lines article (https://unitedafa.org/news/2019/1/30/vacation-fly-through-and-reserve-guarantee/) on Reserve vacation fly through.

Operational Fly Through occurs when a Flight Attendant elects to fly through her/his vacation after schedules for a given month have been awarded and even during the current schedule month.  When utilizing the “operational” Fly Through option, picking-up trips is limited to pick-up from other Flight Attendants within the vacation period, not open time, unless otherwise permitted by the company.  

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

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